Friday, March 31, 2017

Mixed Martial Arts

After 7 seasons total, spanning from Spring 2012 to Fall 2016, Jayce has decided to end his baseball playing days.

It wasn't an easy decision at all. Lots of factors went into it. The number one reason is that baseball is pretty time consuming with either 2 practices or 2 games each week for 8-10 weeks. Sometimes our games didn't start until 7:30 and were 30 minutes away. It was a big commitment, one that we were happy to make, as long as Jayce was happy, too. Although he LOVED his coaches and made many friends with his teammates, he didn't really *love* the game. It was time to try something new.

His good friends Hayden and Jordan have been taking karate for years and have often told Jayce how much they thought he'd enjoy it. I finally took Jayce to his two free lessons at a mixed martial arts gym. He signed up after the 2nd lesson.

I was surprised that Jayce was comfortable putting his hands, face, and body in a stranger's space. He wouldn't say it was very comfortable at first, but he's okay with it now.

He was so excited the next class to wear his brand new uniform. He couldn't wait to get his first belt!

And of course Jocelyn is all about "monkey see, monkey do" and decided that SHE wanted to do karate, too.

The best part is that the gym is very close to our house so it takes almost no time at all to run up there every day. Jocelyn's class is two days a week and Jayce's class is on a different two days a week. But the beginner coach allows Jayce to train with the intermediate class as well during Jocelyn's beginner class. So, technically, Jayce gets 4 lessons a week. I like that they found something to do together.

After about 8 lessons, the coach decided it was time to award both Jayce and Jocelyn their belts.

Jayce let me take his picture at home but Jocelyn refused. She's fickle about pictures lately.

I'm trying to get Jaina to attend a free trial class to see if she likes it. We'll see if she'll do it!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring has Sprung!

My goal is to blog 3 times a week this Summer and catch up on all the happenings from this Spring. But until then, just bare with me as I find time to blog.

I've been busy, oh so busy, with photographing other people's families that I barely have time for my own. Throw in a reluctant tween, a vain teenager who only likes 1 out of every 200 pictures of herself, and a over posing preschooler and it's not like I have lots of pictures to choose from, either. I'm a little worried about how my 2018 calendar is going to look, to be honest!

It's been a fun, busy, cold Spring season but I've been lucky to have amazing clients with smiling kids!

Since I obviously can't get my own kids to engage and smile for me, I'm hiring the amazing Jen Conway (who took our Fall pictures) again for Walker Family Spring pictures. This time it will just be the kids and my mom in them. Brian only does one shoot a year and I choose to make that one our Christmas card :)

Here's all I have been able to grab from my kids with my cell phone:

And there almost all of Jocelyn!

Jaina spends her days in her room face timing friends (female ones for now!) and watching Anime. And listening to japanese music.

Jayce and Jocelyn started karate. They love it!

Jocelyn has learned how to completely undress and dress all by herself. She changes outfits 3 times a day, just like I did and Jaina did, too. :)

I'm looking forward to Easter this year and am on the search for coordinating clothes :)

And that's all, folks!

Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day 2017

If you dig deep into my maternal grandfather's side of the family, you'll find some Irish around there somewhere. That's good enough for us to celebrate this pseudo-holiday-turned-excuse-to-drink in our family.

But I'm currently counting my calories, so no mixed drinks for me! And Brian is having a non-green beer as I type this. Looks like only Piglet had fun at the pub today.

Or something like that.

At least we have a cute little kid to wear green with!

Although the big kids had a free dress day at their uniformed charter school, Jaina was a spoilsport and didn't even attempt to wear green today.

Jayce picked out his old Green Lantern shirt that he made Brian buy him all the way back in 2011. It was worn as a night shirt back then because it was huge. It fits him now!

Wasn't he stinkin' cute??

Jocelyn had fun at preschool today when a mischievous leprechaun visited their school and made a mess in Miss Lisa's classroom! Unfortunately, their traps didn't work so no one got to see him. But he left some chocolate gold coins, so it was okay :)

No family picture this year, but that's okay. :)

I listened to Jump, Little Children and ate Irish Stew from Costco. Those are *my* own personal traditions for St. Patrick's Day.

May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.