Countdown to Christmas

By: JanesVacation , 1:59 PM GMT on November 01, 2009

It's that time of the year again....where did all of the time go?????

Christmas is a fun time a school. The decorations, excited children and calendars that can never keep up with all of the schedule changes. I'm looking forward to it all!

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39. sandiquiz
9:25 AM GMT on December 01, 2009
Hi Jane - Wishing you and your family a VERY HAPPY MONTH.

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38. synthman19872003
2:58 PM GMT on November 26, 2009
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37. seflagamma
10:27 PM GMT on November 25, 2009
Hello Jane,

I have lots of relatives up in Michigan and they do not hunt or do nascar nor live in cabins either! LOL

Just had to stop by and wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.


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36. surfmom
7:57 PM GMT on November 25, 2009

Growing up, books were my life and sanity -- no matter what was going on I could curl up in a corner and shut out the world. I APPLAUD your encouragement of reading and your work with the young readers...IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE!
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35. sandiquiz
12:26 AM GMT on November 25, 2009
Dear Jane, I do hope you and your family have a most wonderful
Thanksgiving, full of love, laughter and lasting peace :)

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34. shoreacres
12:17 AM GMT on November 25, 2009
Hi, Jane,

As early as you began your preparations, you surely must be ready to put your feet up and enjoy!

It's a little poignant to listen to all the talk of travel and family and huge tables of food - those days used to happen for us, but one by one the family has gone, and soon it will be just me and three cousins! And to think there used to be a huge table, and separate tables for the children, and all that.
But there's no sense bemoaning the fact. It is, as they say, life. Besides, as one of my boy-cousins says with great glee - fewer people means more pie for ME! We tell him he's 55 going on 8!

I hope you have good weather - ours is going to be perfect. We've had drizzle all day today, but it cleared off just before sunset, and should be nice for a few days now. I'll work tomorrow and Friday, but Thursday's for fun.

I think you're wise not to drive north. I won't even drive from Houston to Kansas City between November - February. I've seen Oklahoma under ice, and it isn't a pretty sight!

Happy Thanksgiving, to you and yours.

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33. OGal
1:27 PM GMT on November 23, 2009
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Thanksgiving Jane and family!
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32. OGal
12:52 PM GMT on November 23, 2009
Good Morning Jane, not a good weekend for MSU. Purdue beat IU not a great feat. Our kids and teachers are out all week due to the fact there were no hurricane days. Wonderful for teachers, kids but parents have to scramble for daycare. It is 69 already here up to the 80s later today. Off to listen to Susan Boyle, what a gift.

It is gloomy here too :(
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31. JanesVacation
12:46 PM GMT on November 23, 2009
Dark and mild here this morning. Yesterday was a great was sunny and mild. I washed the car in the driveway and did a bit of yard clean up. Being outdoors with only a light sweater in November is a big treat!

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30. sandiquiz
10:14 AM GMT on November 22, 2009

Hope you have a lovely Sunday!!
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29. JanesVacation
1:15 AM GMT on November 21, 2009
Karen, I think Wednesday would work out to chat. I have the day off and I will be here. The turkey deals are incredible here, too. 38 cents a pound! (You have to buy $20.00 in groceries to get that price.) I may buy more than one since we have a large freezer in our basement. If we get a big snowstorm I like to have a turkey on hand to cook while we are homebound. (As long as the power stays on for the oven to run!)Two Christmas' ago we had the power out for 2 days just before Christmas. I still got the dinner cooked on Christmas Day when the power cam on the 24th. Ah...memories of Christmas in the north.

Enjoy your weekend. My son and I walked to the beach this afternoon when I got home from school. It is in the 50's and rather damp and cloudy. Lake Michigan was very gray.
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28. SBKaren
4:58 PM GMT on November 20, 2009
Hi Jane...your school has a wonderful tradition when they combine the older and younger kids together.

Many of our classrooms do the same. An older class will 'buddy' up with a younger class, and do things with them all year long. When I was a 5th grade teacher we'd buddy up with a K/1 class and we did an activity every month. It's amazing how the kids really enjoy it and truly get a lot out of it. I would see some of my macho type 5th grade boys turn into sweet and gentle kids with their little guy.

Your thanksgiving eating traditions sound yummy! Let me know if you think a chat will work out with you on Wednesday....I've posted to Sandi would be neat if it could/would work out...but I totally understand if you're traveling.

I bought my turkey last Wednesday, and because of the deal I paid $5.81 for it - nearly 13 lbs!!
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27. JanesVacation
2:11 PM GMT on November 20, 2009
Damp and cool here today. Glad it is Friday.

We are preparing for Thanksgiving. Time to shop for the necessary ingredients. I enjoy making my Grandma's dressing, my Mom's cranberries and my Mother in Law's sweet potato casserole. It is always nice to continue the family traditions.

