Wow, time is going fast. I just know there isn’t enough time with everything else to get all my Christmas projects finished. I won’t say specifically what they are here, in case any of my family ever read this, but I can say that I’ve got two days to finish Bran’s crocheted ninja turtle. It will stand about 18 inches tall and the stomach/chest plate opens to store all the weapons, etc. inside. There is also an opening in the back shell to put your hand in and use it as a hand puppet. His birthday is this Saturday. I can’t really work on it except at night, though, or he’ll see it! He asked me for weeks when I was ever going to finish it but it seems lately like he’s forgotten about it, so I am really excited to see his face when he opens it and realizes it’s finally done.
I’ve been thinking about Christmas traditions lately, especially with the colder weather and Christmas specials on TV. As a child my sisters and I loved Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, that old stop-animation thing about Kris Kringle and Burger-Meister Meister-Burger and the Winter Warlock. I’m so glad they still show it. It’s the best! We also loved the animated Grinch special. For “real” people movies, there’s the unbeatable classic White Christmas. I’m so excited that it was on TV the other day and John recorded it for me so I can finally watch it whenever I want.
In other news, the kids and I are really loving the homeschool co-op that we participate in on Tuesday afternoons. Next week is the last one before Christmas break for a month. I’ve been teaching a crochet class for the last 12 weeks and I’ve really loved it. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of kids–every single one of them is so bright, cheerful, and excited to learn. Some of them are really excelling and it’s amazing to think that they had never picked up a crochet hook before September. I’m going to miss them.
Next “semester” (each co-op term is 6 weeks), though, my kids are really excited about their classes–Nia and Bran will take Recorder while Ciara is in beading, and then Nia gets to be in a dance/movement class while Ciara and Bran take a crafts class. Third hour they are all in a jump rope class, which should be really fun and different. I’m excited for them. I’m so glad we decided to be in the co-op this year again (we didn’t love it last year)–besides learning things that I can’t teach them from other teachers, they love playing with home-school friends that they normally wouldn’t get to see that often.