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Finding and creating adventures in everyday life.


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Photo Challenge 2018 – Week 32

Karate on the beach. The boys were so cold at sunset from playing in the water that they had a hard time making fists and keeping their fingers together for knife hands. They had the best time though and I love to see them doing karate in different settings. After all, dojo is everywhere!

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Photo Challenge 2018 – Week 29

Colin didn’t particularly want me to post pictures of his rank test, but he reluctantly gave his permission to post a few. Rank tests are, shall we say, interesting. We were talking about them and, try as you may, they aren’t often about perfect form or the absolute best stances, though that is what we are trying for (our horse stances at the end of the test feel deep and solid, when you look at the photos, they are far from deep). Rank tests, in my vast experience, are first of all about survival, about making it to the end, about not dying! They are also about remembering and performing all of the things that you have learned in karate up to this point. They are about self-doubt, sweat, and finally about doing something that maybe you didn’t think you would be able to do.

All that to say, I thought Colin did amazing at his Purple Belt Test and I am very proud of him to come back from an injury, face a rank test by himself after a full day of work, and do really well.

I was also super pleased to be on the outside looking in and being able to take photos.

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Photo Challenge 2018 – Week 23

My Zane. He is so different from me in many ways. He’s a puzzle to me at times and yet he inspires me so much every day. He is passionate, joyful, so very present, he cares little about what others think of him as long as he is doing what he loves. He will talk your ear off. He loves jokes and conversation.

He also loves Eye of the Tiger. He first heard the song on the soundtrack of a video game, and was so excited when we played the original for him. He loves how it makes him feel and he definitely gets the writer’s intent to inspire action. He quickly decided that he wanted to play Eye of the Tiger for Spring Piano Recital and then, of course, he decided he wanted to sing it as well.

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Before recital, during Spring Break we went to the Point Defiance Zoo and got to observe some gorgeous tigers. Zane even had a chance to look one in the eye to see what the Eye of the Tiger was really like.

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He did a great job at recital despite starting an octave too high. He surprised everyone when he started singing. I love his passion and joy.

He’s also quite the dancer and will dance to most any tune with a beat, but when Eye of the Tiger comes on, all bets are off. It’s bold and strong with lots of karate moves thrown in.

I sure do love this kid. I don’t always understand him, but I don’t have to understand him all the time to know that he’s amazing.


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Photo Challenge 2018 – Week 19

We’re a karate family. We all do karate together and have done so for a couple of years. We’re not particularly good at it, but we love the art, both the physical and mental aspects. That’s not to say that it’s easy or that we are all super excited for every class, but it’s been good for our family. My boys participated in a tournament last month and I am just so proud when I see these photos of how far they have come. It takes an incredible amount of courage to get up in front of lots of people, judges and other competitors and perform.

So proud.

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Photo Challenge 2018 – Week 7

So I broke a board last week. I thought I would do a self-portrait to commemorate. It’s been a strange mix of emotions since the boys and I completed our rank test and moved on to Purple 1. So proud of them and the work they did. Challenged by new classes and the work that is before us. At the same time, it’s been tough to carry on without Colin on this part of the journey. I miss having him in class and sharing the experience. It’s only a temporary thing, but it’s not fun. Heal quickly, My Dear!

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