Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Catch a Wave

  I was up and raring to go quite early yesterday morning.  We were throwing the schedule was being right out the window and headed out of house early.  We were headed for the beach!  The forecast showed a hot, sunny week and we plan on taking full advantage of our freedom.  My mother, sister and nephews were joining us and we were all excited for a beach day at a beach with actual waves! But first we were trying out a new karate class.  I ran into a mom last week who runs a karate class in a nearby town and once we got to talking I discovered that she teaches the same form of karate my boys are already learning.  I was totally intrigued with the idea of a day class (since I really hate my weeknights being filled up!), I loved the thought of meeting more fellow homeschoolers, I loved that all three boys would be in class at the same time (so I only have an hour sitting around watching them instead of three), and the boys were thrilled to learn they could transfer in and keep their belt levels!  We decided to take advantage of their free trail class yesterday and see how well the boys would like it.  We had already decided that if they loved it we were going to be switching do jangs.  I have mixed feeling about it since we have been treated so nicely by the studio we're at now.  We'll definitely miss the teacher & friends we've made but I can't not take advantage of a class that will better meet our families' financial needs (did I mention that it's cheaper too?),work better with our schedule, and keep Ian interested in learning karate.  There has been no talk of quitting from him since we've started talking about this new class! 
    We arrived at the new class very early and since it wasn't open yet we sat and listened to our book on CD.  By the time we wandered in the class was just about to start.  We discovered that the version of Tang So Do is a bit different from the version the boys are learning.  About half-way through the class, Evan shamelessly announced to me that he HATED it.  I was so bummed!  Once class was over the instructor stopped to talk to myself and the boys and explained some of the differences in the two forms of karate and explained to the boys how she'd be working with them to fine tune their hand & foot movements to match their form.  She assured them that they'd catch up in no time and that they do have a lot of fun.  We left and walking out to the car, Ian was telling me that he really liked the new class, Alec told me he thought it was OK and would be fine once he adjusted, but Evan insisted he DID not like it at all.  That left me pretty much torn about what to do.   I figured we'd table our decision for a bit and just enjoy our day.

digging in the sand together
Alec boogie boarding
    We picked up my mom and headed to the beach.  The beach was quite crowded but we found my sister and her sons and settled down for lots of fun.  Evan met another little boy with the same name and they were soon friends.  They marveled at all the things they had in common and has a ball making up games to play together as they dug in the sand, jumped off dunes, and ran around.  Ian spent just about the whole day in the water body surfing and boogie boarding.   Alec actually got his feet wet and before I knew it had gone into the ocean too.  He too learned to body surf and had fun boogie boarding also.  He dug in the sand and tried burying his feet further at the edge of the surf.  Once he got hem unstuck he decided to try burying his hands too.   The boys checked out all the sand sculptures around us and Alec marveled at how they were able to do that.  We found a small crab and Ian picked it up and started showing it around.  Evan finally changed into his bathing suit and joined the rest of the family in the water and spent the rest of the day in the waves.  Alec helped teach him to body surf and then Evan took a few turns with the boogie board.  It was a glorious day and the boys had so much fun; even if Alec was shaking, and freezing most of the day.  The kid had goose bumps on top of his goose bumps he was so cold but he was having so much fun he just didn't care.
 They were all rather reluctant to leave the beach and asked about "next" time already!  What a wonderful day making memories with our family!


Evan and his friend

We saw lots of neat boats and planes too!

Ian boogie boarding with his cousin

Evan finally goes in the water


Alec buries his feet

Stuck in the sand, watching the waves deposit and take
sand away

He decided to try it with his hands too

All the boys waiting for the perfect wave

The crab we found

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