Teacher Appreciation

This week is National Teacher Appreciation week. If you know a teacher or have a teacher, let them know how much you appreciate all the hard work they do. (And since I work at a college, I’m considered a teacher for the purposes of this week.)

For the first time this year, my place of employment put out a box full of blank notecards and envelopes and let students know they were welcome to write a brief note of appreciation for any teachers on campus.

Today, I got one. I won’t tell you who it is from, but here is the text of my note.

“With your awesome persona, you can make just about anyone laugh or smile. Your knowledge in knowing and retaining so much info amazes me. Stay Awesome.”

I’m pretty sure it couldn’t be any better.

I feel very appreciated and love the tailored comments.

Thank you, student. And thank you, teachers in my life who have made a difference (read about them here and here and here and here and here). And Kelly, who constantly strives to make herself a better teacher, when she’s already so damn good at it. You never taught me in the literal sense, but you’ve been teaching me for 25 years about life and friendship and NKOTB and all things pop culture.

Know that as I am appreciated, I appreciate you.

Christmas with the Boys

Every year I see my friends Clay and Lew for Christmas Eve. That didn’t work this year, so I saw them a few days later. We exchanged gifts, had dinner, and played games, it was a wonderful, relaxing afternoon.

Before I left, their delightful father, Tom, insisted that the boys take a photo with me by the tree.
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How sweet is that. And is anyone else shocked at how tall Clayton is getting, or is that just me? I love those boys so much and appreciate that even though they are getting to the stage where it is not “cool” to take pictures, they still do it for me.
That is easily one of my favorite photos from the holiday season.

My Favorite Christmas Posts

From the very first year I started blogging, even from when I was on Mindsay, here are links to my favorite blog posts I’ve ever written.

Stories:

Santa…an EOE (first Christmas-themed post I’ve ever written!)

Partridge in a Pear Tree (I had actually forgotten I ever did this!)

Stupidity of Youth (Probably the funniest holiday shopping story I’ve experienced)

Christmas Spirit (Written about the beautiful ways children think)

Christmas Spirit (Written in the same calendar year as the one above, about mostly the same subject, but two completely different stories, titled the same…by accident!)

Photos:

Christmas 2012

Mom and Simon

Christmas 2010

Arionna’s 1st Christmas

Simon and Arionna

Home

Lists:

Holiday Love List

Favorite Books

Favorite Movies

Favorite Songs

Happy Christmas Eve!

First Thanksgiving

This will be a blog about the Pilgrims.

Okay, that’s not true. This is about Thanksgiving this year, which was the first for my darling nephew Camden.

Mostly just photos, this was a pretty uneventful Thanksgiving.
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Here is the beautiful table my mother set (and the beautiful girl my sister made!)
Two of my favorite children:
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 And we wanted one good picture of the little guy on his first Thanksgiving.
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Very cute, and two seconds later he grabbed the camera. Then he’d crawl away. As a full-fledged crawler, it’s so hard to get him to sit for a photo. Never had this problem with Arionna.
So my sister suggested I hold him.
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Again, cute, but not the photo we were looking for.
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Well, that’s pretty darling, but a little blurry around the edges.
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And after that…I almost stopped. I figured they don’t get much cuter than that. But he was suddenly being cooperative, so…
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Oh my. Holding the orange pumpkin and sitting and smiling? Yep, that’s the money shot. Such a cutie.
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He was a HUGE fan of Thanksgiving dinner. He ate everything we put in front of him, didn’t flinch. The boy loves to eat. He just loves food…so long as he can feed himself. He just kept shoveling it in, over and over.
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Later, Arionna made a Christmas Countdown Chain with Grandma and Uncle Zack. She gets so excited each morning to wake up and tear off the ring, getting her one day closer to Christmas.
Finally, just before Simon arrived and chaos ensued, we wanted one nice picture of Cam with his GiGi. We have a couple pics, but nothing really nice.
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I definitely think that qualifies. Even she is slightly smiling.
I hope your Thanksgiving was beautiful and that you were grateful for the things you have. I’m grateful, among other things, for you, my wonderful blog readers.
Happy Thanksgiving!

First Halloweens

Back in 2010, my sweet Arionna was celebrating her first Halloween. She was seven months old.
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That was her little “costume” and I took a bunch of photos with her, many of her holding that pumpkin. She was singularly uncoopertive. Rarely smiled at the camera. But, regardless, these are my memories of her first Halloween and how cute she was.
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Here’s the blog post from that Halloween. I did post a bunch, because of the first, and also because I bought her that little outfit.
This year, in 2013, as Camden celebrated his first Halloween, Emily mentioned she still had the jammies, and since they are roughly the same size/age, I was so excited to replicate that moment.
Here is Cam, at 8.5 months, on his first Halloween. This was AFTER trick-or-treating, so by all accounts he should have been tired and cranky…
photoInstead, he was happy as could be, and totally willing to let me put that pumpkin on his lap. (His hair was that crazy because we made him wear a hat for trick-or-treating…)
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Eventually, he did grow bored and toss the pumpkin, heading straight for the camera….
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And still so cute!
I’m delighted that these two could BOTH wear that little Halloween outfit and that I got to see them both. About as cute as little bats (and I kind of wish we had saved the little bat that Simon made from Arionna’s pictures!)
I wonder if she still has the same Thanksgiving outfit….