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Shout Out To Little Man’s Blog! – Flipping Fun Gymnastics

benjaminAs a mom I wouldn’t feel right about myself if I did not take a moment to send a shout out to this little man.  This happens to be my oldest boy.  He is 9 years-old, and he decided that just like his mama, he wanted to start a blog.  I guess he sees me work on mine and thinks it looks neat.  He threw some ideas at me and we agreed upon a gymnastics blog.  After all, of all the child bloggers in the world (I don’t know of any, but I’m sure there are a few), how many of them do you think are boys, blogging about their gymnastics? I’m pretty sure it’s not very common.  So, it seemed like something that could be especially his.  I gave him a tour of WordPress, and he created his blog.  He even uses spell checker.  It’s really his own blog.  He’s loving it, so far.  I definitely recommend checking it out, as each post is a quick, short, easy read, https://flippingfungymnastics.wordpress.com/

A little background on Benjamin and his gymnastics.  He got into the sport at 4 years-old.  His brother was 2, and not old enough to do anything but gymnastics.  When Benjamin saw him doing it, he thought it looked fun.  Being that it was a small gymnastics setting (a small gym located on post at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri), the coach invited Ben to join the class.  Ben loved it, and it became clear that he was a natural, and this was his sport.  The coach advised us to  find a gym with a boys team at our next duty station.

We did.  Once we got orders to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, we found a much bigger gym, with a competitive boys team.  Ben started there as a level 1 with Coach Frank, who was at one time, a drill sergeant.  Ben was terrified of him at first, and almost quit gymnastics because of it.  You’d never guess it just a few months into training with him.  All of the boys end up loving him and trusting him so much.  Ben was moved to level 2, a couple months later, level 3 (4 hours/week), and eventually level 4, which is the first competitive level for boys (training 10 hours/week) at the age of 6.  He went on to take 2nd place at state as a level 4 gymnast.

Unfortunately, being military, we never stay anywhere very long.  After his great year as a level 4 gymnast, we were sent to Ft. Bliss, Texas.  We did our research, and no gym in El Paso had an active, competitive boys team.   We found one gym, Infinity Gymnastics Club, which has had a competitive boys team in the past.  They had all of the equipment for boys, and they had boys training at competitive levels there.  Apparently, they just don’t get enough boys of competitive levels to actually compete.  Benjamin trains with a few high school boys.  The youngest boy on their non-competitive team is 14.  Ben is by far the smallest, but he is well-loved by all of them.  These boys are all passionate about gymnastics.  A few actually live in Mexico and ride a bus to get to the gym.  Last year, one of them was out of training for a while because he’d lost his passport, and he couldn’t get into El Paso.

We don’t know what the gym situation will be wherever we go next.  Hopefully, we can get Benjamin back into competing.  In the meantime, he continues to train hard and learn new skills.

Check out his blog, https://flippingfungymnastics.wordpress.com/ as the posts are short, easy reads.  He loves seeing comments and new followers.  Give him a shout out for all of his hard work!

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22 comments on “Shout Out To Little Man’s Blog! – Flipping Fun Gymnastics

  1. Vibrant
    August 13, 2015

    Hey Mirielle 🙂

    You are fit people 🙂

    You are being such a nice mom I must say. Inculcating proper habits into the young fertile mind of your lovely son. I feel if he keeps blogging it would shape his career and life in a better way. 🙂

    I would soon visit to see what Benjamin has posted today. 🙂

    Have a wonderful day Mirielle.

    Anand

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    • mireillesjourneytohealth
      August 13, 2015

      Thank you, Anand! I try my best. Benjamin is actually in much better shape than I am. I think there’s something to be said of getting started young. His core strength is mind-blowing and his flexibility is also very impressive. I also have another little guy who loves to swim, and one who loves karate class.

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      • Vibrant
        August 13, 2015

        Good. Three angels. Yes starting young is always good Mirielle 🙂 And you’re most welcome 🙂

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      • mireillesjourneytohealth
        August 13, 2015

        I have to tell you, Ben read your comments, and he turned and looked at me and said, “That is the nicest guy!!!”

