Saturday, December 6, 2014

2014 Winter

I love that the girls are old enough that they can go outside & play by themselves!

Santa: I know Him!!!

I love how much Jessie loves Santa. Maggie loves and believes in him too. As much as she believes in God. Even though she doesn't want to visit with him in person ("He knows what I want.")

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tae Kwon Do

When Maggie was 3, the movie "Kung Fu Panda" came out. She decided right then that she needed to learn Kung Fu. We figured she would forget about it. Do we even know this girl?? Almost daily, we would drive by a school. And almost daily, Maggie would say "Dat's where I will learn Kung Fu." 
When she got into kindergarten, I started looking into it, though not too seriously. She didn't mention it as often, but it would still come up occasionally. Then we moved and we had a little more disposable income. Maggie started talking about it more and we thought it would be good to get her into something active. She's not interested in team sports. So we found a dojo called Victory Martial Arts and let her try a few classes. She was hooked!

She started in January 2014 and has progressed steadily, always passing to the next level: white, orange, yellow and now green belts. She is learning self defense, balance, confidence and how to break boards! Yes that is correct -- Mr Jeff insists that each student breaks a board prior to moving to the next belt. It usually takes her a few tries, but she has always done it. She is doing so well that other parents are commenting and Mr Jeff mentioned that she is catching on quicker, sometimes just my watching.

She's loving it and says she's taking it all the way to black belt!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

9 years old

NINE?!? Too soon. This fantastic girl is nine years old and I can hardly believe it. The past year has seen a lot of changes with our move to Brookings, but she has taken it in stride. She is now in 3rd grade at another school (Camelot), making new friends. She is in her 4th year of Girl Scouts as a 2nd year Brownie. She still loves animals. She started Tae Kwon Do in January and recently earned her Green Belt (4th belt progression). She still loves to read.

Food: Spaghetti
Sport: Tae Kwon Do
Animal: Platypus
TV Show: Uncle Grandpa
Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy
Favorite thing at school (that isn't recess): Science
Color: Yellow
When you grow up: zoologist
Song: Party for One (Muppets movie)
Book: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone; Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Season: I like summer because the water park is open and every thing is hot. I like spring because everything is in bloom. I like fall because of all the colors. And I like winter because of the pretty white snow.
Holiday: My Birthday (if you want to count that as a holiday)
Snack:ants on a log
Friends at School: Amber, Courtnie, Hailey, Kyle, Jordan, Sam J 
Places you want to go: Disney World, Disneyland, Mall of America

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Fresh Start

The beginning of September is a little bit like a fresh start. Another year of school starts: Maggie started 3rd grade in a new school; Jessie began what is most likely her last year of pre-school/day care; Rocky started his 2nd year of his quest to become a tenured professor at his alma mater; and I started on my 2nd year at my alma mater's biggest rival. It's been a challenging year, but one full of blessings.

As it's a fresh start for the school year, I decided this is also a good time for a fresh start for other things: my work out routine [though to be fair, I did a pretty good job going getting to spin & weights class throughout the summer -- food continues to be my weakness], meal planning, blogging [both here & my wine blog]. We will restart our church home search.

September, it's the new January!

Friday, July 25, 2014

My Sweet Jessie

I recently returned from a work trip to Dover, Delaware. [not high on my list of places to return to!] So the other night, after my return, I was snuggling Jessie and she looked at me and said "Your eyes are beautiful. Your nose is beautiful. Your teeth are beautiful." I told her she was beautiful. And she continued. Naming many body parts and telling me I'm beautiful.

Of course, eventually, she got into the fact that my poopy and underwear and sandwich wraps are beautiful as well.

It was nice while it lasted.