Saturday, June 30, 2012


That's what Instructor Matt told her about her testing on Thursday night.  She did so well, and we are so proud of her, and more importantly, she is so proud of herself!  I knew she'd do fine, but she was just a bit nervous.  Some kids from our dojang are on their way to the junior olympics this weekend, so there were no real boards left to break, so she broke a very thick practice board in lieu of a real one.  She did it, and with no help, you can tell watching the video, and speaking of the video.... here it is.  Almost 8 minutes long, but it covers all her actual knowledge.  I was running out of room on my phone, so I stopped before the home report, and the actual changing of her belt, but she did in fact get a brand new orange belt and a promotion to the "advanced" level classes.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Recently I bought a bunch of used books that were books I enjoyed as a child.  The secret garden, Charlotte's Web, Harriet the Spy... and I've been reading them to/with the girls at night.  We finished Charlotte's Web the other day, and the end is very sad.  I remember being eight when I first read it.  I was home for a week from school with my first round of chicken pox.  I don't remember if I cried then, but honestly I in no way expected that Hannah would.  I didn't know if she was really old enough to grasp what was going on.  She totally did though.  She cried when Charlotte died, and then insisted once we were finished that it was the saddest thing to happen, ever. 

I don't know if I agree about ever, but it is pretty darn sad.  I love that little girl!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Today it's supposed to hit 97 here, which is pretty hot for only the first day of summer!  I think technically summer doesn't even start until 7 something tonight.... But I'll take it, I prefer hot to cold anyways.

Hannah's last day of school is Friday, though she lucked out and they called tomorrow a half day as well as Friday, since it's supposed to be around 100 tomorrow.  I'm not sure if she even knows that yet, I got the phone call on my way home from work around lunchtime.  We've had some busy days lately, and I think they're paying the price.  Norah is napping at the moment directly behind me on the couch.  If you complain to me that you're tired, and I say go lay down... and you fall asleep, then I must have been right.  Hopefully she's not getting sick, I'm just getting over a terrible cold.

The girls had taekwondo last night.  Hannah's ready to be tested again.  Seems really fast, but she truly does know what they want her to know to get her orange belt, so I guess we'll see when they want to test her.  I'd like to hold off a bit longer, since I like having them in the same class for the moment.  Norah absolutely adores it, and practices all the time.

Friday, June 8, 2012


Norah wants to be just like her big sister.  She wants to eat the same breakfast, wear the same kind of clothes, and play with the same toys.  They do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and Hannah should be immensely flattered.  Hannah handles it really well for the most part.  She looks out for her sister and helps her when she can.  I can't help but think that their birth order helps with this a lot.  If Hannah had been the second child, there is no way that Norah would have been such a caring, helpful big sister.  It's just not in her nature, no matter how much I nurture it.

Along with all the other things Norah wants to do, Taekwondo is now added to the pot.  Funny enough, she's actually pretty good at it for 4, and even Instructor Matt(the one instructor Hannah has a crush on) was surprised to see that she already knows her basic motions to ten and can count in Korean.  I wouldn't be surprised if Norah is testing for a yellow belt before Hannah tests for her orange.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


So far, June has been less than pleasant.  Yes I realize we're only a few days in, but the weather is awful.  After school Norah always asks Hannah if she wants to go play outside.  It's so ingrained in her, she doesn't even realize she's saying it.  She asked yesterday, and was disappointed to be reminded that it's raining again, and that playing inside is really the only option.  Rain means that Hannah's game on Saturday was cancelled, and practice was also.  She has another game on Saturday this week, and so far the weather is supposed to cooperate, though that can change.  I guess they aren't going to learn anything about playing the game though, I swear they've only had two practices all season, which doesn't do much for their self esteem when they lose.

Norah is asking to to taekwondo with Hannah, so tonight when I take Hannah for her regular class I told Norah she could take a trial class.  If she can do it and likes it, I'll figure out how to sign her up also.  I know they give families a deal when they sign up with more than one kid.  We shall see if she actually likes it.