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November 2002

Dear Journal,

November 1st

On Friday, November 1st I missed 5th and 6th period to go get my cast off.  They used this big machine that was connected to a saw that couldn't cut skin.  My finger was still very stiff and they told me to stay off of it for a week.  That meant I had to miss the meet on Saturday, the 2nd.
 

November 16th

I had only been practicing gymnastics for a week when I had my first meet since breaking my finger.  It was  called the Turkey Trot and was held in Orlando.  I got my highest beam score ever and my 2nd highest all around score -- a 36.25, which was 4th place. 

Danielle, Simone, Amanda, me, Meighan, Chelsea

November 24th

Since I missed the meets to qualify for the state meet, I had to go to a meet in Gainesville to qualify.  There were other AAU team members from Broadway there, but no one from my USA team.  Miss Dawn, one of my coaches, rode up with us.  I got my first 37 for an all around score, took 1st place in all four events, and had the highest all around score at the whole meet.

 

1st place in every event!
Looks like a 9.35 to me!

November 26th

Our team at school went to Animal Kingdom for a field trip.  We got to pick our own groups and I went with my friends Katie, Kristie, her mom, and a couple other girls.  We rode lots of rides, shopped, and ate ice cream.   We had a blast!  Afterwards Mom, Dad, me, and my friend Jessica went to a holiday show at Valencia.  It was ok, but it has been much better in the past.

Animal Kingdom map

 

Here we are at Animal Kingdom.  Notice that most of us are wearing the t-shirt I designed!  That's Kristie, Katie, me, Valerie, Brie, and Kalee.

Me and my friends at Animal Kingdom
 

Kara, Alexis, and me

November 27th-30th

For Thanksgiving we went to Uncle Dan and Aunt Kelly's.  Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Beth, Trevor, Alexis, Juan, and Great Grandma Rhodes were also there.  Kara and I were kept busy watching Alexis.  We also watched movies, ate a lot, and relaxed.  The day after Thanksgiving some of us went shopping.  Mom would have but she got really sick.  She had to stay in bed all day.  The next day (Saturday) we came back.   

 

The whole gang!  

Front Row (L to R): Kara Clingan, Trevor Aten, Sybil Rhodes, Alexis Aten, Jennifer Rhodes.

Middle Row: Jolene Rhodes, Brittney Rhodes, Angela Clingan, Brooke Rhodes, James Clingan.

Back Row: Greg Rhodes, Dan Rhodes, Kelly Rhodes, Linda Rhodes, Ken Rhodes, Beth Aten, Juan Cordova.