Yesterday Fritz belted up to orange (the third belt) at Code Ninjas. He worked so hard for over three months to get there. He wanted so badly to be the first to make it to orange going at the normal speed (another boy did a year’s worth of hours in about four months because he was moving) and he did it! He was neck and neck with two other boys so every time we went in he’d look at the wall to see if anyone had gotten to orange yet. When he finished his last challenge game yesterday, he couldn’t stop smiling for hours!
Fritz has been going to Code Ninjas for two months now and last Wednesday he moved up from white to yellow belt. He’s only the third kid at his dojo to reach yellow!
Last Wednesday Fritz turned 12. This means he get to go to Young Men and on Sunday he was ordained a Deacon so next Sunday he’ll get to pass the Sacrament.
As is our tradition, Jamie took off work and the birthday kid got to pick whatever he wanted for the three meals that day. Fritz chose hash browns for breakfast, potato cheese and chili soup for lunch, and a Chinese/seafood buffet for dinner.
He really wanted a programmable robot, but the one we found that seemed the best for him was kind of expensive so we told him he could choose that one and just get one gift or he could get a bunch of smaller gifts. He thought long and hard about it and decided to go with the one big one so he got Cue from Wonder Workshop. From his grandparents he got the sketch kit to go with his robot.
He did an hour of drop-in programmable working toward his yellow (second) belt at Code Ninjas. That’s his happy place. He got two challenge games done (basically his end of white belt test) leaving three left before he gets his next belt.
When our boys turn 12 they get new fancy church clothes to wear. We found Fritz’s outfit at Dillard’s. He really liked getting a vest and bow tie because that’s what his big brother wears to church.
The Chinese/seafood buffet had a game room attached. Fritz had fun playing Whack-a-Mole, uh, Shark after dinner. It all added up to a pretty awesome twelfth birthday.