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Carnival photos - Part 3

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Children's Parade - two items to note:

1. My dad likes overview photos, but we were up on the second floor looking down - I prefer close ups that create little vignettes. So photos are some of both.

2. Notice how some of the kids - and the next few days, the adults - are what we'd think of as overweight. Yet they're still in little Carnival outfits, dancing in the street, having fun, and not being self-conscious. THAT is my goal!!! I think many of us need to learn that lesson - that our size shouldn't stop us from having fun!

Okay, photos:

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ARTJAC 6/2/2012 12:26AM


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MILLISMA 6/1/2012 7:40PM

    Would love to see this in person!!!

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BESEVEN 5/31/2012 11:09AM


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WATERMELLEN 5/30/2012 9:24PM

    Love the colours and the costumes! And: the confidence!!

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PLATINUM755 5/30/2012 6:43PM

    The children are so beautiful...thank you!

I agree with you. Media has done a job on our psyche about what is and isn't's not about size, it's about healthy and a larger stature doesn't mean you're not healthy. If we can get past the images pushed on us I think we'd all have more fun AND end up moving closer to our goal of healthy.

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PHEBESS 5/30/2012 12:12PM

    I know - the Children's Parade is so much fun because the little ones are SO serious about it!

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JLPNURSE 5/30/2012 11:34AM

    So cute

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Carnival photos - Part 2

Monday, May 28, 2012

Okay, we'll start with photos of J'ouvert - the early morning road march along the waterfront, when the road is closed and bands come through on big trucks. People dance along behind, or like us, stay on the sidewalk and dance in place.

Big time craziness - and the time for crazy clothing, too! The more outrageous the better!

Our visitors - my dad, and a variety of nephews and niece-in-law - also DH:

And our crowd at breakfast - where President Obama ate, too, as you can see (just to the left of my head):

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ARTJAC 6/2/2012 12:24AM


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MILLISMA 6/1/2012 7:39PM

    Great photos and looks like a great time!

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TARABEAR 5/31/2012 4:38PM

    Love the pictures, Phebe!!!!!

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SECRETFUN 5/29/2012 9:00PM

  Your dad is cute! so glad he made it!

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PHEBESS 5/29/2012 2:11PM

    I know, I love the tutus!

I've always said that my wedding dress train, attached to a swimsuit, would not be out of place!

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JLPNURSE 5/29/2012 12:39PM

    I want to wear a tutu!

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PHEBESS 5/29/2012 6:12AM

    Our waitress at dinner that night recognized us from J'ouvert - she said she remembered us as the group with the same T shirts!!!!!!! And was totally impressed to find out I designed and made them!

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PLATINUM755 5/28/2012 10:55PM

    Keep 'em coming. Looks like AWESOME fun and a add to places to go! Thank you!

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EDDYMEESE 5/28/2012 10:47PM

    So cool!!!

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WATERMELLEN 5/28/2012 9:01PM

    Great pictures!! Great T-shirt design too!!

I'm such a huge fan of your courageous President -- although by Canadian standards, he was very late to the party on same-sex marriage!!

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Some Carnival photos - Part 1

Sunday, May 27, 2012

I've been meaning to post some photos of our Carnival, since I blogged so much about it - but I'll do the Children's and Adult's Parades tomorrow and maybe even Tuesday (since I started with about 750 photos of those events).

So - town view from our house:

Food Fair:

Tramp (road march) one night - this is the territorial court steel pan band:

Carnival Village, which is open each night - rides, music, food, games, drink, crowds.....

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ARTJAC 6/2/2012 12:23AM


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ROCKYCPA 5/28/2012 11:15AM

    Love the pics - thanks for posting!

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PLATINUM755 5/27/2012 11:15PM

    Love the pics...thank you! Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!

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PHEBESS 5/27/2012 9:17PM

    No, we're shipping stuff to Washington State - one of my brothers will have power of attorney, and will keep our stuff in a storage unit. That will be kind of home base, but both my brother and my husband's brother will be our contacts for any needed items (such as our medications). So we'll be totally gone from the Caribbean.

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BOSS61 5/27/2012 7:02PM

    Great pics!

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WATERMELLEN 5/27/2012 5:46PM

    Looks like so much fun!!

Will this town remain your "home base" afer retirement??

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Saw the Heartthrob Kid this morning

Friday, May 25, 2012

He was my student last year and the previous year - he's now in high school. He was going in early to print a report for a class, I drove by and gave him a ride.

