On Monday, one of my girlfriends came over with her two kids, one of which I taught two years ago. They brought a surprise with them, another kiddo from our class who I have not seen since the last day of school (two years ago!). It was so nice to see Olivia after all this time. She is still the same sweet girl that I taught. I love the fact that I have kept in touch with some of my families over the years and feel fortunate to be able to watch the kids grow up to be the wonderful, compassionate “big kids” that they have become. I really feel when you can connect with your students on a more personal note….inviting them to your house, taking them to McDonald’s….anything that is outside of school….it brings you closer to them and it quickly reflects in their academics. I loved being able to spend one-on-one time with my kids…whether it be having lunch in the classroom with them, morning donut dates, or reading time with Tivo. I love being at home with my two girls, but really miss teaching (especially teaching reading). I have been contemplating putting my resume back into the county to see if there is a part time position that is a good fit. It has to be the perfect fit that would allow me to do what I love to do, but not take away from my family. So we will see:) What ever happens is meant to be. Below are some pictures from my lunch date with Angie and the girls (and Dylan).
As you know, we do nothing easy in the Taylor family. For instance, in 2006, within three months we moved not only to a new house, but to a new town; started new jobs; picked up a dog on the side of the road who ended up being a part of our permanent family; AND had a baby. This Christmas was no exception to the traditional Taylor craziness. Having a baby around the holidays was such a wonderful Christmas gift for us, but wore us out too:) Between the wrapping, getting the Christmas newsletter out, decorating, visiting with family and friends, and recovering from the c-section and Addisan’s RSV…we are now catching up on some overdue sleep. I am hoping next year to get more holiday decorations out and do some baking. Below are some holiday pictures of our festivities….very low key festivities I might add. They are in no particular order.
As a child, we saw the “real” Santa at Merrifield Gardens. He was the one everyone lined up anxiously to see each year. Santa told me to set my slippers outside my door and he would put jewelry inside of them. Every year he has not let me down! I still put the Moccasin slippers that my dad brought me back from one of his many trips from Alaska outside my bedroom door. The ones next to mine are ones that my friend Clare gave to Campbell that were handmade by her friend and Addisan’s were knitted by my friend Ronya’s mom. My hope is that the the children will not only be excited to find a surprise inside of their slippers as they grow up, but remember that someone was thinking of them when they made their slippers–and remember giving is the true sense of the holiday.
Campbell slept through Christmas. Here is a framed picture of a water color painting that Addisan made for Campbell for Christmas. Campbell gave Addisan a plush photo album with pictures of the two of them.
Addisan and Campbell gave daddy a workbench for Christmas. To Tommy’s dismay, it was one that was their size and not his. I hope this is something that they can all do together. Poor Tommy, he is the only male in the house…hopefully this will help balance all the pink in the house.
Addisan’s big gift from us was a roller coaster. This thing is so awesome that I wish that they made it in an adult size! She enjoys going down in the cart, but more than anything, she likes using it as a really long slide for herself and her dolls. We had to open gifts in two sessions Christmas morning because she wanted to play with it so much.
Some of our family friends gave Addisan and Campbell matching Christmas outfits! So cute! I can see myself buying a lot of matching outfits in the near future for the girls. Don’t you just love Campbell’s little feet??:)