Almost five years later we live in the Midwest, Troy is in high school, David retired from the Army.

More recently we look like this:

This was us at Easter taken at church. The second picture was taken at Thanksgiving when Virginia was visiting.


My Patriot boys!

Troy’s first target practice and his first day of school.

Grandma Fox passed this Spring and brought us together for this photo. Troy and I traveled to MO to visit Grandma Dottie, this is Aunt Sherrie and me earlier this year.

I’ll try to update a little more later perhaps even get semi-regular since I don’t hang out at Facebook anymore.




For the Martin Luther King, Jr. long week-end we headed to Massanutten. I love that Troy is getting old enough to take good pictures of David and I. Here we are at a beautiful look-out.

Here Troy is learning how to surf. Even David tried it!

David and Troy sled on tubes for two hours.  It was in the low 30’s and COLD!

So today was the big day, Troy headed back to school.  I took this picture of “my boys”.

1st Day

I was surprised that out of three new outfits for school, Troy chose “snazzy” over “cool”.  I had a sleeveless superman outfit and two nice shirts with the khaki shorts.  He even wanted his hair spiked.  He is looking really good.

Troy was given a free 20 minute private lesson for his birthday from his karate school.  Here he is with his favorite sensei.

I am going to use this to help him learn his fighting form before his testing next month.

This movie is actually from three separate sections.  The first part is learning a difficult turn.  It quickly transitions to Troy going through the fighting form one time, then it transitions to him going through it again.  I think I may have put the two times through backwards, but you get the idea. 🙂

There are a couple areas where I clipped out a small bit because he was going over a move trying to get it right so if it seems to blur that is what happened.

Just thought you might be interested in seeing what we were up to this morning.

I’m still learning this flip video and using iMovie.  This video is several clips together.



Troy ran his first race today.  It was the Mayfest Mile run.  It was for ages 16 and younger.  Troy was in the 6 and younger bracket.  I have three videos I took from before the race, the start and the finish.  Here they are in that order.

Waiting for the start:

The Start: (watch the far left for Troy.)

The Finish:

He was really upset during and right after the race.  We didn’t prepare him for the older children running by him so he was crushed that he wasn’t going to come in first for the race.  He didn’t understand that the participants were broke down into age brackets for competition.   After 5 to 10 minutes after he finished and I was able to calm him down and explain how it worked was he was able to understand that he was racing against HIS best (which was a 9:30 minute mile earlier in the week) and not all the other children.  (We had been telling him that we were proud of him  whether he won the race or not, so long as he did his very best.)

He ran a bit over an 8 minute mile today!! Woo-hoo! How awesome is that?  So after a bit of race tallying they announce the winners for Troy’s age bracket.  Third place was named and Troy’s face fell since they didn’t call him.  Second place was named and I knew he was near melting and would melt if he didn’t make it.  Then first place was named . . . . . (I know, I’m so mean. . . . .) and . . . .

First Medal

He won first place in his very first race!  Yes, we are so very proud of him!

Race Runners

Here is a shot with him with the rest of the children.  Good thing he is short and gets to stand up front!

Yes, I have some Easter pictures, but I have to get them ready.  I took these videos at Troy’s testing for his brown belt on Friday and uploaded the videos to YouTube so here they are.

They always start off with the student creed.  I missed the first part, but you get the idea.

Here he is demonstrating his knee strike

This is the stillest you will ever see Troy

Here is his Fighting Stance

Here is his belt toss

Here is Troy in his matae (sp?) position:


Guarding Stance:




Here is Troy with his wonderful Sensei Mawfeld:


We were so happy that Daddy could make it to watch Troy test:


(BTW, that little white “thingy” on Troy’s nose is the sticker from his new belt.  Sensei Mawfeld always puts it on the children’s noses.)