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So Matthew is trying to walk. He took his first 'baby step' on the tenth. It was a small one, but still one! He's taken a couple at a time, but has a tendency to get over excited and then launches himself forward. It's rather funny. He babbles a lot too. He'll be talking soon. I don't think I'm going to count his 'bye bye' as a first word because I don't think he really understands it. I prefer to count words that I know children have at least some understanding.

Oh, and that lady who took my pictures, she's taken them down. Hopefully we won't have to deal with her or anyone else stealing my pictures again.

Kat's doing well. Chatter box, of course. She sings a lot too, which is great. I think I'm going to start her on piano lessons soon. I'll be learning as she does. :-D

I need to start doing some serious singing again. Maybe I can do it with the children in the room while they're awake. I guess I'll have to experiment.

I wound up joining another quilt guild. This time I'm in the Denton Quilt Guild. No, I'm not going to continue with both. Our martial arts schedule has changed and now I can go to the Denton Guild. I prefer this as it's closer and I knew at least one person in it. I also found that I knew a second one! A lady from our church goes there! She actually lives a good 35-40 minute drive (or more) away, but her sister is in this guild. Grace (who is the other lady I know and helped me with my binding) wasn't there, but I had at least one familiar face!

Goals this month on the quilting end include finish two baby quilts. If I can, I'd like to get started on Kurt's aunt's quilt. It's for her Christmas present. I also need to make a name tag for the quilt guild, but that won't take long at all. It will be a pretty small project. :)

School's out which means I have time to work on cleaning the house (yuck) and quilting (yay!). Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are my cleaning days. Tuesdays and Thursdays are my quilting days. I do this while the children take their naps. I'm also trying to do some pushups, crunches, and leg exercises for the first few minutes of their naps. It's not much, but it's something.

As I mentioned, our martial arts schedule has changed. We were switching off Tuesdays and Thursdays. That meant we were going once a week and if I went to the Denton Guild, which meets on a Thursday, then I wouldn't get any in at all that week. Well, we found another Dojo that is non (or limited) profit that has really good prices. It's not much more than what we were paying at the other gym. So, now I go Wednesdays and Saturdays while Kurt goes Tuesdays and Thursdays. He was willing to give up one day a month so I could keep up at the old gym, but I decided that I really wanted to go to the Denton Quilt Guild because it was closer and it would save on gas. It's also less stressful because I don't have to drive on the highway to get to the meetings. This is a Good Thing (tm). So, Kurt is kindly giving up one of his martial arts nights so that I can go to the guild meetings! I'm hoping to join a Bee, but there's one that meets once a month on a Monday, so that shouldn't interfere with Martial arts.

Now this second gym doesn't just do Judo. You can do Aikido, Iaido, Jodo, and Karate as well. I'm doing Aikido at the moment. Judo is on Saturdays, but the teacher has been sick, so I've not done it yet. Fortunately, there's Aikido not only one Wednesdays, but on Saturdays just before Judo as well. So once Judo starts up again, I'll be attending martial arts from 12.30 to 3.30 on Saturdays. If it means exercise and losing weight, it's worth the time!

I'm also reading two books at the moment. Irish Chain, a mystery novel by Earlene Fowler, and Oliver Twist by Dickens. Irish Chain is the second in that series.

So that's my life at the moment. Lots of good stuff happening. Yay for good things! :)

Time for bed!
Tags: aikido, baby, daughter, development, dojo, general life, judo, kat, life, martial arts, matthew, quilting, son, toddler, update

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