Naga-waze

Saturday, May 10, 2008
In January, Will and Harry began Judo.  We really limit our children to the amount of activities they can participate in at one time because we think that they need down time.  We also think it is incredibly important to have family time and dinner every night.  So, our boys have to really think about their choices and weigh their options. Well, from day one, they fell in love with Judo.  And they are quite good at it.  They have never once complained about going and they ask to go to extra sessions on Saturdays.  Today, they tested for their first promotion.  I cannot tell you how proud I am of them.  They worked so hard and they performed beautifully.  I actually was teary eyed watching them.


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I know this one is totally out of focus but look how happy he is!

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Harry was simply radiating JOY when he finished!



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Will
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Will did an amazing job!
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Kate played and cheered her brothers on.  She LOVES going to Judo!
I am afraid she is going to choose it over the ballet I want to choose for her!

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I am so proud of you Will and Harry.

The title of this post is a little family joke.  Naga-waze is the Japanese term for the Judo throws.  Whenever Dave and I are having a friendly bicker, we say...watch out or I'll naga-waze you:) It immediately makes us both laugh.

Unfortunately, our friends who were supposed to be visiting this weekend had their flights cancelled due to mechanical problems.  We are so sad that they will miss our special Mother's Day activities.  But hopefully, we will still get to see them late tomorrow evening.  


Happy Mother's Day to everyone!

31 comments:

  1. What a sweet post....have a wonderful Mother's Day.

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  2. Great Pictures and I am sure that the boys did AWESOME! I think Kate would be so cute at Judo - Yeah - so cute!

    Have a Happy Mother's Day :D
    Ladybug hugs,
    ;D

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  3. Congrats Will & Harry!! Happy Mother's Day!

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  4. What fun pictures Kim! So sorry that your friends were not able to come and visit this weekend! I hope you have a very Happy Mother's Day!

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  5. Oh Kim - these pictures are amazing. Good for the boys!! Emily began with Karate - she is now a budding ballerina...all in good time, all in good time:)

    Have a wonderful day!

    Love,
    Heather

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  6. Happy Mother's Day to you, Kim! Hope it is a beautiful day filled with love and NO naga-wazes! hehe

    Love the pictures of your boys doing Judo - it really is obvious that they both love it!

    And, Kate would look ADORABLE following in their footsteps...although, she would also make an adorable ballerina!!

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  7. How fun...
    Looks like a lot of fun...
    LOVE the family picture..
    HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY....

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  8. Kim, don't worry about Kate - she will look cute in the little Judo outfit!! Congrats, boys!

    Happy Mother's Day!

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  9. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! The pictures are great -- the smiles are contagious!

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  10. CONGRATS WILL AND HARRY!!! THAT IS AN AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENT!!

    KIM I AM TOTALLY WITH YOU ON THE ACTIVITIES THING. WE LIMIT THE BOYS TO ONE ACTIVITY AT A TIME AND IT IS STILL CRAZY WITH THAT. SOMETIMES I FEEL BAD THAT THEY ARE NOT IN ALL THE ACTIVITIES THEIR FRINDS ARE IN BUT I FEEL SO STRONGLY THAT THEY HAVE DOWN TIME TO JUST HANG OUT AFTER SCHOOL, DO HOMEWORK, PLAY WITH FRIENDS AND RELAX. I ALSO FEEL VERY STRONGLY THAT WE WILL EAT DINNER EVERY NIGHT TOGETHER AS A FAMILY AROUND THE TABLE. I GREW UP WITH THAT AND WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE CUT THAT OUT OF THEIR FMAILY LIFE BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO BUSY WITH ALL THE ACTIVITIES AND THEY JUST LET THAT TIME GO. I REFUSE TO LET THAT GO. INFACT KEVIN DOES NOT GET HOME FROM WORK UNTIL 7:15PM AND WE WAIT TILL HE WALKS THROUGHT THE DOOR EVERYNIGHT TO HAVE DINNER. I KNOW IT IS LATE (AND OFTEN FEED MIA BEFORE THEN) BUT WE VALUE DINNER AS A FAMILY THAT MUCH THAT WE DONT EAT UNTIL LATE. ANYWAY, I FEEL VERY STRONGLY THAT CHILDREN ARE OVERSCHEDULED AND I REFUSE TO HAVE MY KIDS BE THAT WAY-- OK NOW I WILL GET OFF MY SOAPBOX :)

    HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO YOU!!

    CHRISTY :)

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  11. Wonderful photos! I have heard that judo is a wonderful activity that promotes discipline.
    Happy Mother's Day to you Kim.

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  12. Happy Mother's Day Kim!
    Beautiful pictures. Their joy just shines through :)

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  13. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY FRIEND!!!!!!

    Congrats Will & Harry! Way to go!!!!

    Hugs,
    Diana

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  14. Wonderful post.

    Happy Mother's Day!

    Lea

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  15. Hi there!
    I've been reading your blog for awhile but never left a comment. My family has a little girl adopted domestically and now we are in the beginning stages for another! I love love your blog!

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  16. Great pics and I love the family photo! I'd love Oakley to take dance, but right now, she's all about soccer. Having three older brothers that play ... it's really all she knows:).

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  17. What a handsome family. They look so happy.

    ;)

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  18. I love the pictures of the judo match!! And the family picture at the end!! How great is that!!

    Happy Mothers day!!

    Debbie

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  19. Oh...what a fun, proud Mommy (and Daddy) day! Congratulations to your boys for their accomplishments and for the hard work that led them there. How do you instill that is what I would like to know?? By example I am sure. When I see parents getting it right (like you and Dave), I just want to sit you down and take notes!! :-)

    Happy Mother's Day to you! I hope you had the most wonderful of days!!

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  20. Congratulations to the boys - well done!

    Happy Mother's Day!

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  21. Way to go, Will and Harry! We are soooo with you on one activity at a time. Dinner as a family is way more important!

    Love the story behind the title of your post! I can just see you and Dave saying that to each other. Very funny!

    Hope you had a great Mother's Day!

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  22. Hope your Mother's Day was special like you! I have a feeling it was. Great post.
    I love that the boys are passionate about the activity they are involved in. Like you, we choose carefully as well and don't over do. It saddens me sometimes to see kids that don't have a minute of downtime and are exausted.

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  23. Happy Mother's Day to you too Kim!! I love these photos from your special Judo day!!! The family pic is fabulous!
    Have a wonderful week!!!
    :)

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  24. Woohoooo Guys! I know you must be so proud!
    I hope your day was extra special.

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  25. Congrats to the boys. They both look like they are loving Judo.

    Happy Mother's Day!

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  26. Congrats to the boys! Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day with your beautiful family!

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  27. Congratulations Will and Harry!!!

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  28. I love the Judo pictures...and Will and Harry sure seem to love doing it!! I also love the family picture! Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

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  29. Looks like fun. My little brother was in Judo a loooooooog time ago! ;) I don't have kids but I SO agree with you on limiting activities. It's crazy what some families endure to keep everyone busy, too busy in my opinion. Growing up, dinner together was important for my parents so I appreciate the importance. I wish more families would make it a priority today!

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  30. How wonderful that they are involved in something they love so much! Ethan is the same way about his classes and it's so awesome to see him work so hard!
    Great job Will and Harry~ way to go!!

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