The kids have been going to karate since August. They both enjoyed it, but for the past several months they would complain about going. They had a great time once they got there, but I was realizing that it wasn't the highlight of their day. They've been going to gymnastics for 2 years and I still hear cheers when I say it's time to get ready.
Karate had run it's course for them. Emily was ready to move up but didn't want to because she would start sparring. Her class would also be 3 days a week, opposite Ben's 2 days a week. Which would mean 5 days a week at karate for us and no time for gymnastics. I would've been okay with that if they were passionate about karate, but they both just seemed to find it fun.
Last Thursday started a new month and we hadn't paid yet for June. I told them it was time to go to karate and I heard the complaints. Emily argued that it was summer and she rather go to the pool. Ben agreed. They only get 3 months to swim up here, so if they rather do that, I was all for it (and it's free!).
Plus I had already signed them up for a different activity. Tennis. My kids are not aggressive sports people, so I thought they might find this fun. Plus, they've both expressed an interest in wanting to learn when they see tennis courts. I always wished I had learned how to play as a kid. But, I was a racquetball girl myself and could never get the hang of tennis.
Today was the first class. They started with a few simple drills.
Emily caught on quicker than Ben. She hit almost every ball sent her way.
Ben would get so angry with himself when he didn't hit the ball and I'd hear him moaning and groaning. But he was making contact here and there and when he did, both arms flew up in a victory celebration.
They both said it was fun, but I could tell Ben was a little frustrated. We'll get them some racquets and they can practice with David this weekend a little. It only gets easier from here.