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So I have decided this is all I might be able to do this year for the blog...a monthly recap to capture the main highlights and everyday moments of our lives together. January began with a bang with Adam celebrating his 19th birthday!! We went to see the Star Wars movie and out to dinner at the Boathouse to celebrate. Oh my word, this kind of changes things for him. He's enjoyed some nights out with friends and even decided to commemorate the milestone with going to the liquor store for the first time. Adam has also begun a new... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at janice's mash-up
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2016 marks my ninth year of being a one little worder. We abandoned "new years resolutions" years ago and moved to short term and long term goals. I synthesized these goals to find a meaningful word that encompassed my goals as well as created openings for new possibilities of thinking. If you click on the olw tag in the right side bar of the blog, you will find some of my past posts about my one little word adventure. Some years have been particularly successful - appreciate, be, strength and others have started strong and then crumbled - joy, finish.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2016 at janice's mash-up
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My blog is coming up to its sixth birthday and this post marks my one thousandth post! I remember deliberating whether to start a blog or not... And I jumped right in for 2010 and did a blog post a day. To mix it up a bit, I have tried different features - Ten on Tuesday, 12 on 12, Wordless Wednesday, The Simple Things on Sunday and the Weekend Wrap-Up. I have done a few series - Holiday Treat Week, One Little Word, Looking Closely, On My Bike. The following have been my ten most popular (most "hits") blog posts... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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I look fondly on my Facebook page and instagram feed of all my friends' young children doing such wonderfully festive things this time of year. I remember and miss the mixture of excitement and exhaustion that comes with having younger children during the Christmas season. Now, December means final exams at UBC for Adam (he's just thrived this first term) and exams and projects for Colin in grade 11 and extra studying for an EMR course (so proud of him!). And of course, Colin went full out every day for seasonal spirit week at school! Now that they are older,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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For holiday desserts this year, I am envisioning a snowy woodland scene so though some snowy cookies were in order. Inspired by a recipe in this month's Food Network magazine. Coconut Snowballs 1 1/4 cup icing sugar 10 Tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature) pinch of salt 1 1/2 cups flour (can use rice flour) 1/2 cup finely grated unsweetened coconut 1 large egg 1 vanilla bean Whisk flour and coconut together in a bowl. In a larger bowl, cream together butter and 1/2 cup of icing sugar and the seeds from the vanilla bean. Mix in the egg until incorporated... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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In advance planning for a buche de noel and a foresty Christmas dessert theme this year, I made some meringue mushrooms, inspired by this recipe that I used a few years ago when I made my first but de noel (see the blog post about that extravaganza here). Meringue Mushrooms 2 large egg whites 2 pinches cream of tartar 1 pinch salt 1/4 cup water 10 Tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Bring water and sugar to simmer over medium heat, swirling to dissolve sugar. Bring to a boil... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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Welcome to Holiday Treat Week 2015 - an abbreviated version. This honey butter is lovely on warm scones, biscuits or toast. It will be tucked in with some baked goods for some of our neighbours this year. Spiced Honey Butter 1 cup (two sticks) salted butter - room temperature 1 cup icing sugar 1 cup honey 3 teaspoons cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon cardamom 1/4 teaspoon cloves Cream butter and mix in icing sugar slowly then add honey and spics until well mixed. Fill jars. This recipe makes five 125 ml jars. Store in fridge for up to four months. Serve at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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Every birthday is special around here, but there are some milestone birthdays that make you pause a little, like turning 16. How did we get to this point where we have two teenagers of driving age? It kinds of sneaks up on you, even though you know it's coming. A very happy 16th birthday to Colin with his current favourite - a coconut cake! Colin and his Uncle Glenn share birthdays a day apart so we always enjoy a nice family meal out together - this year we had lunch at the Boathouse. And this afternoon, after a pro-d day... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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On the evening of November 4th, over 30 educators from six districts came together at Blair Elementary in Richmond to share, think, learn and have dinner together. This group is comprised of the leads for district teams that are involved in the BCAMT Cross-District Collaborative Inquiry looking at Reggio-inspired mathematics.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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There seems to be a common theme in my posts this fall - things are changing. Hallowe'en also fell into this category. Usually one of my "go all out" times of year, again, a little subdued this year. Adam went out to parties at UBC on both the Friday and Saturday nights and Colin had a school dance and was working at his new job at Takeya Sushi. The boys still dressed up though - Colin as Toad from Mario etc and Adam as a hockey referee and a Sims character which he did as part of a group costume.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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Every year the merchants in Steveston create fantastic scarecrows for outside of their businesses and there is a little friendly competition in the village. Last Sunday as I visited the market, I wandered through the streets of Steveston, snapping some photos on my phone. I noticed some Once Upon a Time influence in the scarecrows this year. I love the creativity of the merchants and how their scarecrows reflect their businesses in some way. And I just read in the local paper that Pinocchio outside of Splash Toys was this year's winner which was my favourite too! Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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Thanksgiving is one of the times of the year that particularly reminds me of my mom. Turkey in the oven, apron on, busy kitchen,white tablecloth, setting out the fine china, cranberry sauce with silver spoons, stirring gravy on the stovetop in her big roasting pan. Family joined together around the large dining room table. This year Thanksgiving crept up on me...not ready emotionally or with a stocked kitchen. Neil kindly bought a frozen turkey but misjudged its thawing time. My sister and her family were up at Whistler and I really need the days for working. The best I could... