On Friday night Owen tested for and earned his yellow belt in his Taekwondo class! We picked the Friday 6:45pm time slot for him to test so Keith could come too, we both love being there to watch his classes and see what he's learning. We were a little nervous for him once we got there and saw what the testing sessions were like. There are only 4 children scheduled in each time slot and while they do some of the test together, they also have to show some of their skills solo. Owen was the only Mighty Monkee (the name for his 3 to 5 year-old age group) in his testing group too. Luckily his teacher stepped in and helped prompt him for his Sunrise Song, which includes a series of words along with kicks and punches to match. His school is amazing and we could not be happier with every aspect of being a part of the studio. We are very proud of Owen for earning his new belt!
Afterward we went to dinner at Jack's Prime for burgers, fries and milkshakes to celebrate!
The weekend! We celebrated my friend Anne's birthday on Saturday afternoon and it was so beautiful! Her mother-in-law threw the party at Filoli after hours, so we had the entire estate and gardens to ourselves. I've been there a handful of times for the gorgeous Christmas boutique they put on and to explore the vast gardens, but this was totally different because it was just our little group on the property. She had it caterer and the food was absolutely amazing (the artichoke dip was addicting, we all agreed) and the kids had a BLAST running around through their own personal secret garden. It was a great way to celebrate our sweet and dear friend Annie!
I will be through using my current planner at the end of December, so I've started looking for a new one to use for 2016. With only four months left in 2015 I want to get it pretty soon, since I'm usually inputting dates a month or two in advance. And then there the fact that I'm due at the very beginning of December, so I want to have it ready to go with Birthdays and Anniversaries before things get really crazy.
After a lot of thinking, I've decided to go back to the Erin Condren Life Planner (that's a referral link, which means I get a store credit if you decide to place an order), you can see my past Life Planners here. I have really liked my Simplified Planner, but I didn't fill it up as much as I thought I would, and while there are pros to letting each day have a full page, I also really like being able to see the whole week at a glance. I'm placing my order this week and I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with the Prism design.
Are you a Walking Dead fan? Did you watch Fear the Walking Dead? The ratings said that the first episode, which aired Sunday night, broke some ratings records for how many people watched the first episode. I thought it was good, so far. I understand that they have to take it slow to develop the characters, and since we already know what's going to go down for the most part, they can take their time letting it unravel before us.
Owen had his first t-ball class with Mini Sports Stars on Sunday morning and it was the cutest thing to watch. We worried a bit that he would be shy (not sure why I ever worry he'll be shy, because her's never been know to be shy!) or not be confident because most of the other kids have been taking the class for a couple weeks, but he did SO well. The coaches and founder, Dan, were really on top of their game and do a fantastic job of corralling, while teaching, the 20 kids in the class. We were proud of our boy and I can't wait to tell you more about it next week!
Tomorrow I'll be sharing my review of The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep! Have a great day!