I hope I don't get wet!
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26. JanesVacation
1:52 PM GMT on November 19, 2009
Light rain here this morning. Daytime temperatures have dropped a bit to highs in the upper 40's to 50's this week. Occasional showers, but not enough to really get you wet.

Day of Sharing at our school yesterday. The annual event focuses on shared activities between the older and younger students. I helped out with rag doll making in the kindergarten room. 8th grade girls and boys teamed up with kindergartners to help them create a yarn doll. The kindergartners then were able to take the doll home with them. The little ones were really pleased. Each team of younger and older students also wrote things they were thankful for on die cut leaves. The leaves were put on a big paper tree in the hallway. At noon we were all served a "family style" lunch of turkey and the trimmings. The dessert table was very popular with the kids!

Regular classes were canceled for the day yesterday, so it is back to the school routine today.

Karen, Next week we have Wednesday through Friday off, too. Our family hasn't finalized our holiday plans. I am going to buy a turkey, even if I don't fix it. The prices for turkey this year are very low. We decided to not travel to Montreal to see our daughter. She has to work all week in Canada since they already have celebrated their Thanksgiving holiday in October. We would only have one day together and then we would have to drive back. It is too far for these short, late fall drives that could suddenly turn into snowstorms.

Sandi, I'm glad you stopped by. You have been very busy with company and your photo class. Glad to hear about your mild, November weather. It has been good here, too. Enjoy your Thursday!
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25. SBKaren
11:35 PM GMT on November 18, 2009
Hi Jane,

Yes AR is taking a lot of my time...with much more to come. I bought my turkey today. Even though we go to my daughter's for Thanksgiving, I always cook my own. I love turkey sandwiches and I love having all the leftovers. So I'm cooking mine next Wednesday (we have it off) and making a pie and creamed corn for the actually Tday dinner.

We should probably have about 15 or 16 at our gathering - two blended families together. It's nice that we all get along.

I have the boys here with me today, so this will be all the blogging I get to today! Our school is having a fund raiser at Z Pizza on Main St.- 20% of the profits go to our PTA - so it's pizza for dinner tonight! {poof}
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24. sandiquiz
11:54 PM GMT on November 16, 2009
Hi Jane, I can't believe I haven't called by since you set up your new blog!
How are things? I see your winter temperatures are dropping, and you have had your first frost. We still haven't had minus temperatures, or frost more than once. We are experiencing such a chapter of unbelievable weather patterns. Here we are int he middle of November and the temps are still in double figures (15 tomorrow, which is nearly 60 degs! Not normal.) There is also far too much wind blowing around, Storm force 9 and 10 Saturday!
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23. JanesVacation
1:34 PM GMT on November 15, 2009
Deer blind? Ah, not for this Michigander. Contrary to popular belief...we are not all hunters that live in log cabins here in Michigan. (Although, I have to admit with the recent downturn in the economy, it is an idea worth considering!)

I have very little interest in Nascar, huntin' and wearing flannel. All popular Michigan stereotypes. I recently began watching Big Ten football after spending 4 years paying tuition to Michigan State. My son is away this weekend and I am not sad to be "football free." I heard MSU beat Purdue yesterday, sorry OGal.

I am spending the weekend enjoying the mild temperatures and sunshine. Very little to do outdoors right now since all of the plants are gone for the season and the pool is covered. I pulled some pesky weeds that don't seem to die with the frost. Hubby and I cooked hamburgers outside on the grill last night for dinner. Another pleasant day is scheduled for today. I will go grocery shopping and then head back outdoors this afternoon to store up some more sunshine for our long winter.

OGal, I was thinking of you when my hubby said MSU was playing at Purdue. It was a close game. I didn't watch since it is such a rare, beautiful day here.

Shore, deer blind for me. (Too boring) You should see the big, hairy suit that makes you look like a tree. I don't think a normal person would wear it. I don't know where to begin to describe a person who would sit in a tree stand and wear that ridiculous suit. If I wanted to kill a deer or a turkey I could do it from my living room window considering how close the animals wander in our yard. I guess they know there are no predators or hunters around. The ridiculous thing is that the hunters travel several hundred miles to go hunting when our yards are filled with the pesky creatures. Here is a picture. Can you even believe this????? I guess this is the Michigan stereotype personified.

