Can you give a big hip, hip, hurray yell, for the end of UIL! Our kids were wonderful and they worked very hard on this competition. I wish our results had been a little better, but they are what they are! All you can ask from your kids is to do their best. Elementary UIL is for practicing for the main event, which is UIL at the high school level. Awards at that level are very important. UIL contestants who go to state in UIL events can get college money for free! If you doubt me, go ask Melanie Smith. She and Kathy Brockman just about wore themselves down to a nub getting this competition ready. On behalf of all the kids who participated, thank you for all your hard work. We were the host school for the elementary event and once again we put on a spread that will have them all talking about our cooks! Maxine Robbins made our teacher’s lounge look like a Christmas wonderland.
Friday could possibly have been a letdown after all that work but thanks be to God we had a winter Friday! The kids and I went outside and did some research on snow. After all, if you rarely see snow how in the world can you write about it? So we played, threw snowballs, slid around, and froze our hands off until they hurt. Once our research was done, we sat down and wrote a composition about snow in Texas. We couldn’t have ended a busy week in a nicer way!
Now that the rush is over, we will be hard at work trying to finish out this semester. We have Science benchmark to take Thursday and finals coming up the week after. This six week period is always the hardest to complete due to all the activities that take place.
Football is over much to the distress of our fans. Haustin will be in a cast until his fibula, I believe, heals. Our boys did their best to overcome the loss of their starting quarterback, but they didn’t quite pull it off. Now basketball is driving parents and students all over Texas! We wish all our teams the very best of luck.
My class is setting up a fish tank. I can already tell it is
going to be a huge pain in the neck. My mom would say pain in the pip. Wherever the pain may be, it will be because of these little creatures. The kids are excited but I’m reserving judgment. It means I will be driving in every day to feed the little stinky things. I’m just not getting too overjoyed by that thought!
I am overjoyed about the quilting party that will be held at the home of Cherri Jenkins on Wednesday. Kay McKee sent out invitations to all members. This is the only finger food function I’ve been to where you get too full to sit down! Cherri made some really good spiced tea last year. Kay tells me our next project will be a love in bloom quilt. We will shut up shop for the holidays, then resume our busy little bee habits in January. Everyone is welcomed to attend. I’m not sure which book we will be studying, but I know Kay will choose another great one.
I hope to see everyone at the Christmas Cantata on December 13th. The Christian Church will host the event on Sunday at 6:00p.m. Patsy Hall has an entire cast of high school students to add depth and dimension to the performance. All in all I think it will be a night to light up your Christmas season. There will be a reception after the performance for all guests and performers. Kudos must be given to Mary Kate for all her efforts. Many thanks to all the ladies who are sewing costumes for the actors. Elbert Thomas makes the most magnificent king! His costume is absolutely stunning. The kids have been great. All I can do is tell you to come and see for yourself.
Fred Overstreet has two family members at MD Anderson. My Dallas daughter-in-law Danna is being sent to an oncologist. Donald Skelton is still working on his kidney numbers. At last count they were doing a little better, but still not in the completely healthy range. That’s just a few of a long list of community members who are not well. Please send up a little prayer for them as you go about your daily tasks.
The fire department is collecting new unwrapped toys until the 11th. They will be distributing them to needy families. This is a wonderful time of the year to share your blessings. Russ says it’s a two way road. This may be a blessed time of the year, but it causes anxiety in the hearts of people who don’t have extra. I suspect he is right. So, everyone who has plenty, keep your ears open to see if you can help someone who hasn’t.
I hope everyone has a blessed week. Please pray for all our troops who are away from their families. I love to see the messages that the TV stations put up, but they make me sad too, knowing moms and dads are far away from their loved ones! So pray for our government, our President and our country. Smile, your neighbor may need a lift.