I HATED Vault! and My Mental Block.

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Vault was by far one of my best events, but I hated it!! (Watch it here)

I struggled with Vault during practice. I was fine in the pit, but when it was time to throw my Yurchenko Full on hard ground…my palms would sweat, my heart would race, my mind would wonder, and my legs would shake.

THINK POSITIVELY” my coaches would say, and so I tried to. I thought I was, I would stand at the end of the runway and say, “please don’t die, please don’t die, please don’t die.” I thought that was positive, I wasn’t saying I wanted to die because that would be negative. What I didn’t know, was that hoping NOT to die wasn’t what I needed to be thinking about.

YOU HAVE ONE OF THE BEST VAULT IN THE COUNTRY” I heard on a regular basis, but it didn’t…

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Hilarious Quotes from Kids

  1. At Atlantic we often hear great words of wisdom from some of our smallest gymnasts. Also some things that keep us in stitches at out staff meetings.


I found this great article on HUFFINGTON POST By Caroline Bologna that cracked me up. Kids truly do say the darndest things. That’s why many parents turn to the app LittleHootsto document these golden quotes.

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What’s Going on This Week/ weekend

Writers on a New England Stage: Jojo Moyes: ‘Still Me’ Portsmouth Music Hall

The sensational #1 New York Times bestselling author visits with her a new book featuring the iconic heroine of Me Before You and After You—Louisa Clark.

Cost: $11.75 – $13.75
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If you are looking for a literary experience with your children GEORGE O’CONNOR will be at Water Street Bookstore.   George O’Connor, author of the latest in his Olympians series, Hermes, will be at Water Street on Wednesday, January 31st at 5pm for a talk, art demo, and signing.

George will be available for signing books, taking pictures, or just a meet and greet at 4:30 pm. The event has to end sharply at 6 pm so if you want a chance to meet him, come a bit early.

SNHUG’s Sixth Annual Groundhog Day Luau

Cost: $12 – $30
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The Southern New Hampshire Ukulele Group (SNHUG) is preparing for its Sixth Annual Groundhog Day Luau to raise money for the Ukulele Kids’ Club Inc. (UKC). The UKC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to harness the healing power of music by supporting music therapy programs for hospitalized children and gifting ukuleles to them Locally, Wentworth Douglas in Dover, Elliot in Manchester, and Anna Jacques in Amesbury are a few of them.

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 will usher in SNHUG’s sixth annual winter ukulele festival featuring talented ukulele groups and performers of local and national acclaim. The event will be held at the Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth, N.H., at 6 p.m.

Redhook Brewery
1 Redhook Way
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 430-8600



Professional Ice Show at Strawbery Banke on Saturday 2/3

What a treat! See winter ice dances featuring US Men’s Champion Ryan Bradley & Olympian Beata Handra at Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke this Saturday! Produced by Founding Artistic Director Douglas Webster of Ice Dance International, an ensemble ice dance company, the performance again features international skating champions who will perform a show of company repertory called “Winter Ice Dances.”


  • Adult $15.00
  • Child (5-17) $10.00
  • Family (2 adults/2kids) $40.00
  • VIP Adult $22.00
  • VIP Child (5-17) $18.00
  • For tickets, click here.


‘Seeking Sweethearts’ at Mount Agamenticus on Saturday  2/3. 

Join The Center for Wildlife for an early celebration of the Great Maine Outdoor Week (February 9-19) with a fun owl courtship and nesting program followed by a snowshoe (or hike) owl prowl!

This is the perfect pre-Valentine’s Day event connecting friends and families with Mt. A’s natural world while promoting outdoor physical activity and good health during a time of year when we may all need extra motivation coming out of our own hibernation!

The environmental education program in the lodge with the Center for Wildlife’s live owl education ambassadors is open to all ages; hike recommended for 10+ (or parental discretion).

Reservations required. To register, e-mail Katie at fellow@thecenterforwildlife.org. Your donation of $7/person makes this program possible.

The Center for Wildlife presents ‘Seeking Sweethearts’
Learning Lodge
Mountain Road, Cape Neddick ME
Saturday, February 3, 2018; 5:30pm-7:30pm
Admission: $7 suggested donation


Our Commitment to our customers at Atlantic Gymnastics Training Centers

SAFETY: Atlantic  will provide a worry free environment for parents where their children are kept safe. Safe Physically, Emotionally and Morally.

FAMILY FRIENDLY: Atlantic will keep families needs a priority and in proper perspective.

STUDENT FIRST: Atlantic understands and puts students individual needs first. Then creates opportunities for them to learn, achieve and grow.

SUCCESS FOR LIFE: Atlantic prepares students for a lifetime of challenges and successes. We recognize that true success extends well beyond winning a competition.

GOOD CITIZENSHIP: Atlantic staff and students learn responsibility, learn to be part of the community and to give back to the people we serve.


In the wake of the Larry Nassar Sentencing.

Larry Nassar has finally been sentenced and will serve the rest of his life in jail.

I was having a conversation with a good friend of mine who was an Olympian. She said,

“Never in my life would I have thought that the sport which I love so much would be involved in the biggest case of abuse in history.”

