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The last day of school…

It’s the last day of school before the holiday break, and so the whole school is having a pajama day.  Everyone looked super cute, and as we were waiting in the class for the bell to ring, the teachers and administration gathered in the hall to sing carols.  It was so much fun.  I’ll admit, quite openly, that while I am excited for the break I am sad to know we are losing one of our two fabulous teachers.  Miss Begg is an intern, and is finished her time with us.

Unlike many interns, who find themselves overwhelmed, and stumble through their internship Miss Begg came in already ready to teach.  She so clearly has found her place with these kids, and has been such a wonderful addition to their class.  We were already super excited to have Ms. Jackson – who is one of the most amazing teachers I’ve ever known – but then to have added Miss Begg to the team?  It’s been absolutely fabulous, and I’ll be sad to see her go (as will the kids).  I’m also excited for her too, as I know wherever this journey takes her she is going to touch so many little lives.

Anyway…

Because tomorrow is Yule, we brought gifts for both Ms Jackson and Miss Begg today.  Normally it’s about a month before Yule and we start to plan.  We’ve made scrapbook pages, blown up pictures, given plants the girl propagated herself (wrote “thanks for helping me grow” on the planter)…  but only a few weeks into this year Lily-Ann told me she wanted me to make tutus for her teachers.  So that’s what I did.

The tutus I’ve made for Rhonda get borrowed and passed around between all the teachers.  They all just adore them.  And I’m thrilled to report that the two newest tutus were equally well received.  Lily-Ann and I both got big hugs, and I’m so glad to have made Ms. Jackson’s and Miss. Begg’s day.  The put them on immediately and began showing them off to the rest of the staff.  LOL  Lily-Ann was just tickled (as was I).

After putting on a Disney Christmas movie for the class to watch, the four of us headed into the hallway to snap a quick picture.  Everyone in their PJ’s (and tutus) next to the tree:

No-one in a kerchief, none in their cap,  but tutus and smiles, and my iPhoto app.

None in a kerchief,

none in their cap,

but tutus and smiles,

and my iPhoto app.

And because this is during the 30 Days of Disney…  Lily-Ann is wearing her velveteen Cinderella PJs.  😉

The Yule Tree!

Today we put up our Yule tree. Now… before you say anything, I feel the need to defend our poor little fake tree. LMAO

We live in a house with just over 600 square feet. Within this house live people, dogs, and other sundry animals (cat, parrot, turtle)… That’s a lot of life packed into not a lot of square footage. So. Would I like to have a real tree? You bet your buttocks. Can we make our space work to fit in a real tree? Uhhh… no. LOL

Our little tree is a goofy little thing. It’s half a fake tree that gets hung on the wall. It takes up a depth of about six inches. And takes up no counter space, no dresser space, no table space. It takes up no surface space at all. And for a brief time while it hangs on the wall, the only thing displaced is the calendar that usually hangs there.

So yes… While I would LOVE to have a real tree, I’ve come to love our funny little half tree thing. It works for us. 🙂

Now back to today: We put up our Yule tree. And it was the first Yule tree that the wee girlie decorated on her own. Damon sorted ornaments, I handed them to the girlie, and she placed them all – thoughtfully – where they needed to be.

This years Yule tree is not the most balanced or aesthetic one we’ve had… but I think it’s awesome.

We’ve already had several ornaments fall off, calling to the girl to come carry them back home. I’m choosing to think of it as the fun of the holidays just extending itself out to last as long as possible. Why decorate a tree in an hour when you can spend days doing so? My only hope is that none of the little glass ornaments from my childhood hit the road, as they might not be quite so forgiving. LMAO It’s a good thing there is carpet beneath the half-tree-thing.

So here is my photo for today. I’m calling it “Ode to half-faux-tree-dom”.

Ode to half-faux-tree-dom

Now I’m heading outside to see how the eclipse is coming along. Should just be getting started about now, I figure. 🙂

I may or may not be back on tomorrow with a post/picture for you all. Tomorrow is Yule after all.

Take care of one another, and may the spirit of the season warm your hearts and hearth.

November Rain

It rained in the morning, it rained all night, but for a brief time in the early afternoon the rain paused…  and out came the camera.  Here are a few shots I captured in my front yard – never venturing too far from the door, just in case the rain started pouring down again.

Got a favourite?  I’d love to know which, and why.  🙂

The bag in the tree…

It’s been there for a few days now.  You don’t always notice it.  But on a day like today, when the wind blows, everyone looks up.

The bag in the tree...

Snowy & Blowy

It’s snowy, blowy, and cold.

I know.  It’s April.  In Saskatchewan.  Of COURSE it’s snowy, blowy, and cold….

BUT IT WAS REALLY NICE!

I thought spring was actually here.  I shared pictures of us outside in the lovely warm glow of the sun.  Shared a picture of the new life peeking through the old rot.  And now.  Now.  After all the early, lovely, life affirming spring time lovelies.  Now, it’s snowy, blowy, and cold.

I’m staying inside today.  Here’s a picture from my window:

the view through my bamboo blinds, the big evergreen in our front yard.

Snowy & Blowy.

Evergreen

Starting to think that the trees in our front yard may end up becoming a series.  Here’s one that shows off the delicate bit of snow we had today, as well as what had accumulated earlier.

evergreen tree in the snow

Evergreen

Slumbering Giant

I’m so relieved that it is warming up enough here that I can get back to photographing what I love…  LIFE!

Here is one of the beautiful old trees in our front yard.  Magnificent!  So strong, yet so fragile.

I love trees.  They thrill me to no end.  I look at them, enthralled, and know that deity is not some imagined illusion.  It is ever-present:  constant, but not unchanging… like the seasons.

Everything is connected.

Some may think I’m a little nutty… and that’s okay.  🙂  Belief can make fools of us all, but it also can make us better than we could ever be without it.

So with that?  Here’s one of my trees.  Mine in the sense that I love it, and that it resides in our yard…

beautiful old tree, slumbering through the winter

Slumbering Giant

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