Ahhhh... Finally. A break. I can find ME again.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

It is finally Christmas break in my world... After teaching straight up 'til Friday afternoon. I have to say, while it is going to be TOTALLY worth it when I get to stay home a week after New Years, it is really AWFUL to have school go right up to the last munute before christmas. There has just been NO rest for my weary bones... creating final exams, grading projects, essays, reports, last-minute make-up quizzes, entertaining family and friends, wrapping presents, making presents, cleaning the house, paying bills, getting grades in for first semester, trying not to cry or scream or both.....
Man. I am ready for this two weeks.

I have been sitting here in my p.j.'s, up since 7:45 (weird! my body woke me up after 5 1/2 hours of sleep. It must be getting used to the crazy routine i was putting it through for the past two weeks), enjoying a luxurious span of time in front of the computer, reading my favorite blogs, editing photos, drinking hot chocolate and eating cream o' wheat... Listening to Manhattan Transfer and Carpenters' Christmas albums. It's been lovely!

And i've got some photos to post... just a few of the many i've taken recently.

{paul and melody came to hang out and spend the night on Monday. Joe took them to the airport on Tuesday morning for their Christmas Break in the West. We had so much fun!}

{melody juts gets cuter with age and motherhood.... we always have so much fun hanging out. We bounce creative ideas off of each other, envy each other's talents, and goof off like you wouldn't believe. (Well, if you know us, maybe you WOULD believe).}

{we had every intention of taking a "surprise face" photo together... and I was READY. But at the last minute, she popped into HER surprise face, very suddenly, and with an unexpected loud "PAH" noise, which TOTALLY ruined it for me. Granted, it was late, i was tired and a bit punchy, but nonetheless... i thought i had more control than this!}

{um.... this is what the boys do when they get together. We girls are productive and lively...
The boys? Turn into computer gamer nerds. *LOSERS*}

{this is Eirick, their amazingly cute kiddo. He slept through most of our visit. }


These photos were taken Wednesday afternoon with on eof the best, coolest classes I have ever gotten to teach. I gave them their final, then we spent the rest of the exte
nded period having fun with photos, music, and farewells. *sigh* I don't think I'll get another class quite like them.

{as promised: the famous banjo playing... }

{laura peeks out at me, wondering why I have a camera trained on her.}

{Ryan and Reba. Two very feisty, free spirit types.}

{Sonni peers out at me. She is NOT as irritated as she looks here.
In fact, she is ALWAY good for a smile and a joke.}
{Who reads LATIN during a party? Well.... actually, Jon does.}

{Chris, the swimmer with the goofy laugh,
and Ryan , second-runner-up for the Mr. WHS Pageant with
a killer "Dance Dance Evolution" routine ham it up. They are never serious. Really.(see original Dance Dance guy doing it here}

{Some of the smartest, hardest-working, sweetest girls I have ever taught.
(There are about 6 more I have taught this semester that are this great, but sadly not in the photo).
These guys (and many of my other students) are so so great to have in class.
Sometimes I wish I was 16 so we could all be best friends.
Is that weird? They teach me so much back.}

{Ah. Truly one-of-a-kind. They were the perfect blend of kids,
at the perfect age, at the perfect time of day, with the perfect mix of personalities...
perfectly ready to learn and grow, but be totally , absurdly hilarious at the same time.}

FINALLY: A Few More Happy Thoughts to Start My Holiday With
{Joe. Isn't he so handsome??
I love that i get so much free time with him over the next two weeks.
We are going to see so many movies, take lots of naps,
go to Chicago to have breakfast in bed,
watch cartoons, and just BE.
He is my favorite person in the world. (Sorry, everybody else.)}

{I have been feeling really frazzled and frumpy lately.
But MAN, i still have some hot, sexy, gorgeous brown eyes, don't i??
Not that I'm bragging or anything.
All I have to do is look at my body to deflate THAT balloon a bit.
But I DO have the eyes. :) }


Go to this website. And see how excited I am to make a coffee-table book of my Europe photos. I am in a WHOLE NEW BALLGAME with this. I am going to totally stop doing photo albums. I swear I am. I will jujst make these books instead ( but yes, I will keep scrapbooking. It's my artistic expression these days). It only makes sense with the digital photo age. Why print individual photos and put them in your own little album, when this site can do so much more? Why NOT have a shelf full of professional photo books with your own work in them, and text added? Needless to say, I am SO excited for this. My Europe book is coming along nicely, and I am sort of addicted to getting it done. I am TOTALLY rewarding myself this break by doing just that. I dare you to do a Blurb book, too.

Okay. I'm done. PHEW!! Long blog! I'm off to go get a haircut, get some fun last-minute gifties for my sis-in-law, and wrap some presents. I feel so GOOD. I feel so FREE.

Love you all!

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