A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
Mon, 12/03/12 – 12:49 | Comments Off

It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

Read the full story »
Food

Picky eaters and allergy-safe cooking — the two aren’t necessarily unrelated.

Girl Gone Wonk

From policy to politics, this rant’s for you.

News

The day’s events in a family way — unless something else amuses me.

School days

From preschool to kindergarten — so far

Simple Gifts

Inexpensive homemade gifts, creative parties and low-cost projects, for Christmas and beyond. Many are easy enough for children to help.

Home » Archive by Tags

Articles tagged with: karate

A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
Monday, 12 Mar, 2012 – 12:49 | Comments Off
A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important

It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

Wow. He’s getting good. When did that happen?
Thursday, 1 Mar, 2012 – 14:25 | Comments Off
Wow. He’s getting good. When did that happen?

I knew Big Guy had to be getting better because his belt kept changing colors but I’ll be honest: I hadn’t really noticed.
Despite sitting through almost three  years of the guys’ karate lessons, I still  …

I absolutely do not want you to practice karate
Thursday, 9 Feb, 2012 – 10:52 | One Comment
I absolutely do not want you to practice karate

In the almost three years since the guys started karate,  the pattern’s persisted.
Blow off practice then get upset when you don’t earn a stripe. Practice your little butt off for the next week or so …

Big Guy at his best – when he’s losing
Friday, 22 Jul, 2011 – 9:37 | Comments Off
Big Guy at his best – when he’s losing

Big Guy had just gotten his little butt beaten badly, but he’d come up grinning so it was safe to broach the subject.
“So what did you learn today?” I asked. It’s my standard question when …

Big Guy’s big goal
Tuesday, 21 Dec, 2010 – 13:21 | Comments Off
Big Guy’s big goal

Mommy I have a goal, Big Guy announced last week.
What is it, I asked, fearing the answer would involve violence and mayhem performed upon his brother.
I want to be a brown belt by this time …

Karate is for boys? Au contraire!
Thursday, 19 Aug, 2010 – 13:35 | Comments Off
Karate is for boys? Au contraire!

So did you learn anything during sparring today, I asked Big Guy after karate class.
“No, not really,” Big Guy replied.
He was lying through his mouth guard.
He’d gone up against The Girl again. The Girl who …

Holding it together when you’d rather fall apart
Friday, 14 May, 2010 – 14:08 | Comments Off
Holding it together when you’d rather fall apart

It was the equivalent of memorizing the Declaration of Independence but forgetting when it was signed.
Or, closer to home, it was like the time his mother concentrated so hard on learning to tap dance in …

And Boots stood still
Friday, 7 May, 2010 – 10:47 | Comments Off
And Boots stood still

(With apologies to Karma Wilson, whose “Bear” series is one of our favorites.)
When Big Guy got his yellow, he was one euphoric fellow.

Boots thought karate looked fun so he begged his mom a ton.

But Boots …

Neon orange, the new good luck omen
Thursday, 29 Apr, 2010 – 13:31 | Comments Off
Neon orange, the new good luck omen

I should know by now not to let the guys have any say in my makeup – the results usually turn me into a clown or a punk rocker.
For some reason, though, nail polish amuses …

A defining moment of falling short
Friday, 26 Mar, 2010 – 11:16 | Comments Off
A defining moment of falling short

We’ve had ample reason to celebrate Big Guy’s successes over the years, both in the classroom and athletically.
I’ve never been as proud of him, though, as I was this week when he failed, admitted his …

Dazed and confused? Then dance
Friday, 12 Mar, 2010 – 13:33 | Comments Off
Dazed and confused? Then dance

It was the second week of karate, and Boots was starting  his new sport the same way he’d started soccer.
He’d flop. He’d flit. He’d spin merrily and smile broadly. Then he’d look appropriately chagrined when …

It’s not up to Mom to find it this time
Thursday, 18 Jun, 2009 – 11:32 | Comments Off
It’s not up to Mom to find it this time

Big Guy is the reigning monarch of the misplaced.
Where are my shoes? “Did you leave them by the door, like you’re supposed to.”
I can’t find my pants. “Did you check the dryer?”
What did you do …

Epiblogue: Now he looks like the Karate Kid
Wednesday, 20 May, 2009 – 21:03 | Comments Off
Epiblogue: Now he looks like the Karate Kid

There’s often a reason why Big Guy does the seemingly quirky things he does. A reason that makes sense only in his 5-year-old brain, but a reason nonetheless.
I usually don’t question, because if it’s genuinely …

Karate’s over – yeah, right. What was I thinking?
Tuesday, 19 May, 2009 – 13:39 | Comments Off
Karate’s over – yeah, right. What was I thinking?

A week ago, Big Guy wasn’t sure he liked kararate at all.
It was “OK,” which for Big Guy is almost as big an insult as “ponies, unicorns and rainbows – girl stuff, blah, blah, blah.”
He …

Exorcising their inner Eeyores
Tuesday, 12 May, 2009 – 13:41 | Comments Off
Exorcising their inner Eeyores

The men in this house get strange sometimes. Which means the house gets strange when two of them decide to let their quirks run wild at the same time.
For Big Guy and Dad, the weekend …