Cardboard Challenge

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The school that I teach at decided to hold a school-wide “Cardboard Challenge“, inspired by the youtube video “Caine’s Arcade“. There were many reasons why we decided to take on this challenge, but... READ MORE

Hands-on Inspiration

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It seems like an old concept, “hands-on” learning; but isn’t that what the new curriculum in British Columbia is really all about?  I always feel inspired by the local “Hyde Creek Salmon Festival”.... READ MORE

Weekend Away

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I enjoy a fall weekend away, just to relax, spend time together and to notice the changes of the season. Fall walks are my favourite kinds of walks.  Through the woods, or even along... READ MORE

Cloudy summer day? Bake a pie.

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 We’ve had plenty of days like this lately, but in my opinion, it’s the best weather for berry-picking.   We have farms like these a few blocks from our house, which makes it convenient.  And... READ MORE

First Days of Summer…

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  We’ve been starting our summer out right with all of our favourite beginning of summer activities.  This is the Point Roberts Marina.  I’ve been getting more time to run.  Here’s my favourite route... READ MORE

Explorer Art: Northwest Passage

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          My students have been beyond excited to learn about the first Canadian Explorers, especially the stories, the risk and the adventure.  I came upon this book, called Northwest... READ MORE

A Few of My Favourite Things…

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Over the holidays, I get time to enjoy the things I love the most: To name a few; running and hiking in nature, trips to the library to take out many books, time spent... READ MORE

Winter Leaf Print Christmas Cards

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I was so disappointed to run out of time for autumn leaf prints this year, that I had the idea to do a winter version.

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We have been studying coniferous trees, so we practised using a cedar branch to make beautiful prints on white paper.

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After the print was finished, we added pinches of glitter on top of the paint.
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The children added silver and blue borders to bring out the colours in the sparkles.
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They attached the tags to their gifts, and now the gifts are waiting proudly
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to be taken home in the next day or two.
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Hope you are enjoying your Christmas crafting!!

Salmon Festival

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It was so nice to have another day with zero obligations.

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We had beautiful weather to bike over to the annual Salmon Festival near our house.

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Corn Husk Dolls

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The kids were so excited to eat from our meager corn harvest.
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Miranda collected the husks and ran to get her I Can Make That book.  Within a few minutes she had created this adorable corn-husk doll by bending a husk around some “corn silk” for the hair.  Then she tied wool around the neck, waist and you could separate the bottom to make legs (our husk was a bit short for that).  The arms were made by sliding in a second husk and tying wool around the arms.

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Miranda painted on a face, and enjoyed her cute little corn husk doll.  I think if she had a blog, she would have posted this herself!

Hope you are enjoying the last few days of September!

A Run and a Hike

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IMG_3234 IMG_3243 We spent Remembrance Day doing my two favourite things.  A run, and a fall hike on our favourite trail, Admiralty Point.  This time we went all the way to Burns Point.  A tremendous day.

Autumn Days

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It’s that golden season again,

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the leaves on the ground and bursts of orange and red among the trees.

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The kids still don’t feel too old for a visit to do apple picking,

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We are enjoying the still warm days, and surprisingly even the gray ones.
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Hot Tubbing

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After buying the hot tub, lifting it in by crane, wiring it up and fixing it, and waiting for the water restrictions to end,IMG_0866 IMG_0874IMG_0878IMG_0881IMG_0887IMG_08881436499206501We are finally enjoying some autumn hot tubbing.

Kitten Love

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There has been a lot of playfulness, petting and purring around our house the last few months, as we have two new family members, Milton and Marlowe.

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Terry Fox Run

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Terry Fox is one of the most inspiring Canadian Heroes I know.   His passion, dream, determination, will and endurance are beyond admirable.

Everyday he ran a marathon.  Every day.  He ran on lonely highways through the worst of weather, enduring pain, discouragement and eventually the spread of cancer which took his life in 1981.

When I was a student teacher, my sponsor teacher took out a gigantic folder of photos and newspaper clippings from the time that Terry Fox did his Marathon of Hope across Canada in 1980.  She was making a display for the school.  As she put in the staples, she told me she had attended Terry Fox Secondary High School and that every year, her family attended the Terry Fox Hometown Run.

Her enthusiasm about Terry Fox got me really interested in who he was, his dream of a cure for cancer, and the run.

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Now every year, rain or shine, I attend the Hometown run myself.  Even the year that we taught in Kuwait, Mark and I ran the Terry Fox Run put on by the Canadian Embassy.  Apparently Kuwait’s run raises one of the highest amounts of money in the world.

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As we approach the run, the crowds are already gathering.  This is the largest turn-out they’ve had for a couple of years.  The weather is fantastic.  There are bands playing, and people registering, buying t-shirts and finding a place in the starting line.

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The run starts with O Canada, then speeches by local people who new Terry, such as his gym teacher, and often Betty Fox, Terry’s mother, is there to give her heart-warming words.  One year we got to talk to her after the run. (I am proud to say that I was the first female to finish that year in Pt. Moody!)  Betty Fox was so fascinated with Miranda, who was only five months old then.  Rick Hanson, another Canadian hero, usually speaks at the Hometown run and we saw him come across the finish line today!

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Just before the race starts, Never Give Up on a Dream is sung, which brings tears to many eyes.

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Then off we all go…  Some running for fun,

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some running for family and friends with cancer, and some in victory of cancer that’s been overcome.

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The run is 2.5K, 6K or 10K.  There are runners, walkers, bikers, roller bladers, and in our case, a runner, a walker, a stroller and two on scooters.

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I think what I take from this experience most is not so much about cancer, itself, but about Terry’s character.  About his dream and how he followed after that dream with such perseverance.

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And now, years later, his vision continues as people all over the world run for Terry’s cause, and the money and research has helped people to survive.

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Now that’s the kind of legacy that I hope to pass on to my children.

And them to theirs.

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