A Renewal

Hi there, old blog! It’s been a while.

I’ve been thinking about this blog for a while, wondering what I should do with it. Should I write a “closing” post and never return?  Should I just let it sit here and maybe post every few months/years? Should I return to it in a more meaningful way?

I miss it. I’ve always enjoyed writing a blog, and really appreciate the community that has come along with it. So, since I’m off for the summer and have some time, I’d like to renew this space for myself.

As one does, I was thinking in the shower about how it would be a great place to write about things that make me happy…things that let me breathe in this busy time in life with small children,  a husband, a relatively new career, a house, bills, and don’t forget all the craziness in the world.

I plan to mostly write about my knitting, cross stitch, reading, things around the house, things we do as a family, and other things that let me breathe or give me joy.

Stay tuned!

 

 

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It’s been a while, but here’s the newest episode of my knitting podcast:

Forgot to post this when I published episode 7 of my knitting podcast:

2018 Goals

We spent the last week on a very wintery family vacation – snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, tubing, swimming, bowling, eating, watching movies and hockey, knitting, reading, doing puzzles, and sleeping in. It was a perfect way to spend the second week of our time off from work and school.

I looked back on how I did with my goals for 2017, and of course have started thinking of goals for this year. These aren’t resolutions, because I think the whole “I’m going to change my life because the calendar flipped” thing is bunk. I more like to build on what I was able to accomplish in the last year, which might mean keep going with something, altering my goals, or scrapping them all together.

Here is what I hope to achieve this year:

Family:

  • Practice patience more with children and DH
  • Get back to regular date nights with DH

Hobbies:

Body & Mind:

  • I’ve registered in an adult jazz/ballet class!
  • I want to continue doing yoga and meditation regularly
  • Continue to find activities I enjoy and do them regularly

Career:

  • I’d like to get back into doing longer-term assignments, rather than doing daily supply teaching.
  • I want to start implementing some of the strategies I’ve been learning about lately once I get my own classes (limiting homework, going gradeless, etc.)
  • I want to continue to view certain personal characteristics (empathy, making connections with students) as my greatest strengths in the classroom.

2017 was a great year for me, and I intend for 2018 to continue in that way!

 

2017 Goals Recap

Hi everyone! Hope your holidays were (or still are) awesome! It’s been our first Christmas season with just the 4 of us, and it’s been lovely. Lots of movie-watching, board-game playing, and relaxing in general. Ahhh!

This is the time of year where I like to reflect on the goals I set back in January, see what I accomplished, and set new goals for the upcoming year.  So, let’s jump right in:

Here are my goals for 2017:
  • Continue to learn and practice mindfulness, including
    • daily meditation (I’ve been doing this most days!)
    • yoga 1-3 times per week (yes! I’ve been doing this!), and
    • regular self-reflection, at least once per week (I dropped the ball on this. I need to be more specific).
  • Continue to minimize clutter in our home (yes – we’ve gotten rid of a lot of stuff, downsized some furniture, and created better organization. Always a work in progress, but much better than before.).
  • Choosing happiness
    • Read at least 1 chapter of a book a day (I did well on this until about October. I need to read more).
    • Complete at least 3 knitting projects (YES! Knitting has been my saviour again this year and I’ve completed 10 projects. My most recent is seen below. Now I’ve added cross-stitching too). 

    • Begin participating regularly in at least 1  additional physical activity (guys, I suck at this! It definitely goes in waves, but yoga has been a constant this year).
    • Have a date with DH once a month (we did better at the beginning of the year. Need to keep doing this!)
    • Write a minimum of 1 blog post per week (here or on my education blog) (Sigh..not so much. Again, it goes in waves, but mostly on my education blog).
    • Spend more time in nature (This probably wasn’t specific enough. I probably spent more time outside in the spring/summer, but not so much recently).
  • More direct interaction with real people (Yes! Teaching helps but I’ve also become more social and go out more with friends! It’s been a good year for that!).
  • Get more involved with local community (hmmm…not really).
  • Learn how to deal with difficult people (I think I’m getting better at not letting thing bother me as much, which is probably the hardest part of this!)
  • Give less fucks [mostly about my (perceived view of?) what others think about me] (See above…I don’t know what happened, but I’m giving less and less F&CKS to things that don’t matter). 
  • Get in the local school board (3rd time’s a charm?) (YESSS!!!!!!!!)

It has been a really great year, actually! Nothing too horrible happened, and I feel I really made progress in a lot of aspects of my life! I think the biggest two things that have helped are getting into the local school board (less driving, where I want to teach, etc.) and having a more rounded social life. I have the awesome local knitting community to thank for the latter, especially after I started my podcast. I feel like I’ve found my tribe 😀

Stay tuned for my 2018 goals!

Holiday Traditions

I’ve been talking a lot with my friends recently about what kinds of holiday traditions we do now that we have children. Here are some of ours:

  • On the first weekend in December:
    • Going out for dinner/breakfast and then getting a Christmas tree
    • Decorating the tree, house, and putting up the outdoor lights
  • On the second weekend
    • Building and decorating a gingerbread house
  • In the first 1-2 weeks, writing and sending out holiday cards
  • Christmas baking – usually 3-4 recipies
  • Christmas Eve
    • Lobster dinner
    • Drive around to the best decorated homes in town
    • Kids always get PJs
  • Christmas Day
    • Some kind of special breakfast
    • Opening Gifts
    • Turkey Dinner
  • New Year’s Eve
    • Bunch of appetizers
    • Try to stay up as late as we can

These are all pretty normal, and I’m sure lots of others do the same, but we still love them anyway. We’re starting to put our own personal touches on them, and I’m sure they’ll evolve as the kids get older.

We also took part in the Angel Tree program at the boys’ school – someone sets up a tree in the school that is decorated with tags with information about a child in need (age, M/F, clothing size, what they’d love to get for Christmas), and then you can choose a tag and buy a gift for that specific child. This year, we choose a 5 year old boy and bought him lots of toy cars (think Hotwheels), a car-hauler truck for them, and a Connect 4 board game. The boys enjoyed picking out the gift and also learned about how not every child will have a Christmas like they do.

What are your favourite holiday traditions? 

It’s been quiet around here, but Episode 6 of my knitting podcast is up here:

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