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Sensei Tony


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.

All of those that tested! Post test



Aly & her loot


Opening Gifts

My sister Jamie and her family live in California, they came out during the 2nd week of Christmas Break this year. It worked out for Aly’s dad and I to switch weeks so that she would be able to see her cousins while they were out here.

They came over on Christmas Day right before she came home and we were able to enjoy everyone’s company. Aly then spent the night with her cousins on Sunday and Monday night. I went over to my sister’s in-laws house on Monday to make earrings and hang out. Tuesday was a quiet day and Wednesday my sister’s oldest daughter spent the night at my place.

We dropped Jo off Thursday morning and hung out for a little bit before returning home. We always enjoy getting together with family even though time seems to go by much to fast when we are together. I was also fortunate enough to have this week off of work to catch up on some housework and sleep.

Back to school and work we go on Monday.


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.

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