Wednesday, July 3, 2013

My 5 Little Ninjas!

As the Summer approached and I was working, leaving Tom at home with 5 active boys, it was important for us to figure out what activities we could get the boys involved with that wouldn't create a burden on the budget, and wouldn't create a carpool nightmare going in twelve different directions each day.
The solution?
For the last two weeks, all 5 boys have been enrolled in Agape Do Karate!

Even our most reluctant child (guesses anyone?) is loving it!
At the end of most classes, the students work on their academic portions of their learning:
Scripture memory, Catechism, and Lessons from our country's founding fathers.
Can't get enough of these handsome boys!
Sempai Cheyenne and Dakota leading the class
(Sensei's children- both black belts)

Here is a little clip from a recent class...

The boys are getting some great exercise, we all go to the same place at the same time, and they are having fun!

We are still here!

So rather than bore you all with all the varied reasons that I haven't blogged in FOREVER, let's just say it's been a very busy season for this Mom and leave it at that.
Yes, we're still alive.
Yes, the boys are doing well.
Connor & Cooper's transition into our family is going as well as can be expected.
Good days, bad days (well, more like bad moments now rather than whole bad days, for which we are thankful).
There have been so many things to blog about over the past 3 months that the new boys have been home with us, but I just don't have the time to sit and write it all down. I am going to try to do better, for their sakes, as I hope to print this blog off one day for them to have as keepsakes.
Tonight's deep and meaningful topic?

Haircut night!

Not only does it take hours to get 5 boys and Tom through the hair salon on haircut day, but it is an easy $75 per visit.
I've only done this once before and to be perfectly honest, I cut Colin's ear.  But, I am trying to improve, so stay with me...

Observe the before shot of Colin with the long neckline and hair over the ears.
Work in progress... working hard not to repeat the "ear cutting" incident!
Connor- less than thrilled about the "before" shot!


The last of 5 "victims" !
 (He may or may not have told his brother if I cut HIS ear, I will owe him $15!)

Whatcha think?  Not too bad eh?

Look!  Ears! (Fully in tact, at that!)
Didn't get a before shot of Cameron, but here is his "after"!

I was quite pleased with my latest attempt to trim up the boys' hair. Definitely better than the last  try.

I figure if I cut their hair every other time it's needed, then we can save a little and they get a really good haircut in between.