Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tae Kwon Do: David's Yellow Belt Test

David started Tae Kwon Do in January of this year and has really enjoyed it.  We are lucky to have the classes at our local YMCA.  He practices on Wednesdays and Fridays for an hour and has come a long way since he started.  His Tae Kwon Do instructors are strict and require the kids to focus, pay attention, make eye contact and even learn some Korean.   In the beginning he struggled with keeping his left and right straight and with overall coordination but I am proud to say he has come a long way!  While he got his yellow stripe within a few weeks, he struggled with the difficult yellow belt patterns for months until his instructor told me he was ready to test.  And even then, David told me he didn't know them well enough and was too nervous to do it!  But given all that, he was very brave and went through the test anyway.  You can see it all below in the videos.  It was a nice birthday gift for him and we are very proud of all he has accomplished.
David tests for his yellow belt.
David is awarded his yellow belt.
Sparring sample.
(yes, he is fighting a girl with a higher green belt)

David's 7th Birthday Serenade... (sort of)


David's Cake

One of our recent traditions has been to take the kids to Gigi's when they finish their math books.  Gigi's is a gourmet cupcake bakery with a lot of choices.  My kids pour over the menu and spend a lot of time deciding on what cupcake they will get for the "next time."  David finished his 1B math book a few weeks before his birthday and he selected a cinnamon roll cupcake.  Apparently, it was delicious because he talked about it for days and really wanted to make a cinnamon roll cake for his birthday.  And I hear this a lot at my house:  "Mommy, can we Google "fill in the blank?"  So, we googled cinnamon roll cake and printed out the first result.  Here is David with our plan.  By the way, Emily was at the zoo for girlscouts and David was excited to have the kitchen to himself...  He can handle Lia.

Let's get started!

What do we need?  What do we do?

Can monkey's make cakes?

Look out!  David's got the mixer.


And letting sister help... Beautiful!

Happy 7th Birthday David, Oct 14

David turned seven this year!  We have been meeting at the same park every year since his first birthday to enjoy the fall concert series.  This year, however, we received a lot of rain on this day and the concert was cancelled.  Lucky for us, by evening time, the rain cleared up and the sun came out so we were still able to celebrate his birthday at the park.  There was no live music, but there were no crowds either.  We were able to get a great picnic table under the pavillion and the kids were able to run around and play while the adults got in a good visit.

Chastity, Courage, David, Travis, Lia, Emiy, Emma

David wanted a cinnamon roll cake and I did my best to make this happen.  Visually, however, the cake wasn't a big sucess because it was really hard to get out of the pan.  The cinnamon rolls on top were my attempt to cover up the places where the cake just fell apart.  The transfer did not go well!  But most importantly, David was happy with his cake.  He wanted his name in red and the number 7 candle to be red.  When I asked him if the cake was okay, he said, "Of course Mommy.  It's perfect."  And so it was.

These pictures were a little blurry but I'm glad I got to document that David's very important people were at his party to help him celebrate.  Happy Birthday David!!!

HMNS: New Hall of Paleontology (October)

The Houston Museum of Natural Science opened up a new Paleontology wing last summer and we had been hearing how spectacular it was.  Since I bought a family pass last year, we wanted to go see it while we could still do so admission free.  We were not disappointed!  It was a great family outing.

The kids were unable to pose like normal children in front of these dinosaurs.  They morphed into T-Rex, Diplodocus, Stegasaurus... you get the idea.

This is a "virtual" prehistoric aquarium and I had to take a picture because David literally stood in front of it for half an hour.  The creatures in the tank were so strange looking that they literally looked like figures straight out of a little boy's imagination.  No wonder David liked it so much.  There was this one creature, he called "the ultimate worm digger" who tried really hard but never got the worm..."  He stood there so long he saw the virtual show multiple times and could narrate and point out all the cool things to kids who would come up and watch with him.  Do you think I can get it on dvd?

And well, here you would have a boy sticking his head into a prehistoric crocodile's mouth.  Typical.