Monday, March 30, 2009

Caleb Going Green

Caleb had to write a poem about "Green" in his first grade class this week. I loved it and had to share.

Green is swingy vines and tiny frogs.
Green is the sound of parakeets talking in a cage.
Green is the smell of bananas on the counter.
Green tastes like M&M's that are the peanut kind.
Green feels smooth when you touch a lizard's body.

By Caleb

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Secret Pals Revealed

Caleb and Cody have had Secret Pals at church for the past several weeks. Today was the day they got to meet each other. They have enjoyed writing letters and learning about each other each week. Some weeks there were even small treats hanging on the bulletin board for them. We went to Books-A-Million yesterday in search of a small gift of appreciation for each of them. The boys had fun picking out what they would about a pack of gum or a lollipop? We settled on something a little more meaningful.

They met each other before church and sat down for a pancake breakfast, while the parents watched from another room (just in case the kids got a little wired from all the syrup or had a melt-down). Cody was so excited about his new cars, notepad, and piggybank with "real money" that he jumped up and gave Ms. Bobby a big hug! He can be such a sweet little boy. She said he talked to her the whole breakfast and was just a delight.
Caleb's Secret Pal was Miss Allison. He has been so interested in Miss Allison's trip to Frankfort. She has told him about the trip the past couple of letters. I have been trying to figure out who their Secret Pals were too. I thought I might have Caleb's guessed right because I knew she worked with children and I guessed right.
This has been such a fun activity for our children, as well as the adults. They have gotten to know each other better. They also learned some letter writing skills and how to talk to an adult that they don't know very well. Then of course, pancakes before church...what could be better?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Tae Kwon Do Exhibition

Caleb had a Tae Kwon Do exhibition in Louisville this past weekend. His dojang has been practicing for weeks. Kevin met us up there to see the performance. They did an awesome job and Caleb had a great time. It was tiring for Cody, but he still enjoyed the performances and feats.

Caleb was so excited to finally get to see Grandmaster Jung Oh Hwang a silver medalist from the Olympics and 6th degree black belt in TKD, 6th degree black belt in Judo and 7th degree black belt in Hapkido. His performance began with Grandmaster Hwang overthrowing several opponents that encircled him and came at him just like in the movies. I think it was 20 opponents in 1 minute. Then Grandmaster Hwang broke 6 bottles of Jim Beam Whiskey with his hand. The boys thought this was the best.

video Master Hwang kicking some butt.

videoIs he awesome or what?

Caleb's group performance was to "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by The Charlie Daniel's Band. It was a good guys versus the bad guys routine.

I am trying to get the video to upload from his performance, but am having trouble getting it to work. I can view it from my computer, but can't get it to work for you to see on the blog. The other 2 videos were from a different camera and they saved to a different file format. I'll keep trying.

Jackson is a fifth grader at Caleb's school and has been doing TKD since he was small. He is a World Champion black belt and is just out of this world awesome. Jackson was the devil, of course and the other bo staff demonstrators were the demons.

Caleb's group was the good guys with the kama's led by Anita, the daughter of Caleb's instructor, who had a nunchuk routine.

These cool Chinese dragons from the Olympics greeted all of the martial arts participants as they entered the stadium.

Getting a little tired Caleb?

Once the exhibition was over the boys were anxious to go swimming. They wore Uncle Kevin out in the pool, while I tried to chill in the hot tub. After the adults had enough, we convinced the boys to go back to the room for a game of Uno. Chilling out in the hotel room for the rest of the evening.

The boys always think it is a wonderful treat to stay in a hotel, especially if it has an indoor swimming pool. All good hotels do, you know.

We saw Grandaddy at the Rehab Facility on Sunday. He had not seen the boys since last fall before he broke his hip. He had a good time watching them play with little action figures all around his room. He was very weak, but still sharp as a tack for a 91 year old man. Cody remembered that he used to play harmonica for him and Grandaddy enjoyed his memories of that. They both gave him great big hugs before leaving. I am sure it meant a lot to him to see them.

After that we went by and saw Aunt Sandy and Uncle Jim for a little while before heading home. It is so nice to visit with family that you are unable to see very often.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Am I Crazy or What?

OK, call me crazy...I invited 5 boys to spend the night with Caleb on Friday for his birthday. That was his request this year, instead of a birthday party. Cody went to spend the night with the younger brother of one of the boys, so that the older boys could play together without any siblings.

Here are Adam, Quinn, Caleb, Sammy, Tyler, and Reese.

They all brought sleeping bags to either campout in the tent in the backyard (since the weather was unseasonably warm) or campout inside. They voted for the tent outside, but before the night was through- they were all tucked in upstairs. We started off the evening with a scavenger hunt with brainy clues such as: "Use this when you get out of the tub, it will dry you off after you scrub." Which led them to the bathroom in search of a bath towel and another clue. The boys had a blast figuring out what the clues meant and racing to find the next clue. Finally at the end of the hunt, they came to a basket full of flashlights and gummy bugs. With a message telling them to take their flashlights outside for a game of flashlight tag.

