Friday, August 24, 2012

Testing... testing... 1...2...

There is a group test tonight at Tae Kwon Do, and both girls are ready to be tested.  I paid their fee last night, so all that remains is to be there for 6pm and watch.  They're very excited, though Hannah is a bit nervous about her flying side kick.  I'm debating going out to the store to get a bigger micro sd for my phone, so I can take video's of both girls tests.  I don't think I have enough room for two videos on the card I have now.  They can't wait, though it will be their last "class" with Instructor Matt, since he's going back to school next week.  They'll be super sad when he's gone, he really is SO good with them.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Summer Vacation

I can't believe that school starts for Hannah two weeks from today.  It seems like she JUST got out of school, and here she is going back as a second grader already.  She's so smart and funny, I know she's going to love it.  She already got her teacher assignment, and while it wasn't who she wanted, she's not upset about it. 

Norah starts school three weeks from yesterday, and I can't believe that I'm sending my baby to school.  Real school with teachers and friends... it boggles my mind.  I swear I was just doing preschool with Hannah, and Norah was an infant in a sling or a wrap at every drop off and pick up.  Then she was a scheming toddler, with plans of her own, and an adorable smile.  Somehow she's nearly 4.5, and totally ready to make new friends and have a good time at school.

The girls are testing for belts on Friday at Taekwondo.  Hannah is moving up to a green belt, and Norah's testing for her orange belt.  They're both ready and excited.  Hannah is a little nervous about her breaking (a kicking break instead of a punching break), but she practiced last night, and is going to an extra class tonight to be sure she's very ready.  Norah knows how to do her elbow strike break, but it's hard for her to practice since all the practice boards are too thick for such a tiny girl.  I have faith it will be fine though.

Thursday, August 16, 2012


That time is coming again, and what's more exciting is that this year Norah is joining the fun.  She'll be attending the same preschool Hannah did, just with a different teacher.  Just yesterday I got news that Magi will be going mornings also, just in a different class.  She's really excited to start school, and be a "big girl that goes EVERY DAY!"  Just like Hannah, only for half days instead of all day.  It messes with my work schedule a bit, but I have managed to work it out, and it just might give me more time for my own school work, which starts again right after Labor Day.  Seems like summer just started, even for me, and I finished six weeks earlier than Hannah.

Monday, August 13, 2012


After an eventful vacation, we are home!  Vacation started for me on Friday, and I took the girls with Kat to Six Flags for an afternoon of fun. They went in the water park, Hannah did some slides, and Norah some of the smaller kid things.  Then we hit the rides.  Teacups, roller coasters, and lots of kiddie rides.  We stayed until about 8:30, when they finally decided they were hungry enough to leave and get dinner.

Saturday was a staying home kind of day, but Sunday we went to the Great New England Airshow.  The girls were thrilled to get to sit in lots of different kinds of planes, and Hannah is convinced that the B 2 Stealth Bomber is really Batman's plane.

Monday we headed to the ocean, for a picnic at the beach.  There was lots of swimming in the ocean and digging in the sand.  On our way home we took a long way and stopped at Ikea for some things we needed.  Plates, bowls, and dishtowels.

Tuesday was fun because we hit the Springfield Museums and got to play in the Lego exhibit.  The girls and even Steven had a fabulous time building and being in awe of the massisve lego sculptures.  There were lots of other interesting things, including a huge Tyrannosaurus Rex that terrified the life out of Norah.

Wednesday started the big fun.  We got in the car early in the morning and headed down to Delaware to visit Sara and Zach and Baby Carlee.  After a long ride, we finally got there around 2:30, and spent the rest of the day snuggling Carlee and catching up.

Thursday Sara and I took the cousins to the pool while Steven golfed and Zach slept, then we did the Dover AFB Air Museum, got amazing $1 ice cream, and grilled out for dinner.  It was inhaled by everyone and enjoyed immensely. 

Friday we thought our day would be spoiled, because it rained and thundered crazily when we got up in the morning.  Fortunately for us, the weather changed and it was perfect to head to Longwood Gardens like we planned.  We spent a lot of time there walking and taking pictures.  We had a fabulous dinner and headed back until very late, catching about half of the fountain light show.  After a long ride back, the girls were informed they had to sleep in.

Saturday we all got up around 8:30, and after cooking a big breakfast, we packed up and headed for home.  We pulled in around 5:45, and as much as we hated leaving Delaware, it was nice to be home in our own space and our own beds.