Chess teacher

I'll be the first homeschooling mom to admit I have help. Grant is a great teacher! I'm sure Jake will be a champ at chess in no time!

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Snow Sledding Day

Eric and I headed to the gym despite the snow and then an emergency trip to the grocery store for hot chocolate and marshmallows. Of course, sledding was next!!

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Kids Loving the Snow

We haven't had real snow since we moved to the Portland area so this is a real "treat". Kids are happy to play; husband is looking forward to the extra business. I'm warm in the house walking in circles trying to earn my 10,000 steps!

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The Big Leagues

Nothing like throwing your hat into the ring (or your children's hats) for a major competition for a first tournament.  But, that's just what we did.  The boys have been working hard at TKD 6 days a week and have never competed in a tournament until this past weekend.  They both competed for the state championship which was a the qualifier to go to nationals which will go on to World's.  It was a biggie. 









 You learn a lot really quickly this way like the extra bow to the judges--point off! There were lots of little things and honestly it probably wasn't the best tournament to try.  However, Jake came away with a gold medal and can now go to nationals this summer AND YET- wait for it- he didn't spar a single competitor! Only Jake, right? There was no one in his weight division to spar. Mr. Featherweight thought winning gold was great and is still telling everyone! Yep, there have been some discussion about earning wins. But, he's happy.  



Grant sparred and scored but his competitor was winning by a point when the boy broke his toe with 7 seconds left in round 2.  He toughed it out but Grant didn't get all of the 7 seconds in the round and lost.  Honestly, I think he was a little afraid to kick the guy after that. Who wants to kick the guy that's down?  









All in all, our boys have some experience now under their blue belts in poomsae and sparring competition.  They also walked away knowing that they have worked hard for several months and can hold their heads high. They aimed big and were the newbies out on the mats.  Chalking it up to character lessons learned! 

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