Hi-yah! TKD and More Winter-time Fun

Quick post to throw another batch of pictures your way.  The recipe for this batch is 2 parts outdoor wintertime fun sandwiching one part Tae Kwon Do with a sprinkle of Charlie chilling with his iPod (or so he thinks).  Wintertime fun consists of our 2nd (or was it the 3rd?) snow of the winter in January and a hike to the new neighborhood fire ring where we met our friends the Shia’s to roast marshmallows and make s’mores.  Great add to the Baxter offering for sure.

Quick comments on the Tae Kwon Do (TKD) pictures.  I wasn’t a fan going into it.  There.  I said it.  The idea of something that encourages my kids to hit and kick other things while yelling seemed backwards to my being.  On paper it is backwards.  I have existed nearly my entire 14,000 days on this Earth with little need to kick and hit something else (Tim, my brother, may have been the only exception.  Sorry Tim!).  So why would I want my kids to go to a place where they could not only do this but learn how to do it well?  Oh yeah, and to have to PAY for this?!?!  Thank goodness for more rational thinking (Cindy) where I was reminded of the values of leadership, discipline, respect and confidence that are core to TKD.  Plus the first 3 classes were essentially free.  Well.  Wait for it…I was wrong (this statement is a sign of immense growth on my part).  The kids (both Will and Stewart) absolutely love it!  They have learned so much, the instructor is incredible and motivating and to see Stewart do this with such great confidence is worth every penny. Oh yeah – most of these pictures are of Will testing and receiving his Orange belt (5th belt?).  Stewart goes for her yellow (2nd belt) this month – more pictures to come.

Expansion of mind.  What an under billed part of being a parent.  Good stuff.  Thanks kids, TKD (and Cindy).

Click here to see a slide show of winter and the kids at Tae Kwon Do.

Click here to see all of our pictures via Flickr.

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