Yesterday, after 3-5 inches of snow fell overnight,
I left for school in the dark and barely noticed our winter wonderland,
since I was mostly trying just to stay on the road.
I had been hoping to take the day off to get some things done,
but my sub hadn't work out.
After being at school for about an hour, I was told that they had a sub for me!
So, I headed home, and this time, it was like I'd been given a gift--
the skies were a gorgeous blue, and the trees were snow-laden; it was stunning.
Since I no longer have a decent camera,
I didn't even try to capture the treasure before me;I just drank it in
(while watching the road, of course).
It was perfect.
After school, Kendall and a friend got together, and she snapped this beauty with her iPhone.
Incredible, right?! I knew you had to see it.
I had a very productive time off--I made six different to-do lists, which may not seem like fun to you, but it makes me less stressed-out when I can finally sit down and at least know what I'm forgetting to take care of. I also got some housework done and went to a few appointments. I feel like I'm caught up now.
Today, I took Milo and Steve to their first doggy daycare. After a day of keeping up with the "big dogs," Milo came home exhausted, happy, and covered in dry dog slobber. I wish I'd taken a photo of him falling asleep sitting up in the car, but obviously, I was driving, so here he is after a nap and a good brushing, back at home. Apparently, dog slobber is like conditioner, because he actually looks pretty stinkin' cute, in my not-so humble opinion.
Our tree still isn't decorated, but I turned on the Christmas spirit tonight, or should I say that some of my students did; I went to the 6th grade Christmas concert, which I always love, and tonight was no exception.
The little girls, all dressed up and feeling proud, with attitudes to match the formality but also wearing sweet little smiles that barely contained their enthusiasm. So cute.
Artie performed beautifully in the concert (which has stressed him out for a week). Surprisingly, he was even talked into wearing dress shoes and pants that resembled yoga pants, but hey--that's an improvement over his regular uniform of sweatpants with huge logos on them. This was a milestone for him; his first "big" concert with his family in attendance, and he didn't even look up the choir director's skirt this time, which is nice.
Billy was so cute--He wore a beautiful blue dress shirt and tie with dress pants and shoes. Being in a room full of people, let alone full of giddy prepubescent peers is not Billy's idea of a good time (any more than it is mine or yours) but he managed to hold it together, sitting stiffly, a look of concentration on his face. Near the end of concert prep, the director reminded her warblers to have fun. "But not too much fun." piped in Billy (sincerely), which made everyone laugh and broke the before-show tension. I'm really proud of him.
After the concert, Billy beamed. "I'm so glad you came to my concert, Mrs.4444."
"Me, too," I said, and I meant it.