Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Grad 2017

Oh the Places They will Go!
Twelve years ago these same students walked in front of their parents at a Kindergarten Grad Ceremony, celebrating that they learned their ABCs, their numbers to 10 and how to share and care for one another.  After a lot of hard work, social structuring in their peer groups, this group of students gets to say that they graduated, they put in the work and they are about to leave high school behind them.

 Never again in their life will they feel a triumph like this (unless of course they go to become a doctor and do another 12 years of schooling in a row).  This is a time in their life that they can look back on and know they made it, they are on the precipices of adulthood.  Those carefree days of no bills, no responsibilities are falling behind them faster than they realize.
 But it's not all bad, a plethora of opportunities is opening before them.  They have the first piece of paper they need to move forward in the rest of their life.  This grade 12 diploma indicates that they are of a character that sticks with something, they work hard, they try hard, they are working for their goals.  They can join the workforce, go to college, university, apprenticeship programs or just travel the world.  Many in 2017 are driven to continue to school, some are driven to join a field of work that has more on the job training then school training, some just want a break because high school for them wasn't what it was for their peers.
 But they did and now the world lays at their feet and the adults in their life take a deep breath in to see what they will do.  The world is watching and waiting to celebrate your successes, commiserate with your failures and set you back up so you can move forward in the direction of your dreams!  To the class of 2017 Go to all the places you want to Go, Enjoy every minute and don't rush things through because before you know it you will be celebrating your 20th high school reunion like I am this year!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Happy Birthday Dad!

Love Style's posted this video on Facebook the other day and I had to share it because it is so very true!

When my father passed away I tried so hard to get through my grief, to get to the other side.  And honestly I'd think I had gotten there and then I'd be slapped in the face with a new version of that same grief. How could my life be so "normal" when the ever large and loving presence of my father wasn't there? Sometimes those new versions of grief were harder to deal with than the initial grief.

And so I'd start to accept that my dad was gone, that my children would learn of my father through my stories, my photos and my family but not through meeting him.  That I'd be an orphan at 30 because my father was gone and no one could replace him.  That I would have to keep him tucked in my heart and take his lessons of love and family and make them apart of me to ensure his legacy endured.

Grief becomes apart of you, and how you respond to that grief is your own to control.  I didn't let my grief swallow me, but instead I let my grief lead me to a new way of honouring my lost loved ones through my actions with my loved ones that walk this journey of life with me.

So Happy Birthday Dad, I know you are watching down on my, sometimes probably cursing and stomping your feet because I'm not doing it the right way, but knowing that I will get it right for my family and I that I am always making you proud!

Love you!!!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Goodlife Fitness

So Red Deer had a new gym open on Thursday and I joined.  I honestly joined back in March and have been impatiently waiting for it to open and now it is open and I am so happy.

I went to the Grand Opening on Thursday night.  The place is huge, it's the largest facility in western Canada for Goodlife.  I have now been there every day since it's opened, I am concerned I am turning into a gym rat!! There is so much to do, so many classes to take and so many machines to work out on.

My favourite class is Body Pump, I have done a class like this before when I lived in Saskatoon and I am feeling exactly like I did back then a day later.  Sore, and sore and strong.  I don't like doing weight training that is simply me doing three sets of 15 for different muscle areas that gets boring. I love doing weight training in class settings, I'm more focused and because there are other people around I push myself harder.  There are definitely some muscles I have not worked in a long TIME because they are super sore!

After workouts I am constantly treating myself to a quick massage in the massage chairs.  I love those things!! Watch for a picture blog to come soon of my workouts and things!!

Monday, 5 June 2017

Full time teaching contract

I am beyond excited to announce that I will be a full time, continuing contract teacher starting in August!! It's been a long road, but I've finally found that teaching assignment that was made for me!! So here is to many more years of working with kids that need the most assistance but fill your heart so much with every triumph and smile!!

I'm beyond blessed to have these students in my life!!

Monday, 29 May 2017

Prince T turned 3

 My littlest turned three just a little while ago, and I am at a loss for words to describe how I feel about this.  I can't believe my last baby is three, and he's becoming a threenager for sure.  But he's still super sweet at times but is definitely figuring out where he fits in this world.
 Prince T and spend the day together, just the two of us. After getting his brother off to school Prince T and I went for a play date then we hit up the library to get some books. Prince T is in the challenge to read 1000 books by the time he's five, so we have some reading to do ahead. He loves to read and insists on reading the book we just read to us after each reading.
 Sometimes Prince T will even indulge me in a selfie, sometimes he's even willing to smile!

