I have to address the horrific event in Newtown, Connecticut: As I listened to reports (some wrong, some right), I just kept seeing the faces of the students in my schools. Those sweet, innocent faces who are getting so excited for Christmas. What happened there could have happened anywhere. CH & I talked about the security in my schools. Even though the doors are locked (except for the front doors), are we really and truly safe? I can see the glass doors becoming a thing of the past. School is the one place where kids are suppose to be safe. The sad reality is that some kids don't feel safe at home, but at school they're suppose to feel safe. School is a happy place, filled with laughter, learning, and little faces that have amazement and wonder. One of my sisters asked how they kept the news out of the schools on Friday, and I told her I had no idea anything had happened until a teacher showed me a text she had received from somebody. The heroes, the teachers, in that school went above and beyond their job description. They showed that teaching isn't just a profession...it's a calling. It seems very strange that as chaos erupted in that school, the 1st graders in one of my schools was on stage, performing "The Polar Express" for parents.
Friday night, I made 4 miniloaves of these:
here. And it's good...especially the glaze!
Saturday was a family get-together at my sister's house. I took her one of the mini-loaves as a 'thank you for hosting' gift. In one of my posts last week, I asked for some appetizer ideas. I got a recipe in my email that seemed perfect enough: Garlic Chicken Puffs. Chicken, garlic, cream cheese, crescent rolls: these are a few of my favorite things!
I won't bore you with all of the pictures, but here is the hostess with a present from my brother & his wife:
(She & her husband ride Harleys.)
My sweet niece who just got back from a swim meet (and placed FIRST in one of the events!):
She's growing up way too fast!
And, she made all of the aunts a keychain. She put in a lot of thought to everybody's; they were all personalized. Her twin brothers made cookie mix for everybody:
The party was a conglomeration of their friends, neighbors, and band parents. One of my brothers went to school with a couple of her neighbors, and there were a couple of other band parents there, so we knew a few people. At one point, CH & I were standing near the kitchen talking, and the hostess whistled (this loud, piercing whistle) and introduced us. There are no strangers in her house! It was a good time, I just wish that I had taken my camera. I asked her daughter how long it took them to get the tree up, and said a few weeks. She said that she & her sister were told they couldn't go anywhere or do anything until the last 2 rows were done, so she said those took a couple of hours. The tree was that big, y'all! Her home was so nicely & tastefully decorated.
It was a good day, topped off by a surprise! (Well, I knew it was coming, but I didn't know when it would be here.) April at Straight from the Heart had a giveaway a few weeks ago, and I won! I don't win stuff very often, so it's so exciting when I do! The bounty was a "May Book". They sell books, cards, notes, etc. I was able to choose the design I wanted on the outside, as well as the inside. You can choose between lines (notebook), agenda, dots, etc. The books have a sewn binding, you know, like the "old" days! I chose a book with lines, and this pattern:
(The picture is from their website...I couldn't get a decent picture of it.)So, you can see why I was excited when I saw this in the mail:
"The Market". They sell a lot of local/regional goods, fresh goods, and organic goods. AND, they have an excellent beer selection. This was another party with a mixture of people there. It was a good way to cap off a busy, but wonderful, weekend.
Last Thursday, one of my schools had "Hoops for Heart". There is a small college in the Rival Town, and some members of their basketball teams come up and help out. I'm not real sure about the whole details, but I did manage to sneak in for a few minutes and watch the kids getting all rowdy dancing to the music. The PE teacher shared this picture with me:
Have a Marvelous Monday!