Saturday, May 31, 2014

Determination

You don't have to be a gymnast to start your own "Handstands Around the World" album.  This young lady was inspired by my album and decided to start her own.  With a few pointers from me at an orienteering event and true determination she is well on her way to becoming a self-trained handstand expert.  Keep up the good work...You are a true inspiration!!!


~Self-trained Handstand in Scotland

Friday, May 30, 2014

Windy Days

Check out the windblown ponytail in this Puerto Rico handstand picture.



~Windy Puerto Rico Handstand

Thursday, May 29, 2014

4th Grade Field Trip

A 4th grade field trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History should always include a handstand picture!!!  I love it!!!  There is never a bad time for a handstand:)


~Smithsonian National Museum of American History Handstand

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

HNDSTND

A handstand on HNDSTND:)  All of my gymnasts and I refer to my car as "Handstand."  It's hard to mistake these 7 letters for anything other than handstand and it even sounds ok with any vowel...you choose...handstand, hendstend, hindstind, hondstond, hundstund, hyndstynd!


~Handstand on HNDSTND

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Handstands and Horses

If I was singing "My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music," handstands and horses would be right up there with raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens!  How cool is it that they are both captured in this amazing handstand picture?  Sooo Cool:)

  
~A Handstand on a Horse

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day And A Handstand For Courtney

A day for remembering and honoring those that have died while serving our country!  Here's to you and to one very special gymnast that I will always remember on Memorial Day for her courageous battle with cancer.


~A Handstand For Courage

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Future Stunt Double in Training

This is what happens when you take a gymnast 4-wheeling:)  "You can take a gymnast out of the gym but you can't take the gym out of a gymnast."  Gymnasts Rule!!!


~4-Wheeling Handstand

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Don't Fall

“Don’t fall,” were the words of wisdom from my Dad during this handstand picture on an Aqueduct in Caesarea.



~Aqueduct Handstand

Friday, May 23, 2014

Gymnast And Dancer

Gymnastics is an amazing sport in that it gives you a foundation for success in many other sports!  This is a handstand picture of one of my gymnasts who is now a dancer.  I enjoyed watching her strength, flexibility, and athleticism turned into grace and beauty last night at her dance recital.  My girls make me so proud inside and outside of the gym:)


~A Dancer Handstand

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Rush Hour

Patiently waiting to cross the street in Chicago during rush hour!  And secretly hoping to get spotted by Oprah!



~Rush Hour Traffic Handstand

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Acro Style

Amateurs doing acro style handstands.  I’ve never done this type of handstand before in my life but Frankie was a great coach and quite confident in his abilities.  Picture quality is not great but we are not professionals and I am glad that someone captured this once in a lifetime, at least for me, handstand.



~My 1st Ever Acro Handstand

Monday, May 19, 2014

River Rocks

Here is a handstand picture from one of my girls.  And...I have a similar one!!!  River rocks are a fun place to take handstand pics:)



~River Rock Handstands

Sunday, May 18, 2014

NTTC

My first handstand at the Karolyi Ranch also known as the National Team Training Center.  Valeri Liukin does a fabulous job training the coaches at the developmental camps.  What an awesome experience.  Go Team USA!!! And good luck to all my girls at the NTTC this week:)



~1st NTTC Handstand

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Handstander's Hobbies

Earth Treks rock climbing handstand...fully equipped with harness, ATC, carabiner, and climbing shoes.  As a former gymnast I have used more chalk in my lifetime than I care to think about so no chalk bag for me or that would have been dangling from my harness too!  



~Earth Treks Handstand

Friday, May 16, 2014

Handstand In The Sand

What does a group of level 9 gymnasts do after competing in the 2014 Eastern Championships in Florida?  Hit the beach of course...Turtle Beach on World-famous Siesta Key to be exact!!!  Congratulations on a great season girls:)


~Level 9 Handstands in the Sand

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Happy Birthday Lil Sis

Happy Birthday Little Sis...Love you!!!



~Double-Stag Handstand...Sister Style

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Headless Horseman

Sometimes I capture cool things in my handstand pictures that were not planned.  I was going for the Arizona cowgirl handstand and instead got a great shadow pic.  Notice the shadow...it looks like a headless horseman tipping his hat!