He's the kid with a ready smile, a polite "Good morning, Ms. Schwartz" as he got in the car. He's the student who goes in early to print a report instead of leaving it for the last minute. He's the person who won my race last year (Il Palio) and this year made it on the football team - but he's a wiry guy, maybe 5'8" and possibly 150 lbs - so he's playing defense, since he said "It's kind of hard being tackled by 320 lb guys, so I'm working out."

He cracks me up. Bright, talented, motivated, and all around nice kid. Last year, I swear half the school was in love with him. Half the boys wanted to BE him. When other students call him a nerd because he gets good grades, he says thank you.

He's the student who, when the advanced class last year asked what I was going to do once I retired after this year, said "Wow, COOL!" when I explained that we were selling our belongings, buying a camper van, and going off travelling around the world - beginning in New Zealand. Other kids were appalled - how could I not stay in one place? Buy a house? Just sit still because I must be OLD to retire - how could I go off travelling? That one "Wow, COOL" told me a lot about HK.

And to top things off, when I had an armful of posters to put up in the cafeteria for a special event, and he saw me struggling to shut my door, he didn't say a word, just walked over and took everything out of my arms, and carried it down to the cafeteria, chatting as if he hadn't done such a wonderfully helpful thing so nonchalantly. As if manners and thoughtfulness have been ingrained in him since we was a baby. (I love parents who raise their kids like this.)

"Okay, thank you for the ride, Ms. Schwartz. It was good seeing you again." Yes, Heartthrob, it was good seeing you again too.

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CLAVINOVA 5/28/2012 3:11PM

    Sounds too good to be true!

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ROCKYCPA 5/28/2012 11:18AM

    He really is a mensch and you are so lucky to have had him pass thru your life.

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SECRETFUN 5/26/2012 8:57AM

  I hope he can stay on this wonderful path. You have encouraged him well, and I too wish we could thank those rearing him!

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PHEBESS 5/25/2012 9:14PM

    Occasionally I tell parents that I wish ALL of my students were like their kid - Heartthrob is one of those kids!

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MILLISMA 5/25/2012 7:48PM

    What a wonderful young man! Can you clone him????

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MAMAJAHMAI 5/25/2012 3:36PM

    awwww.....blesses my heart to have read this :) Great future for that young man

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PHEBESS 5/25/2012 10:56AM

    Mensch is Yiddish for a MAN - meaning a person who is living up to their responsibilities, fulfilling their potential, all that kind of stuff. Not man as grown up male, but a MAN.

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JLPNURSE 5/25/2012 9:16AM

    Don't know what mensch means but he sounds like a great kid!

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PHEBESS 5/25/2012 8:16AM

    The boy is a mensch!

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THIS is why I love my job

Thursday, May 24, 2012

My last class of the day (my behavior challenged class) is in charge of putting up our "Under the Sea" mural (pictures next week, when we're finished - I promise).

So I demonstrated, we had guided practice, then independent practice (as in, I showed them what to do, helped them do it, then let them work with minimal supervision).

We finished almost half today - 5 panels up, and most of that area with the borders on. Looks great!

After the class was excused and the items cleaned up, I went outside to see how things looked - and one of my students from the first half of the year wandered by, late to leave. (This girl is about 15 yrs old and repeating 8th grade - sweet, nice, but not academic - nor artistic. But a nice kid.) She looked and said, "Oh Ms. Schwartz, that looks so nice, who did this?" So I told her that it was the sea creatures everyone had made, and I did the background areas.

She looked a little more closely, and screamed, "Oh LOOK!!!! That's MY FISH!!!!!" (Pointing to a big pink fish) "OH, I feel so SPECIAL!!!!!!!!"

And she went skipping off to the bus.

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JLPNURSE 5/25/2012 7:22AM

    Great Story

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PLATINUM755 5/24/2012 11:44PM

    Sounds like you've done a great job there! emoticon

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SECRETFUN 5/24/2012 11:40PM

  Awesome!!!!! You are a great teacher :-)

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WATERMELLEN 5/24/2012 10:33PM

    Great job . . . because you do a great job!!

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MILLISMA 5/24/2012 7:37PM

    That must have made your day and you sure made her's!!!!

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MAMAJAHMAI 5/24/2012 2:35PM

    AWWW.....You are such a great teacher! I have SERIOUS respect for teachers-My Dad is one, and MIL taught for over 40 years.. Thank you for being awesome!! emoticon

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LILLITO 5/24/2012 2:33PM

    that is so sweet.

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