San Diego International Boat Show (June 15-18, 2017)

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I have been planning to go to the San Diego International Boat Show for quite a few weeks now and I was really excited to take my kids! One of my favorite things to do with my dad as a child was fishing and I remember when he used to take me to some boat shows. I knew it would be fun seeing my kids’ reactions to all the boats. I unfortunately broke my tail bone a couple days ago so I could only spent a short time at the show, but we still had a great time. Upon entering the show, there are quite a few vendors (a lot relating to fishing, aquatics, etc) but there are also vendors for the home. My kids especially had fun with the patio swings from the David Frank booth. The boats are located at the west end of Spanish Landing Park, and one thing to keep in mind is that there are a few steep steps so it’s good to keep a close eye and hand while climbing into the boats. Some companies also ask for you to remove your shoes so it would be best to wear some flip flops or shoes that are easy to take on and off.

My kids had a blast checking out all the different features of the boats, especially looking for the cabins, “secret” hideaways and little bathrooms. It was a bit tempting not to push any buttons, which is also one of the first things we were told upon boarding the boat. A good thing to keep in mind if you plan to bring your kids is that all the boats are docked on land. My kids kind of expected them all to be in the water and wanted to go on a boat ride.

The San Diego International Boat Show is happening this weekend (June 15-18) at the Spanish Landing Park which borders the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina and is a great place to take Dad for Father’s Day weekend! Be sure to check out more info online for information about tickets, parking, vendors and more: http://www.sandiegointernationalboatshow.com.

Posted in Family Fun

Quality Over Quantity

I had an epiphany about quality over quantity yesterday. I had every intention of training for 2 hours. The mats were full and I could have easily got in 6-10 rounds. Unfortunately I got sidetracked and I only had one chance to roll, but it was with a Black Belt my size. This is extremely rare folks. I learned so much in that 5 minute roll and in the conversation afterward. I spent the rest of the day contemplating those 20 minutes. Moral of the story: make the time count. I journaled yesterday mentioning I trained 20-24 hours for about a year straight and there were weeks I felt like I wasn’t absorbing anything and couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Burnout is real though and I’m beginning to understand that more now. I’m making a goal to be more intentional when I do have the time to hit the mats. Happy training, everyone!

Posted in Jiu Jitsu

My Two IBJJF Pan Kids Jiu Jitsu 2017 Champions!

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Can’t believe these two have competed at over 50 (seriously, fifty?) tournaments in the past 2 years but this was the BIG one. Third Pan Ams for Jacob (this is his first Pan Am Gold) and first time for Michaela. Kids Pan Ams is the biggest and most prestigious Jiu Jitsu tournament for kids in the world, and even taking the first step in registering shows a huge amount of courage for any competitor (and their parent). The talent and skills get more impressive year after year and it’s crazy that this one has come and gone already. These Golds took about 2-3 years work, and I mention all of the above because even though losses can be a huge blow when your kids have worked so hard, it truly makes them a better competitor in the long run. I’ve taught my kids to never give up, and I hope that after every tournament, they remember I will always say that hard work will eventually pay off. Thank you @CobrinhaCharles for always reminding us this as well! Now it’s back to the lab for the next one because there will always be harder matches and opponents waiting!

Posted in Jiu Jitsu, Kids

Two Things We Need to Stop Saying

2 phrases that drive me bonkers: “Just Google it” and “Just pray about it” and crickets after that. Both are very good pieces of advice (for most situations), but sometimes, people will reach out to ask for more advice than a search engine can offer and unfortunately, some people don’t know HOW to pray in certain situations. Are we so numb to building community that we have to resort to these phrases when people are trying to ask for help? People that know me well know I’m an information nerd, and I’ll research some things until my eyes can’t take it anymore but I also like listening to the wisdom of others. Sometimes you can’t rely on Google due to outdated information or some dude (or gal) making a random website and posting wacky info. So food for thought: Have a little grace and patience when someone asks a question, and possibly be honored if someone tries to come directly to you for advice. If you ever need to chat about something, I’m always willing to lend an open ear. I may not reply as quickly as I can, but I like to help when I’m able. My hope is that others can do the same. Have a great Saturday!

Posted in About Me, In Christ

Disney On Ice Worlds of Enchantment Show Review

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We were thankful for such amazing seats yesterday for the Disney On Ice’s Worlds of Enchantment show! I had a girls date with my daughters and mom and we were so happy to see Mickey and Friends, the whole Toy Story gang, Ariel and of course, Elsa and Anna. I joke with my friends that I’m not too sure who gets more excited for any type of Disney show, me or my kids. I am always pretty excited to share my love for Disney with my kids and I get to live my childhood all over again! The show was just as great as expected, but I would warn parents that if their kids have seen the Frozen show last year, to prepare them that the Frozen portion of Worlds of Enchantment is a bit shorter. My eldest daughter was mentioning that they didn’t finish the show and I had to explain to her why. I hope you have time to catch one of the showtimes this weekend! Be sure to check out my other post to find out how to purchase tickets: Disney On Ice’s Worlds of Enchantment

Posted in About Me
About StrongholdMom

Raquel Cusi is a wife, mother of 4, and owns The Stronghold CrossFit & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with her husband, Mike, and brother Ray. She loves to blog about Marriage, Parenting, Health, Fitness, Christian living and her love for Disney. She's also an aspiring crunchy mom who loves organic and natural products, breastfeeding and babywearing.

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