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.
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:
And because this is during the 30 Days of Disney… Lily-Ann is wearing her velveteen Cinderella PJs. 😉
I’ve shared in the past a little about our funny little half a fake tree wall hanging, and why we love it in spite of it’s intense oddness. You can read all about it here: https://td365.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/the-yule-tree/
Normally I like to put the kind-of-a-tree up on Yule. It’s part of our celebration… but the girlie has been asking to do so for a couple of weeks already, so I figure it’s something worth bending on. 🙂 And this year, instead of just photographing it, we decided to do a couple little iPad videos – each one is only about 30 seconds long, so give them a click and take a peek.
Organizing Ornaments: After putting on the garlands, we always sit down and dig all the tiny ornaments out of the tins, organizing them as we go.
Trimming the Tree: Here’s kid-kid. She did the majority of the trimming herself this year. I helped with about 1/3 of the ornaments, but only when asked. She was having sooo much fun doing it, that I wanted to save as many as possible for her.
We Wish You a Merry Christmas!: When we were all finished, Lily-Ann wanted to do one last video. So here she is singing (unrehearsed) a little carol. And I must say, I think this years tree is the best yet. All thanks to my awesomerific kid! 😀
Today, the wee girlie, Damon, and I packed away our holiday staples. We put the ornaments and garlands into Nana’s old tins. Lily-Ann put on the lids, as her Daddy packed away the Yule tree. All tucked away, safe and sound, for next year.
Often this is a process I find mundane and completely unenjoyable. But I made the choice to find joy in it this year. Instead of focusing on the fact that the holidays, which I so love, are done with for another year, I thought about all the fun we had. Remembered all the people, the laughter, the food, the gifts, the special times we shared and the new memories we made. And you know what? It was actually a really nice time.
So far so good on this journey to joy. 🙂
In the coming days I will be adding a new page to the blog. One inviting you to take your own “joy journey”. I hope you’ll add your name and commit to the challenge. Let’s make life more joyful.