Sunday, December 12, 2010


It has taken me a week to get my Christmas decorations up and out.  I don't know why Moms are required to attend sporting events (like lacrosse tournaments in Austin) when CHRISTMAS is just around the corner.  I could use an elf or two....

This is my favorite Christmas decoration:

You are saying "What the _______??""  but is.  This was made by my daughter in 2nd grade.

It reminds me more of a wonderful friend than it does of her (still love ya sweet daughter!).

I never knew that elementary school would be so rife with gossip, intrique and outright cattiness....and that was the MOMS.   Plus, some of the Moms were pushy about their role as "homeroom mom" and were disinclined to listen to any other suggestions.  The above project is an example.

Take twenty-five children in each class....add the five classes and you get 125 students (public school here).  Add the green paint and red paint, the burlap (that was not cut before time) and then add the paint that must be put on 250 hands and then each set of  hands must be placed on the burlap twice.  Oh, and their name and date put on the corner......and Merry Christmas at the top even though we were not celebrating Christmas in public most definitely was a Winter Celebration (!)

Can you imagine how messy and chaotic this project became?

Can you imagine how many times the hands did not combine with the burlap to make a wreath and had to be done again?

Can you imagine 8-year-old boys and this project?

Did I mention that I did not volunteer for this craft?

Did I mention that my sweet friend did? you can see why this hand wreath reminds me of her recounting of this ghastly still makes me laugh....hard.

So...I am almost finished decorating......

What about you? Now on to bind four worries here!


  1. love it! think I'll try it but with 1 grandchild instead! happy holidays

  2. I enjoyed reading your posts. In our school, the teacher gets to direct the gift-making. As a former art teacher I can say, "been there, done that".

  3. I'm laughing out loud at the thought of those kids + the paint -- what happened to the olden days of round-nosed scissors and paper snowflakes? :-)

    The keyhole Santa pic is a *gem*. Happy Holidays!

  4. I too am trying to understand the logic of mom being at sporting events 2 weeks before Christmas. In my case it was a weekend swim meet, than an out of town basketball game the next Monday. Hope you've stil been able to make process.

    I once asked our art teacher to come up with a tree painted by all the kids in class for a school auction project. I now know why she no longer speaks to me!