Friday, December 19, 2008

Company Girl Hot Chocolate

I'm not a coffee drinker, but I received some awesome Swiss Miss dark chocolate fudge hot chocolate from one of my students as well as some "snowman soup" from my Home for the Holidays swap partner and blog buddy, Chrissy, so I'm happy to share that with you. Here's a recap of my week.

What a week it has been! We're finally out of school for the next two weeks, and today, I earned every penny of my year's salary with my 7th grade students. No details, just a sigh of relief. Also, today was my son's first non-chaperoned trip to the mall with a friend. It took almost as long to get there to drop him off and get back to pick him up than the total time I let him stay. Traffic is horrible! I don't want to go near the mall again!

Let me back up a little... My daughter had her Christmas concert Tuesday, and that was such an enjoyable event. She plays clarinet, and I'm so proud of her. Tuesday was also the day that Rachel Anne at Home Sanctuary challenged us to do three Christmas-related tasks. By the time I read her post at 5PM, I thought, "There is NO way I can do three things tonight." But, when you challenge yourself, you can do more than you realize, so not only did I work a full day with extra duties before and after school, cooked and served a hot meal for dinner, helped with homework as usual, but I also helped my son wrap a present for his sister, got three ornaments for exchanging at work, and attended my daughter's Christmas concert. Whew!

On Wednesday, she asked us to capture a Christmas moment. I decided to take some close-ups of our Christmas tree. Those types of photos don't always turn out well for me, so I wanted to see what I could come up with. Here's one of my favorite ornaments:

The best news I had all week came yesterday. My mom's brain scan is clear, so we can go ahead with the surgery to remove the tumor from her lung. I'm so thankful for that.

Now, off to do my Friday night ritual... a LONG, HOT soak in the bathtub with some sweet-smelling fragrance and a good book. See you tomorrow!

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Luanne said...

That Friday night ritual is one I could handle--I think I need to take that one up!! Thanks for stopping by my blog--it's nice to meet you!

Milly said...

I hope your Mom's surgery goes well. Our prayers are with you all. Have a Merry Christmas

secondofwett said...

How fortunate that you have such a lovely Friday night ritual to end the week off!
Merry Christmas!

D... said...

That IS the best news! I am so happy for your family. Has the surgery been scheduled yet?

I am so looking forward to the next two weeks. Yesterday, the kids were so wired, it was just craziness.

I love listening to kids' music.

Enjoy your break!

ChrissyM said...

That Friday night ritual is one that I look forward to. It's been non stop here and not so much on the bright and holiday cheery side of things. It's been a week. I'm looking forward to a few days off for the holidays. Love the ornament on your tree.

Merry Christmas!

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

That's really good news on your mom! Congrats on your vacation time! Enjoy it. That is one of my favorite ornaments too.

Tammy said...

That's terrific news about your mom. What a week! Enjoy, you so deserve it.

CindyC said...

So glad your mom's scan came back clear - now I hope the surgery goes well!

What is "snowman soup"?

storyteller said...

It's wonderful news about your mom. I've been praying for both of you regularly and will continue to do so. As for hot chocolate and long soaks in the tub with a good book ... those are favorites of MINE too.
Loved the photos!
Hugs and blessings,

Bubba's Sis said...

Great news on your mom! I continue to pray for her.

Merry Christmas, sweetie - enjoy your break!

Ann said...

I've found you via Flora's Blog. And I'm so glad.
Wonderful news about your mother.

Kerri said...

I love the news about your mom's brain scan! Definitely a grateful moment!! Praying that her surgery goes well.

Erin said...

This week's small things were great for such a busy week.

Merry Christmas!

Rachel Anne said...

Wow! I can't believe all you got done on the "three things day!" You rock!

I can't believe that tomorrow is Christmas Eve. I'm almost done with everything..easy this year because we aren't hosting any events at our house. yea!


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