On the front is the Elephant of the Bastille with Gavroche and his two little brothers climbing into it.
On the back is a close-up of the three boys.
The design is made with actual words from the book.
I love this shirt. It is so soft and so unique. Definitely the perfect way to commemorate reading Les Mis!
A couple weeks ago Ani had Legacy training one night and instructor training another morning. She learned some partner drills with the new leadership weapon, kali sticks. She spent about 15 minutes teaching her father the first few moves. This is the result.
Ani is trying to get more flexible so her kicks will be higher. Some girls at taekwondo showed her some stretches she could use including this one.
You put your feet on the inside of the other person calves, clasp hands, and lean back.
This pushes your feet forward giving the other person a nice inner thigh stretch.
It’s a bit painful, but it feels pretty good, too.
Nine years ago today, this amazing kid joined our family.
A basketball to go in a little hoop we have that hangs over doors, a Playmobil martial artist with a rebreakable board, B.C. Reinvents the Wheel (which he quickly started reading and giggling like crazy), The Game of Life, and Sequence (which got the biggest cheer).
Presents, Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels Goes to Washington, Chuck E. Cheese, swimming, and potato cheese and chili soup (his favorite) for dinner… The perfect day to celebrate being 9!
Ani has synesthesia. Letters have colors. Music has designs. Numbers have complete personalities. The number thing makes math hard for her because various numbers hate each other, are in relationships with each other, or a jealous of each other. The letter thing makes some names very ugly to her visually and other names beautiful. The music thing, though, can produce art. Classical music produces the strongest pictures in her brain.
The other night I played four pieces of music for her and had her draw what she saw in her mind. She said her drawings aren’t perfect. We need more pastel colored pencils for example. One picture she said wasn’t quite right because one color was completely surrounded by another and she couldn’t draw it two-dimensionally. But, as far as she could reproduce with the pencils we have, these are what the pieces look like to her.
Brahm’s Lullaby (her favorite of the four because it wasn’t as messy as the others)
1812 Overture (she said this one was weird because the colors were combined)
Bolero (she got the sense of walking around a pond in circles with this one in addition to the colors)
Fanfare for the Common Man (her least favorite; she felt it was ugly except for the unexpected purple bit in the corner)
A couple years ago Ani and Cameron didn’t particularly like each other. Over the last about a year that had changed very dramatically. Ever since they started training to become taekwondo instructors they have become very good friends. Their relationship is completely different now.
They spend hours at the taekwondo school learning and practicing. At home they teach and coach each other and work together to get better.
There’s even talk about them opening their own school together in a few years. Watching their sibling relationship change has been really awesome. For so many reasons we will always be grateful that we signed our family up for taekwondo back in 2013!