Today Dax tested for his 1st degree black belt! This means a white stripe is added to his belt since he originally earned his black belt in a similar martial art many years ago. This is a marathon test since so many people were there and they rotate which areas and belts test. Dax was there from 12:30 to 6:00!
While awaiting the show and sitting with Nana, Hannah turned around and fell in love with....this random lady and held out her arms begging to go to her! This lady was happy to have her for awhile since her own grandkids (Canyon and Timber- interesting names) were much older.
After completing several forms for the panel, he had to do some kind of very quick upper body defense attack movements that looked very choreographed. You can tell I'm an expert.
Cool action shot.
Next they stand in line and exhibit all the various kicks. It was at this point everyone looked completely worn out and the crowd cheered them on.
Next was the series of self defense moves. Dax taught me a couple of them awhile back so I did recognize something here.
..about to bring this guy to his knees.
Finally he had to spar 3 rounds. This section always looks scary to me and it's a free for all with your skills. You can tell from the all the padding you might get hit pretty hard.
Hannah was very good and a little a restless as to be expected, but she had fun imitating kicks, shouting "heeya!" in a tiny voice, clapping with the crowd, and singing Itsy Bitsy Spider to herself- mostly humming and hand motions. Here she is wearing her supportive "I Love Daddy" t-shirt.
Dax receives his stripe from Master Humphrey, his instructor.
On a different note, we found an outfit for the new baby the other day. She has so many clothes already but Dax and I bought something together for Hannah before she was born so we wanted to continue the tradition. We're still not 100% on the name. I have been stuck on Chloe Rebecca Stokes for awhile now. Some family members aren't that in love with Chloe but prefer Rebecca Elise Stokes more. We would probably call her Becca in that case. I like both but I'm not ready to give up on Chloe yet. sigh...you just can't make everyone happy : )
I just thought this picture was cute from the park the other day. There was also a horse and Hannah ran up to it yelling "Neeeiggghh!!!" in the deep growly voice she has chosen for horse noises.