Sunday, October 29, 2017

Courage over comfort

I across the above Rumi quote earlier this year. It encapsulates so well how I'm weighing things in my life right now. Generally, I don't like change and I'm shy and introverted. But, I don't want those things to hold me back. So, I'm chosing courage over comfort.
Last year and this past spring I went to a couple concerts put on by the Good Noise Gospel choir. I loved them! They excited and inspired me! So... I thought about joining, but my first instinct was no way! I finally bit the bullet and auditioned and got in. But then came the long summer and I REALLY wanted to quit before I even started. New people, like 85 of them, plus challenging song arrangements...what was I thinking? I couldn't do it. But in light of this new motto of courage and doing things that excite me, I made a deal with myself that I'd stay until Christmas. So, starting in September, I showed up every week. I met lovely people. I practiced the songs. I even signed up for the retreat in Whistler!
Well, I just got back from the retreat and it was awesome! I'm not gonna lie, I still had a bit of a meltdown on Saturday from feeling overwhelmed with so much music to learn, so many people to meet, rooming with 5 virtual strangers etc. But there was also beautiful music made, some fantastic conversations, so many "me too" moments and just plain old fun and laughter. Needless to say, I'm not quitting at Christmas!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Fall 2017 has started and I am still waiting for things to settle down into some kind of routine. So far things have been a little chaotic, but I am sure it'll get better once we have an idea of what our full schedule looks like. So far, the transitions for Emmi starting kindergarten and Matias starting high school have gone remarkably well. Emmi really likes her teacher, which is great. She has complained a few times that the days are too long and I fully agree, but that's the way the system is set up here. Matias has bussed to Carver every day and there have been no problems there.
I have worked a little more as I am subbing some days on top of my own job on Wednesdays. It's neat to see other schools and what other teachers are doing. I have found great ideas that I can use with my own class.
Our evenings are pretty full, in fact we don't have a single evening free during the week between football, piano, jr youth, community group, and my choir. But, there's nothing on the list that I am willing to give up, so that's just the way it is this year. I joined the Good Noise Gospel choir and I really enjoy singing in it. We have our first concert in a couple weeks, so I am off to practice my songs... but first a couple pictures from the first day of school. Can  you tell who the preteen is?? LOL

Monday, September 4, 2017

Summer 2017

We have had a fabulous summer and I am really sorry to see it come to an end. We decided to stay in BC for various reasons this summer and it was great to explore our own province. We went to Hope a couple of times which was great. But we also wanted to do something new, so I looked and looked at online rentals in different parts of BC. I finally ended up renting a cabin on the water in Powell River. Pentti was a little reluctant and required some convincing, but that was nothing new, ha. We took two ferries to get to Powell River and arrived at our cabin on a Sunday afternoon. The cabin was newly renovated and very spacious. The location on the water was perfect for the kids. Along the northern end of the beach there were lots of big rocks and boulders to climb and the boys loved exploring. I really try to let them wander off and explore because I think it's invaluable, but it's pretty hard to do in the big city. In Powell River they were able to do a lot of unsupervised roaming.
I have to say that I fell in love with Powell River. We ate at some really good restaurants and saw some spectacular sunsets and really enjoyed our time there. A couple from our church happened to be camping at Willingdon Beach, so we met up with them a few times, playing mini golf, eating ice cream etc. When our 4 nights were up, we weren't ready to head home so we took a ferry and drove to Madeira Park. I had found a luxury trailer online to rent and it happened to be available for the next 2 nights. Wow. I had no idea that a trailer could be so cool. It was located near the water as well and kayaks were provided with the rental. I was a little terrified having never kayaked, but I did it anyway. It was great to be in the ocean and my difficulty in getting out of the kayak provided great comic relief for the whole family. The boys really enjoyed kayaking and again, were able to explore on their own. A family of deer lived nearby and we were able to see them multiple times eating from the bushes. We also went on a hike that opened up a spectacular view from the mountaintop. All in all, it was such a great end to our summer!
But, alas, school starts on Tuesday. In some ways getting back to a routine will be nice, but there will be big changes as I am moving schools, Emmi is starting kindergarten and Matias is starting high school. Stay tuned.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 Book list

Here's the list of books I read in 2016. I feel like there are some missing because I wasn't so diligent in keeping track this year. My favourite was probably The Lake House by Kate Morton. I've read all her books and she continues to be one of my favourite authors.

Bread and Wine
The Storied Life of AJ Fikry
The Lake House
Beach House Memories
The Butterfly's Daughter
Swimming Lessons
Sweet Tomorrows
Sensible Shoes
Two Steps Forward
The Forgetful Bride
419 (still in progress)

I sure don't read as much as I used to. Maybe 2017 will be the year that I get back to reading more than one book a month.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

What we're playing

Christmas means lots of time with the kids. This year, we have spent quite a lot of time in the snow, but we have also played a lot of games. Our four favourites for sure have been Boggle, poker, bop it and chess. I FINALLY learned to play chess since Matias had the patience to teach me (future teacher in the making?).

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Matias turns 11!

This cool guy recently turned 11. Matias is so good-natured and smart. He helps a lot with Emmi and is generally fairly willing to help, especially when it comes to cooking dinner.
For his party this year, he wanted to invite a few friends to go swimming and then to our house to watch the Star Wars movie. It was the easiest party ever, mostly because his group of friends from school are a really good group of boys. Yes, they are "normal" boys who are silly and gross and loud. But they are also sweet and thoughtful and polite. I hope that they remain that way forever.
In the evening, when everyone had gone home, Matias asked if he would sleep on our floor on a mattress as part of his birthday celebrations. Aw; I nearly cried. He's so tall and grown up and yet, he's clearly still our little boy.

Friday, January 22, 2016

small changes

I've been doing Peter Walsh's January decluttering again. Sort of. I'm just not that into it this year. But, in the process of trying to get rid of stuff, I have been looking around at spaces that aren't working or need a little change. One such area was in my kitchen. I used to have a big print on this wall, but it was looking tired and I wasn't that keen on it anymore. So, I decided to get a little cupboard and change the look of the space. The cupboard is actually a shoe cupboard from Ikea, but since it's brand new, who says I have to use it for shoes? It's nice and narrow and works perfectly for storing some of my random kitchen stuff. Overall, it's a pretty small change, but it makes me happy every time I go into the kitchen :)