Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I went to my aunt's Christmas party on Saturday and visited with some of my cousins that I have not seen in several years. It was a nice visit. I wish now I had kept up with everyone a little better. One of my cousins is only a year younger than I am, but his health is not very good. He lost his house during Katrina, and only recently moved back to New Orleans. I wanted to sit and visit the way we used to, and really catch up. I think now that maybe I waited too long. He did sit with me for a short while, but when I had to get up to check on my son, he left, and I did not see him again before I had to leave to come home. Still, it was good to see everybody, and Sam enjoyed meeting some cousins for the first time. Maybe we will go back next year. Right now I am feeling a little wistful, and just a little sad. Trying to shake that though, so I can prepare for the marathon of visits with my hubby's family on Christmas day. Then, we'll have a quick trip to my mom's house for brunch on Dec 27. The week after that I will go with Todd to New Orleans for New Year's Eve. It will just be a one night trip, but I am really looking forward to it. It's hard to believe that 2008 is almost over . . .
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I helped chaperone a field trip for my ds' class on Tuesday. Remember when field trips were to the planetarium, the Coca Cola plant, the ice cream plant, or the zoo? This trip, and the only one allowed this year due to budget cuts, was to a nearby town that had not one but three rooms of animatronic figures all decked in various Christmas scenes. There was a creepiness to it I cannot even begin to explain. It was raining, so to add to the fun, the children were encouraged to ride the little train around the town square and also ride the carousel. Everyone was SOAKED! Of course, my son loved the moving figures, riding around in the rain, and just being out of class for the day. So, I guess as long as he had fun that is all that matters. Still, I wonder what happened to the idea that kids should LEARN something during these trips?