Celebration: It all adds up

We all know that finding reasons to celebrate becomes even more necessary when there are lots of reasons to despair. Words have associations for me. Despair is a drain in a rainstorm. Celebration is light but full of energy. Leaps. Twirls and whirls.

Moment by moment. Tiny and full. We can choose to walk through our weeks gathering the energy to remain in the place to celebrate.

There is some sadness in my room. Some weighty things that are hard. But I collected the light and there is much that is joyful. It all adds up to many reasons to smile.

Sharing some of them here ๐Ÿ™‚

We had a week of hiphop dancing with the brilliant Kimberly Stevenson from The Happening Dance Studio here in Vancouver. One morning I arrived at school to see an impromptu early morning rehearsal going on. Students all helping each other with their steps.

Celebration: It all adds up There's a Book for That

How I love the artists in my room. We have started hanging up our whale art inspired by the bookย Wild Ideas: Let Nature Inspire Your Thinkingย written by Elin Kelsey and illustrated byย Soyeon Kim.ย Placed next to each other, we have a beautiful under the sea collage happening.

Celebration: It all adds up There's a Book for That

Buddy reading is always a highlight of our week. I caught this little guy mid bellow – the best kind of carried away laughing there is!

Celebration: It all adds up There's a Book for That

Here are my dancers! Showing me their silly just before our big performance. Dance teacher Kim is right in there with us. How we adore her!

Celebration: It all adds up There's a Book for That

Some little notes of gratitude for Kim ๐Ÿ™‚

Celebration: It all adds up There's a Book for That

Flowers for Mamas.

Celebration: It all adds up There's a Book for That

Community. Posing with black and white hearts and a little bit of playground play on Friday afternoon. These pictures are for a thank you to Kim, our hip hop teacher which will be on our class blog.

Celebration: It all adds up There's a Book for That

Thank you to Ruth Ayres and the #celebratelu community! Being part of a community that regularly shares gratitude and celebrations truly transforms my weeks.celebrate-link-up

18 thoughts on “Celebration: It all adds up

  1. Your “light” is beautiful and happy this week – even if there is sadness in the wings. You captured happy and smiles that say, “We got this one!”

  2. The arts – dance and painting – usually, even with challenges during the process, bring light and joy when eventually shared. Capturing a child smiling on a photo is a sure positivity boost. I hope that the celebrations give strength to get through the tough times.

  3. I love that you have such strong visual associations with words. I’m going to be thinking about that. The kid’s expressions in photos are such a great reminder that children do find lightness and joy, even when there is sadness around. The whale art is beautiful!

  4. I’m sure these children celebrate having you for their teacher Carrie. I’m always inspired by your passionate commitment to them, no matter what their lives throw at you and them.

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