Tuesday, January 17, 2017

On the Slopes

And I'm free, free fallin'
Now I'm free, free fallin'...
Now I'm free fallin'
Free fallin'...

{Free Fallin' -- John Mayer}

Winter is here! That means snowboarding season is here!

100% without a doubt, the slopes are my insanely happy place. There is just something so freeing about heading downhill, the wind in my face, the sound of snow beneath my board.

I've hit the slopes twice so far this year. I love how it's like riding a bike...I strap in and the muscle memory kicks in. My first run and I was connecting turns, staying low, and flying downhill.

I realized this weekend that MLK weekend marked 15 years since I first hit the slopes. I spent the day on the trails reminiscing of how far I've come as a boarder. That first day in 2002 I spent way more time eating the snow than riding over the snow. It took many years of practice to become the boarder I am today and I still love it today as much as I did then!

Here's to a season full of boarding!



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Monday, January 16, 2017

The Good. The Random. The Fun v. 3

The Good:
My friends say I am NUTS...but this year will be another good year for running! I registered for the BAA Distance Medley. A 5k, a 10k, and a half marathon this year! Bring it on!


The Random:
Welcome to New England...where if you don't like the weather you can wait a minute. We went from subzero and snow to 50s and rain in 4 days. Oy!


The Fun:
In our mindfulness curriculum, we learned about the brain and mindfully smelling - mainly we learned how the brain "tags" scents and how they can make us think of memories. We did a mystery scent activity. The kids LOVED it - the facial expressions were priceless!



   

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Scav Hunt Sunday: Chess and Chia

Breakfast:
Avi taught me the secret to really good chia seed pudding. Been a favorite for breakfast now. Recipe coming soon!

Leaf:
Bits of life clinging to life in the cold winter.

Routine:
90% of the time, I teach math using math centers. The kids love the routine and know how to move around the room and engage in the activities now. I love designing the games, too!

Silver:
Really cool silver chess set at a shop.

Animal:
We made landforms this week. One kiddo made this adorable polar bear to live on his tundra!


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Friday, January 13, 2017

January Randoms v. 1

book time...moana figurine...frying latkas
last drop...eighth night...early flight
racing ahead...bottoms up...busy working
 sweet rose...macro matches...white berries
biography project...icy puddle...weekend time
weekend recharge...snowy saturday...ski pass
fresh trails...chia breakfast...window lines
best syrup...last leaf...cork reflection
balding thistle...snowy fence...writing routine


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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Let it Snow!

Just when my snow loving heart began to give up hopes of a nice solid snow storm...
Mother Nature delivered a good 8 inches of white puffy goodness over the weekend.

Waking up to that quintessential snow gray sky, watching the flakes begin to fall, and seeing the neighborhood get blanketed in white --- that is what winter is made of!

Snowy weekends are really something else. Already a slower pace. Add some snow. Perfection.

Now if I could get one or two decent snow days from school, I'd really be elated!


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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Rip City

They shooting hoops...
Yeah Yeah Yeah...

They playing basketball...

{G. Love & Special Sauce - Shooting Hoops}

I finally went to my first NBA game!

There was a Jewish Heritage night at the Portland Trailblazers game during Chanukah and we headed to the Rose Quarter to see the Blazers take on the Sacramento Kings.

It was a fun night! We were super high up in the nose bleed seats, but could see the game well. The boys loved the kid's zone and I even got a "My First Blazer Game" button and certificate.

Noam and I ended up having a special date until the end of the game after Ben, Avi, and Ronan headed home before the 2nd quarter. We had a blast predicting the score, cheering the Blazers on, and watching them light the menorah on the jumbotron!

A perfect first NBA game!

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Monday, January 9, 2017

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 2

The Good:
It can be hard to go back to work after a nice break, but it's always good to be back into routine. The kids did great getting back into the learning!

The Random:
We all know Costco can be a touch eager with seasonal displays. Down with Christmas up with summer?

The Fun:
I finally hit the slopes! I was in my happy place all day yesterday!




   

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