Saturday, June 26, 2010

Yellow belt...black tip

I know I had mentioned previously in a post that Bug was taking Tae Kwon Doe.....

well, since then he has FLOURISHED in it. He went from a basic white belt...to a white belt with a black tip...to a white belt with a yellow tip, and then you graduate to a yellow belt. From there you earn a black tip for that one as well, and then a green tip. And so on and so forth...up to Black belt. He went for his black tip on his yellow belt last night. He was very nervous..but did wonderful! :) Brad and I were so proud!~
Tae Kwon Doe has really built up his self esteem, and self confidence~

He is also doing sparring now (which i wasnt too sure how he, or I for that matter, would handle) and is loving it. He is so much more aggressive than I thought he would be, not timid or scared. He had an issue with turning his back at first, but has quickly realized thats the quickest way to go down. I'll have to post some video on here of him sparring...I'll see if I can get it to upload!~ Anyway, I am so thankful for Master Jenkins and the staff there. They are so great with the kids!~ We are seeing the old Bug we knew back in NC!...and that is WONDERFUL~ :) Thank God!

Here he is at his test.


Practicing....with his buddy Nate from his school....


Getting ready to take it..just a lil nervous! :)...


The testers....



Here he is taking part of the test....
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Of course he passes...Here is Sam recieving his black tip!~ GO SAM!
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SO proud!!~


I sure can't love this boy any more than I already do! :)....



The testers..."graduation" picture... this is just a very small FRACTION of the people in the academy...they test once a month and if you are on the list to test, it means they think you are ready...so you come on the last friday of the month and those on the list try for the next rank! :)



Bug in his Spar gear...



Some cool video of the instructors.... (my favorite! The second dude is the Grand Masters son)
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Instructors Sparring... Walter and Bobby... (2 of Sams favorite)


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Another instructor showing one of the examples...

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I'm sure there will be more videos and pictures in the future as Sam really seems to enjoy doing it. So much so, that when he gets happy about anything...he busts out doing karate moves. As a matter of fact if we are even standing still..he starts doing Ki-Bone 1 ( I know I know...I cant spell korean! lol)...

Anyway...love to all...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Beach Trip 2010-Bethany Beach, DE

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We went to Delaware this year for our annual Talcott reunion, instead of the good ol' Jersey Shore. I have to admit...I enjoyed it more. The house was nicer...the beach was nicer...and the over all feel of the trip seemed calmer.



It was So fantastic to see everyone again. I dont' know if I posted last year...as we were in the middle of finding a home, but we DID go...and ended up having to leave after one day due to Sam getting EXTREMELY ill and requiring a trip to the Jersey ER. So we were there less than 24 hours!!~ lol This year...MUCH better! :)


Here is Drama Mama, happy as a clam to be at the beach!~..


This year however...we enjoyed EVERY second of it. Even though it was shorter than usual. Due to Brad's work and a prior commitment of mine).... We fit in as much as we could, and had a blast. They had a boardwalk there though we had to drive 25 min to Ocean City. It was worth it and we spent a night riding rides and enjoying the funnel cake, ice cream, and "boardwalk fries". On Sunday we hit the beach again. Brad and I had some romantic time to ourselves while grandma watched the kids. It was so nice! :) And MUCH needed :) Though Brad not feeling very well kinda out a damper on our last day...but not really lol...i LOVE the beach!~

Here are A LOT of pictures that we took...grab a pop, sit back, and enjoy!~ We did! :)

Daddy and Drama Mama picking up shells...she did this the ENTIRE time...


She even got me involved...


I love this picture because of the look of KK's face...she had SUCH a blast!


Shell collecting video...
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Drama Mama took out EACH shell to show Sara...she was very proud of her collection..


FAVORITE PICTURE!!


My cousin Jimmy Lee and his wife Becca...


Their son Drew...SUCH a cutie...


Bug and Drew had SO much fun together...it was such a treat to watch them!~..


Sam...buried up to his neck...he was begging me to take the picture so I could itch his nose...


Bradley...bodysurfing....


