Today we met with the interior designer to pick out flooring, cabinets, and paint. Did you know that grout comes in multiple colors? Just a little something I learned today. We made several decisions today. And of course I took pictures of all of them.
Cabinets: (Kitchen and Bathrooms)
Vinyl: (Front entry way, Kitchen, Dining room, Laundry room)
Carpet: (Bedrooms, Closets, Living room)
Walls: (Napery on walls, Dover white on trim)
Counter tops: (We had a fun surprise, it turns out that the builder decided to upgrade our counter tops to granite at no extra cost. Happy surprise! These will be in the kitchen and the bathrooms.)
Back splash with grout choices:
Granite and the back splash selections:
I think we still have some decisions to make on appliances and fixtures and the like. Hopefully we’ll get out to the house in the next day or so. More pictures to come.
I have to admit I am loving Taekwondo way more than I thought I was going to. I figured I would enjoy it enough….but I actually love it! It’s giving me something to look forward to during the week and an overall goal (black belt) to work towards. I have a LONG ways to go before I reach that goal, but I am up for the challenge.
This week in our classes we are focusing on proper technique in our forms. We went through the first combo of the form paying special attention to our stances and the movements of our legs and arms/hands for each move. I am going to have to work hard on my stances making sure my feet are pointed the correct way and my legs are in the proper position for each stance. I think this is going to require building muscle memory in my legs so I don’t have to concentrate so much in the future. I also need to work on making sure I have the rotation down in my arms and hands for the strikes and blocks. I think overall as a white belt I am doing okay with the form. I memorized the first half of the form, working on the second half. Now to apply the proper technique to clean it up.
Tuesday’s class was a very good class, I learned a lot. After the core basic class was over we stayed for the black belt club class, where we learned the moves with the Bahng Mahng Ee. I must say working with the weapons is fun. Pairing up with Dave to practice the moves was a lot of fun too! How many people are sanctioned by their Taekwondo instructors to beat their spouse with a stick! Fun times!
It basically looks like a nerf bat. Sadly I do not have my own Bahng Mahng Ee at this time, Since I just now joined Taekwondo I was not able to get the weapons for this belt cycle. However, at the end of this month I will be able to order my weapons for next belt cycle. Very exciting stuff.
They are really moving on the house. Just within the last 7 days they have done the framing for the walls and the roof. Quite a bit of progress. We are super excited. The builder said that his decorator will be contacting us sometime this week to schedule an appointment to discuss the interior decisions for the house. The estimated closing date is June 15th. YAY!
Now for some pictures:
I am officially signed up in the Leadership program at Taekwondo. I have my uniform and white belt. I made it through my first classes last night. I really enjoyed the classes, though I did miss last week learning the first few steps of the green belt form I think after some practice tonight I’ll have it down and ready for class again on Thursday.
I felt really good during class, a little winded (apparently I am completely out of shape) but I pushed through all that. My muscles are really sore today. I was very proud of myself that I made it through all the exercises without having to stop. They said 20 push ups I did all 20. They said 20 sit ups, I did all 20! Keep in mind that I am out of shape so 20 felt like a million!
This cycle we are doing the green belt form, Songahm 5. It has 34 moves to perform. I learned part of the form last night and now have some items to work on to improve. Lucky for me, Dave was given the DVD for the green belt form when he was awarded his green belt last cycle. So I can watch that at home and also I have Dave to help me with hand positions and kicks.
I’m very excited about class on Thursday. I think for the first few weeks I’ll be doing Leadership and Adult Core/Basic classes on Tuesday and Thursdays and maybe the Family Basic class on Fridays. There are some other classes I can attend. Since I signed up for Leadership I can technically attend any of the classes I want (with the exception of the Tiny Tigers and Karate 4 Kids classes). At any rate, sore or not I am excited and can’t wait to practice a little tonight at home and then have class on Thursday! I’ll try to get a picture of me in my uniform after I get it washed and starch-free!
Today the poured the slab for the house. Dave and I went out by the lot after work today. Neither of us were feeling up to doing a taekwondo class tonight. The workers were still out at the house working on the cement smoothing it out. It sure does look like back-breaking work!
It’s been very exciting the past couple weeks seeing progress on our house. We are looking forward to more excitement in the weeks to come. I can’t wait to sit down with the interior decorator to pick out all the colors and stuff for inside the house!
They put in the pipes for the plumbing this week. Dave ran up to the lot to take pictures. The builder called the other day to let us know that they will be pouring the slab on Monday. We will be getting with the interior decorator sometime in the next two weeks to pick out paint and carpet and such. But, in the meantime…..we have plumbing!
I figured this would happen eventually….I decided to sign up for Taekwondo. What I didn’t figure was how soon I would be signing up. I had originally talked about beginning classes after we got moved into our new house. Watching the belt tests, and going to the tournament last weekend really made me want to join. I’ve been talking about it for about a week now. Dave did some number crunching and it turns out that I could start immediately if I wanted. It was funny when Dave tried to get me to go sign up and begin classes yesterday evening. I’m not a real impulsive person, I’m more of a planner who likes to ease into things. So I decided that tomorrow I will go with Dave to his class to watch and talk with the staff at the school to schedule my first class for next Monday. That’s about as impulsive as I get. I have to be able to plan and prepare for events. Might seem a little weird to free spirits (like Dave) but it’s worked well for me in the past.
So if all goes well, I will be officially signed up for the Leadership program with the school and I will have my first class next week. I’m both excited and nervous. I hope I can make it through the classes okay. It’s more the workout at the end of the class I am concerned about. It wears me out just watching the class from the sidelines. Now I’m going to have to join in the workouts and survive. It this doesn’t get me in shape….nothing will!