Everyday Learning

As the title of my blog states, I strongly believe that we learn something each and every day. This may be learning about something personally: a hobby, about yourself, or about people you care about.  You may also learn things on a more professional perspective.

Today I am going to talk about some things I learned yesterday: on a more personal level.

We spent the day together as a family in and around Stanley Park. What a lovely day it was!  We’ve spent each of the days of the Celebration of Light fireworks performances downtown. We just love it down there!

Here are a few of the things I learned yesterday:

1.  My kids are so precious!  Now, I already knew this, of course, but just look at them:

Aren’t they sweet?

2.  Pauli may be dealing with some jealousy issues. I noticed this when I went through some of my photos from yesterday.  Hmmmmm…  I’ve noticed this in a couple other photos as well.  He loves his big sister so much, and really looks up to her.  He loves playing with her and basically loves to do everything with her.  He follows her around constantly.  Well, since Carson was born 7 months ago, Trista has really shown great interest in her baby brother.  I am thinking, by looking at the photo below that Pauli’s nose might be getting a little out of shape.  We really need to be aware of this in the future and make a consistent effort to dote on Pauli a little more. We are also going to have to try to foster more of a relationship between Pauli and Carson.

3.  Trista truly does LOVE snakes!  Oh my!  She always talks about her favourite animals as being rats, snakes and lizards.  Yah, a little unusual for a 6 1/2-year-old girl.  So, when we saw a man with a very large snake around his neck in Stanley Park yesterday, I was interested in seeing how she would react to a real live snake in person.  She was so very excited!  You have no idea!  She begged daddy to go see the snake. He wasn’t too sure about the whole thing.  When I took her over to see the snake, she was in awe.   As funny as it sounds, you can see the love in her eyes as she looked at this thing!  Too funny!  She really wanted to wear the snake around her neck like the man was doing, but that wasn’t going to happen.


4.  When taking photos of fireworks, make sure you put it into manual focus and focus on infinity. That is, if you don’t want to get blurry images like I did last night. Oh, AND, remember to check your photos for clarity after the first few photos – instead of taking over 200 shots and later finding out that they are ALL blurry!  Uggghhhh!

See (they may not look too blurry here, but enlarged, they look awful):


Some things that I already knew were reinforced for me yesterday.  First of all,

5.  Fireworks are WAY better when there is a slight wind to blow away the smoke from the fireworks (as you can see from the blurry shots above).


6. We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful city/province/country.  It is so gorgeous here! I don’t think I’d want to live anywhere else.



So, as this post demonstrates, learning happens each and every day and I am so glad that it does! I love learning!

*** Just click on any of the above images if you’d like to see them larger. ***

Published by Tia M. Dawson

There are many things that define who I am as a person. First of all, I am a mother of 3 wonderful children! I can not express how fortunate we are to have our children in our life! Secondly, I am an elementary educator who recently returned to the classroom after 12+ years as an elementary school administrator. Lastly, I am passionate about helping others, learning about abuse, helping others in abusive relationships, and helping others understand their worth.

3 thoughts on “Everyday Learning

  1. A beautiful post Tia!
    It’s so true that we can “know” something (like how precious our children are) and yet learn it over and over again! So true of many things in our lives and staying open to that learning and relearning is an important aspect of lifelong learning!
    You have a beautiful outlook on life and a beautiful family!
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for your reply, Heidi. It is so true that we take so many things for granted. It is so important to “stop and smell the roses” and truly appreciate those things and how fortunate we are.

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