Winter Break

Winter break is here!  It doesn't feel like a break yet.  So much to do.  So much going on.  Not much peace yet.

I spent the last two days at both of the girls' schools, enjoying Christmas programs and parties, and reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas to Big Sis's first grade class.  I love all those kids.  I don't think teaching would be for me, but I love teachers.  (Speaking of teachers, Vanessa at Silly Eagle Books wrote such a beautiful ode to teachers.)  Here are some scenes from the last couple of days.

Pre-K angel craft.

Grumpy pre-K angel.
My old copy of How the Grinch Stole Christmas from my grandma's.  It was my dad's when he was little.

Our post-Grinch antler craft.

Last Day Before Vacation graham cracker house party!

Pretty handprint wreaths.  When we arrived for the party, the whole door to the classroom was covered in wreaths.

 Our reading time is beginning to dwindle.  Little Sis wanted me to read a couple of Molly McIntire American Girl books to her, so we've started one of those.  Big Sis is still reading her Junie B. Jones books, but I got her the book Just Grace from the library.  She tried that out tonight.  I'm reading The Uninvited Guests - I've had to put it down so many times that I had to start over.  Many Christmas books still on the nightstand, too!  My sister's wedding is tomorrow, and my mother and aunt are coming to town today.  Most Christmas presents are ready to go.  Whew!

Wishing everyone a very lovely holiday.  I'll probably check in at least once before Christmas Day, but I know many of my lovely readers will be busy!



  1. My poor Keira had to miss all her special school Christmas events - the other day when she was throwing up was the day of the Christmas Open House, and now today it's coming out the other end (I know, TMI) and she has to miss the last day of school/school skate. I feel so bad for her! So fun that you got to go in to read the Grinch.

    1. Oh poor sweetie! Sounds like the exact same stuff going around down here. I've been so worried someone else in this house would catch it by now. Give her hugs from me and I hope everyone else stays well! And The Grinch was a blast. I'm going to try to come to the class every week or two next semester to read to the class. They like it, and it gives their teacher some time to grade or anything else she needs to do.

  2. I'm SO excited for week between Christmas and New Years! I think I finally have the presents done. Merry Christmas sweet friend!

    lil sis' grumpy face is too fab.

    1. I have a feeling that will be my favorite time this year, too. Have a beautiful Christmas, Melissa!

      There was an even grumpier picture. It was hilarious - she had just yanked her halo off, fittingly enough.

  3. It's nice to know that elementary-school Christmas crafts haven't changed one bit since I was a kid. It's rather comforting in a way. I never made the graham-cracker-and-milk-carton gingerbread house, though, I don't think. We did cover milk cartons in pretzels for Presidents Day.

    Have a great Christmas!

    1. I think we made graham cracker gingerbread houses, but I don't remember milk cartons. Oh, well. Too long ago to remember!

      Merry Christmas to you, too!


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