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Dear Blogging Friends {Spin Cycle}

December, 2014

snow cave
Remember last winter’s polar vortex?

Dear Blogging Friends,

It hardly seems possible that another year is almost over! In order to write this letter to you, I’ve been looking back at some of my old writing. There were things that happened back in January that I barely remember, like the time I was sick and had to sleep on the couch. Isn’t it wonderful that the virus that made me so miserable can be forgotten so easily?

Looking back makes the year flash by; last winter I was writing about the polar vortex, and then all of a sudden it was summer and the girls were selling lemonade. It’s true what they say; the years really do go by fast.

Lemonade Stand

In January, I was also vlogging more. I don’t even remember the last time I vlogged; I seem to have given it up. But I still think I could be Molly’s best friend.

In March, I told a story about how each time I rented a car in California, I was rear ended. I wondered what would happen this summer, since we were renting a car! Fortunately, no one rear ended us and we returned the car back to the rental company with no dents. There were probably some extra crumbs under the seats and possibly an escaped crayon or two. Not bad for a two-week vacation.

Remember when I baked cookies with Lily and Emmy? In the end, I had to leave the kitchen and let them finish the job without me! Even worse than that, however, was when the girls gave me a facial and I ended up with banana in my ear! Although I was irritated at the time, I can laugh at myself now!

I’m also laughing at the Word of the Year I chose for myself. I had big plans to have a “schedule” in 2014, but our word of the year seemed to be “crazy” instead!

Roller Coaster
Crazy steep roller coaster!

After our crazy busy summer with swimming lessons, swim meets and vacations, I was ready to settle back into our school routine. Lily started fourth grade, and with fourth grade came orchestra and choir and HOMEWORK–I didn’t think it was possible for life to become more hectic, and yet it did! Emmy started second grade, and fortunately homework is a breeze for her. It took a few weeks to settle into a routine, and now winter break is going to mess it up all over again! Crazy!

However, it will be nice to spend time with Lily and Emmy. They, along with Ed, are my happy place. With them around I feel centered and just a little less crazy.

We have less snow than last year; in fact, we have no snow right now. On Wednesday, I told my preschool class that the next time I saw them, it would be 2015! A brand New Year, all ready to unwrap and see what’s inside.

A Merry Christmas to you, and a Happy New Year!

Love,

Ginny

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Here’s what’s coming up on The Spin Cycle:

week of December 22: NO SPIN CYCLE! Merry Christmas!
week of December 29: Blogger Tag! Answer the blogging questions below.
week of January 5: Word of the Year: How did you do with last year’s word? What will you choose for this year?

Blogging Tag questions:
1. What do you love the most about blogging?
2. How do you find the time to keep up with all the aspects related to blogging (posting, reading, commenting, responding, etc)?
3. Does your family know about your blog and does this affect what you blog about?
4. If you didn’t blog, what would you be doing with that time?
5. Have you been in a blogging rut and how did you pull yourself out of it?
6. Have you ever considered leaving the blogging world and why? What stopped you?
7. Show some blog love: Name another blog that you adore.
8. What’s your favorite social media outlet for sharing your blog posts?
9. What’s one thing you’ve learned about yourself since you started blogging?
10. Any new blogging plans or ideas for the new year?

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Write a Holiday Letter {Spin Cycle Prompt}

One of my favorite things about this time of year is the mail! I love opening the mailbox to see envelopes from friends and family. Some friends I haven’t seen in a long time; others I just saw last week, but I still love getting their cards! I still haven’t mailed ours out yet, but I’m working on them.

Christmas cards
This week on the Spin Cycle, you can write a holiday letter that doesn’t need postage! What have you and your family been up to to this past year? Write a holiday letter to your readers, post it any day this week, and link it up here! I’ll show you my holiday letter on Friday.