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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This new blog is intended to be a collaborative venture and a place to host and archive resources to support educators interested in Reggio-inspired and inquiry-based mathematics. This professional collaborative inquiry project emerged from teachers' questions and continues to emphasize the important role of teacher as researcher. Here is a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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Every year since the boys were in preschool, I have taken the classic "back to school" photo of the two of them. When they were younger, they often held hands and tried to show off their new backpacks as well. I remember one classic photo of them walking down the path to their elementary school together. Aah...they grow up. This year it didn't really even cross my mind because well, my mind is full of a lot of things right now. As Adam left for UBC on Tuesday, Colin was still sound asleep and I grabbed my phone and dashed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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Growing up in a family with educators, September was always the start of a new year, something to be excited about! When your children are still in school, there is a build-up to "going back" to school which is all about fresh starts (and fresh school supplies, books and clothes). It's a new year in our house and lots of fresh starts. We went out for dinner on Sunday evening to celebrate Adam's beginning at UBC. It was nice to just be together, the four of us, have a lovely meal together, talk about all sorts of big ideas and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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So every summer I have a long list of new places I want to go, new things I want to try and things I want to learn how to do. This summer's list was long as per usual and not much got checked off. I can live with that. Next year will be the summer of fun! I was determined though to learn how to make cheese this summer. I have been curious about it for years and this June when I was at Vancouver's Maker Faire, I bought a kit from makecheese.ca, determined to make it happen. Well, this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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So the story beginning the summer was HEAT and ending our summer it is the #BCstorm - luckily we weren't affected too badly here in our corner but my dad was without power for a day and my sister and her family for two days. The images of all the trees down everywhere are heartbreaking. Colin did get out and enjoy the rain and the puddles. Other August stories... Adam spent his time working at London Drugs, finishing an online Japanese 12 course and figuring out things for UBC. Colin enjoyed hanging out with his friends, going to parkour and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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So this month, I have had several photos pop up on my Timehop app reminding me of our past trips to Oregon. These photos go back six years, which is when I guess I started posting photos on social media, although our annual trip actually goes back about 13 years! We always spend some time in Portland, another area of Oregon and then the coast. Some things we do every year, others are new adventures and places. In the photos below...Portland, Otter Rock, Pacific City, North Bend, Cannon Beach, Florence, Beverly Beach, Seaside, Lincoln City. We are going a little... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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Neil and I spent Tuesday afternoon with Adam out at UBC. We visited the bookstore and got his booklists, got his student card and transit pass and then walked to all the buildings he has classes in and found the rooms. UBC is such a huge campus and he's going to have a few quick jaunts between classes so he was glad to have that all figured out. Neil and I reminisced about our years at UBC and how so much has changed but still so much is still the same. The old math and chem buildings still smell the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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Fruit crisp is one of our favourite family desserts. I make it all year round, but particularly a lot in in the summer because we always seem to have an abundance of local fruit in the fridge, growing in the backyard or from picking local berries. This is the recipe I have been using for years and add different spices, nuts, fruits etc depending on what we have available. I originally found it on our school district's intranet site, shared by Barbara Fitzpatrick, and have made my own variations of it over the years. Fruit Crisp Preheat oven to 350... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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Every summer has a story and the story of this summer so far is the heat, and figuring out ways to beat the heat, enjoy the heat, accept the heat! Everything is so hot and dry and our lawn was brown before the summer really even started. July began with out usual Canada Day celebrations in Steveston, but this year with the boys off doing their own things with friends. The smoke from the wildfires really created an eeriness here at the beginning of July - yellow skies in the morning, the sun shining through the smoke, feeling like we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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And June 2015 was full and fun and hot...the driest and hottest June on record I believe! Colin competed in another fencing competition out in Coquitlam and came away with a silver medal. His last bout was so close and "losing a gold" is always hard. And a happy Father's day to all the important men in our lives... June was full of regular end of the school year events - exams, Sharkfest etc but this year we also had Adam's grade 12 grad events. Adam won the top Grade 12 History award for his school at Awards Night! On... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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So May started off with a milestone...Adam bought his first car! He has been saving his money and researching this for a long time and he was beyond excited to drive it home. He bought a 2003 Acura RXS. He's been driving it to school and work and just driving it around for fun. Times are changing! I had lunch with my dad and my sister on May 6, my mom's birthday. The beginning of May is hard for me with mother's day just after my mom's birthday. It's still hard to be out and about with others celebrating their... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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Haven't been so good with this blogging thing this month. There was Easter and gardening and kitchen adventures... my first pineapple upside down cake Colin earned his yellow belt in judo and ran the Sun Run... Adam has been looking at cars, working and studying and Neil has been busy at work and spending hopeful moments watching the Canucks playoffs. Other than working, seeking moments of joy and spending time outside, I have spent most of my month here: I have been very immersed in my final attempt at writing my dissertation. I have had leaves, extensions and struggles with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at janice's mash-up
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After our week in Kauai, we hopped on a short Island Air flight to Oahu for a four night stay in Waikiki. We had hadn't been to Waikiki for a few years and had friends staying there so it was a good balance of Hawaiian experiences. Walking out of our hotel on Saturday night to the "strip" and all the lights, people and stores was a bit overwhelming after the peace and space of Kauai. The view from our lanai was lovely though (through all the buildings). We enjoyed being with friends, fun dinners out, and the can't help but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at janice's mash-up