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      • Vibrant
        August 13, 2015

        Hahaha 🙂
        It’s the greatest compliment I have ever received. I am glad he’s liking the experience 🙂

        I hope to stay in touch with him.

        Sincerely,
        Anand

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      • mireillesjourneytohealth
        August 13, 2015

        Thank you, Anand 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  2. joseelavallee
    August 13, 2015

    What a great mom! Your son’s blog is amazing!! What a talented young man. You must be so proud of him.

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    • mireillesjourneytohealth
      August 13, 2015

      I am. I think his blog is adorable. It’s a little weird to me that he has a blog, though. He’s so little. It’s funny and neat. I’m proud of him.

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      • joseelavallee
        August 13, 2015

        Some children have big grown up souls…He sounds like he does…an old soul as some would say…wise beyond their years…my son was like that too…He’s a wonderful young man now…

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      • mireillesjourneytohealth
        August 13, 2015

        Yes, I think his soul is older than mine sometimes. He’s gotten me through a lot, acting as the man of the house whenever his dad is away with army things.

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  3. infobloomer
    August 13, 2015

    Hello Neighbor! I have visited your son’s blog. You have a very ambitious guy on your hands as well:). I felt the connection from a mom’s perspective as I have a child that participates in competitive cycling. I enjoyed reading your post, especially the effort that you have put in into making sure that your son maintains the connection to his beloved sport no matter what community that you are a part of. All the best to you and your family.

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    • mireillesjourneytohealth
      August 13, 2015

      Oh, well thank you so much! He’ll be so thrilled to see that someone took the time to look at his blog. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. I certainly do try to make it possible for him and my other boys to have continuity with the things they love. We move quite a bit, and we never know where we’re going next. We can’t really plan ahead, but when orders do come, we try to be resourceful. How neat that your child is in competitive cycling. What a great sport!

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  4. hjsportsed
    August 13, 2015

    Hi Mireille. Hope you’re having a great day! I am nominating you for the Liebster award. Here’s the link to my page so you can see how it works! http://hjsportsed.com/2015/08/14/blogging-fun-and-rewarding/

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    • mireillesjourneytohealth
      August 16, 2015

      Thank you so much for the nomination! I accepted a blogging award in the early stages of my blog, but I’ve always felt the post was out of place on my blog due to its focus on healthy living. I did enjoy reading your replies to the questions you were given, though. Breakfast gets me out of bed, as well, ha ha! If I ever start a more open-themed blog, with less of a focused subject, I think it’d be more fun to participate in the blogging awards.

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      • hjsportsed
        August 16, 2015

        I won’t participate in them anymore. Too much additional work, which takes away from the normal blog work.

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      • mireillesjourneytohealth
        August 16, 2015

        Yes, it is more work. Some people really enjoy it. I enjoy reading others’ awards posts. You learn neat random facts about people.

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  5. amanpan
    August 14, 2015

    Your son’s blog is quite impressive. He takes after his mom with talent.

    Liked by 1 person

    • mireillesjourneytohealth
      August 14, 2015

      Thank you! I’m impressed with what he’s put together so far myself. He already said he wants to do blogging 101 next month. It’ll be neat to see how he evolves.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. amanpan
    August 15, 2015

    I have nominated you for the Brotherhood of the World Award. Check out my blog for the rules of accepting the award nomination, copy and paste the instructions and modify them to suit …Happy blogging! Here are the details http://amanpan.com/2015/08/15/brotherhood-of-the-world-award/

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    • mireillesjourneytohealth
      August 16, 2015

      Thank you so much for the nomination! I accepted a blogging award in the early stages of my blog, but I’ve always felt the post was out of place on my blog due to its focus on healthy living. I did enjoy reading your replies to the questions you were given, though. I don’t think I handle noise as well as you. Lol, I’m always going behind people, turning the TV and things off. If I ever start a more open-themed blog, with less of a focused subject, I think it’d be more fun to participate in the blogging awards.

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      • amanpan
        August 16, 2015

        I understand. You stay focused on your healthy living blogs. They are so informative. Don’t worry about the awards. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • mireillesjourneytohealth
        August 16, 2015

        Thank you so much for understanding. I felt terrible declining.

        Liked by 1 person

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