Thursday, February 27, 2014


When Scarlett was an infant, she loved to eat paper. She never had any interest in putting Legos or anything else tiny into her mouth, but if you left a newspaper on the floor she'd eat the sports section. As a toddler she makes everything into "maps" (usually rolled) which are her most prized possessions. Doesn't look very cuddly to me but she seems pretty content.

Monday, February 24, 2014


This is how the kids feel about Ikea. I can't say I really blame them.

Like father like son

Guess who helped get Max dressed this morning.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

No more mullet

Scarlett's hair is finally long enough for pigtails.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Max's Yellow Belt Test

Today was Max's first Kung Fu test for his yellow belt.  Years days of his hard work and determination would finally pay off.

A lot of waiting was involved.  About 16 students had their belt test today and each had to be tested individually. All in all, we were there for about 90 minutes.

waiting patiently

First, Max had to demonstrate how to escape from a few arm/wrist grabs.

bowing to Sifu Daniel
escaping a wrist grab

The toughest part of the test is demonstrating your form.  The white belts had to perform a "Five Stances" form by themselves.  It's a series of about 20 or so moves, and was what we've had Max practice over the past week.

Five Stances form

After showing his form, for the final part of the test, all the kids had to break a wood board with a kick.  We were a little caught off guard-we hadn't watched a test before, and we were worried that Max might not know what to do (or get discouraged if he couldn't break the board).
The teachers walked the kids through it though, and all was well.  Plus the fact that the laminated boards would probably break if you looked at them wrong helped.

Max rocked it and broke his board into 3 pieces. While sitting down waiting for the other kids to attempt their board break, Max decided to build a structure with his broken pieces of wood.

from demolisher to architect

Max was very happy and can't wait to collect his belt next week at the belt ceremony.  We are super proud of our little guy!

a very proud kung fu dude

Afterwards, we all went out for Tuckers ice cream to celebrate!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Can we bring this home

Brave daddy hands Scarlett a huge earthworm.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Fun in the Rain

Out in our neighborhood, splashing in all the great puddles!

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