After passing his qualification test Saturday afternoon, Mr. B asked me if I could quit karate so he could be the first in our house to earn a 3rd degree black belt and outrank everybody in the house. I told him I'd consider it, but I'm not getting any younger ... could we test together? He said that would be acceptable. You know I'm not about to get into an argument with a 2nd degree black belt.
So there's the middle kid struggling to get out of a choke hold during the self-defense portion of his test:
He had to kick, punch, strike and spin a little, too.
Mr. G (he's on the left) did really well. His stances were much improved during his open hand forms and he has some wicked spin kicks.
Their run times were fantastic, too. Mr. G ran his last 3 miles in 23:47 and Mr. B came in behind him with 24:14, beating their times from previous weeks. They survived a grueling 3 hour test after their run and came out covered in sweat and smiles. Final belt count around here: four black, three 2nd degree, one 1st degree. My favorite part? We're all in the same class now. No more after school driving!
Their grandma came to town over the weekend, so we went out for burgers after the test and the boys played video games. I figured they'd crash when we returned home, but they didn't. Instead, they played tag and wrestled while we visited and tried to watch some college football. In fact, they didn't feel sore or tired at all until I asked them to pick up their wet towels...
Mr. B got the grappling hook he requested for his birthday and the boys spent some quality time trying to get up into a tree. I should've videotaped that because it was really funny to watch. They wear a helmet because I'm scared the hook will fall on their heads.
In other news, our book club is reading Laurent Benet's novel HHhH this month. Does anyone know how to pronounce the title? "Four H?" "Haaaaaaaah?" "Aitch Aitch Aitch Aitch? Perhaps "Big aitch, big aitch, little aitch, big aitch?" The Bumbles are trying to figure it out and it's not out in audio book yet. Aha! "Aitch aitch aitch aitch." Straight from the author's mouth. Isn't the internet marvelous?
Spill it, reader. What did you wrap up this weekend?