After a lunch at Macdonald's (his choice) we headed to pick up his big brother from school.  Then we headed to the park to play for a little while.
 His big brother loves Prince T, and 50% of the time Prince T returns that love, but his brother is full of love and sometimes it's just too much and the boys are scrapping.  I only had one brother but it seems like it is probably pretty normal behaviour!

 At three Prince T is able to zip around on his strider, he can even peddle his trike, he's walking, running, galloping and skipping.  He is very determined to get his way and it isn't unusual to have a melt down when we say no popsicles for supper.  He loves to read, he won't say water, instead he says l'eau.  He loves Paw Patrol and super heroes.  He would much rather be outside all day then inside.
 Prince T is happy, he's healthy and he brings limitless joy to his family! May his personality continue to grow and be nurtured so he becomes the boy he's supposed to be!

Friday, 26 May 2017

Friday Five: Yoga poses to master

I have been doing yoga pretty consistently for the last few months.  I am a huge fan of Yoga with Adrienne, but I am determined to master a few yoga poses by the end of the summer.

1. Sitting Pigeon: I love the stretch I get with this pose, but the balance and core strength you need to ensure you are doing it properly, well I have a long way to go.

2. Downward Facing Dog: I am constantly in this pose in my practice but my heels do not touch the ground so that is what I want to get better at.

3.Tree Pose: This is an amazing balancing pose that I really want to get better at, usually I am just hovering my toes off the ground and on a good day I can get them to my shin so I'd love to get them to my thigh.

4. Warrior two: I love this pose but feel a bit week in the legs when I am trying to sustain this pose.

5. Warrior three: Yeah this isn't a pose I can do with any kind of success yet, so definitely have to work on this one!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

When will things change

So this post is going to be a bit deeper than some of my past posts, as I am really curious, when will humans stop repeating mistakes of the past or is that just how things are going to be?

I grew up in a time before social media (Thank God) but we were no less able to get the word around than people are now.  Folded notes, telephone conversations meeting in the smoke pit, if something was going down in a school we knew about it.  And when I was growing up it was always some group against the next. The preps versus the jocks, yeah these were painfully pathetic fights, the skids against pot heads, not the most interesting fights either, girl fights, probably the most stealthy fights, people didn't know what was happening until it had happened. But it was always one social group against the next and it is still happening today.

Now those the groups seem to garner a more political feel, some feel it's the Christians versus the Muslims (UMM hellooo Crusades...) or maybe it's just the immigrants versus the Canadians (again ummm hello colonization).  But things get so blown out of proportion because of social media and people not being fully informed.

Here is a scenario for you think back to when you were in high school, and there was a big fight somewhere on school grounds, you aren't friends with anyone involved but you've heard about the fight, maybe you've even seen some shakey camera video, hell maybe you were the person involved.  Now be honest, did you ever know the specifics about the punishment that was handed out to the people in the fight? If it was you did you know what the other person got as a punishment? Now if I reflect on these questions the answer to both is no, I never knew the specifics, and I never cared either.

The truth is fair isn't always equal, and equal is never fair.  But you have to trust that the adults are going to take care of things, they are going to handle things fairly and justly and to just say, in today's hyper social media age, that anyone is trying to just sweep things under the rug is ludicrous.  It's not like things can stay hidden for long, but the worst thing that ALWAYS happens now is that people start saying an authority is trying to hide something and that snowballs into a huge mess that never should have been in the first place.

We all know how the fishing story goes.  Person was out fishing and the come back all excited.  The first friend they tell is that they caught so many fish but all had to go back (this is probably the closest to the truth).  Next person they tell they caught so many fish and all had to go back but one except that one flopped off the boat.  Third person the tale gets a bit more elaborate, by the tenth person the fish was the size of a narwhale and dragged the person around the lake for ten days before the line snapped and person came home.  It may not even be the original person to tell the tale that many time but with each telling things get a little more descriptive or a few more details to spice up the story.  The final story has nothing to do with the truth and often just riles people up to go fishing to catch the monster fish.

So will things change or do we have to do some more educating on how to appropriately use social media so school yard fights don't get turned into political platform agendas??