School. It was the last week of school this year, and it was full of special events. Smarty’s class had a holiday party where almost every Mom volunteered to help. Kids received presents of winter activity books, National Geographic Readers, and pencils. We didn’t do individual teacher presents except cards – everyone chipped in for a bigger holiday basket. Smarty also took a test for third grade math this week – she got 100% on her benchmark second grade math test in November, and we requested to figure out a plan to give her math work on her level. We don’t know yet how this test went – she said that it was easy, but we are looking forward to talking to a teacher and a principal shortly after the next term starts.
Afterschool. We are finally catching up with our pre-Christmas plans, and it’s been a busy week! We:
- 1. Attended my work Christmas party and had a picture with Santa Claus
- 2. Decorated our Christmas tree
- 3. Finished our homemade clay decorations
- 4. Wrote and mailed Christmas cards
- 5. Went to a cookie decorating party
- 6. Shopped and wrapped presents
Places we are going.
In addition to all other events, we kept our annual tradition of seeing the Nutcracker ballet. This time we saw a new production from San Jose Ballet. Overall I liked it even though ballet creators took some liberties with the original story line and even changed places for a couple of pieces. I am yet to see the Nutcracker ballet here in US that I would consider “authentic”, so I am clearly hard to please! We came early, and Smarty agreed to pose for this picture with ballet dancers, but when I asked her what role she would like to play after the ballet was over, she informed me that she plans to be a mechanical engineer, not a ballerina.
It was a great week, but now it looks like I am coming down with a cold that my husband is just getting over. I am hoping that we are all healthy for Christmas and will enjoy 2 weeks of each other’s company. Christmas vacation, here we come!
Your turn: How was your week?