Thursday, February 28, 2013

Community Paper Route

At the ripe old age of 8, Serena got her first T4 for her earnings as a background performer in 2012. She officially makes more money than her mother.

Being an extra in movie / TV productions is not steady work, so she got another job to supplement her income.  She is now the hired carrier of the local community paper for our street. Twice a week she's out with her cart full of papers & flyers and make her rounds to our 85 neighbours.

Less pay, less glamourous, but more exercise, and more community!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

VAG Hope At Dawn

The "Hope At Dawn" workshop at the Vancouver Art Gallery presents watercolours by Emily Carr and Charles John Collings and explores their different techniques. Serena tried her hand at watercolour and painted a mountainous landscape inspired by one of Emily Carr's artwork.

Resource: "Four Pictures By Emily Carr" by Nicolas Debon

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

India's Untouchable Dalits

Serena's presentation on the Dalits of India for this month's Wednesday Club topic - "Geography / Missions":


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Camouflage Belt

First, there's white belt.

Then, there's orange belt.

And then, there's yellow belt.

After months of learning and practicing her patterns, self-defence, board breaking, and sparring skills, Serena went for her camouflage belt and took the promotional belt test this past weekend.

She was presented with her fancy new belt tonight at her taekwondo class. To say that she's over the moon would be an understatement.
As she was singing her love for taekwondo, I thought I'd jog her memory a bit:

"Do you remember what it was like when you were in white belt?"

"Yeah, I hated it... But now I love it!"

The sweet reward of discipline and perseverance!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Brackendale Eagles

We don't get many gorgeous sunny days in the winter so when there's one, we do our best to drink it all in.

It's eagle viewing season. We packed our binoculars & a picnic and drove up to Brackendale just north of Squamish, a community that boasts the largest gathering of bald eagles in North America.

We spotted a handful of eagles with a couple scooping over our heads not 20 feet away. Serena was more intrigued by the eagles' feast or what's left of it - the dyke was strewn with huge salmon bones picked clean by their predators. We somehow came home with a set of salmon teeth that had mysterious made its way into the pocket of Serena's jacket...