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Me, Aly and Sensei Tony




So Aly and I are moving right along in our Karate. On January 15, 2011 we were able to take our test which would allow us to advance to an Orange Belt. Each rank takes a little longer to receive the invite to test as there are more Kempos, Defense Maneuvers, Katas, etc to learn. You only receive an invite if your Sensei believes you will actually pass the test. They are definitely not a walk in the park for sure.

I decided, pre invite, to take this 6 week women’s boot camp class which is an hour every Friday night. So the night before my friend Jaclyn and I go into our class and leave with literal Gumby legs. I felt like I was learning to walk for the first time. We had spent the entire hour working out our legs. So I woke up the next morning having the thought that I had just committed the greatest level of self-torture one human could face as I knew within just a few short hours I would be taking my Karate test.

I tried with all my might to not let my sore legs get to me as I walked into the Studio, pumped and ready to go. Aly was nervous and her stomach was already in knots, which as a mom didn’t help me any. This is a hard situation to be in because I have to take off my mom had and realize that I am there to test and not rescue my baby.

So the test starts off  by meditating and instantly my Sensei has us go into squats. I INSTANTLY had visions of me relieving myself all over the carpet as I could barely bend my legs. Needless to say I had a goal in sight and I was not going to let my sore legs get the better of me. After 2 hours of testing, a small period of relief came when we were able to meditate prior to our certificates being passed out. This was after many push-ups, performing what we had learned, Sparring which sucks the life out of you, and sweating like no other.

There is nothing more rewarding than being able to have that new belt in front of you and putting it on knowing you have put your all into it. Let’s just say I was unable to walk with out some kind of limp for several days. 🙂 It was well worth it. I am so grateful over and over again to be able to be a part of the Martial Arts world. It is fantastic and has provided me such an amazing opportunity to enjoy pushing my limits physically and watching my daughter excel and build her confidence. I look forward to continuing this journey and seeing where it takes us.

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Posted: 12/31/2010 in accomplishments


Me, Aly, & our Sensei

New Yellow Belts



At the end of October Aly came home with a paper talking about Karate starting at the Bountiful Recreation Center; she wanted to do this course that would only be 15 weeks each Friday for an hour. Well as it turned out scheduling was not in favor for everyone involved and so I turned to Google and entered “Karate in Bountiful”.  The first place that popped up was United Studios of Self Defense. I decided to stop by after work that day and check it out. I walked in to one of the most energetic, friendly, passionate people I think I have ever met. You could tell he had a true love for the Martial Arts and enjoyed sharing his knowledge with others. No sooner had I learned what the program was all about, Aly and I had an hour lesson set up to try it out. We showed up on a Wednesday night and were there for a full hour; at the end of that session, I could not believe what I had found. I felt like I had died and gone to heaven. Aly and I got fit with a Karate Gi and were on our way.

We were quickly thrown into our group classes which we attend 3 days a week along with one private lesson. For each belt you learn different defense maneuvers and kempos before you are invited to test. The test is quite intense and I don’t think I have ever sweat like that in my life; I didn’t expect to cry when I got my belt but I did especially when I looked over and saw Aly putting her Yellow Belt on. It is quite an accomplishment to earn any of the belts and it has become my sanity to go to Karate, it is my outlet, I love the exercise it is but more than that what I have learned about my body. I have learned so much about myself, my coordination is greatly improving, and I love how mindful it has helped me to become. I would recommend it to anyone.

Our Yellow Belt test was on 11/6/10


Waiting for instructions

Looking for the right bead

Final Product


Last year my friend Elisa taught me how to make earrings, it actually isn’t too bad if you can get past that each set and each earring will have its own character to them and they will NOT be perfect. On the other hand, you can make earrings just how you like them and nobody else will have the same earrings as you.

I haven’t made any in a while but have thought about it on and off. My sister and her family were coming to Utah for Christmas this year and so I had the idea that it would be a fun activity for those who have pierced ears and to also have them be presents. I enjoyed seeing the creativity that each person had and what they were able to come up with on their own.

Aly and I were able to make some to send home for my mom and other sister. I have never had anywhere “safe” to put my earrings and so I decided to make a display for them. I went to Lowe’s and got some chicken wire or gardening wire along with a can of textured spray paint. I took a frame that I had from home and sanded it just to rough up the wood. I spray painted it with 2 layers and let it fully dry, then I cut a piece of the wire to fit the internal part of the frame; basically the size of what the glass was. I then put the wire inside the frame and put in the cardboard for the backing. I hung it up in my bathroom along with the earrings and TADA, I have a place to display all my earrings. The top half is for me and the bottom is for Aly until I get hers made.

Thanks Elisa for teaching me how to make earrings.


Posted: 10/27/2010 in accomplishments, Individual, learning, Me, School

Below is one of the papers I have written for my Human Development class along with the grade and comment from my professor. I would have never dreamed of getting comments like this. School has been great for me. I am really enjoying it. I am looking forward to many years of learning ahead.

Here is what the question was:

Television: Imagine you are presently teaching. A parent of a student in your class wants your advice about his or her child watching too much television. The parent wants to know if you think that watching three hours of television a day is going to harm the child in some way. How do you respond?

Carly Blasco

FHS 2570 The Child Six to Twelve

Section 4:Television:


                My first thought would be to simply say yes and be done with the conversation. That is only because I can’t fathom allowing a child to sit in front of what I consider an electronic babysitter for 3 hours a day.

                I would ask the parent if I could have some time to think about their question and get back with them in a couple of days. If my offer was accepted, this is where I would go home and collect my thoughts on how to approach the situation. Not that it would impact how I feel on the subject; however I would definitely take into consideration how the child is doing in school, if the parents are actively involved in the child’s education, etc.

