Ice skating buddies

Robin has been begging me all during this ice skating session to ice skate with her after her lesson. So since it was Spring Break and there was more time today, I told her I would skate with her. Maren and some of her friends also joined in the fun. Robin was tired really quickly because she is still getting over the flu from last week and really hasn’t completely regained her strength. So I gave her a hug and told her we could rest and leave earlier than I had expected. I loved watching my friend skate with her kids and parents and sister and then her husband came to join in the fun. I love the power of families together.

IMG_1633IMG_1634 IMG_1635We had family night tonight and talked about honesty and integrity. It is interesting to contemplate both telling the truth and not trying to deceive. We talked about needing to shine a light on anything in the corner we might be trying to conceal. I know I have learned a lot about this since my youth, and I have learned to try and open up and shine the light and try to be truthful even when it is painful. When someone has integrity, we can trust them completely.


Learning and Growth…

For family night, Brandon taught us on a lesson about the importance of education. We have been basing our lessons each week on a section from the book “For the Strength of Youth”.

IMG_1399Lifelong learning seems to be a key to a bounteous and fulfilled life, more prepared for the future. We all went around and shared some things we have been learning in class or life that is interesting or helpful. Erik has been learning about interactive data visualization for some of his work projects. Brandon said he has been learning about evolution in biology. Robin shared some of the favorite things she does in math lab. Maren said she is learning all about fractions in math. Nicole told us about learning about the world economy in her economics class, as well as reading poetry in English and differentiating integrals in Calculus. I have been learning to enjoy teaching groups of adults about family life and working with children on ways to create a positive school environment and decrease bullying.

Sometimes learning comes in fun, active ways. Robin is loving her weekly ice skating class with her good friends, Gigi and Ben. Maren and our neighbor also joined in the skating fun today.IMG_1397IMG_1396

I love seeing my kids enjoying friendships while they are learning something new.

Learning comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes the learning comes as we tackle changing family dynamics. We are still trying to learn how to get to bed at a good time each night. We have been learning methods for coping with anxiety and high emotions. We are definitely learning how great it feels to work hard and save money toward a family goal, and then how to have fun and decompress after the hard work. With the learning are lots of growing pains, bumps in the road, mini-successes, relationship stretching experiences, joys, sorrows, and increased capacity.