Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Break has Now Started!!!

Friday was my last day of school for 2 weeks!! I love winter break as it really is a time to get caught up on paper grading, inside house chores, reading favorite books/magazines, and spending much needed time with the animals. This will definitely be a Christmas at home as money is tight but I know in all honesty I really need nothing as I have plenty so taking care of feed for the animals and heat for the house is the #1 priority.
I thought I would share some pictures I took on Friday when my students and I ventured to downtown Cleveland for our annual Christmas movie. I won't tell you that it was a major fiasco getting downtown on public transportation as the weather was sleeting rain, cold, and the buses were running 30-40 minutes behind schedule and we had 110 6th & 8th graders going down. Myself and Mr. Kozak were the 8th grade teachers and I will tell you here and now I will NEVER teach 6th grade.....there is definitely something wrong with that age of child.
The price of the ticket to go downtown to see a movie and have lunch is one's cost for the movie, bus fare, and a donation to the foodbank at the Old Stone Church. This year we donated $200 to the food bank!!! I was very proud of all the students as our students at the school where I teach are all at or below the poverty level and many will have a very small Christmas. People often ask why I choose to teach in the inner city ......... I love reminds me to keep myself in check, to appreciate what I have worked so hard for, and it makes coming home to the farm/country that much more special. I wish I could post the picture of all my students that I took but with privacy/school stuff I can not. So I will share the photos that I can.

Above is the Old Stone Church. It is a historical landmark in downtown Cleveland. It is a beautiful Church and one where Abraham Lincoln was laid out for public viewing when his body was being transported home to Illinois after he was assassination.
The picture above and the 2 below were taken inside Tower City. Tower City today is one of the largest buildings in downtown Cleveland. There are many places to shop, offices, a large food court, and the cinemas. Years ago it use to be the home of Higbees, a large dept. store (and my grandma's favorite place to shop. She would bring me downtown to shop with her at Christmas).

These are motorized and animated decorations that hang from the ceiling. They are very neat to watch. Enlarge the photos to see the details of each object:)

So, that was my day. We saw the new Jim Carey movie. Okay, it must be my age, but it was really dumb; of course the kids loved it. But I am happy to report that "Night in the Museum, Part 2" is coming out in May!!!! I loved the first one; though I know the second ones always tend to be bad, so I will have to see.
I official finished Christmas shopping this morning; of course I was very happy to get chocolate Hersey kisses to make peanut butter Kiss cookies but when I got home I did not have peanut excellent....well I didn't say that but I am working on my potty mouth so Santa will be good to me. Now I have to stop when I go to the feed store Monday.

Hope everyone is being productive, safe, and happy this week!!!!!
Santa is on his way in 4 days!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Holiday Rush!!

Sometimes during the holidays I feel like my head is detached from my body as I start doing one thing after another......
kinda like this happy little snowman is who is holding this snowman head below:)
Yesterday I did some serious power shopping after school as I blew through Tractor Supply, Petsmart, and Kohls Dept. Store. And I swear I only bought a few things for myself!!

But I always know that Santa's little helper is always there to lend a helping hand!

I have managed to get holiday decorations up in between teaching, barn duties, and sleeping.

Tonight we are suppose to get some nasty weather like freezing rain. This should make for an interesting morning drive to work.......but it is my last day of school and then I have 2 weeks off for Christmas break!!!!! I love those extra perks of being a teacher:)
Look out sheep & goats cuz I'm gonna be home!!!!!!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Reindeer that Almost Wasn't

It was not Dasher, it was not Dancer, nor Prancer or Vizen. It was not Comet or Cupid, nor Donner or Blitzen. Heck, it wasn't even Rudolph. It was the $9.99 motorized grape vine reindeer that I bought at my favorite store. Why did I need another reindeer? Because I did because it was going to look cute by the front porch and the other 2 reindeer were back by the garden barn and I wanted one in the front yard. So, I bought it, it was a deal but when I pulled it out of the box to put it together, well it became the reindeer from hell. He became known as the #@*!! reindeer. I have a BA, MA, I am a teacher.....I can follow directions but I only have 2 hands and this assembly needed more!!!! Who is the idiot who designs & packs this stuff anyways? The holidays are stressful enough!

30 minutes later, a can of Coke, and a little help from Santa, and the reindeer was finally done!

Of course, a little help from Frosty too.