Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Meet Morgan....

Meet my friend Morgan.
We have known Morgan for a number of years through livestock shows and her family is very special to us. I haven’t had the chance to get to spend a lot of time with Morgan until she and her mom recently vacationed with us. While Morgan loved showing livestock to an extent, I knew that her heart really lies with Special Olympics. Morgan has competed in Special Olympics for eight years traveling all over Texas to complete and as far away as Lincoln, Nebraska for the national games. This girl is dedicated I tell ya and she loves sports! She has competed in volleyball, softball, bocce, basketball, track, bowling and golf but her specialties are table tennis, soccer and flag football. In fact I learned that her best chance at going to the national competition is in flag football, bocce and soccer.
Here's Morgan in action at table tennis.
Who doesn't love a medalist!!!









It’s no secret that one of my favorite vacations is a cruise. We live so close to the Port of Galveston that we cruise as often as possible. Carnival offers a great weekend cruise for great prices. Morgan and her mom joined us when we went on a weekend cruise earlier this month. It just so happened that our cruise was during the last of the summer Olympic events. While cooling off in the pool Morgan and I had a very nice conversation about the Olympics. It seems that she was glued to the television during the whole event and can recount and discuss just about every competition. My favorite events are swimming and gymnastics. Morgan’s favorite events are the equestrian events and diving. When I learned that we both share water sports as a favorite event, I quickly amused her by stating that we were going to start a synchronized swimming team and start training on the spot for Rio in 2016. We will be called the "Carnival Cuties." She laughed out loud. But not as loudly as the other ladies in our group when I announced to them that they too were expected to be on our team.












Here's our synchronized swim team. We are a motley looking crew but we have a good time! We do need to work on holding our breath longer, not to mention we need to work on our moves! Maybe a Back Tuck? The Oyster? How about throwing in The Water Wheel?
Here's part of the team resting in the Gatorade Hot Tub....no it's not really Gatorade...but who makes a hot tub yellow?




No team is complete without a coach.....well maybe we should interview for a new coach?
He look's thrilled doesn't he? He spends his cruise vacation close to the ice cream machine. Oh and sitting by our towels, purses, chairs and floppy hats. Why didn't he put on the hat that matched his outfit? Men....geez!

What's your favorite Olympic event? Or make up a new one....Leave me a comment for a chance to win $25 gift certificate. Drawing will be on Wednesday night at 10 p.m.cst




56 comments:

  1. I loved the swimming part (:

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  2. Rhythmic Gymnastics :)

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  3. My only goal would be.....DON'T DIE! Thanks for the chuckle this morning!

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  4. My favorite was Archery but I love your synchronized swim team plan & love the coaches hat!! ;)

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  5. I really enjoy watching gymnastics and diving.

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  6. My Fav Vacation is the Smoky Mts and White Water rafting!!!!

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  7. Be sure to post your name to be entered in the contest!

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  8. I enjoy watching the gymnastics . My 3 girls really enjoy the class . I think it shows them they can do anything. Morgan is a true inspiration that no matter what you can do anything if you put your mind to it!

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  9. Monica : I love watching the gymnastics! How cool would that be to really have a pool filled w/Gatorade! My son would have an absolute blast :)

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  10. I love the equestrains and gymnastics. Julia gabehart

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  11. I love this story out touches my heart!!

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  12. A cruise is on my bucket list!!
    Kaci Barclay

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  13. My favorite is gymnastics. Maybe you can do synchronized gymnastics too? It's sorta like swimming.

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  14. I love watching gymnastics! :)
    Yall's team would be fabulous!!

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  15. What an awesome story!! I love watching the gymnastics in the summer and figure skating in the winter. Nancy Kerrigan was my hero I absolutely loved watching her when I was little.

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  16. Awesome Story!! I love gymnastics!
    Meredith Morgan

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  17. Swimming is my favorite olympic event!

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  18. Mary Riley ~ Great story! I grew up watching gymnastics and figure skating with my mom and loved every minute of it. Now that I am older I enjoy watching it with my daughter.

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  19. Love the story. I have been looking at a new outfit for my gender reveal pictures on September 14th then to high school homecoming later the same day. Wish I was closer to a store!!

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  20. What an amazing story! My sister is mentally handicapped and she participated in the Special Olympics when she was younger (she is going on 36 this year), she always participated in the running events (short distance) and when I would go see her I always enjoyed watching her, she had fun...so that is definitely my favorite! =)

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  21. I love the equestrian events! :)

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  22. I think the synchronized diving is amazing and beautiful! I really admire it on so many levels - especially since I am so scared of heights!

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  23. Amazing story. I live to read about disabled because people say they can't and they always prove them wrong its awesome nd I have upmost respect form them it's. A challenge for them everyday nd they rearly complain butbwe who can do the smallest things grip to no end :)

    Love the story:)

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  24. I volunteered for the Special Olympics that we hold here at a college and I loved it. It's hard to pick one as my favorite, but if I had to it'd be volleyball, gymnastics, & equestrian! (oops more than one lol)

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  25. This story made my day! My favorite is gymnastics :)

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  26. Gymnastics is my fave :D I loved the story

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  27. Gymnastics by far and enjoyed watching them run track!! I just enjoyed it all!! Loved the story, interesting!! Casey gray :)

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  28. Gymnastics!! Jennifer M. Hodges

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  29. It's too hard to choose. I loved watching the swimming, diving and track.

    Jill Ashbrener

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  30. Loved the story hmmmm my fave Olympic event that's hard I have many volleyball, beach volleyball is my absolute fave ( may-Walsh) swimming gymnastic is my next absolute fave, and I like the diving too!!! Track is a great event too lol!!! I just love the Olympics period!!! #teamusa!

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  31. Amazing story! Too hard too choose, but prolly swimming


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  32. Of course the equestrian events, but I also enjoyed the rythmic gymnastics and synchronized diving!

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  33. I love hearing about the swimming!

    Stephanie McShan

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  34. Equestrian and gymnastics! Love any gymnastics after an Olympic year!

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  35. Michelle WilkersonAugust 29, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Inspiring story! I love the rhythmic gymnastics and the synchronized swimming!

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  36. I love it! Great Job!

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  37. Inspiring that she doesn't let anything hold her back. I love people like that! Keri Herzog

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  38. The gymnastic events are my favorite, and imho I believe that The Special Olympics should be televised and get just as much attention :)

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  39. I love gymnastics :) and good luck to Morgan in her next competition :)

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  40. The gymnastics...I miss watching it!

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  41. I love gymnastics! My 9yr old son and my 7yr old daughter are both on competitive gymnastics teams. This years Olympics just renewed their strength and desire to work hard every night at the gym!

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  42. Wow, she is an inspiration to get out there and do something. She motivating!!

    Bridget Patterson

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  44. I love gymnastics! My 9yr old son and my 7yr old daughter are both on competitive gymnastics teams. This years Olympics just renewed their strength and desire to work hard every night at the gym!

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