Celebrating Mother’s Day

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the mothers out there in the world. Being married to a wonderful woman who also holds the title of “Mother,” I can tell you there is a lot that go with it, sometimes even unnoticed, but surely never forgotten.

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Celebrating Mother’s Day

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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the mothers out there in the world. Being married to a wonderful woman who also holds the title of "Mother," I can tell you there is a lot that goes with it, sometimes even unnoticed, but surely never forgotten.

Mothers are special; very special to all of us: we all have one. There is a special bond between a child and its mother that goes beyond scientific explanation, reaching all the way to the spiritual realm. My mom can tell when something's wrong with me miles away by just listening at the sound of my voice over the phone:" Hi mom." She can diagnose my emotional status by the look of my face over a What's app video chat. Mother surely knows best.

Yet, this God-given Sherlock home instinct is never bi-directional. On the opposite, children often cannot tell what their mothers are feeling or going through. Not because they don't care, rather, because in addition to knowing it all, mothers are also gifted at hiding their pains and struggles out of their children's sight.





As I think about my childhood moments, I barely remember seeing my mother sad. Through our moments of hardships and sorrows, she always appeared in control in my view. For me, she knew it all because she had an answer to all our needs, whether big or small. I've seen her pull miracles after miracles on situations that often sounded unsolvable to me as a child. It took years for me to realize that this Super woman also carried battle scars that she kept quietly hidden away from us, her children.

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I know it's true because I see the same thing happening in my own household; as my wife pulls out her Wonder Woman act for our four boys and our little girl, as she goes through the day dealing with each one of their needs, solving one crisis after another. Watching my wife interacts with our kids now gives me the missing perspective of what my mom had been enduring while raising us, a perspective that I wish I knew a long time ago when I was just a little boy; I could've been a little bit better with my attitudes and reactions towards her.

So, as an adult now and a father of plenty, I truly get to appreciate this day when I get to send my mom a card and write her a note to tell her how much I love her and how much I'm blessed to have her as my mom. And to my wife, I make sure she knows that I'm blessed to have her as the mother to my children and as my partner. I'm here to take care of her battle wounds daily and give her all the help she needs as we both grow together on our journey of parenthood.

One special day to celebrate these women in my life is definitely not enough, but it's definitely a "never to be missed" on my calendar. Happy Mother's Day Mom. Happy Mother's Day dear Wife.

Weekend Netflix Binge: Marvel’s Iron Fist – Season 1

First time hearing about Marvel’s Iron Fist; I don’t recall reading any marvel comics referencing this character. Nevertheless, I’ve enjoyed this season 1 concept.

Netflix has really stepped up its game by providing more original contents rather than just focusing on Hollywood movies. Personally, these original movies and series are more captivating than Hollywood movies to me; hence, the reason I maintain my Netflix account.

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Weekend Netflix Binge: Marvel’s Iron Fist – Season 1

First time hearing about Marvel's Iron Fist; I don't recall reading any marvel comics referencing this character. Nevertheless, I've enjoyed this season 1.

Netflix has really stepped up its game by providing more original contents rather than just focusing on Hollywood movies. Personally, these original movies and series are more captivating than Hollywood movies to me; hence, the reason I maintain my Netflix account.

Synopsis

After his family meets a tragic fate while on expedition in China, a young Rand is adopted by the people of the mystical lost city of K'un-Lun, where he's taught a magical fighting style. Returning to New York City after being missing for years, Daniel Rand fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.


Fun weekend – Graduation Day

What a fun weekend, following a busy week. We’ve enjoyed watching the two oldest boys and their mom perform at their Tae Kwon-do graduation ceremony. They were so proud of their accomplishments. Way to go mom for keeping up with the boys! We now have three orange belts in the house and they can’t wait to move to the next one.

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Fun weekend – Graduation Day

Team Adunagow

What a fun weekend, following a busy week. We've enjoyed watching the two oldest boys and their mom perform at their Tae Kwon-do graduation ceremony. They were so proud of their accomplishments. Way to go mom for keeping up with the boys! We now have three orange belts in the house and they can't wait to move to the next one.