Pointing out the crab...


Sand Shark Sighting...



The fort... built by the boys...

Love the hair...hehehehe


My cousin Todd and his girlfriend Sara..



Me and my cuz...his son LOVED to be buried....



We only had one EMERGENCY...lol...when Brad stepped on a wire in the ocean!?!...
calm down people...we have a lifegaurd to the rescue.....


But then he hands ME everything...hehe...nurse Kristi to the rescue!...


As I am doing the surgery...please note my cousins face on the background....


side note: brad survived the surgery and is doing well...lol..

We found some horseshoe crabs too...
KK and I catching little sandcrabs..and Sam playing in the ocean..
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What a turkey~ He is such a blast...


Mom, Cody, and Uncle Ron...


Check out this tiny turtle Bug found on an early morning walk with just him and I while the rest of the house slept..
Bug had to show everyone, so we went and woke them up..and then set out to release him...
Bug holding his lil friend...
Then of course the Drama Mama had to have her turn...
Off he goes....


Honey and I...awkward pose...


Until next year....


Monday, June 14, 2010

It's Official: I have a 3rd grader

He was so darn excited yesterday, as it was his last day....and only a 1/2 day at that!~

He reminded me half a dozen times, that the next time I saw him, he would be a third grader.

Well, he got off that bus and started sobbing. (*shakes her head*)

He was going to miss everyone. :)

I was quite shocked as he hadn't seemed to make any "real" friends this year...except for another little boy that rides his bus.

*insert evil mom here* So I explained I could sign him up for summer school if he wanted.

YEAAAA...lol.... with a horrifed look (that quickly dried his tears I might add) he quickly shook his head and was clear about NOT wanting to do that.
end of subject. lol

Later that night...we celebrated his "graduation" by letting him pick what he wanted for dinner, wherever he wanted.

He chose Dominoes Pizza.

*rolls eyes and reminds self that this is HIS day not mine*

Then as we are eating...I ask him if he is full, and he states "mom, I havent eaten 3 pieces yet. I am a third grader now...I need to eat 3 pieces "
(sidenote: that his normal intake of pizza is normally right around 2-3 anyway)...
So I say "thats fine Bug...just dont get a bellyache"
What a turkey! He ate the 3 slices and then asked for dessert. lol...
thats my boy.

As far as Kayla goes...she is LOVING preschool. She has a best friend that she says she loves all the time and has to wear her "rockstar" shoes because Kendall likes them. It is too funny. She also like Lily..:) (she made me add that)...
I have had to pay each time to let her stay an extra hour so she can eat lunch with all her buddies as the "school" ends at 11:30..and thats when I normally get her for lunch and nap.
Now that its summer however...they still offer a program thats geared more towards arts and crafts and fun. So she is still in it Monday, Wed, and Fri..from 9-12:30.

She is quite the character.... a typical random question goes like this:
"mom...where did you get me? Did you get me from jesus? Or was I just lost and you found me?"
She also delights in passing gas and fist bumping her daddy.
MUCH to my dismay. *nice one honey..*

But she is mine and she ROCKS! :) I couldnt love her anymore than I already do!~

ONTO this summer....

We have So much planned.

Between Kings Dominion trips (we have already been the last 3 weekends in a row since we have season passes)...PA trips...Popo and Papa's visit and a DiSNEY trip..plus I would love to make a few DC trips as well, sinced Bug LOVEs museums!~we will be some busy buggers! :)

Anyway..here are a few pictures I took of my kids and Josh's. So it's COUSIN TIME!~..

This is Drama Mama and Lexi Poo...


My favorite shot of them all...


Another group shot..


The 3 goobs...:)


The BIGGEST goob..



LOVE this boy!~



Future blackmail photo...*evil grin*..hey, he did this to HIMSELF! :)
*side note..he saw this picture a few days later and smacks his head and goes "oh no! what was I thinking?!? fairy wings~ MOM!!"
I was more looking at the rainbow lei sweetie...but....


OH MY SON!~ You truly are a delight!~
I am so blessed!~ :) Love to you all~