Today was great. :D
Tree hunting went weird... our artificial tree is up but we had a great trip into the country for hot chocolate, tractor hay rides, and ... well, tree hunting... but we decided to not get a real green dress "because that's cruel"... hahahaha... or we couldn't find one we liked... you pick. :D
Survivor was great... and the sat-dish saved my ass - because, of course, I screwed up the tape job... Never before has tivo been needed by someone so completely!
and then there was [ :: the board :: ] - and believe me, I know breaking on the grain is no great shakes... but it was an inch thick and I felt all cool... so whatever. :D We'd been given no advance warning that this would be required in the test so it was fun to just go with it. :)
The game continues... with the effort to get to the [ :: next belt :: ] (and that looks like a red belt but it's not... it's orange)
Edward had my heart racing in glorious Dad moments when he was receiving his "stripe"...
He had to do his pattern, with 5 other little kiddlettes, in front of a hundred spectators and under the scrutiny of these very somber looking Korean dudes...
He was amazing!
And miss rocket girl... [ :: zebra :: ]!! That's her (black sweats) in one of her patterns for the test... It was particularly precious to be there today and have the whole thing be such a "family affair". She - without question - passed her belt. :D
Geo was amazing!! (btw). He sat in the audience and took [ :: pictures :: ] and had to endure almost 3 hours of watching us do our thing... he was amazing and is still very keen to take yellow again in January...
Did I mention that Geo had the camera? [ :: yeah, he took pictures... :: ]
Oh... and there was a language test... Z and I crammed for it in the car driving to and from the party we went to last night. The winning strategy for me remains to think of the words from a purely phonic point of view. Take this one example... there is this term that is something like mu-tae-jun-chin... or something... I've no actual idea so don't bother correcting me... the info will just flow past me. For my money the words were actually "booty junction" and I can remember that... So I just remember how the words sound and what they mean.
Now the best part of this story? Is the way I picture "booty junction" in my head... here's a picture from last nights party - and it's [ :: ideal Booty Junction! :: ] (the other girl is Odile... as in "john and odile". We get together with them and "jay and celine" every few months to spend a night catching up, playing games, and talking about thong underware... no, really... it simply ALWAYS comes up... lol!
So anyways... it's goofy late and time for bed.
Another long weekend of being a family and doing things...
It's a pretty simple recipe for success... don't ya think? :D