This has been a very nerve wracking week I tell ya and here’s why.
Tuesday was a down day for me cause I was sore and had blisters on my hands from using the hoe.
I managed to just get laundry done and that was all.
Dakota dropped by to see me and brought in a little bundle. I thought it was some laundry he wanted me to wash. Instead, it was this….
They got a male lab for Jossie. It’s name is Bo. He will breed with Sadie later. Sadie is Dakotas hunting lab. So I puppy sitted while he put the battery on my lawn mower and took the tires to have new tubes put in them so Dallas can get to mowing next week.
Later, I took a nap and then went to pick up Dallas at school. We went straight to the dojo to work with one of the instructors so he could use Dallas to practice using his techniques. He is testing for his 4th degree Black Belt. He has over 400 Hapkido techniques to perform. Needless to say Dallas was so sore when we got home from class, he didn’t even eat supper. He went straight to bed.
This morning he was begging me to stay home from school. Had to tell him no.
Ran a few errands, came back and got out in the garden and finished planting green beans. And then I fertilized. Came in, took a much needed shower and laid down.
Around 1pm it came a nice shower and watered everything for me. Thank you Lord.
Then it was time to finish Dallas’ project. Smoking the hide.
Yea you can have fun while it’s smoking.
Then we brought it in and worked the hide somemore by stretching to break the fibers down to begin sewing it.
Trying to teach Dallas how to sew with a needle and thread……. Priceless.
Well, it is kind of tough starting them out on a leather hide. But he is managing. I had to pitch in and help cause his fingers started hurting and believe me it does hurt. While I helped he worked somemore on his presentation board. We have to take pics of every stage and he writes underneath the pic explaining the process. It was getting late and we had to wrap up and get to a stopping point and clean up and get ready for bed.
This morning I dropped him off and had to go inside and pic up his cap and gown pics.
All I can say is Oh my gosh! I have been through this one time already but it doesn’t get easier because they will always be your babies. This is my mini me. We are so much alike it is scarey. Yea, he has some of Daddys qualities too but Dakota Dixon is his mini me. Me and this feller even think the same. Now that’s scarey. He is a beast on the outside but a teddy bear on the inside. We have come a long way. Come May 12th he will be leaving his elementary and Jr high years behind and starting on a new journey in the next phase of life. AND HE’D BETTER BEHAVE!!!!!!! OR I WILL HAVE HIS HIDE. LOL. #dallas2017 #thebeast #mommasboy
I got back home and checked on Missy and sprayed real good around kennel and grounds for ticks and fleas. It’s going to be bad this year. She loved the attention. I forgot to get a pic of her pretty little face. Dakota came to get Sadie to spend the night with them and start getting use to the new puppy. I think it’s gonna be ok. They went the next day to see Granny and Poppa and I know my Momma had a ball. They took Sadie and Bo with them.
Now I’m just going to take a shower and eat lunch and just have some me time and yes, a nap.
Went to pick up Dallas at school and we headed straight for the dojo to clean for Saturday. While I finished, Dallas trained somemore and went over his Bible verses.
Got home and finished his project. We cut the hide down to a pouch and he sewed the sides up and wholah!!!! Here is the finished product.
This project has really stressed me out because I really had my doubts and fears because we have never attempted anything like this before. We learned alot by trial and error and mostly error. It was a learning experience to say the least. We still have two deer hides in the freezer we want to do some thing with. Now that we know what to do, it will go better next time. I want a fleshing beam made for next time. I need to put that on my honey do list.
He got his board all finished and we had to call it a night.
He will do awesome with his project I know. He always does good under pressure. He actually volunteered to go first. Momma will be praying. Very hard.
Dropped Dallas off at school and he was so excited.
He wanted me to come check him out early though cause after they got done with their presentation they were going to do nothing. So I said I would come get him later.
I had to go to town and run some errands. I gave it some time that I thought would be enough and I dropped by the school to get him. However I was feeling kind of funny when I was in town. I got dizzy and light headed and had a splitting headache by the time I got to the school. The lady in the office said my face was flushed too. Hmmmmm…….
On the way home he told me all about his presentation. He said he had everyone cracking up, even the teachers. They said he did a really good job. There is no telling what my child is going to say. He’s goofy like that.
I got home and Dallas wanted to go hang out with his buddies so I took him over there.
I got back and laid down.
I got up and went and picked him up. Tonight we are not doing a cotton picking thing, nope, not one thing. I will make a pizza and it will be movie night.
We are, however, puppy sitting for Dakota and Jossie while they went to AR to see daddy. I know daddy is going to enjoy that. They are supposed to go fishing tomorrow while dad is off work. We will see how that goes.
Tomorrow is another big day for Dallas but I can’t tell you that because he doesn’t want me to ruin the element of surprise for him cause he’s all about that stuff. I’ll just have to fill you in tomorrow. For now we’re just going to enjoy our evening.
Well, I told you Dallas had another big day so now I can tell you.
After a long and nerve wracking 5 hours of testing, we can proudly say everyone passed to their next belt rank. Dallas is now a 1st KYU Poom Belt and has also been promoted to an Asst. Instructor, Sensai Rick Finley is now Shihan Rick and we had the opportunity to honor the memory of Trent Woody. To say everyone was excited and relieved is an understatement. Everyone did great today. Belts will be presented in class next week. #goingforblackbeltnext
We started bright and early this morning but need I tell you we didn’t get much sleep. We started out good by going to bed early but around 1:30 am storms rolled and woke us up and we had trouble going back to sleep.
I made sure he was hydrated and ate good to last him through this test.
We started out by doing Kata.
Then moved on to Judo techniques.
After that we started Hapkido.
Then when the regular class was finished our main instructor was testing for his 4th Dan Black Belt. So Dallas was his Uke. I will say Dallas will be extremely sore tomorrow.
He was so excited to be promoted to Asst. Instructor too.
It has been a great day for everyone.
I am very proud of him. As his mom I have pushed and made sure he practiced and worked hard. Just because I can. But it has paid off and he knows it and he thanked me for it.
Then I promised him if he gave it 100% and he passed his test, he could have two Subway sandwiches if he wanted. So he got two sandwiches. Lol.
We’re home now and very tired.
Dad, Dakota and Jossie are enjoying their time together in AR. I know it has done dad good to have someone come see him and spend some time with him. They went fishing today and I don’t know yet who out fished who.
We’re just going to chill out the rest of the night. We deserve it. I have been a nervous wreck all week now I can calm down and breathe.
Hope everyone has a blessed day tomorrow. After church we have another baby shower for Jossie. I’ll tell you all about it.