~The Headless Horseman Handstand Shadow

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Blessing

St. Peter’s Basilica on a blue sky day.  My family and I (and thousands of others) received a blessing here from Pope Benedict XVI...still gives me chills when I think about it. A great reminder, during a difficult time, of how truly blessed I am.



~St. Peter's Basilica Handstand

Monday, May 12, 2014

JO Nationals

The 2014 Level 10 Women's JO Nationals was held in Mississippi this past weekend.  Here is a handstand picture of a couple girls that competed...they ROCK!!!  Congratulations girls and congratulations to all those that competed!!!


~Vicksburg Handstand

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to the greatest mom ever!!!  And to all those other mother's in my life, a very Happy Mother's Day to you too!!!  This handstand picture is for my mom since I won't be there to spend Mother's Day with her...your cooking will always be #1 but Flapjack's comes in at a close 2nd with one of the best breakfasts ever!!!  Wish I was going to be there to enjoy it with you.


~"You'll Flip for our Flaps" Handstand

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Roll Tide

Here's to one of my gym moms and her love for the UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA GYMNASTICS TEAM!!!   The 2014 Southeastern Conference and NCAA Seattle Regional Champion Crimson Tide finished fourth at the NCAA Championships, marking the team's sixth consecutive top-four finish.  They had a great season and also finished with an NCAA All-Around Champion this year!!!


~Roll Tide Handstand

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Copycat

This picture truly captures the essence of inspiring handstands.  Notice the little boy on the beach in the background of this photo attempting to copy my handstand.  So adorable...this is why I love what I do!!!



~Copying Handstands

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Endless Energy

This is a handstand picture of one of my gymnasts in Oleiros, Portugal.  She is doing a handstand on the original stone table from her grandfather's childhood home...yay for family history!!!  I titled this blog "Endless Energy" because from the moment I met this little girl, climbing ropes and scaling small buildings at age 3, she had an energy about her.  It is the kind of energy that is contagious.  This ball of energy hops, skips, and sings her way through even the toughest days in the gym.  

 
~The Family Heirloom Handstand

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

SUP

I haven’t quite figured out how to paddle with my feet but I guess balancing is a good enough workout!  This was my first time on a stand up paddle board and of course my priority was mastering the paddle board handstand.



~Hand-Stand Up Padding

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Art Sculpture Look-Alike ~ "T"

I am so impressed with "T's" attention to detail in this art sculpture look-alike!!!  From her flexy feet to her bendy elbows and even the way her hair falls...so neat "T."  This picture of one of my handstand queens was taken in Bemus Point, New York on Chautauqua Lake.


~"T" and A Sculpture Handstand

Monday, May 5, 2014

Cinco de Mayo

A Mexico handstand for Cinco de Mayo.  Swings and Handstands...it doesn’t get much better than this!  Oh yeah, and these swinging handstands just happen to be beach-side in Cancun, Mexico!!!


~Swinging Handstands

Sunday, May 4, 2014

My Tinker Bell ...aka... "Tink"

Nicknames are so fun!!!  Here is a picture of "Tink" doing a Coach Mary Handstand in Fort Myers, Florida...she rocks!!!  What a cool spot for a handstand:)


~Tink's Florida Handstand

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Handstand Progression

Unintentional & perfect timing!!!  This pictures captures the handstand progression with Ales Stenar in the background.


~A Perfect Handstand Progression

Friday, May 2, 2014

74 and Sunny

Surrounded by blues in the city where it is 74 degrees and sunny more often than not.  Thank you to the King’s for an amazing summer in San Diego, California!!!



~San Diego Beautiful Blues Handstand

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Canada ... "Handstand Eh"


Drive north of Vancouver on the Sea to Sky Highway, pass Whistler, drive along the Duffy (often closed due to avalanches), drive in 4WD Low for over an hour up the tiniest logging road, hike an hour through bear country to Steep Peak Hut, drop your heavy gear at Beeker's Place, hike around a glacier fed lake, crawl up the steepest rock scramble with whistling marmots for 2 hours, rock climb 20 feet, traverse the ridge for 30 minutes and you'll find this spot in beautiful CANADA!!!


~Handstand Among the Clouds, Canada