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GIFTS OF GOLD

The gold of the trees shimmer
Against the pale blue sky
There comes the sound of your laughter
Pushing me over the edge
Cozy in your embrace against the sharp wind
Autumn changes, and chants
From birds flying south
I feel love overtake my heart
Gifts of gold
In between the trees

Why fear the cold and the rain
When I have you to love?
Why look to the spring
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Room to Dwell

This summer my husband and I decided to stay mostly local. We wanted to spend time connecting with each other, our sons,  friends, family and our community. I often find parallels between what I read for my Master’s Degree and my personal & professional life. Margaret Latta’s article about “creating room to dwell” and ““embracing the process” (Latta, 2010) in the context of teachers finding time during  and after lessons to be present and mindful of the learning that is occurring really resonated with me and became the basis of my thesis a few years ago. I have found connections to this concept of “creating room to dwell” in the inquiries I have undertook with my students over the years, in the Self Regulation work I have focused on in my classroom, in my personal goals of being present for my students and my family, and in many of the adventures I had with my family over the summer. This article has continued to inspire me to create room to dwell in the days and moments I am fortunate to share with my sons. Continue Reading

Hello? Are you still out there?

It’s been a while! How are you? How has your summer been so far? We’ve been a little quiet on this end for the last month – it’s amazing how every year we forget how insane summers can been when you have kids, and work, and are just trying to live your best life. It’s a master juggling act every single day. But we are still here! and we’re glad you are too.

Here’s a little peek into what we’ve been up to over the last month – disclaimer: this is a carefully edited glimpse that only projects the most serene and sublime moments, and does not depict the endless food prep, childcare runs, battling siblings, and restorative wine sighs.

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Sans Social Media Saturday.

In my endless quest to find balance between technology and sanity – without moving off-grid to start my own self-sustainable textile/veggie farm – I have begun to institute Sans Social Media Saturday. No instagram, no facebook, no websites, no email…

I’ve had a grand total of ONE of these Saturdays. Apparently I was firmly stuck in the procrastination station, because although I’ve had this idea for months, I just instituted it last weekend.

So how’d it go, you ask?

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Tripping Out

Yesterday my son asked me if I remembered our road-trip in the Westie… And as he started to get all reminiscent, I reminded him it was a few weeks ago. But then I started thinking that he’s right — with everything we’ve had going on since our trip to the interior of BC, it does seem like a lifetime ago. Does that happen to anyone else? You get home and hit the ground running, getting caught-up with laundry and getting them back to their lessons and school (not to mention work). Sometimes it’s nice to reminisce… Maybe my little guy is on to something here. Continue Reading

DIY Colour War

 

 

Summer is just around the corner, so we decided to have a little extra fun with our friends at the end of the year by colour bombing each other. This is such a fun way to get out and have a mess of the prettiest kind. It’s safe, Continue Reading