Marshmallow Mondays


Dad-Son/Mommy-Daughter Day

Off to the National Taekwondo Tournament they went!  Early Saturday morning, Rydan and Ryan left for Louisville for Rydan to compete as a Recommended Black Belt in the National Tournament.

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Students from Taekwondo Schools throughout the country traveled to Louisville on Friday and Saturday to participate.

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Warming up.

As with all tournaments, students are grouped by belt rank and age, and compete in forms and sparring.

Form Test.

Form Test.

Sparring

Sparring.

With students from Taekwondo Schools across the country, this was the toughest tournament that Rydan has ever competed in.  He proudly came home with a 4th place copper medal for his form, which he can now add to his growing collection of tournament medals.

Here he is with his friend, Hunter, showing off their medals.

Here he is with his friend, Hunter, showing off their medals.

Rydan and his Taekwondo Instructor, Mr. Nelson.

Rydan and his Taekwondo Instructor, Mr. Nelson.  I cannot say enough about what an outstanding role model and positive influence this man is for Rydan, and how much he invests in his students.  Not only does Mr. Nelson teach his students how to defend themselves, but he instills in them valuable character traits that will help them navigate their way through life with integrity and a strong will to never give up.

Congratulations, Rydan, and to all of Mr. Nelson’s students who competed!   You all brought a lot of medals back to Lexington, and should be very proud of the hard work and dedication you put in over the past few weeks in preparation for this tournament. Way to go!

While Rydan and Ryan were in Louisville, Lily and I stayed home with Brooks, so that he didn’t have to spend half of the day inside of his crate. It was a beautiful day, so we enjoyed a few walks and lots of play time in the back yard. Later that evening, the boys were off again to Rupp Arena to see WWE Live, which was our birthday gift to Rydan. Lily and I enjoyed a Mommy-Daughter evening of church, dinner and Orange Leaf.

Ready for Animation Station at Southland Christian Church.

Ready for Animation Station at Southland Christian Church.

Over dinner, I listened to Lily tell me what she learned at church. “Mommy, when I sad, God is my friend, and when God is sad, I can be His friend.”  I love hearing what her little 4-year-old mind absorbs, and this just warmed my heart. A few minutes later, she was eating her french fries and singing along to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” After dinner, I surprised her by going to Orange Leaf, her favorite place for a sweet treat.

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