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Santa's coming to Town! 

Naughty or nice?

I think he goofed on his list this year. I ended up on the naughty column, not sure I'll ever know why. Kept thinking there's a lesson in here somewhere. Haven't found it yet. But small miracles and twinkles, oh yes! Toss in some glitter and wrap paper, a blanket or two and I'm wrapped in kindness and love. I know I can overcome any obstacle, and this is a big one.

It's hard to say and harder to write, but I have cancer. This was a club I didn't want to join. I already lost my husband, brother, best friend, and my sister just finished treatment. Why me? Why now? Sometimes there are just no good answers.

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Have a fun time with this classic Tex Mex version of "Night Before Christmas".

Friends shared this many years ago and it's such a special holiday treat! 

 

'Twas the night before Christmas 

and all through the casa, 

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hand turkey

Twenty-one paper turkeys (looking suspiciously like twenty-one first grade hands) flocked together on the window at the entrance of Mrs. Dodd's classroom. The finger-feathers on each glistened in colors never intended by nature but ever so vivid in the giant 64 crayon box with the sharpener on back - colors like "magenta," "Caribbean green," "periwinkle," "salmon," "carnation pink," and "robin egg blue." Each bird’s thumb-head was complete with wattle, giant smile and soulful human-like eyes. Some were even adorned with necklaces and baseball caps.

As I entered the classroom, I was immediately surrounded by my adoring six-year-old fans each clamoring to give me a hug, each eager to share his or her work with me. Mrs. Dodd, accustomed to my daily walk-throughs, endured this interruption with immense grace. I love first graders, but I certainly do not have the courage to spend six hours a day locked in a room with a flock of them.

This particular group of kids was one of my favorites to visit during my morning tour of campus. The students beamed as I listened to them read their journals aloud to me. They delighted in “teaching” me how to add problems on their little white boards. And they laughed as I sat on the floor with them in their reading circle and waved my hand impatiently when Mrs. Dodd asked a question. They even composed a "stop in your tracks - just relax" song especially for me which they willingly sang upon request on days when I needed it most.

Thanksgiving week marks the beginning of the holiday season, the beginning of "hyper-energy mode" for children of all ages who can barely contain their excitement. The three day school week helps to ease teachers and students alike into this stressful time and provides a little motivation for getting the work at hand accomplished.

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morgan

Santa wants you to know what a phoneme is. I just got back from Morgan's preschool recital. It was great fun watching these toddlers singing, ringing bells and tap dancing. Morgan showed her "moves" and this year managed to stay on stage looking pretty much with the action. How cool that they learned the words to the movie Frozen and holiday songs. Too cute for words. Left footprints on this nana's heart.

Morgan is the reason I made the move to Eugene. Of my five grandchildren, she lives only twenty minutes away, not ten hours anymore. So we spend a lot of time together, reading, doing crafts, singing, dancing and moving. We do look at YouTube, matching our books with online stories like Stellaluna, Caps for Sale and singing along to Alice the Camel and Herman the Worm. We've looked at Tiny Hamsters and Komodo Dragons, and other topics that interest her vivid imagination. Her mom takes her to the library and Daddy reads bedtime stories to her, too, so she already has a great start in reading. Her mom also put labels all over the house, such as COUCH, etc.

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