Easer Day was indeed a Norman Rockwell perfect day with family attending early morning services in Hollywood at the Founders Metropolitan Church where our extended family member Reverend Pat served us all at Communion time and blessed us with a beautiful tribute to the Love that Makes a Family a Family.
Then it was back home to be joined with other family members from our beautiful extended family for Easter Baskets, a co-operative egg hunt where the kids helped each other, egg dyeing, and just before our Easter feast, making lollipops to share after dinner.
The photos say it best and when I finish this post, I will start on the Memory Book pages for the twins. Once again, their book is about to overflow with photos and journaling. I am so happy to be able to give them this gift of special times, special love, and very special people.
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I have been away from the computer which chose to take a little down time of its own. Everything is back up and running on my old laptop and my new one is retired for the time being.
St. Patrick’s Day is now almost ancient history and Easter is right around the corner. Still I would like to add a few photos to the blog. These are actually three of thirteen pages of the Memory Book I made for the twins. Bob was a most magnificent Leprechaun and deserves a little recognition.
The kids are growing so rapidly and I am very aware that making each holiday now when they are young enough to still believe in festive magic, a special occasion is very grandparent important. So presently I am working on Easter Baskets and Bob is filling plastic eggs with quarters. Wow these two holidays sure came close to each other this year. More about Easter later.
Wishing all of you if you are Irish by birth or as my grandchildren Irish by desire, a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
We are going to celebrate big time this Sunday. We will take the motor home to Palmdale and a visit with Krist and family. Her partner Theresa is a proud Irish-Amerucab and loves celebrating St. Patricks Day. Sunday morning will begin with a Blueberry Coffee Cake and Hash Brown Nests with Portobellos and Eggs; an new recipe that sounds great.
Following breakfast, I am leading the kids on a Leprauchen Treasure hunt. It will be hard to beat last years Leprechaun chase that resulted in a naughty Leprachaun turning Nana’s feet green. See Nana’s Encounter with the Leprechaun. This year the Treasure Hunt will end when Papa dressed as a Leprauchan (Green hat and red beard) presents the kids with the final gifts of the hunt. I promise lots of photos and videos.
Later in the day, we will dine on Corn Beef Brisket boiled in Guiness, cabbage, potatoes, and other delights Theresa has planned for our dinner. She also is making her famous Irish Whskey Apple Cake which melts in the mouth and warms the stomach and makes one believe in heaven.
Here is the letter from the Leprechaun that will begin the Treasure Hunt. I can haardly wait and although I have always loved the holiday, it has with Theresa’s enthusiasm become a holiday with a more vibrant rainbow and a less illusive pot of gold.
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This week the folks in the Loose Bloggers Consortium are writing on the influence of music in their lives. I chose this one myself and I knew exactly what I had in mind and have looked forward to sharing my thoughts with others. After reading my post, please take time to read others on music and its influence on their lives. The LBC writers are listed on the right hand side of my blog under Writers Consortium
Like most people music both classical and non-classical has influenced in my life. However, I must confess to a love of music from Rodger and Hammerstein’s The King and I that I believe tugs at the heart of more teachers than not. A song that I found myself humming every fall as I put up bulletin boards, wrote welcome to my classroom letters, and made out those little desk name tags for each child.
The song of course was Getting to Know You, and even as I write this, after 12 years of retirement, I feel the nostalgia, excitement, and anticipation of the first day of school and the significance of this song to me as an elementary teacher, blessed with thirty four years teaching children.
There is a side to me that says, that wasn’t the only song that you remember with fondness. What about the other one? The one that ran through your head just before those new students arrived and just before the not always pleasant after school meetings, those classroom visit from the Principal, or the School Board Presentations given. A little of that song playing in my head, has given me both amusement and courage to face more than a few academic challenges throughout the years. It too was from King and I and it was I Whistle a Happy Tune.
I have included videos of the two songs for your enjoyment. For me, listening to these recordings, is all sweetness and if I close my eyes, I can remember my classroom, the smell of chalk, the air of excitement, the thirty little ones wanting to learn. . . . well maybe the 25 who wanted to and the five wigglers , but mostly I recall the magic of teaching and learning and my role in all of it.