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Here’s what’s coming up on The Spin Cycle:

week of December 15: Write a Holiday Letter
week of December 22: NO SPIN CYCLE! Merry Christmas!
week of December 29: Blogger Tag! Answer the blogging questions below:

1. What do you love the most about blogging?
2. How do you find the time to keep up with all the aspects related to blogging (posting, reading, commenting, responding, etc)?
3. Does your family know about your blog and does this affect what you blog about?
4. If you didn’t blog, what would you be doing with that time?
5. Have you been in a blogging rut and how did you pull yourself out of it?
6. Have you ever considered leaving the blogging world and why? What stopped you?
7. Show some blog love: Name another blog that you adore.
8. What’s your favorite social media outlet for sharing your blog posts?
9. What’s one thing you’ve learned about yourself since you started blogging?
10. Any new blogging plans or ideas for the new year?

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Unprepared and Overwhelmed {Spin Cycle}

As I sit at my desk, I can hear the squirrels digging and rustling around in the leaves outside my dining room window. They are getting downright tubby, those little squirrels, as they prepare for winter.

It has been a very strange week, and I wasn’t prepared for most the of the things that happened. Sometimes it is so overwhelming, the things we are unprepared for. Friends of mine have had their lives change suddenly this week, and it makes my little problem seem trivial. We had something unexpected happen that I was completely unprepared for–little visitors in one of my daughter’s hair. After years of having lice in my classroom and not being affected, one of my children finally brought them home. I’m not going to write too much about that, however, because it makes her feel bad. To be honest, I feel bad about it, too. There’s still a stigma attached to having lice. I can’t help but feel that I’m a bad mother and a terrible housekeeper. In my heart, I know that’s not true and several of my friends’ children have also had lice. I’m happy to report that we are all lice-free as of Tuesday afternoon. (The washing machine has been going non-stop since then!)

Yesterday, however, my co-workers and I were completely prepared. I’m talking about more than lesson plans and project supplies. Our license from the state is due for renewal, and the state rep came to visit our preschool. We had prepared by filling out all our paper work, entering our continuing education hours online, and reviewing our CPR and Epi pen skills.

It was about time for preschool to start, and we noticed something strange. A taxi pulled into the parking lot. We wondered; did someone have car trouble and need to take a taxi to preschool? Was it the state rep?

Nope. It was neither of those things. An unshaven man carrying a paper bag stumbled out of the cab and headed across our parking lot to the woods in the property behind us. He wasn’t walking in a straight line, either. In fact, he was a little wobbly. This was unexpected.

Despite our fears, he went on his merry way and we didn’t see him again. Our license renewal went perfectly and our preparations paid off (mostly due to our director’s hard work)!

And now, at last, the week is almost over. Tomorrow, Lily, Emmy and I will prepare to sing in our church’s Bethlehem Walk, which reenacts Christ’s birth. We’ll dress up in white robes and fluffy collars, and maybe I’ll curl the girls hair. After this overwhelming week, we can begin to prepare our hearts for Christmas.

Bethlehem Walk Angels

What are you preparing for?

Link up your Spin Cycle posts here! Next week, we’ll be sharing our favorite holiday recipes on The Spin Cycle!


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Preparation {Spin Cycle Prompt, week of 12/1}

Preparation; sometimes the most important thing that you do. How do you prepare…for a test? For running a race? For hosting Christmas dinner? For writing a blog post?

Are you preparing something right now?

This week on The Spin Cycle, write about Preparation any day this week, and then link up here! I’ll share my preparation post on Friday. Next week, get ready to share your favorite holiday recipe here on The Spin Cycle!

 


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Today with a 7 year old

Today, I was woken up at 6:00 by my seven year old.

Today, I made scrambled eggs with my seven year old. She loves to use the whisk to scramble the eggs. She does not, however, feel that it is necessary to eat all of her eggs for breakfast.

Today, my seven year old begged me to let her vacuum the living room. Who am I to stop her? She not only vacuumed the living room, but also the kitchen, while her ten year old sister dusted.

Today, my seven year old didn’t want to go with us to take her aunt to the airport. She didn’t have a choice and came with us anyway.

Today, my seven year old said she was NOT going to eat any meat at dinner when we picked up Chinese food, but then had two helpings of chicken and pea pods. (Little girl sized helpings, but she asked for seconds! Unbelievable.)

Today, I told my seven year not to wake me up until 7:00 tomorrow morning. Then I tucked her in, sang her lullabies and kissed her good night.

How was your day today?

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