No, this is not me or any of my family. I guess it is what all of you think we Michiganders look like. LOL

Karen, Good luck with the new AR program. It always seems to take so much extra time to get something new up and running.
I have Wednesday off this coming week because of special activities happening at school. I am VERY happy to have a day off midweek! I will need to make up some of the time on Thursday, but it is still a welcome break. Hopefully our mild November weather continues. (And it is predicted to continue through next weekend.) Have a good week, you always pack so many activities into a week!
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22. seflagamma
8:29 PM GMT on November 14, 2009

I see our dear girlfriends, Ogal & Shore are making sport of you out getting the Deer Blinds ready for hunting season! LOL

funny! :o)
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21. OGal
8:28 PM GMT on November 14, 2009
Congrats Jane, Joey Elliot, his last game, senior day, and he gets a fifteen yard penalty for his final actions. You better win whatever bowl game you play:)
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20. OGal
6:42 PM GMT on November 14, 2009
Shore, she may be up in a tree getting an early start :)
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19. shoreacres
6:24 PM GMT on November 14, 2009
Deer season starts tomorrow, OGal. You don't suppose she's off getting the deer camp ready????
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18. OGal
6:21 PM GMT on November 14, 2009
Where are you Jane??
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17. seflagamma
5:39 PM GMT on November 14, 2009
Hi Jane,

Actually we do not really drive far for Thanksgiving. For almost 30 years I did the big Thanksgiving feast, but in the past few years other's have taken it over.

some years we drive about 1 mile to my son's home and some years we drive about 35 miles to my brother in law's home.

Happy Saturday to you and hope you have a great weekend.

I cannot believe the Holidays, starting with Thanksgiving are almost upon us! YIKES!
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16. OGal
5:17 PM GMT on November 14, 2009
Hi Jane, is the game:) At the moment it is tied :) Our paper said you guys are gonna win. We shall see.
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15. SBKaren
9:50 PM GMT on November 13, 2009
Hey Jane,

Thanksgiving is getting close and all the shopping centers around here are already decorated for Christmas! I took my mom to the dentist and then some errand running this morning. I got home just in time for the boys to arrive, and now I'm going to take them for a walk down town - get some yogurt and go play at the Tot Lot at the beach.

It's a crisp fall day here with cool temps and bright sunshine - feels absolutely wonderful! We got lots more painting done on Wednesday, but just can't do it with the boys here.

We're watching them tomorrow night and they are actually spending the night too. Then on Monday the whole family is heading to Disneyland for hubby's birthday.

I downloaded and printed out the AR Getting Started book yesterday (100 pages) and I've started reading it. With minimum days next week I should be able to get more done about that - I only have classes in the morning before lunch, after lunch no more classes.

So..........I'll see ya later!
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14. shoreacres
4:58 AM GMT on November 11, 2009
Hi, Jane,

Well, just now the driving days are over. The past few years I've been the one producing dinner, so I don't drive anywhere - except to the grocery store about 100 times in the week prior to get more "stuff". Like stuffing ingredients. And the cranberries I forgot. Etc.

But before that, it was common to drive to Kerrville for Thanksgiving with friends - about five hours. It was the time of "the place" (Godot and Godette's home) and a nice, long weekend.

Let's see. One Thanksgiving, after a classic family squabble over where the dinner would be and where I was expected to be, I made the drive from north central Iowa to Chicago and had Thanksgiving dinner at a Greek restaurant. I was introduced to Ouzo and stayed at the downtown Y - memorable holiday.

I've driven up to Kansas City from Houston a couple of times - 14 hours. That's a little far, but I always left on Tuesday and came back on Saturday - traffic was much easier that way.

I'm having a little trouble getting my mind around the fact that Thanksgiving is so close. But here's the amazing fact about this year - Mom wants to have dinner at her house!
I'll still end up doing most of the cooking, I suppose, but still - it's wonderful she feels like she can handle it. I think her new housekeeper's helping out ;-)
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13. charlesimages
4:10 AM GMT on November 11, 2009
We've really been spoiled here in MI this week, and it's gonna continue too. Enjoy it Jane!
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12. mllea
3:44 AM GMT on November 11, 2009
I consistently drive over 12 hours to see my daughter and her fiance. My daughter takes me to get bagels and TCBY ice cream and uses me as an excuse to shop some more. We have a great time. I visit her lots because we don't get to see each other very often... I also make her a turkey and stuffing when I arrive. SHe's always very excited to see me because she misses her family, living so far from them all the time...

...wait a second, this story sounds familiar...!
11. SBKaren
1:22 AM GMT on November 11, 2009
It would be great if we could take a nice long walk together and discuss our jobs! It's been really nice here...didn't get nearly as warm today as I thought, my bike ride home was almost chilly, and boy are the days getting shorter!!!

What exactly is your schedule this year? Do you have tomorrow off? Both hubby and I do, and once the marine layer burns off and the house dries off it's back to painting!
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10. JanesVacation
12:13 AM GMT on November 11, 2009
I'm spending my "free" time this week doing what I love to do...walking! It has been warm enough (50's and dry) to go walking when I get home from school each day. We are getting the fall weather we should have had in October.

