I have mentioned Macsen’s karate once before on this blog. Today was his second tournament – the Belgian JKF Gojukai championship.
Macsen made it through four fights, winning three of them – spectacularly in the case of the first fight. Although he didn’t manage to win the final fight, it was very close with only one point in it. And his performance was good enough to win second place.
Suffice to say, proud dad is very proud indeed.
Today, Macsen competed in his first karate tournament. The boy did well.
This weekend, William was given the responsibility of looking after the class dog. So we took him out and had a few adventures, one of which resulted in the dog being left in my care for five minutes.
This is what happened next.
I didn’t think he’d be able to reach into the glass
This week I have mainly been playing draughts with William. In Voxelands
It’s quite a challenge looking at a digital board from completely the wrong angle. But the game is slowly progressing.
A giant statue of Mickey Mouse
All hail the stone rodent
We’ve almost made it through another year. Now that we’ve reached December and the Sint has been and gone, it’s time to put up the Christmas tree and get ready for Santa.
The boys did quite a good job this year.
A couple of evenings ago, as the kids came home, it was dark and the moon was both full and red. Alex decided he had to take a photo of this and rushed in to find a camera. This is the result.
Not bad for a five year old.
This weekend has been mainly spent cutting wood. After ten years, Eve has finally agreed that a chainsaw would be useful to have (as opposed to occasionally renting one) and I have finally gotten around to taking some of the large, overhanging branches on the oak trees that surround the house.
Of course, I had help.
Next time I might even plug it in.
What’s wrong with this picture?
21st July is the Belgian National Day
and a national holiday. As it falls on a Tuesday this year, many businesses stayed closed on Monday which makes for a four day weekend. And, for the second year running, the holiday weekend saw Macsen heading off for a week-long camp with the local youth group.
Sunday, therefore, was spent carefully following unnecessarily winding roads, followed by a beer and barbecue fuelled send-off for the kids. And, as we returned (along a much more sensible road), the twins announced that they, too, would like to go camping.
Fortunately, we have a tent and, while Monday was a bit miserable weather-wise, Tuesday was perfect camping weather.
Alexandre, not hitting Eve’s fingers.
William, going nowhere near my fingers.
The tent is still up and providing a handy bug-proof shelter for outdoor eating.
It snowed today. And there was still enough snow this afternoon to build a snowman. So Alex built a snowman.