Monthly Archives: March 2015

Learning About Urban Gardening

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IMG_1094Recently my school was invited to a professional development day, meaning we were all obligated to pick from a host of seminars to sit in for the day. I passed up the reading and writing related seminars for Urban Gardening and Mindfulness in the Classroom – both of which ended up being great choices.

For the Urban Gardening information session, we were bussed to a neighboring international school (Chadwick) to chat with two teachers there who started the school garden about four years back. They covered the resources they used to set up their garden as well as integrating the garden into various learning standards for the students.

The garden itself was a project designed by students, so the layout of the garden was a learning opportunity. The school also grows the plants from seed rather than buying starters. They said this saves money, but didn’t catch if they use this as curriculum too. I’d imagine this step could be incorporated into an elementary science unit.  Continue reading

Roxie’s Gotcha Day – 1 Year

It’s been one whole year since we adopted Roxie!!!

In celebration of the milestone we took Roo for a hike in the (almost!) spring weather, let her roll around in some dirt, gifted her a brand new stuffed animal tug toy, and she even (unfortunately) got to partake in her favorite pastime of eating horse poo.

We are so grateful for our little puppy and her infinite cuddles and love. She started out so shy with us but now she’s the biggest cuddle bug. Her regular routine leaves her lodged right between us every morning in bed.

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And I still can’t get over her goofy cuddle noises. They bring me infinite joy: Continue reading

Flashback Part 2: El Nido

IMG_6807While the beginning of our El Nido trip was rainy, the end of the week saw a brief respite in typhoons. It was beautiful even with the rain, but better with the sun.

We spent an afternoon renting kayaks and paddling around the bay. The process for renting kayaks was pretty sketchy; because of the typhoons and the high waves, a lot of the outlets were refusing to rent kayaks. We checked in with a few places and were refused, even though we kept insisting we just wanted to paddle around the bay. In better weather, you can take the kayaks across to the other islands, but with the high waves the operators thought we might try anyway and capsize. We finally found a small restaurant with a few kayaks out back and assured the man that we wouldn’t go out past the bay. 
img_0287 img_0284 So we just paddled around the boats and out to the edge. The waves were really high once we got near the mouth of the bay, but we stayed in obviously safe areas and enjoyed paddling. None of us are expert kayakers so we were thrilled enough with just hanging out in a boat in the water.   Continue reading