Martial arts are good for for teaching discipline, structure, and character, not forgetting other values such as self-control,  balance, and much more. We're hoping that this investment in their lives will make them better leaders in the future.




Master Kang's Tae Kwon-Do Graduation Class

Mirabelle enjoying the show in the background.

The backstage team cheering for team Adunagow as they perform for their Tae Kwon-Do graduation ceremony. Way to go!

Five things to practice daily

Five things that I practice daily that can help you stay focused and be successful.

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Five things to practice daily

Daily Motivation

1. There is no such thing as failure, just lessons learned - When you set your mind to never tolerate failure, you will be bound for success, whether big or small. As you struggle through hard time, always flip the coin: there is no such thing as a failure, but an opportunity to improve yourself.

2. Never Settle for the average - I don't believe we're called to be average. Anything can be improved, optimized, or made better. With that  in mind, it means that there is always room for improvement. Never settle for the norm; always seek higher standards in everything you do. Always be at your best and always give your best.

3. Accept challenges - You will never grow if you don't get challenged. As you struggle through new challenges in life, you learn new ways of adapting, surviving, and overcoming. You acquire new tools under your belt that will help you on the next obstacles.




4. Leave yesterday where it belongs: in the past - Be quick to forgive (others, and most of all, yourself) and move on. The longer you stay in the past, the slower you will move forward. People and things come and go. Be ready to step forward every morning you wake up.

5. Be willing to go the extra mile, all the time - We are all granted 24 hours in a day, but what matters is how we use that time. To rise above the crowd, you have to put extra efforts than the norm. Sometimes it means sacrificing some sleep time, or logging some extra study time, or skipping social time. You have to be willing to sacrifice today for a better tomorrow. Find ways to constantly stay aware of your goals, and judge every action you take against the big picture you are working for.

Downtown Tulsa, OK

Downtown Tulsa, OK

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Downtown Tulsa, OK

Downtown Tulsa, OK

Downtown Tulsa, OK

Workout Challenge

Starting my New year resolution early with this Flat Belly Workout challenge. 30 days of this routine and let’s see how it goes!

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Workout Challenge

flatbelly

Starting my New year resolution early with this Flat Belly Workout challenge. 30 days of this routine and let's see how it goes!

Fall Soccer season ends – Great memories

The Broken Arrow Soccer Club (BASC) Fall Season came to an end last week-end, concluded with the Fall Tournament, in which both Nick and Ethan participated. What an amazing season it’s been. They can’t wait for the Spring season to start so that they can play again.

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Fall Soccer season ends – Great memories

The Broken Arrow Soccer Club (BASC) Fall Season came to an end last week-end, concluded with the Fall Tournament, in which both Nick and Ethan participated. What an amazing season it's been. They can't wait for the Spring season to start so that they can play again. 

Andromeda FC

Andromeda FC

Nick's team (Andromeda FC) finished fourth in their league and came third in the Fall tournament. Not bad for a new team (first season). They played very well together and had demonstrated some amazing talents. I hope they all come back next season in the same team and continue to grow together as players.

I do want to see Nick play midfield next season though, although he performed very well as a center back defender and captain of the team. He has a good vision on seeing who's open and where to pass the ball. I really enjoyed watching this team play ball.

WildFire FC

WildFire FC

Ethan's team (WildFire FC) finished tied as No.1 team in their league and lost in the semi-final in the Fall tournament. Another new team that performed very well. It was actually fun watching them get better every week! I believe if they stay together next season, they will win the tournament as well. Ethan played forward right and performed very well. Such a talented guy!

This team had some amazing first time players, especially the center defender Trenton and forward striker Eli. Last, but not least, the goalkeeper Michael was amazing. Overall, I really want to see them all back next season together again; it will be unbelievable.

Now, I hope to get time to go through all these videos and photos that I've captured on their first soccer season; such great memories will last forever.

Chilling

“Sometimes you just have to stop, relax, and take it easy”

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Chilling

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"Sometimes you just have to stop, relax, and take it easy"