I have been involved in gymnastics my entire life. My mother was my first coach. This entire scandal may have broken my heart but not my spirit. Dr. Nassar fooled everyone. I have known him since the early 90’s and never would I have suspected him. When my daughter was experiencing back pain due to scoliosis I had her see him at a competition. I never realized how close I came to having her subjected to abuse. Thankfully nothing happened.

At Atlantic Gymnastics, nothing is more important to us than the safety of the gymnasts. We have many policies in place that would prevent an adult from ever being alone with a gymnast and 100% of our adult staff have passed back ground checks. Some of the policies which USA Gymnastics have recently mandated have been in place at Atlantic for almost 20 years.

I am especially proud of the number of gymnasts who have come through Atlantic since we first opened in 1994. We have been opened long enough where we even have quite a few 2nd generation gymnasts! Many former gymnasts who are still in the area at least stop by and say HI. From the mechanic at the garage to the kindergarten teacher I ran into at Breaking New Grounds the other day,  hardly a day passes that I don’t run into someone who was at the gym at one time.

There is a sign on the front of the Portsmouth facility:


We that that statement very seriously. We take the safety of all participants very seriously.


Time to Visit some of the Seacoasts Winter Farmers Markets

As I was preparing the truck for another round of ice and snow (as well as the owner and coach at Atlantic- I am also THE PLOW GUY for the gyms) my friends called me up and invited me to bunch and the farmers market in Newburyport. 

On the seacoast of New Hampshire I think we have some of the best famers markets in the country. From Spring through fall I find myself at various farmers markets. I never plan my meals until I get to the market to see what is fresh.

The Winter Markets are no exception. Whether I am looking for some root vegetable to put in a stew or some meat or cheeses from local produces. Here are a list of some of the farmers markets I try to visit AND YOU SHOULD TOO!

Seacoast Eat Local 2018 Winter Farmers’ Markets


Jan 27 – Wentworth Greenhouses

Feb 10 – Exeter High School

Feb 24 – Wentworth Greenhouses

March 10 – Exeter High School

March 24 – Wentworth Greenhouses

April 7 – Exeter High School

Saturdays, 10am-2pm at one of our two locations!



January 21, 2018
February 18, 2018
March 18, 2018
April 15, 2018

Market Hours:
10am to 1:30pm

Market Location:
Berwick Town Hall
11 Sullivan Square
Berwick, ME 03901


Rolling Green Nursery’s Winter Farmers’ Market

1st & 3rd Saturday  •  Jan. 6, 20  •  Feb. 3, 17  •  Mar. 3, 2018  •  10 – 2

64 Breakfast Hill Road
Greenland NH, 03840

Newburyport Farmers Market. 

TNFM Winter 18 Web poster

Do you have a favorite Winter Farmers Market that we missed? Let us know!

What To Do This Weekend 1/18

Seacoast residents- we have made it through another round of winter storms.

Friday 1/19 at our Portsmouth gym we will be hosting a GYM JAM from10:00-11:00. The cost is $10 for members and $12 for non members. Join us for parachute games, obstacle courses, dancing  and FUN! Parent supervision is required. Call to reserve 603-433-0404

Saturday 1/20 at the Center for Wildlife’s at Mount Agamenticus  “Making Tracks with Wildlife!”

Whose footprint is that?

Join Center for Wildlife and Mt. Agamenticus to answer these questions and more! Following an educational program from the Center for Wildlife, we will take a hike and identify the tracks of our local wildlife.

By recognizing the wing-prints of an owl catching their prey, or the midden left over by a red squirrel’s snack, we can learn so much about our wildlife’s winter habits! Local author Lyn Smith will also be reading her beautiful children’s book.

To register, please email katieb@thecenterforwildlife.org.

The Center for Wildlife presents ‘Making Tracks with Wildlife’
Mount Agamenticus Learning Lodge
Mountain Road, Cape Neddick ME
Saturday, January 20, 2018; 10:00am-12:00pm
Admission: $7 per person suggested donation

Also on Saturday – Books Alive! with Curious George at Children’s Museum of New Hampshire.

Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat will be visiting the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire to greet young fans and help promote the love of reading!

Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat will be out in the museum for storytimes and photos at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm. Pete will be gone from the building by 2pm.

Books Alive is sponsored by Cogswell Charitable Trust.

Books Alive! with Curious George at Children’s Museum of NH
6 Washington Street, Dover NH  (603)742-2002
Saturday, January 20, 2018; 10:00am-2:00pm
Cost: $9 for adults and children and $8 for seniors

 Interested in seeing a Play?“Sister Act” presented by Patrick Dorow Productions

When: Jan. 19 through Feb. 4; Wednesday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 and 8 p.m.; Sundays, Jan. 21, noon and 5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 28, noon.

Where: Star Theatre, Kittery Community Center, 120 Rogers Road, Kittery, Maine

Tickets: $27; seniors, $25; students, $20, available at www.patrickdorowproductions.com; at the PDP Box Office, 170 West Road, Suite 15, Portsmouth; and by calling (603) 294-9103

At Seacoast Rep Heathers the Musical – High School Edition Heathers The Musical is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers.