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Saturday, May 31, 2008

The end?

This week has been all about transition and nostalgia. It was the last week of school for the kids. Sam's school had lots of hoopla, awards and games. Joseph's school had a picnic, but was much more emotional because most of the kids in Joseph's class were leaving Mulberry School for kindergarten elsewhere.

The Mulberry school picnic.

Sam tested for his green belt today. He did a fine job, although he had more trouble than usual breaking his board. We all went out to Los Patrillos Real Mexican Cuisine after class, and the food was not bad at all. Kelly, who is a Master's student in in my lab and also a brown belt in Sam's TaeKwonDo class left town today. So sad! I will miss her around the lab and socially, and she is great with Sam at TaeKwonDo.

Sam and Kelly sparring

Most nostalgically, Joseph was born five years ago tomorrow. Five years ago in our little house in Riverside, I woke up at 2 in the morning with back pains every 4 minutes. After first turning on all the lights, the television and then stomping loudly around the bedroom without succeeding in waking up Danny, I believe that I may have punched him. Six-and-a-half hours later, Joseph was born. He had black eyes, dark hair that stood up like a troll, and a lump on his head. Sam wanted to have a party for him, so he got Danny to stop and buy a little cake, a balloon and corn dogs.

Videos from Sam's green belt test:
Jumping Sam

Sam doing his forms. Sam is not doing it wrong when he is out of synch--he is the only one testing for green belt, so he has different forms from the other kids.

Sam's first attempt at breaking his board. He got it after a few tries, but we didn't catch it on video.

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