Wednesday, March 26, 2008

It Was a Great Day

Yesterday started off as usual. The big before-school rush. Laundry. Dishes. Etc. But it just kept getting better...

Spenser spied her Easy-Bake Oven on a high shelf in our mudroom (which I had nearly forgotten about) and asked to bake something. During Sawyer's nap we made a yellow cake and chocolate frosting. She did most of the work herself. As the cake was "baking" under the light bulb, she stirred the chocolate frosting, while I tended to the the pot of black beans and kettle of split-pea soup on the stove.

When I turned around, the frosting was gone. It didn't even last long enough for the cake to bake. She loved every second of it. She wasn't too interested in the cake...

(Carter doing Jujitsu with our mayor.)

My day improved as we headed off to karate. It was exam night and only two of my four were testing (Carter, red belt, and Mason, white belt). I had been so nervous for them all day, just as any mother would be. They breezed through their exams.

Mason (5 and the littlest in the class) was performing with the rest of the small group of four testers. When it was time to do a harder form, the instructor told the children that if they didn't know this form to go sit down. No one sat down. She repeated herself. No one sat down. Then she looked at Mason and said it again. Very slowly. Mason (very loudly) said, "I can do it!" Then she told him that if he started and couldn't finish to just take a seat against the wall.

And then they started. My stomach was in complete knots. My eyes stayed on Mason the entire time. I don't think I was even breathing. It was so intense. He did his form. Perfectly. While I was watching him, tears were welling up in my eyes. His movements were so precise and strong. He knew it. He could do it. My heart was full. (Would it be mean to say that he did it better than a fifth-grader?)

And at the end of the exam Mason was promoted to yellow belt (bypassing orange belt) and Carter was promoted to green belt. Way to go, guys! You make a mama proud!

(And Joe missed the entire performance. He is traveling this week ...)

14 comments:

randi said...

Your girl looks adorable mixing/eating her frosting! So sweet that she is following in your footsteps!

Congrats to your kids on their karate testing. It is great that your guy kept trying and succeeded in his form! Good for him!

Anonymous said...

that is soooo exciting. kinda like scoring their first soccer goal....you couldn't speak a word!! way to go BOYS!! ME

Along this path said...

A woman's love of chocolate starts early doesn't it.

You must be so proud of your boys. I'm proud of them and I only know of them through your blog!

Here's to many more great days!!!

Misty

Karyn said...

That Spenser is a girl after my own heart. I too, could eat a whole bowl of icing too!

Wow! Way to go Mason and Carter! I'm not the least bit surprised you were teary, but it's completly understandable!

:)

Katie Jean said...

Ooooh how I loved my easy bake oven when I was a kid!

Congrats to the boys! I love Mason's determination!

jessi said...

Hooray for Carter and Mason!

miss chris said...

What a great day, Lera! I love the frosting bit. They never put enough mix in those little packages anyway...

And woohoo for Carter and Mason! Go Go Go!

Chara Michele said...

Congrats to Mason & Carter! :)

Ha, I think I would have ate the frosting too!

kirsten said...

yay - what a good mom moment. how dare they underestimate mason! ;)

craftapple said...

He skipped a whole belt? Good for him! I would have been nervous, too - even fainted, maybe when he said, "I can do it!" :o)

cici said...

who doesn't love the ebo?

congrats to your children on their karate testing. and way to go mason for standing his ground.

Emily said...

A happy happy post!

ponderingponteuf said...

Frosting never lasts long enough for for cake in this house!
I love all of your easter outfits in the previous posts.Polka dots are my other fav,after stripes,that is!
pop on over and enter my give away for some of the new Heater ross fabric/or beachcombers
cheerio

laeroport said...

What a great day! And way to go Carter & Mason!