Saturday, December 19, 2015

Highlights of the Week

My husband and I enjoyed our first week of Christmas break while Smarty had her last week of school. It gave us a chance to wrap up various Christmas projects and mail off packages to friends and family. On Monday, I had an interview, but I probably won’t know the outcome until next year, because there are several candidates for this position. I have yet another interview on Monday for a different position, and then I am going to put all the work-related thought out of my head and just hang out with family and friends. Our weather was colder than usual, and we even had frost in the mornings. Our California girl was wearing warm jacket and gloves to school and complained of “bitter cold”, but she was still coming home with all extra layers off.


Smarty was eagerly looking forward to her winter party on Friday. Her expectations were met - the party was awesome, and I wrote more about it on Monday. It was also a pajama day with no academics, and I got to help with serving a special breakfast to the class of super excited fourth graders. This week, each classroom received their brand new Chromebooks that students will be using for writing and Khan Academy work in the second half of the year, and Smarty is super excited about this as well.

After School

Smarty faithfully practiced her trumpet and recorder at home and did her share of Christmas preparations by helping me with baking, writing Christmas cards, and selecting books to gift and donate. They also had their second GATE program of the year where they made kaleidoscopes. Smarty brought home enough materials for another kaleidoscope that she plans to make as a present for her younger friend.

What My Child Is Reading

Disclosure: This section contains Amazon affiliate links, for full disclosure please click here. We have finished The Christmas Carol, and Smarty loved it. Now she is looking forward to the movie night tonight to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol with us. Smarty also read a lot of books from her school library – and she asked me to recommend these two books to my readers with kids her age – When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead and Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

Best Memory of the Week

It's a blurry picture, but it kind of reflects the mood of Smarty this week. She definitely has a lot of Christmas cheer and Christmas energy and is in perpetual motion unless she is reading or programming. She seems very happy and appreciative of everything happening in her life, and it's fun to see her so engaged.

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Ticia said...

Sadly that's how half of the pictures of my kids turn out. Slightly blurry.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I hope you don't have to wait to long to hear on your interviews. Doug is in the waiting mode right now for a job he would love to switch to - so I know the "putting business out of your mind" can be a hard task, even with all the Christmas joy. Smarty's last week of school sounds like a lot of fun - not too much work gets done in those days, but a lot of good memories :)

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I hope you get a job offer you are happy with soon!

How wonderful for Smarty to have such a happy week!