Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Weekly Challenge #319

Oh hey, did you miss me?

Sorry everyone - i took an extra day this week. I've been so busy i am just exhusted.

Wednesday i went on a field trip to Wanuskewin - a National Heritage - with Chewie's class.

school bus selfie
 The kids took part in a tipi raising demonstration - and then we got to have some free run of the site.  We went inside a large scale tipi, and did a bit of hiking and learned all about the Buffalo and the Cree people.

Say "Tipi!" 
But the day was very hot and we had to take frequent breaks inside.

Then on Thursday i was off again on another field trip - this time to a PowWow
Artoo and Friends
 it was another hot day - and it was very tricky to keep everyone cool - in the end i had the kids in my group pouring water over their heads.  It was 34C/93.2F and we were in a field with no shade and no cultural centre to take refuge in.
Field Trip selfie

The Grand march 
It was fun dancing with the kids - Artoo was off and running around with his friends - and the regalia was stunning.
A gorgeous day

 I spoke to the dancer (above) in the yellow regalia - I wanted to know how much his outfit weighs,  He said at least 80 lbs!  He said the bells on his feet weighed 40lbs alone.  I honestly can't even begin to fathom the stamina and athleticism it would take to dance in that, in that heat.

War Dancer
 When not at Artoo or Chewie's field trips i spent every available minute doing last minute preparations for our Beads of Courage Colour Run!

Weekly Challenge #319: "BEad INSPIRED"

For those of you who have been with me since the beginning will know about this program, but for those of you who are new(ish) here

Beads of Courage is an arts in medicine program that helps kids with chronic or life threatening illness tell the story of their medical journey.  Each bead represents something different.  A different procedure or appointment, or special circumstance.  For example, when seeing a doctor or getting a poke instead of getting a sticker when they leave, they are given a glass bead for each thing.  (blue for doctor, black for poke... some other beads are yellow=night in the hospital, pink=respiratory support, magenta=trip to emergent care, teal=tube insertion or removal, rainbow=therapy; physical, speech, occupational, respiratory) and every child's string is different and unique to their story. 

I got involved with Beads of Courage 5 years ago when my friend Tara and I decided to organize a 5K Colour Fun Run to raise money for the Beads of Courage programming in Saskatchewan.  One night i said to her: "We should do a 5k run together, do you want to run with me?"  and she said: "Why would we raise money for someone else's cause? We should just make our own run and raise money for a cause that means something to us." and our run was born that night.  We were very lucky to have some really wonderful people come on board and our 6 person committee has come a long was from that first year when it was just Tara, Maryann and i.  

Our run is 100% volunteer run (unlike other 'for profit' runs like Color me Rad or The Color Run" and all the money raised goes to Beads of Courage programming.  Runners start out in white - then they run through 5 colour stations where volunteers throw colour at them to symbolize the beautiful coloured beads that kids on this program accumulate through their medical journey. 

This year was our 5th Annual colour run!  and it was so amazing.  For the first time - i actually ran the run with my family 

Well, not with Chewie because the moment they said "GO" he was off and running with his friends.  But i was able to do the whole thing with Artoo and B-rad, and my mom and dad!  Also - a very special thing for Artoo, his Grade 1 teacher, Mrs. Blair, came too and walked along with us!

Artoo action shot
 This was also the first year that we didn't bring a wagon, so Artoo did the whole 2.5K! (we have a 2.5 K loop, so families have the option of doing one loop or two)

Artoo and Mrs. Blair have coloured hair 


proof that chewie and i were there too 
Chewie and the sign he made for the run

Our fifth year was another success - thanks to the hard work and dedication of our planning committee and local businesses and sponsors.

Artoo is getting more and more aware of what his beads mean and what they represent - we went to visit my father in law in the hospital on sunday evening (He had a knee replacement) and Artoo wanted to bring Grandpa a bead to have, for being to brave in the hospital.

So!! This week's challenge is to BEad INSPIRED by Beads of Courage!  By our Colour Run, or by whatever gives you Courage.

I'm still behind in my life and i'm trying to recuperate from my week (i'm also super crispy and burnt too... sad face) - so i'll be doing my tile later this week - hopefully i'll stream one time during the week. 

have a great week!

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC319(Diva Challenge #319) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 

If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
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  1. This time a comment from me sitting in a train from Switzerland back home to the Netherlands. It was quite hot in Switzerland too and very, very humid.
    Great photo's of all events! I'll see what I can make of the challenge. Not much time this week, in two days we will go out on a long weekend.

  2. That was quite a week! This challenge holds a special place in my heart. I made a heart for you surrounded by some beads of courage from me. You are such an inspiration to me. Thank you for all you do.

  3. We were 107 degrees here in the Phoenix area. But, we are used to that heat. Surprising for you to be that warm so early. Fun pictures, and always nice to see everyone's beads.

  4. We seem to have a nice day then pay for it with three days of rain in Ontario, glad you had good weather for your run. The Courage Beads are such a wonderful way to support the children.

  5. I love the way certain Challenges come up each year - this one, the Moebius Syndrome one, the LGBT one. It's such a good way to widen understanding and give a little support. Thank you for encouraging us.

  6. For you folks that are very hot Tuesday here in Massachusetts the high was 49°. I think we had a record low. This is ridiculously cold for June. However the weather should get up to the 80s and 90s this weekend. Yay. So glad, Diva, everything's OK with you, when you hadn't posted on Monday I was worried.

  7. Thanks so much for this inspiring post! Your adventure to the National Heritage Park sounds amazing. I'm half Cree on my fathers side and though I never met any of my fathers family (we emigrated to the U.S. when I was 2) my aunt's would send us lovely handmade gifts involving much beading on butter soft suede. Thanks for sharing;-)

  8. Ugh! Those are North Carolina temperatures! Hope you get some rest and cooler temps. Thanks for all you do!


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