Day 16: Gratitude Challenge

I’m a day late with this one…it’s report card writing time!

What public service or organization are you grateful for (ie. The library or Fire Department)?

Well, obviously I’m grateful for the Fire Department and Police Department for keeping my community safe but I’m also grateful for the library!

I used to visit the Terry Fox Library pretty often growing up but then got away from it when I started buying books. Finally I decided I was “wasting” a crazy amount of money on books I would read within a few days. I returned to the library!

I’m someone who likes to hold a real book in my hands. E-Books do NOT work for me! I’m thankful the Fraser Valley Regional Library network has pretty much every book you could ever want and I appreciate being able to put myself on waitlists for highly coveted books.

I’m currently deciding which book to crack open tonight before bed!

Happy Reading!💜

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Day 7: Gratitude Challenge

Open the door and look outside. What’s something you’re grateful for outside?

My parent’s BBQ! I was at their house when I started to write this.

Why am I grateful for a BBQ, you might ask? Well, it’s simple really…Burger Night! Every Saturday is Burger Night at my parent’s and my dad makes a mean burger. I go whenever I’m free!

Now that the weather is better there’s an extra special treat out there…

Cacti and succulents galore! Haha.💜

Remembering Vancouver 2010

It’s Olympic time again and I can’t help but think back on Vancouver 2010 – it was such an incredible experience!

The Torch Relay came through PoCo and I was able to attend before work! What a neat experience.

I also had a chance to hold one of the torches during a different event.

Since I volunteered at the Paralympics I got free tickets to the dress rehearsal of the Opening Ceremonies. Obviously it wasn’t great as the real thing, but still awesome!

I got to attend Men’s Short Track Speed Skating with my mom. It was my first time seeing it live – so exciting!

I figured skated when I was growing up and being able to see a live Olympic event was a dream come true. My mom and I saw the Men’s Short Program.

I was super lucky to get to go to three hockey games! Kyla came from Kelowna and we went to Sweden vs. Germany.

I saw Canada vs. Switzerland with my our (kinda but not really) cousins from California. They had an extra ticket that I bought off them. Totally worth it to see Team Canada!

That same day I also saw Slovakia vs. Russia with my brother. He flew in from school in New York and it was awesome sharing the experience with him! My dad was around as well – he had been volunteering that day!

My mom and I also went to the Closing Ceremonies. We were on a total high after watching Canada win Hockey GOLD outside Alberta House.

I’ve yet to experience anything like the atmosphere of Vancouver 2010 and I don’t expect I ever will. That is unless we host again (fingers crossed.) The Olympics bring nations together and being amidst the action makes it just that much more magical.

Good luck to all the athletes representing Canada in Pyeongchang!❤

Post-Christmas in Vancouver

Christmas snuck up on me very quickly this year. Report card frenzy and university assignments took over earlier in the month and it was followed by the Christmas excitement at school. I worked right up until December 22nd this year which didn’t leave much time to explore anything Christmas related in Vancouver before the big day! 

Yesterday I decided I would head downtown to Christmas at Canada Place. I was so excited when I saw this was happening…only to find out it was the 30th year! How in the world had I been oblivious to it all these years? It was a beautiful evening and I thoroughly enjoyed all the lights and decor.

Avenue of Christmas Trees:

Woodward’s Windows:

Fun Fact: In 1993 Canada Place bought all the Christmas window displays from Woodwards when the store closed!

Canada’s North Light Display:

Afterwards I walked to the Four Seasons to look at the Festival of Trees. I only looked at the trees in the first floor lobby but they were quite impressive.

I also had a look at the 76-ft tree outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.

It really was an enjoyable day! I already can’t wait until next year. I was one day late to see the Gingerbread Houses at the Hyatt so I’ll have to make sure I see those next year. I’ve seen them several times before and I’m always impressed!

Merry Belated Christmas everyone!❤

Lights at Lafarge

Last night I finally checked out the Lights at Lafarge.  It’s the largest free outdoor light display in the Lower Mainland – they really should charge a small fee! It’s absolutely worth a visit if you haven’t been. 

The lake, which is about 1km around, is surrounded by thousands of Christmas Light displays.

The pathway was crowded but not so crowded that it was frustrating – and this is coming from someone who gets annoyed by people VERY easily (me haha.) 

There is plenty of parking at Town Centre. Although the lots may look full, people appear to be coming and going all the time so it shouldn’t take long to find a spot. Alternatively, you could take the Skytrain to Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station.

The lights are on until January 21st. I recommend popping by if you haven’t already! ❤

Nature Commitment II

Back in October I posted about my Nature Committment for my Holistic Teaching and Learning class. The semester is coming to an end so I thought I would share the rest of my photos.  I enjoyed paying attention to my surroundings. I was able to find the beauty that surrounds me daily, the beauty that I would normally not notice. My last class may be on Wednesday but that doesn’t mean I need to stop.

    Slow Down. Pay Attention. Appreciate Your Surroundings. Beauty Is Everywhere.

    Vancouver: After the Rain

    Yesterday I spent my day at the PSA Superconference in downtown Vancouver. It rained throughout the morning but the fall colours were still stunning.

    Afterwards I went for dinner with friends (also teachers) at Steamworks then walked to Main Street-Science World Station. It had turned into a beautiful night. I couldn’t help but stop and take a few photos and I thought I would share them with you! ❤