After an extremely long day, on the later half of an extremely long week, tonight I enjoyed an evening Christmas party with my colleagues. It was a smaller crowd this year than in the past, mostly due to some really sad events in colleagues lives... the death of a mother, the loss of an unborn baby, the loss of a mother-in-law, the loss of an aunt... but we enjoyed our time together and lots of laughs. Those of us that were there took a picture to post to send some love to our dear colleague who helped plan the party and is out of state with her family to celebrate her mom's life tomorrow morning, instead of celebrating the holidays.
|Cornelia friends: Amy, Kristin, Carmen, Debbe, Christine, Doug, Courtney, Mary, Beth, Shannon, Nelva, Chris, Tom.|
Following the enjoyable few hours with these great colleagues, I came home and completed a few chores, which is like exercising - it feels good once it's over. Dishes clean. Laundry started. And then, perfection made its way into my living room...
|Day 5: Elves|
The ground is covered in snow, which I have a perfect view of from my couch. The candles were burning. My Chai tea was milked and sugared to perfection, and I was able to enjoy this year's new Christmas book. (I buy one new Christmas book, and one new Christmas CD every year. Cheesy, but perfect for me.) This year's book, Santa is coming to Minnesota, makes me smile and I can't wait to read it with my students! Steve Smallman wrote this great story that incorporates the entire state of Minnesota and a whole host of the state's landmarks. Robert Dunn and Jim Mitchell created some of the most beautiful illustrations I have seen in any of my winter books. The details about the characters that come through the images are fun and interesting. It is definitely a book worth looking into, and from what I hear, there are similar books available from other states, too!
After a great evening, and a long day, during a long week, it is time to sleep.