The leaves are off the trees and they make a crunchy path underfoot. The squirrels scamper up and down the trees and the birds seem to have disappeared. I still see a few flocks of geese over the areas with open fields and ponds, but no song birds are left. Three small deer standing in the driveway this morning should start running...white tailed deer season begins on November 15.
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9. OGal
8:24 PM GMT on November 07, 2009
Jane,46 years since Purdue was able to win in the Big House. what a great game. 38-36 how much closer could it be????? :)

Congrats to MSU!

On to OSU - Penn State
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8. charlesimages
5:22 PM GMT on November 07, 2009
Hi Jane! It's a great day in MI today. Breezy but warmer!

I go 2 houses down to Grandma's for Thanksgiving LOL! I can WALK there!
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7. OGal
5:19 PM GMT on November 07, 2009
Jane, I am the cooker so I am going any where. Love the picture of the turkey family. Smart move heading to Mexico.
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6. OGal
5:11 PM GMT on November 07, 2009
Hi Jane, update on the kids Holiday party. We can't finda a Santa suit. Hopefully it will appear at some point. One of our circuit judges is playing Santa. The move to the new facility is going slow due to problems with construction. Most likely Jan before we have made the move. We will keep visitation at the Kids US Daycare for now.

WhaaaHooo! Purdue just scored a touchdown at the Big House. We have not won there since 1966. We have to win the rest of our games to be elibible for a bowl game.

We play MSU next weekend in West Lafayette. I am sure it will be a great game.

Have a nice weekend. Keep your fingers crossed that we only get rain from Ida.
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5. SBKaren
8:06 PM GMT on November 06, 2009
For the last two years we've had to drive to our daughter's home....about 7 miles away. Before that I always had Thanksgiving at my house. Now it's her turn! It keeps them from having to visit two families - we have just one huge blended family gathering.

We have driven to northern CA before - about 450 miles....but those days are done. We did find, after having done it a few times, that leaving Thanksgiving Day was far better than leaving the day before. Far less traffic.

Good luck!
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4. SBKaren
2:17 AM GMT on November 06, 2009
Love the flowers in your header, and especially love the pots! I've received a few painted pots in my time as classroom gifts from kids and I keep each and every one of them! I keep re-potting them. I just love something like that that I can actually use!

Does your school use Accelerated Learning (AR) from Renaissance Learning? A few of our schools already do, but our school, and one other in our district, are jumping on board. My work load just increased again. I swear it seems every time I find a 'free' spot in my schedule, something magically appears to take up that time. I'd be working super overtime if those 'free spots' didn't work out for me this year, so I guess I should have known something else would come on board!

Miss our chats....maybe we can get to one during the holidays sometime. Think about it!
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3. JanesVacation
1:07 PM GMT on November 02, 2009
I am enjoying the early sunrise this morning. I seem to have extra time for everything when I get out of bed earlier. (Of course!)

shore, I'll check out the Sandburg info. Thanks! I find students have an interest in poems and I like to read some aloud to the older (4th-5th)graders. Be sure and pace yourself today. The sun will only appear here for about 10 hours, but the full moon will keep the evening bright.

OGal, How are the holiday party preparations going? With Halloween behind us it is time to begin thinking about Thanksgiving. I don't have to think about Christmas as early as I used to when the kids were little. That is a relief. I hear the 5th grade band practicing their Christmas music at school each week. They are going to need a lot of practice to be ready for the December Holiday program. They began their Christmas tunes in September (good thing!)

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2. shoreacres
1:00 AM GMT on November 02, 2009
Hi, Jane,

It's even dark down here at 7 now! Boo-hoo ;-)

I see you stopped by - I learned something about Sandburg I was going to pass on to you. Did you know he wrote children's books and poetry? And he did a bit of the traveling troubador thing - went around to schools and played music, sang, and told his stories!

I did a little light googling and found a good website for the Rootabaga Stories, with all kind of links and what-not. Poor Mr. Sandburg really has all but disappeared - lots of folks have said, "OH! I'd forgotten", or "Gee, I never heard..."

Time for a Sandburg revival, I think!

Have a great week. It always takes me a day or two - or three - to get used to this time change. I'm going to try and get to bed early tonight to make up for that early rise - since I work according to the sun, everything's just gotten an hour earlier in the morning!
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1. OGal
2:06 PM GMT on November 01, 2009
Good Morning Jane, not a good day for Purdue. I think they forgot how to play football. Great win for Florida and Tim Tebow.

Our Halloween kids were all well behaved. The big kids were elewhere this year. All was quiet at 9:00am. I feel like someone jumped all over my body. Guess it is just age. Still warm today and then cooling down again.

Have a nice week at school.
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