Practice!

Bela was still coughing pretty bad yesterday, so she stayed home while I went to target shoot.¬† ūüė¶ for Bela; ūüôā for me.¬† The target seemed really far away, but I managed to hit it a few times anyway.¬† Butch (our coach)was kind enough to let me waste some ammo.¬† When I told Bela I got to shoot the Smith and Wesson, she was jealous.

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State Shoot!

Bela was not interested in being photographed, but I managed to snap a few pics anyway.¬† I am proud of her because today’s state shoot was only her second competition.¬† She’s been practicing, of course, but a meet is totally different.¬† The kids in her age group have been shooting air rifles for years, and Bela started in February.

Bela was bobbing and weaving to avoid the camera.

Bela was bobbing and weaving to avoid the camera.

Our club shirts look awesome.

Our club shirts look awesome.

Learning the Ropes

Today was the first shooting match in which Bela could have competed, but she didn’t feel ready.¬† I took Bela and her friend, Gen, to the Hyannis high school so we could observe how things are run.¬† Shooters register on arrival, make a note of which group they are in and amuse themselves until shooting time.¬† Bela and Gen watched for a bit, but we noticed that many kids had brought their iPads, phones or other devices to kill time while they waited.¬† After the girls¬†discovered an open connection, it was (as the saying goes) all over but the crying.

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I spent my time chatting and laughing with (and at) some of the other moms.  I was told that normally the moms pack some snacks to avoid concession stand prices.  I learned quite a bit about shooting, too.  Most of us were there as cheerleaders more than coaches anyway.

Best gas station ever!

Best gas station ever!

Free breakfast is a really big deal!

Free breakfast is a really big deal!

The girls got free breakfast, thanks to¬†my favorite¬†gas station.¬† ūüôā¬† I even had egg rolls.¬† After four hours at the high school, it was time to dash back home so I could finish my laundry (at work and home!).¬† We saw some deer, so I (of course) pulled over to take a look.¬† Once I got home and checked the camera, I¬†discovered that I had¬†taken 115 pics today!

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