“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.” ― C. JoyBell C.
We need long weekends for different reasons. To rejunvenate, to relax, to get away or in my case this weekend, to get lots of work done! It was a productive weekend balanced with time with friends and family, getting outside, a trip to a new Target in North Delta and some time in the garden.
The May long weekend also signals that summer is just around the corner and oh, I am needing summer holidays for lots of reasons this year too!
Although soccer and ice hockey are over for now, the boys still keep busy with their sports.
This spring, Colin continues to fence twice a week and Adam is playing ball hockey for the second time...
and Colin played on his school's grade 8 boys' volleyball team.
His team didn't have a stellar season but they won some sets and most of their games were really really close, heartbreakingly so sometimes. Colin was consistently strong on defense and was a "bumping" specialist on his team. Their playoff game went to five sets but it was the best they had played all season, so although they ended up losing, it was a positive way to end the year.
I played volleyball in high school and loved watching Colin play on a school team. School sports were such a big part of my time in high school and I was so glad when Colin was interested in trying out for volleyball. I think playing school sports builds a strong sense of connectedness to your school and representing your school by showing good sportsmanship was highly emphasized on his team and I really appreciated that.
Mothers Day celebrations around here began Saturday with a girls night with a group of my best mommy friends. Adam asked, what did you do? drink tea? And I said, yes, but the rest is secret...he looked at me kind of funny and I am sure he now wonders what wild and crazy things happen on girls' nights out!
Sunday was a sleep in day, yippee! The boys googled how to make scrambled eggs and made me breakfast in bed and then we all cuddled in our bed and watched and episode of Donut Showdown and then one of House Hunters International. I chatted with my mom and wished her a happy day too!
The boys treated me to lovely hanging baskets, new beads for my bracelet and a new windowbox. I actually had a few hours to myself and drank some chai and read magazines as it rained outside. Bliss.
I took Adam out to his ball hockey game in Burnaby and spent the evening there with two of my favourite hockey moms and then we came home and had Sweet Spot desserts the boys had picked up on Saturday. Thinking ahead they were...
In the work I do with students, I try to focus on place-based learning as much as possible. I feel that for many families where I work there is a lack of connectedness to the place where they live. I work at a school walking distance from the middle arm of the Fraser River. The Fraser River has a long history and the Musqueam peoples who have inhabited this area for thousands of years fished salmon from its waters and harvested crabapples and salmonberries from its banks.
This week the weather has been beautiful and one evening after dinner, I needed to get outside and gather my thoughts about something. I walked along the river as the sun was starting to set on the horizon. The birds were busy chirping and flitting amongst the trees, bushes and cattails. I walked down to the river and found lots of clumps of salmonberry bushes and a beautiful crapabble tree in full bloom.
The photographs were shared with some groups of my students. None of them knew what salmonberries were and only one child out of many knew about crabapples. I gave the students some "homework" for the week - to get outside and take notice of the natural part of their community. It will be interesting to see what they bring back to share next week.
For me, being outside near the water always brings me peace of mind which was very much needed this week.