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June is alway a whirlwind. Work is always surprisingly busy, not the "winding down" that some might think it is. We don't see Neil much...his days are long and full with grad and other year end events. Fortunately, with the boys busy work schedules, we were able to carve out a couple of hours to celebrate Fathers' Day! Adam continued to work at London Drugs this month and has spend some time with his old group of high school friends now that they are all back in town for the summer. He has been building his own computer and has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at janice's mash-up
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Nine district teams came together at Burnaby Central Secondary School on June 8 to share resources, share what has been happening in districts and do some visioning for next year. Thank you to Angela Meredith and Ron Coleborn for hosting us in Burnaby! As always, there were lots of resources... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2016 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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This May, I took part in the 30x30 challenge from the David Suzuki Foundation - challenging people to spend 30 minutes outside every day of the 30 (31) days of May. I documented each day though Instagram- some days are very full and long with work but this challenge forced me to be creative. I actually took some lunch "breaks" to go for a walk outside or if I was at a conference or at meetings in another city, I found some local trails or parks to get myself outside to. Some days, it was all I could do to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at janice's mash-up
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On Saturday May 7th, we hosted our first spring institute at Lions Bay Community School in the West Vancouver School District. This event was open to any interested educators and we had teachers drive all the way from Langley as well as two teachers join us from Sooke on Vancouver... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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We brought in April celebrating my dad's 81st birthday on April 2. For my 50th birthday, my father-in-law and brother-in-law got me an amazing new suitcase. Loved "breaking it in" on my trip to San Francisco for a ginormous math education conference. We had one afternoon to explore the city a bit...Fisherman's wharf, cable car, a boat ride under the Golden Gate Bridge, sourdough from Boudin, a hot fudge sundae at Ghiradelli - all the touristy things. Adam has been writing finals this month, and wrote his last one on the 28th. He's getting excited about a short camping trip... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at janice's mash-up
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March began for me with a quick trip to Victoria for some work with the Ministry of Education. I love flying over on a seaplane and seeing where I live from a different perspective. The garden has shown all sorts of signs of spring this month with the first always being our Japanese plum bloom tree in full bloom followed by the flowering currant, daffodils and our golden plum tree. March 11 marked a milestone birthday for me - my fiftieth. Apparently fifty is a big deal! Half a century and all that. An although there is wisdom that comes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at janice's mash-up
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Oh February...here on the west coast, it can be dark and gloomy or it can be mild, bright and spring-like. This year we have been on the mild, bright side with flowers blooming earlier than usual. I love getting out and seeing the signs of spring in early February! And the tulips are plentiful at the markets and add those signs of spring inside. Three day weekends - yippee for Family Day sleep-ins and brunches and boys who load dishwashers. And because my mom did this for us well into adulthood, treats set out for the boys at their "spots"... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at janice's mash-up
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On the afternoon of February 19, a common pro-d day for many Lower Mainland school districts, the Richmond School District hosted a professional learning event for educators. There were 40 Richmond teachers along with 40 teachers from Delta, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Vancouver Island, West Vancouver, Langley and others districts. The focus... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2016 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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Last week I had to zip down to Blaine to pick up some books and supplies for my work. As I parked, I couldn't help but notice the train on the tracks near me. Seeing the train triggered a flood of memories for me and I took a few moments to be with those memories. Memories of hours spent lying on the playroom floor with the boys as they played with their Thomas the Tank trains and tracks. Oh, the stories and adventures those trains had. Memories of making a train cake for Adam's second birthday because you know, that's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at janice's mash-up
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The lead teams from the districts involved in our project (Richmond, Surrey, Delta, Burnaby, Vancouver and West Vancouver) came together during the evening of February 3 at Elsie Roy Elementary in Vancouver. We welcomed a team from Coquitlam and hope that a Langley team will be able to join us... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2016 at Reggio-Inspired Mathematics
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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 Jan 31, 2016 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