Wohoo 🥳 !! We are heading for a long road trip tomorrow with my family, o my gosh you guys I’m sooo excited. Traveling with family is something my husband and I are doing for the first time and aahh feeling is so surreal and amazing 🙂🙂. REAL QUESTION: What would you guys like to see more on this trip ? Pictures or videos ??
If we had no winter, spring would not seem so beautiful!
Winters are tough on my mind, but all the beauty blossoming around us here in Lake Oswego this time of the year sure makes it all worth it. .
Sunshine. SUPing. Flowers galore!!! .
Made it! .
When can you say you’ve made it in life? When I see ppl in their early/mid 30’s with their own thriving business, home owners, car owners I think to myself: what have they done that I didn’t?! And then I think... they’ve invested years of time into pursuing career. Am I jealous of that? I realize that has never been a goal of mine. I spend 4 years roaming around the globe, spending my youthful years traveling. I don’t think I would’ve want it any other way. I love the simplicity of it. Working to live. Not living to work. But hey... that’s just me 🙃 you? #backpackbren#golive#exploremore
A lot of people have been asking me about the teaching process here. How do we teach without knowing the kids’ language? 🧐
Firstly, most of the kindergartens and training centres have Chinese assistants, who can help foreign teachers during the lessons. If need be, they translate some things to kids. In the training centre where I work we don’t have assistants but co-teachers. Frankly speaking, they do most of our work. They prepare almost all materials for our classes (you can help, of course, but not everybody does that), the discipline is mostly on them, though it depends on the age of our students. .
We can switch to Chinese from time to time with the youngest learners (2-3 y.o.). With the older kids (5-8 y.o.) we mainly use translation when we talk about discipline. For example, when we want to introduce a new rule to them. With 10-12 y.o. we try not to use Chinese at all, because this will just make them lazy eventually.))) .
Secondly, those kids, who attend our classes for more than 2-3 weeks, already know the structure of our program. They know our on-board games and stuff. If we want to explain something to them, knowing that they won’t understand verbal explanation, we use gestures. If we want to play a game they don’t know or remember, we just play the first round with Echo, my co-teacher. And after that the kids know what we want from them. .
The kids here are smart! They’re used to being in English environment for 60/90 minutes without their native language. Surely, they speak Chinese during the classes from time to time, but who doesn’t? 😉
Today mountains and their natural hazards have somberly humbled my thoughts about life, about mountaineering. Great respect to those passionate climbers who are now no longer with us. I hope for deep comfort to come in the midst of the mourning.
There is room in the garden for every flower. A tulip doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. You didn’t have to struggle to make your face different than anyone else’s on earth. You are unique because you were created that way. ♥️
During the last ice age, the Sawtooths were covered with thick glaciers. During this time, heavy glaciation scoured the mountains, carving out deep valleys called cirques, separated by jagged ridges called arêtes. This serated, knife-like appearance is why these mountains were named the Sawtooths. ⛰🔪
We almost missed it... But today is get to know your customers day! 🥳 And we could not be more excited! We spend so much time letting you get to know us. Sharing about our artisan partners. The handmade process. The stories of huipiles. Now its your turn! 💜
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We bought our van and began converting it three weeks before learning I was pregnant. We knocked out a lot of the harder projects before the babe came, but go figure the build was put on hold after she arrived. Two months later we moved losing our garage space which is crucial when undertaking a van build. Then it snowed non stop this winter which meant no outdoor projects. Can I come up with anymore excuses, really? *
Fast forward 11 months later and we're FINALLY back at it! Our goal's to have the kitchen framed out and a work top installed for our trip back East in three weeks. Since we were burning the last of daylight after work and had the babe running around picking up every rock possible @ryan.dobbins only had time to get half the framing completed. But progress is progress and even the smallest of projects make a huge impact in such a small space!