Janis
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I'm a retired elementary music teacher. I've been retired since 2010. I live in Nashville, Tennessee, with my husband of 45 years, Don. I am currently an independent instructional coach in our school district, working with music teachers. We have one daughter, one son-in-law, and two grandchildren. All of whom live across the street! It just doesn't get any better than that!

 

Don

I'm a retired middle school band director. I worked in corporate industry for 30 years, retired and re-activated my teaching degree. I currently teach driver's ed.

 

Gymnastics

Our granddaughter cannot stay upright for more than 5 minutes. She flips, she bounces on our furniture which becomes a vault, a springboard, or any other landing apparatus. She dances around the house singing and mostly upside down!

 

Our immersion into the world of gymnastics began in 2016. Our granddaughter has been taking gymnastics since she was two. Yep, you heard it! Two years old.

And of course, we thought she was wonderful. So cute, hopping around the obstacle courses the instructors set up. Learning how to turn cartwheels, hop, balance, and the many other activities. We video-taped every move! First grandchild! What can I say?

 

Her mom also began gymnastics classes at a very early age. But this was definitely not her thing. She did not have a competitive bone in her body and the back handspring on the beam? Not going to happen. So we invested our time and money into ballet and music. Those years of ballet, Nutcracker, pretty costumes, and hard, hard work were so much fun.

 

Even though our daughter's love for dance dwindled somewhat, she continued ballet classes through high school. But her interests and bent changed and grew toward music. So we became band parents, officers on the board, going to every contest, every game.

 

Proud, once again, of her achievements. Totally involved.

Now we are thoroughly enjoying going to our granddaughter's, meets, watching her compete, traveling over the weekends, and just having a great time.

What else could be more important?

And we've learned a lot—about Gymnastics Meet Venues, traveling long distances with ALL of the family, making reservations, restaurants, and much more. So let's get started. The first thing we discovered is . . .

 

Not all gymnastics meets are created equal! 
   Rating Scale

      👍👍👍👍👍 Fantastic experience

      👍👍👍👍 Great experience

      👍👍👍 OK

      👍👍 Needs a lot of work

      👎 Bad experience overall

I have reviewed 6 meets from the grandparents' perspective.