Daily Archives: August 9, 2014

Summer Celebrations – Surf, Sand and Sunshine!

I’m happy to be joining Ruth Ayres @ ruth ayres writes and others to celebrate and appreciate the goodness of the past week(s).  I have many things to celebrate so far this summer!

Surfing in Tofino

A highlight of my summer so far was a family holiday in beautiful Tofino.  There is much to celebrate about this extraordinary place on the west coast of British Columbia.  My husband and I used to go camping on Long Beach before our kids were born and have many fond memories of this special place.  This was a first for my boys to experience the beauty and expanse of the endless miles beach and crashing waves.  We brought our visitor from England and joined friends on Chesterman Beach for 4 days filled with walks on the beach, exploring, campfires on the beach and many hours of surfing and boogie boarding!  Even our dog got on the surf board!

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The boys and their boards!

 

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Quite a change from the streets of Manchester for our visitor!

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Even our dog, Bailey, wanted to try out the surfboard!

Reading Power for BC Offshore Teachers

Several months ago I was contacted by Ryan Silverthorne, a B.C. teacher/administrator from a large B.C. Offshore School in Qatar. He explained that many of the teachers who taught at his school have been implementing Reading Power into their literacy programs and were interested in attending a professional development session during the summer, when many of them return home for the holidays.  Professional development opportunities in many of these offshore schools are rather limited.  After several email exchanges, Ryan decided to organize a full day workshop and invite offshore teachers from several different campuses including Thailand, Korea and China.  The workshop was held at Trinity Western Campus on July 25th – with a full house of nearly 100 teachers.  I was thrilled to be sharing my work with B.C. teachers, both locally and from around the globe and exciting to know that Reading Power will be reaching students in classrooms around the world!  The day went extremely well and the teachers were excited and enthusiastic about learning.  Ryan was a pleasure to work with!  He was exceptionally organized and took care of every detail.  I am confident that this was the first of many workshops we will do together!

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Sharing a photo of the Reading Power book bins in my school library.

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Me (center) with Ryan Silverthorn (tie) with some of his staff from the B.C. School in Qatar.

Baseball season ends

My eldest played his last baseball game of the season.  It was a challenging season with ongoing controversy with coaches and parents (and I thought hockey was bad!) but the team stuck together and in the end were a stronger group of young men.  I was very proud of all of them for playing through the politics and ending the season with a great win.

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Vancouver Cannons Jr. Team (my son is beside the coach)

Visiting Family in Kelowna  –

My husband grew up in the Okanagan so we always spend time there every summer visiting his family and friends.  We enjoy Bocce in the back yard, card games, outdoor barbeques, swimming in the lake – time to relax and enjoy spending time with cousins, uncles, aunts and grandma.  Added fun this summer was a day spent on an inflated floating water park at Kelowna City Park Beach.

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Inflatable floating water park in Kelowna.

 

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Cousins enjoying the floating water park.

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Bocce in the back yard!

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Skipping stones at the lakeshore.

 

I am grateful for the many things I have to celebrate this summer.  What are you celebrating this week?

 

 

 

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