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Monday, December 12, 2016

Tae Kwon Do - Belt Test and Break-a-thon

We just had what I'll call a "Very Tae Kwon Do Week-end."  Friday night Daniel, Lucas and Caden had their first belt test and Joshua and Chase came along to support.  They each did great, demonstrating proper form, technique and skill all culminating in breaking a board.  Lucas and Caden broke theirs using a hammer fist and Daniel broke his with an axe kick (!)  Each boy wrote a bad habit on the back of their board symbolizing their intent to break that bad habit the way they broke the board (I hope it works ;)  Each boy successfully advanced to the next belt level and enjoyed the ceremony celebrating their achievements.

Saturday morning was the Break-a-thon and it was a great event.  We got to see several demo teams perform, the highlight being the Master's Demo at the end.  It was truly amazing, so fun to watch.  Boards, bricks, apples on knives all broken in spectacular ways.  Then the boys had the opportunity to break boards of their own, raising funds for Randall Children's Hospital.  Eight schools were involved and collectively we were able to raise very close to $20,000!

Here's footage of Daniel's board breaking at the belt test.  It's really good!  If you feel so inclined, please leave a comment as to whether the footage played for you or not. I'd be much obliged :)

Caden in the foreground, spot Lucas down the line!

Break-a-thon!  Lucas used punching techniques:

Daniel's turn!  He used a combination of kicks and punches:

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

We had a really nice Thanksgiving this year.  Alec, Meg and family joined us and we loved having them.  It was great seeing their kids and especially for our babies to meet each other and play together.  Our boys were quite taken with theirs and are pretty sad they won't get to see them for a long time to come.  We're very thankful for this special time we got to spend together before they head to Japan.

Wow, these  photos sure highlight Chase's milky complexion contrasted with Gabriel's olive tone.  He's practically glowing!  It was so much fun seeing these two together:


A rousing game of Magic the Gathering, perfect for these guys.  It was a close match but I think Joshua ended up victorious.

Eli loved this Spider man costume, it was just his size!  Once he put it on he didn't take it off til it was time to leave.

Party in Chase's room!  Baby parties are the best.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Chase's 1st Birthday!

Can you believe Chase just turned 1 on Saturday?  I know, I'm having a hard time believing it myself.  We had the best time celebrating - I know I say that for pretty much every birthday post I put on here, but it's true.  I guess we just know how to party!

We started the day by heading out to breakfast.  It was Jake's idea and it was a fantastic one.  We experienced the warmth and kindness of strangers who loved our family and we were so touched.  Chase's eyes were as wide as saucers when the servers came out to sing him "Happy Birthday," it was priceless.  He knew something special was going on for sure.

Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of our happy morning but Jake did snap one of Daniel - proof that he's actually hollow!

After Chase's nap (and several other things in between) we headed off to Out of This World Pizza.  It was lots of fun!  When we first got there all Chase wanted to do was people-watch (or kid-watch, as the case may be).  We convinced him that eating was important too and then I took him over to play in the baby area:

This one has got to be my favorite!!

Then it was back home for presents, cake and ice cream.  Somehow we managed to fit it all in before the birthday boy was all tuckered out and ready for bed - whew!

Chase is so lucky to have all those presents!  And to have a daddy who can pull off a beard quite like Jake can ;)

I made Magic Pumpkin Cake and it was a big hit with all the kids, especially the Birthday Boy!

Friday, October 07, 2016

Aspen Grove "Official" Family Photos

I'm grateful for these family photos they took for everyone after church on Sunday.  The perfect way to commemorate the occasion and our time there.

Our Sorensen branch of the family tree (with a new little leaf since last time :)

The entire McKuneClan (perhaps joined by 3 from the spirit world):

Happy 50th Anniversary Mom and Dad!  Thank you for giving us all such a special occasion to celebrate!

A Few Random Pics from Aspen Grove

I didn't get nearly as many pictures as I would have liked while at Aspen Grove.  I was way too busy and my phone wouldn't hold its charge to save its life.  But here are just a few I did get needing a post to house them.

Thanks, Mom, for taking this one!  I loved this little bridge

The scenery is pretty dramatic.  This is only a small fraction of what surounded us on all sides

I loved this mini waterfall we passed on the way to and from our cabin multiple times each day

One of my favorite things was getting lulled to sleep each night by this stream that ran by our cabin.  It was heavenly

Here are the pen I made and the oil vial keychain Jake made in the penturning shed.  It was a fun experience and it's really neat to have these as souvenirs - using my pen while I'm writing a check or signing off on homework summons warm memories of our time at Aspen Grove :)  My sister Tracy joined us and made a pen as well - I wish I'd gotten a photo of it.

I chose purple heart for my wood; Jake chose bloodwood for his

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Ropes Course

Another highlight of our time at Aspen Grove was the Ropes Course - definitely.  It was a pretty awesome experience and I'm so glad we did it.  I got lots of shots of Jake in the trees and I even got some footage where I wax philosophical during his climb.  I'm not sure if it will work on here - I don't know how to get footage from my phone successfully onto the blog...fingers crossed!