Five for FRIDAY!! December style

Holy cow, is it Christmas break yet? Seriously, this week was rough. I was at school at 7:00 in the morning twice this week, and I left school after 6:00 twice this week.  I made two trips to Wal-Mart, baked (and ate) about twenty five cookies, and made two dozen burritos.


On Friday, we had our giant Christmas program. It’s an incredible show. We didn’t get out until about 8:30. So naturally, on Saturday morning I was very excited to wake up early to help out at our area Grit Conference. I wasn’t alone. After the conference ended at 12:30, I raced home to make cookies for our campus cookie exchange! I made butterscotch & white chocolate chip cookies…they were like candy.
 Get the recipe on Google Drive!


 I decided to buy all the felt at Wal-Mart and make a felt Christmas tree with ornaments for my niece. My husband keeps walking into the den, looking at the piles of crafting crap all over the table, and turning right back around to watch TV in the bedroom.

 But I don’t care! Because this tree is cute and she’s going to love it!

Another project I worked on was our Poet-tree! We actually have three: a K-2 tree in English, a K-2 tree in Spanish, and a 3-5 tree in English. Each ornament has a poem printed on it and I decorated them with glitter paint. Our librarian tied on a ribbon and we hang them on our tree! When students visit the library, they can choose an ornament to keep.

And then I made two dozen burritos. At our school, the last twelve days before winter break, we have the 12 Days of Christmas. Each grade level/group is assigned a day. We were the 8th day. We decided to make burritos. This was my idea. At the time, I thought, “Oh, burritos will be a nice change from sweets,” which is what most groups bring on their day. But then, the night before I realized that I would have to make 24 burritos… in the morning… before I went to work. I had to get up at 5:30. 5:30, people! I. Do. Not. Get. Up. Before. Six.

But I did. I set my alarm, and I woke up. I dragged myself into an upright position. I sat there for a minute, but then I was afraid I’d fall asleep sitting up. So I pulled myself out of bed and got myself ready. I remember thinking, “This was a stupid idea,” but I quickly reminded myself that it was MY stupid idea.

Then I mixed up about 40 eggs and poured them into a pan with butter. I reheated the potatoes I’d cooked the night before, and warmed tortillas. I rolled and rolled and rolled. Until I had 24 burritos. I stuffed them into a tray and raced to work. In all, we’d made 100 burritos for our faculty.

This is my favorite. We hosted a Disguise a Gingerbread Man contest in the library. Students could swing by and pick up a cardstock gingerbread man to decorate, to help him escape. It had to be from a book.

We had a ton of submissions, and some of them were so clever and creative!

Hulk Hogan – something tells me this wasn’t a book.
Pancho Villa


Ruby the Reindeer


These entries were from our teachers! The Abominable Snowman, Lily (from Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse) and Skippyjon Jones! Are they precious or what?

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  1. LOVE the disguise you the Gingerbread man contest! what a great idea, I would love for our school to do that. I think Chewbacca is my favorite, they are all very clever. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do next week! good luck, Paula

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