Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mimi Camp

How lucky was Joseph to have his grandmother fly up from Louisiana to help take care of him for a week so he could have a relaxing break between the end of school and the beginning of camp?  And good thing - if she waited until his birthday in 3 weeks, he might be taller than her!

Since we never got to the Old Ebbitt Grill when Mimi visited over the holidays, we made sure to go this time (along with her friend Bonnie who came along for the trip).  We called it a belated birthday celebration for her, and it was a great way to end the week of Camp Mimi.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Blue Belt

Totally ready for testing!

The class starts testing as a whole, and as each belt level completes their skills, they are excused.  Turns out there were only 2 purple belts testing.  Joseph was really amazing!!  He showed incredible determination and remembered every move.  His balance has improved so much, and his kicks are getting really high too.

 JT is a blue belt!  And in a shocking reversal, Joseph has even decided he wants to stick with TKD. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Father's Day Fun

The highlight of my Father's Day this year could very well have simply been playing board games with my son (even though he crushed me in round after round of Candyland). Or maybe it was the surprise "Fudgy the Whale" Carvel ice cream cake from Joe Joe and Brent that I so fondly remember buying for my own father every year.

But then there was the gift of a visit and babysitting from Mimi so that Brent and I could go to dinner at Fiola Mare in Georgetown and then see The Book of Mormon for the first time at the Kennedy Center.

(Anyone notice how a taller person frames a picture of a shorter person compared to how a shorter person frames a picture of a taller person?)  The tickets were my birthday present from Brent in March, and the seats were fantastic.  More importantly, the show was beyond amazing, as was the view of the Potomac and Georgetown during intermission.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Last Day of Second Grade

One of my favorite traditions continues: a photo of Joseph on the last day of school, by the Japanese maple tree in front of our house, with a list of all of his current favorite things.  There's no need to include chocolate - that's just understood.  Click on the picture to enlarge it, and also look back at the last days of first grade and kindergarden.

Here's to our rising 3rd grader!

Friday, June 19, 2015


Someone really, really wants to be done with tae kwan do.  We told Joseph he at least has to follow through until he finishes this belt level, and if he worked really hard, he might be able to make testing by the end of the month.  Well, he has worked his butt off and got his final 2 stripes in the past week, much, much faster than expected.  Funny that he's motivated to work so hard just so he can never do something again.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sweet Summer Birthdays

This last week of school has been nothing but one celebration after another: grade-wide end of year party, individual class party, field day.....but most importantly for us, the summer birthday celebration!  Birthdays are celebrated monthly rather than individually in 2nd grade, so it's finally a little fairer for all those summer kids that always got lumped together in one day at the end of the year.

Nolan's mom, Jaedyn's dad and I decided that we'd indulge our chocolate loving sons and go overboard with chocolate milk, chocolate donuts, and chocolate bars for everyone.

I made a label that resembles a Hershey bar closely enough, although I couldn't get the color quite right and I didn't bother to download the Hershey font.  I'm slipping ;)  My favorite parts are that it says "since 2007" and "8 years per kid."  You'll note that our teacher has a summer birthday as well, but I didn't give away her age.

In the end I caved to suggestion and brought half chocolate-glazed and half vanilla-glazed donuts instead of all chocolate.  The kids chose which they wanted independently, and darn if they weren't split exactly evenly between the two, so everyone was happy!

Hooray for sweet summer birthdays!