Saturday, August 25, 2012

Ogunquit, Maine 2012

This year we decided to take a mini vacation to Maine.

We really hadn't done a true vacay since the kids were born. All of our vacation days are typically used up traveling to visit family in New England and Michigan.

A better plan was to combine a family visit with a decent trip. One of my favorite places to go in my childhood were the beaches on the southern coast of Maine. We loved to visit York Beach, Ogunquit, and other places growing up. I had not been to Ogunquit in over 10 YEARS!! That's way too long to visit an awesomely beautiful place that's only an hour from where I grew up. Sue and Bob came up and joined us, and Chris and family visited for a day. It was a lot of fun, we enjoyed it, and hope to do it again.

The kids loved the ocean. It was love at first sight, and getting them to come out was next to impossible! I was certain the cold water would hold them back, but it didn't. They not only enjoyed the waves and water, they loved collecting shells, and taking walks along the shore.
They loved the trolleys too. I liked the trolleys because they made it easy to get around the town.

One evening as we were walking around all of the shops and restaurants in the little center of town, we walked down to the shore.  
It was dark, and you could hear the loud roar of the ocean even more prominently without all of the people and seagulls, and Christopher very innocently asked "are the waves still on?" I said, "Chris, the waves have been on for years and years and will never stop. They never stop."

Perkins Cove

Sunday, August 19, 2012

World Photography Day

Today is World Photography Day, and the weather in Rochester could not be more perfect for getting beautiful pictures outdoors.

One of our absolute favorite places to get pictures of the boys is at the field of sunflowers in Pittsford (Mendon?). Every year, the vast field of sunflowers never ceases to amaze us. We have been living in this neighborhood of ROC for some time now, and have been visiting the field every year.

Field of endless gold.

We love getting pictures of the boys in and amongst the tall, stalky stems.

It never disappoints, and is the perfect photo opp!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Christopher achieves his Blue belt in Karate

Christopher has been actively progressing along with his Karate training, and we really could not be more proud of his accomplishments!

Having joined Faust's USA Karate a year ago, he has moved up the ranks and is now a Blue belt. I really love what Karate, and Faust's institution has done for him, and for us all. He has found something that he really seems to love, and enjoys progressing in. He practices at home, and we see his moves getting stronger and more crisp with every belt he achieves. He has learned how to focus better, and understands (and is actively working on) his role as a mentor for the lower belt kids in his class.

Greg and I get a lot of pleasure out of going to Christopher's lessons, and love watching the senior trainers work with the kids. Joey typically goes to the lessons too (as a spectator), but I believe he will soon be ready to begin training too. He has shown interest, and already knows the Little Champions pledge!

Preparing to become a Blue belt!

Every Promotion Ceremony includes a demonstration by the students on the areas they've been learning.
After the demonstrations, each individual student is awarded a stripe or a new belt, and it is always tied on by one of the Black Belts from the Dojo

 Chris is also loving the camps and extra classes that he's been attending at Faust's. I like it too, because it's a really well-thought out and focused day, and also very fitness-oriented. He has a lot of energy to burn off, and being in a Karate camp for the day with Black Belt trainers is really a privilege for him, and most of all, a ton of fun.

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