Monday, December 29, 2008

The Goblin Haz Frenched Me!

Oh my! That nasty little goblin has frenched me and I'm not sure if it's a good thing or not. But since it's my first award, I'll take it (see sidebar). But what to do with the great lady? I think I'll look up a cute beret to add to my knitting queue. What do you think of these? More importantly, would Marie Antoinette approve?

C'est bon!

Sikkim by Kirsten Kapur.

Baroness Beret
by Susan Power.

And now we must follow the rules, or the Goblin will bite our toes. Believe me, he is not kind!

1. Add the logo/button to your blog
2. Link to the person from whom you received the award
3. Nominate 7 or more blogs
4. Put the links to those blogs on your blog
5. Leave a message on their blog letting them know the honor has been bestowed upon them

I nominate:
1. Superhotmama
2. Elise
3. Jordyn
4. Colleen
5. Natalie
6. Stacy
7. Jayne

Aikido Update

December 04, 2008

The good news:
Ceres tested for and was promoted to the rank of Hachikyu (green belt). We are so proud of him.
Ceres' Uke, or testing partner, was Koski (I hope I spelled that right). He's standing in front of Sensei in the picture below. He was very helpful and willing to spend extra time to help Ceres prepare for the test. Cool kid.

The bad news:
Darrell Sensei has moved and will no longer be teaching here at the Mesa Dojo. We're glad that Ceres was able to test with him before he left. He's a great teacher and we'll miss him.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Feeling Nostalgic

I sneaked a picture of Erik in a James Dean-esque moment the other morning.

And it reminded me of this photo of mom and dad with their new car. (I love to see dad's handwriting here.)

This picture was taken 15 or so years before I was born. Another era for sure. But I love to look at old photos of my parents, to see them in their youth and imagine their daily lives of young children, neighborhood friends and dreams for the future. Did it all turn out as they expected? Well, let's see: seven children, all grown now with their own families, a beautiful home to raise them in and plenty of fun memories. I sure hope so.

I came along later in the family and missed some of the action, but I've had a good life so far. And I owe it to these two kids.

Thanks dad and mom.