This morning I, once again, planned to give them the day off. They had karate today and then we were going to visit my grandmother. The highlight of their day and probably their week was easily karate. They've been waiting FOREVER to be able to spar "for real" in their new karate class and with their new belt levels they were able to participate. Since all the kids in the class are of orange rank or higher now they spent just about the whole class sparring. My boys were in heaven. They were not at all intimidated; even when they had to spar with a black belt master. They learned all the rules of sparring, they remembered to combine hits and techniques, they learned how to point spar (and they even all got a turn to judge and award points). They talked about it almost the whole way home. We also talked about the family that the karate school sponsors and what we're going to buy for the kids to help make their Christmas great. My boys can't wait to shop and help pick out some really great gifts for these kids (whom they don't even know!!). I just love that I get to spend so much time with my happy, sweet boys!
|Evan's geared up!|
|All three boys ready and waiting|
|Evan spars a black belt|
|Evan sparing another student|
|Ian sparring in the "ring" with Alec learning to assign points|
|He lost 2 to 3|
|Alec's turn in the ring|