I am sure our neighbors were wondering what was going on with six 7-year olds hooting and hollering in the backyard for several hours. We are usually very good about being quiet outside after dark, so they deserved one night of loud, raucous fun. The boys ran around in and out of the humongous tent and backyard. Ben started a campfire in the chiminea for roasting hotdogs and marshmallows. Some of the boys ate smores, others preferred hotdogs, and others thought it was great fun to catch marshmallows on fire. OK piros, back out to the yard and play!

We turned the light on by the garage for the boys to play basketball and they took turns jumping on Caleb's new pogo stick.

They were all hot and sweaty, but it still didn't tire them out!

Since 3 of the 6 are in Martial Arts, Ben got out the breaking boards. They had a big time trying to break them and some did really well.

Reese had to go home at 9:30 pm because he had ball practice early the next morning. But he made sure he got in several shots at the breaking boards before he left. I love the look of excitement on his face in this picture.

About 10 pm, the boys all had the pj's on and were out in the tent snuggled up in their sleeping bags telling ghost stories. They got themselves spooked and all ran back inside saying they needed a snack. I pulled out some chips and drinks, sending them out to the deck. This settled them down for a moment, until they heard "coyotes howling"! Ben didn't help matters by telling them, that yes indeed coyotes did live around here and we do hear them at night quite often. This is true, but the "coyotes" they were hearing actually turned out to be an owl hooting in the trees behind our house. The 5 little boys didn't want to hear anything of it and were thoroughly spooked after that, "I just saw something moving in the backyard! What was that sound? Did you hear that?" I could picture myself at 2 am dragging pillows and sleeping bags into the house with 5 boys clinging to my arms, so I decided at 10:30 pm to save myself the torture. I asked if they still wanted to sleep out in the tent and got a unanimous "No!" So out we went, gathering everything up and dragging it all upstairs. It took them awhile to choose who was sleeping in which room/bed/floor. They all ended up in the guest room with 2 in the bed and 3 on the floor.
Needless to say, I did not get much sleep the early part of that night. I thought I had them settled down around 11:30 pm., after an hour of what Ben called "playing steamroller". They rolled around over each other, wrestled, giggled, snuck out of the room and brought toys back to bed, tickled, pinched, stole pillows and blankets, and were just boys. Ben and I went to bed at 11:30 pm, after Adam conked out from exhaustion on the floor (I was sure that the others would follow suit very soon) HA, HA, HA!!! I had to get up 2 or 3 more times to tell them to settle down or get back in the guest room. At 1:20 am, I was awakened (or was I even asleep, it was hard to tell), by a loud crash. I jumped out of bed for the last time to find that the 4 remaining boys were wide awake. They had pulled out every tinker toy, lego set, Bionicle, and K-nex set then had them scattered among various stages of being built all over the boy's room and the upstairs hallway. The crashing was one little instigator who had begun to toss his tinker toy creations over the balcony!
That was it...mama's head began to spin and boys began to run. I put 2 in the boy's room in the bunk beds and the other 2 in the guest room. I told Caleb to get in the bed and instigator on the floor. Then I told them that I was sleeping up here with them. "What? You are sleeping up here too?" Oh yes, and you guys are going to sleep this minute. Lights were turned back off and everyone tucked in. They were asleep in 5 minutes and thankfully slept till 7 am.
All in all, except for the wildness and excitement trying to get them to sleep, they had a great time. It brought back memories of when I was a little girl. I LOVED slumber parties! Spending the night with a bunch of friends, painting toenails, playing with Barbies, eating warm cookies with milk, staying up whispering till late in the memories. Only I forgot, I have boys!

Tree Truck Has Arrived

The tree truck arrived at the Peterson household yesterday! Yay!! We weren't expecting our branches and debris to be taken away for a couple of months because we live in the county. The boys thought it was so cool to watch the huge claw pick up the branches.

Now all we have left are the 2 brush piles in the backyard. We haven't burned them yet because they were too wet and green. It has also been extremely windy the past couple of weekends. We definitely did not want to start a brush fire in our backyard from the wind.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

My Oldest is Going to be 7!!!

Caleb will be 7 years old on Monday! It is hard to believe that he is already that old. Mom and Kevin came up this weekend to celebrate with him.

We got him some rebreakable boards to practice for Tae Kwon Do.

Cody helped Grandmom make birthday cookie brownies for Caleb.

Then we had a Wii-athon. Check out Mom with Jasmine in her lap shooting the cowboys.

Trying out the Tree Pose on the Wii-fit.

We had snow flurries on Saturday. They left a light coating on everything, but didn't accumulate much.

Nothing better than catching big fat snowflakes on your tongue.