                It is a sensitive position to be in when a parent asks a question of this nature, in return you are basically critiquing their parenting skills. I would then collect all of the facts to keep it as impersonal as possible; I feel that by simply sharing the facts from various studies, it would prevent the parent(s) from getting as defensive. Think of a time when someone has shared their opinion about the way you do something?

                Like I stated at the beginning, yes I think that 3 hours of television a day is too much. In my personal opinion, it doesn’t allow a child to learn what reality is; they are watching these people act on a screen all day; when they go into the real world how shocked they will be when those they interact with don’t behave the way the individuals do on the television? Along those same lines, it becomes an addiction to escape from reality; instead of learning to cope or problem solve one who watches television that much will simply escape their problems. In turn this is ultra damaging as problems can build up inside and after time an individual can explode over something insignificant. Watching excessive television can also teach ineffective behaviors; think about a road and how it gets worn down, car after car after car. Your brain is the same way; watching violent acts over and over again can wear on one’s brain to the point that it seems natural to act in such a manner. Why wouldn’t it be, the people on the television are acting that way and they are getting away with it, why wouldn’t I be able to? There is so much to offer in the world; why waste each day away by sitting in front of something that doesn’t stimulate your mind? The biggest issue I have with excessive television is, here is a young mind, thirsting for knowledge, love and attention from their parents; that’s what we all thrive off of, yet you stick them in front of, again, what I call an electronic baby sitter to raise them. So much is being missed out on; seeing the world through a child’s eyes is absolutely breathtaking! To be brought back to reality, to be stopped in your daily tracks and to see what most people miss.

                On a factual note I would share with the parent information from various sites; I like what this site says under Mind Deterioration, “Along the lines of that, have you ever tried to do get things done after watching TV? It’s as if you’ve become “mind paralyzed” and you have to wait for your brain to slowly get back in gear. I call that time period the “dead zone” and even after that, you’re still not working at peak efficiency.” The irony that you can feel so tired after not having used one ounce of energy.  Another site puts it so perfectly, “TV also decreases one’s attention span and weakens one’s imagination. It weakens our attention span because we grow used to quick, short bursts of information. As a result, we grow impatient if it takes a while to make a point. TV weakens our imagination because everything is portrayed for us. All we have to do is sit back and observe someone else’s imagination.”

                Our bodies are incredibly designed, they are powerful beyond our wildest imagination; why not get out there and see what we are capable of instead of living life not knowing or wondering what if. How challenging it is to share your thoughts and opinions with another parent, yet with love and facts, I have the thought that it would be a productive conversation. If a parent has enough courage to ask the question, be sensitive in your response; that shows they are somewhat aware that there is potentially a problem.

Comment from my professor:

Section IV-C: 15  (out of 15) Great job, Carly -one of the best papers I’ve read on this subject. I like that in spite of your strong opinion, you are sensitive about just expressing it to the parents. What a great idea to get some unbiased, factual information for them. Those were thought-provoking quotes in your paper also. I appreciate all the work you did on this

Q & A

Posted: 08/30/2010 in accomplishments, learning, Me, School, Thoughts

So far I am LOVING school. A big portion of my participation is based on discussion boards and what I have read.

This week in my Human Development Class for 6-12 yr olds the question was:

Researchers have a responsibility to their participants in all studies. How do those responsibilities differ when a study involves children?

I believe that when researchers are studying children there are so many facets that cause it to be different than if you were looking into the life of even an adolescent.
Children are like wet paint; very impressionable. When trying to pull information from a young mind, it is important to ask in a way that allows them to share their own feelings without their answers being influenced to mirror what you may be possibly looking for.
Because children go through so many developmental stages, it would be important to understand and or be aware of the stage of the child(ren) you are researching, so that you may be able to anticipate certain responses or prepare yourself as to what approach would be the most effective for that child.
There are also legal requirements that must be taken into consideration when researching children as they are not of age to consent to participating in any questionnaires or programs.

By: Carly Blasco

In my Marriage and Family relations class the question was:

What is a family?

I find the definition of a family to be something personal especially in today’s society.
For me it is a social unit of people created by an unbroken bond through marriage, adoption, love, natural birth, and or divorces.
A family consists of those whom you confide in with everything and know that you are unconditionally accepted. Your family unit is where you develop a majority of your characteristics, traits, and are heavily influenced as to who you will be throughout your life.

By: Carly Blasco

I’m looking forward to learning. My goal is to take a path of courses that will allow me to get my associates in psychology which means when I transfer to a University I would be a Junior in my Degree. I also want to take some business classes to help me with my current job; next semester I will be able to hopefully join a program that will allow to get credits for working while going to school.

It’s that time of year again. I can’t believe that the summer has happened and is over already. I swear Aly was just getting out of school the other day and now she is starting next week. It’s amazing how I want life to slow down with her and speed up in other situations.

She will be starting 4th grade this year!! Wow, how did that happen. I know I say that every year but it is really hitting me that she is growing up and will continue to grow up.

It’s going to be a busy semester; 4th quarter at work starts shortly and I also start school next week. I decided that a 13 year break after High School was long enough. My new position in work has assisted in giving me the confidence that I can actually do this. So now I say to myself, here goes nothing. I am more excited than anything. I will be taking a Personal Finance class, a class that helps gain study techniques, and a Human Development class for 6-12 year olds and how their environment affects them. I like the idea of being able to pick which subjects I will study for the most part; depending on what I am out to achieve.

It’s great that there is the option to take the classes online now; this will help me so that I don’t have to rearrange my work schedule, worry about daycare and whatever else comes with trying to go to school on campus. I am sure sooner or later I will have to take some classes on campus, but for now online will be nice.

So Cheers to a new journey! We shall see where this new road takes me.