All the kids tested and passed in Taekwondo. We were a little nervous about the girls because they had a lot of temper tantrums during practice testing but they did great at the actual test. Luke had to spar this time. He did pretty good considering I didn’t have him practice this. Jenna lost her first tooth. Luke loves to pull teeth and has done all of Ryan’s so he was pretty excited to start on the girls’ teeth; however, the girls would cry before we even touched their teeth so he gave up and I had to do it. As of right now Jenna and Quinn have lost 2 bottom teeth with a lot of tears and screaming. The kids decorated their first birthday cake for me with Ted’s help of coarse. Jenna started riding bike without training wheels. She did great and loved every minute of it. Quinn would throw temper tantrums when we tried taking away her training wheels and she would throw temper tantrums when we wouldn’t let her try. There was no way out so finally one day about 2 weeks ago I told Quinn she doesn’t get training wheels any more. It took 2 days and at least 1 major temper tantrum that lasted over 1 hour (started because I made her do it and ended with me giving up because of the screaming and would not help her anymore). Now they are both training wheel free and riding proudly. The girls graduated from preschool. They are on their way to Kindergarten both a little scared and a little excited. We will see how they are like in August. Soccer season came and went. The girls did soccer this year. There were a few temper tantrums and a few days they just went home early because they couldn’t handle it but towards the end of the season they were doing great. And yes, they are wearing tutus as part of their uniform. The girls did better that way. Ryan and Luke had a blast as always.We headed off to Seattle to visit my brother. We traveled through the airport with 6 kids and 5 adults. Surprisingly everything went smoothly, only one exploding diaper in the security line from the 4 month old. We went hiking where it snowed on out, went to playgrounds, played on the beaches.
On our long hike of 1.6 miles one way and a 700 ft elevation climb most people got cold or tired so they headed back early. Only one kid made it to the top to see the view. It was so cloudy we didn’t see anything at the top but that did not dampen Ryan’s spirits. We also took our kids to the second germyist tourist attraction in the world….the gum wall at Pikes place. And why not we only had 8 kids 8 and under. My kids all had fun adding their gum to the wall. The summer has been very busy with swim lessons, camping, the boys first trip to a camp without any family adult (they had a blast) and Luke’s birthday party (which will come next post) but at least I am sort of caught up.