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!

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.

U.S. Women National Team [USWNT]

Soccer has come a long way in the United States. I remember when I first moved to the United States, living in Philadelphia, PA. I couldn’t find a park with a soccer field, or kids playing soccer in the street. American Football and Baseball were dominating all kids gathering and I knew nothing about both sports.

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U.S. Women National Team [USWNT]

Soccer has come a long way in the United States. I remember when I first moved to the United States, living in Philadelphia, PA. I couldn't find a park with a soccer field, or kids playing soccer on the street. American Football and Baseball were dominating all kids gathering and I knew nothing about both sports.

uswnt_celebratesLuckily, when I left Philly for Florida to attend school, I was able to get back to my favorite sport. Attending an international university such as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University had exactly what I needed; fellow football lovers from all across the globe. I was quickly drawn into intramural teams and joined the all African Black Starz team, which was made of African students attending the school.

We competed against teams from the middle east, Asia, Europe, and South America; I have to say, we were pretty successful at the game. I strongly believe football is for Africa lol.




In my senior year, I had multiple opportunities to actually join soccer leagues. One chance was in Miami, Florida and the other was in Los Angeles during my internship with B/E Aerospace, Inc. I resisted the urge to drop out of college on my last year and decided to focus on getting my degree instead. I strongly believe I could have been successful on either life paths (as a soccer player or an Aerospace Engineer). I chose the later and I'm grateful for it.

To close the loop, one of my dream goal is to coach a youth soccer team in the future. In the meantime, I enjoy playing the game with coworkers every week and teaching my kids how to play.

Hope Solo

Hope Solo

I have to say I've seen the evolution of soccer since I first moved in the States in 1996. I believe credits are due to the Women's National Team. They've been increasingly playing at a higher level every year and their successes have brought many supporters in the US Soccer program. The Men's team also contributed a lot, but never really maintained the fire as the women's team. One thing that I've learned from living in the States, we, Americans, love to win and be on top. The USWNT have been able to provide just that for Soccer. I believe they are still ranked as the number one team in the world.

I personally find myself drawn into watching their game more often then the Men's national team. I hope that Hope Solo will return! She's the best goalkeeper in my books and I strongly believe the federation made a mistake on banning her from the USWNT.

CAN 2015 Quarter Finals today – Clash of Congos

It’s Super Bowl Week-end, but for all of us “Real Football” lovers, especially Africans, we have other reasons to be excited about this week-end. The African Cup of Nations Quarter Finals kicks off today with Congo playing DR Congo, then Tunisia against the host country Equatorial Guinea. Yes, there will be drama, and there will be trash talks. But most of all, there will be unconditional passion and patriotic love display among the fans of each one of these countries that were able to make it to the Quarter Finals. This is Africa Pre-SuperBowl, because the CAN Final is yet to be played. An African Champion will rise among all this clashes.

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CAN 2015 Quarter Finals today – Clash of Congos

It's Super Bowl Week-end, but for all of us "Real Football" lovers, especially Africans, we have other reasons to be excited about this week-end. The African Cup of Nations Quarter Finals kicks off today with Congo playing DR Congo, then Tunisia against the host country Equatorial Guinea. Yes, there will be drama, and there will be trash talks. But most of all, there will be unconditional passion and patriotic love display among the fans of each one of these countries that were able to make it to the Quarter Finals. This is Africa Pre-SuperBowl, because the CAN Final is yet to be played. An African Champion will rise among all these clashes. (more…)

Freedom of the mind

If there is one thing that I love about swimming is the feeling of “floating.” It’s just amazing. I’ve always been attracted to weightlessness conditions. Thus, my love of thrills such as roller coasters, scuba diving, anything that goes fast enough and provide same sensations.

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Freedom of the mind

Swimming

Floating away...

If there is one thing that I love about swimming is the feeling of "floating." It's just amazing. I've always been attracted to weightlessness conditions. Thus, my love of thrills such as roller coasters, scuba diving, anything that goes fast enough to provide similar sensations.

I taught myself to swim; never been afraid of the water. At the pool, I'm either floating by treading water, or deep diving under exploring the underworld. That medium is fascinating. The ability to hear your thoughts much clearer, while dampening the outside world sound pollution, providing a type of mind freedom that can be very addictive.

Yes, swimming is a great exercise for the body. But for me, it's also a great relaxation for my mind. Bonus: Floating and looking at a beautiful blue sky; perfect.

As much as I love swimming, I prefer having the pool for myself; not a big fan of swimming in a crowded environment. It's a me-time that I tend to enjoy occasionally, especially after a long and busy day at work. As winter season approaches, I will definitely miss swimming...

New cleats!

Just got a present from my brother-in-law: a new pair of soccer cleats! It was..

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New cleats!

Football cleats

Football cleats

Just got a present from my brother-in-law: a new pair of soccer cleats! It was about time for my old pair to retire. Can't wait to try this new one!

Tulsa Shock vs Seattle (WNBA)

Enjoyed a nice evening basketball game with family at the BOK Center. OK, I have to say: the foxy mascot was more interesting to watch since we got hammered. Great fun though.

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Tulsa Shock vs Seattle (WNBA)

Tulsa Shocks vs Seattle (WNBA)

Enjoyed a nice evening basketball game with family at the BOK Center. OK, I have to say: the foxxy mascot was more interesting to watch since we got hammered. Great fun though.