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Even Ninjas Need Haircuts

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The kids and I are getting haircuts this afternoon. That right there is an NSV. We’re all looking pretty shaggy. I look like I stepped right off the cast of CATS or like I’m Wolverine’s middle-aged sister. But, that’s not really what this blog is about.

This may be cheating, but today, I want to celebrate my daughter’s NSV, because it’s very Sparklicious. Audrey just passed her first-ever, mixed martial arts belt test. You need to understand that, with the exception of my husband's high school golf and my heroic efforts on a 6th grade church basketball team, no one in our family has ever done such a thing. We just aren't athletically inclined. We don't even watch the Super Bowl. Why bother, now that we can watch the commercials on YouTube? We’re much more comfortable onstage, behind a camera, or sitting at a computer. This is uncharted territory.

I think Audrey surprised herself too. She homeschools and needed a PE credit, so we signed up for a homeschool MMA class.

Stop right there. Raise your hand if you suddenly pictured a room full of ninjas wearing denim dresses and buns. I assure you, that’s not the case, but it did just make me laugh. Heh heh.

She was nervous, expecting a bunch of athletic kids who already knew what they were doing and the instructor from Karate Kid. “Sweep the leg, Johnny!” Couldn’t have been farther from the truth. The kids are all different ages and levels. All the older kids love on the little ones and the more advanced kids are excited to help the newbies. The instructor is a sweet guy who's earned the kids’ affection and respect. Audrey quickly learned that she could do this stuff and, even more surprising, she liked it.

For a kid who hated gym class and loathed and despised running around the track, this is welcome news. Now she’s working out with friends, having a good time, and growing more fit and confident every day. Doesn’t that sound Sparkilicious to you? That’s my favorite part of SparkPeople--a community that’s encouraging each other while we work and play. We’re so ninja. And now, I gotta run so we won’t be late for our appointment. Because, even ninjas need haircuts.
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GERMANIRISHGIRL 5/12/2011 10:05AM

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KINSBAILE 5/11/2011 1:24PM

    That's too cool! Keep up the good work!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 5/11/2011 12:27AM

    That's WONDERFUL! and I think I missed something... what in the world is NSV? emoticon emoticon

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BLUESKY104 5/10/2011 11:20PM

    Nice blog -- emoticon

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ELISOS 5/10/2011 10:46PM

    emoticon that is great.

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DANCINCAJUN1 5/10/2011 10:16PM

    Totally awesome .... I enrolled my son into Tae Kwon Do as he was often found in the upper branches of the 60 year old maple trees throughout the little town we lived in ... Did wonders for his self confidence ... he is now a black belt instructor ... really, really has been a wonderful sport for him ... sure gave him the gift of gab cause he quit climbing trees and started to talk his way out of being bullied ... and it WORKED !!

Remember --- bad haircuts will grow out !! (just in case)

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UNIQUELY_BELLA 5/10/2011 8:10PM

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glad your daughter is doing so well -- emoticon to her!!!

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RESULTS361AP09 5/10/2011 7:43PM

    Way to go Audry for stepping out of your comfort zone! You are awesome!!

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NPA4LOSS 5/10/2011 6:10PM

    Sparks make Sparklers! emoticon

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GOLDENGOURD 5/10/2011 5:26PM

    Super Awesome! And may all the ninjas and ninjamoms be happy with your haircuts, hehe.

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ALIESMOM 5/10/2011 4:42PM

    emoticon GO AUDREY!!!

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KALISWALKER 5/10/2011 3:14PM

    What an interesting thing to do for phys ed.

In an hour I am leaving to walk 5K. What are you doing for exercise?

(Kali is recharging on the sofa)

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DOLPHINLADY05 5/10/2011 3:10PM

    You were right...I can definitely relate. Give my congrats to Audrey for earning that first belt. This is a huge accomplishment!! And boy does this bring back so many memories of my kids working for 3 1/2 years to earn their black belts in TKD. I can't believe we're already on the other side and that we are now back for round 2 in a homeschool TKD class getting PE credits while they work towards their 2nd degree black belts. Trust me, my kids DID NOT get their athletic abilities from me, hehehehe!!

This is for Audrey...
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Thanks for sharing!!

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    We live by example emoticon MY emoticon

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