Sunday, November 29, 2009

Fall Festival Entertainment

One of the highlights of Fall Festival was each grade level's singing performance. Every 30 minutes a different grade met in the library and performed some songs for their parents. The auctions for the class items followed the entertainment. We weren't sure how many we would have in our audience for each performance, but the library was crowded every time. We are so lucky at East Chester to have parents and grandparents who are really interested in their children's activities.

Harvest Hoedown

On November 7, East Chester celebrated our annual Fall Festival. This year we called it "Harvest Hoedown." Laurie Tucker, Emily Shelton, and Michele White worked incredibly hard on the festival with decorating, planning, and organizing all the activities. The night went well, and we raised quite a bit of money for our school. Some of the activities included Win a Fish, Silly String a Teacher, Cake Walk, and Plinko. The building looked great with all the fall decorations. Everyone enjoyed the night, but I was glad it was over and that everything went well.

Fall Festival Class Crafts

Becky, Spring, and I worked with each class to make a class project for each to be auctioned off at the Fall Festival. We decorated gingerbread aprons, turkey aprons, Christmas tree aprons, and flower pots. They all turned out really good!!!

Kindergarten Crafts

Each kindergarten class made two crafts with their children. I was able to get these pictures of their work. I don't have Mrs. Brandi's table runner, Mrs. Michelle's fish pillowcase, or Mrs. J's quilt. The crafts were just precious and the parents/grandparents loved them.

Fall Festival Baskets

Some teachers chose to collect items to make themed baskets for auctioning at the Fall Festival. I think we ended up with about 25 baskets. The gift wrapping basket and chocolate basket were two crowd pleasers. The baskets were assembled and wrapped by Suzanne McCarver and Marla Davidson. What would I do without those two girls? They've helped me with these baskets since Lillie and Kendyl were in kindergarten. Thanks, ladies. You're the best!!!

Fall Festival Trees

One of the many ways that the teachers help with Fall Festival is by decorating Christmas trees for auction. Ten of the eleven trees decorated are pictured here: Dee Arnold's, Jill Egros', Malorie Pusser's, Rosemary McKnight's, Carrie Sells', Sherri Cherry's, Leslie Hunt's, Kim Poston's, Michelle Hopkins', and Wendy Siler's trees were all beautiful.

Joseph's Thanksgiving Photoshoot

Fun With Joseph

I tried to get a good picture of Joseph after we ate Thanksgiving supper at Mother's and Daddy's. Mother had gotten him a book about George Washington, and I was thrilled to hear him read it to me. He only missed a few words like Mount Vernon, Martha, and surveyor. I think I made about 20 pictures before I got a few that were good. We enjoyed the time we had to spend with Josie!!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving Break

We had school Monday and Tuesday of this week. I got some kind of bug and felt terrible on Monday. We were expecting the fire marshal, so I went ahead and went to school. After he left, I went to the doctor, got some medicine, and came home and went to bed. I felt much better on Tuesday, so I went to school. Wednesday Katy and I went to Cherokee, and Wayne and Daniel went to Florence. Katy and I went to Valdosta to church with Mother and Daddy. It was good to see Kenny & Patricia and Ed & Emily. Thursday morning Katy and I went to Wayne's parents' house to meet the rest of the family for Thanksgiving lunch. Wayne's mom had gotten up at 4:00 AM to check on the turkey only to find that someone had turned the oven off, so she went to Wal-Mart and bought two turkey breasts. We enjoyed the turkey, macaroni and cheese, dressing, English peas, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and rolls. She also had turtle pie, pecan pie, carrot cake, and cookie things for dessert. Wayne's parents, Van and Jane; Wayne's sister, Tina and her husband Steve; and Wayne, Katy, Daniel, and I were there. After lunch Wayne and I went to K-Mart and bought a few Christmas presents. Then we went to Cherokee to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with my family. Mother and Daddy had had lunch at Pawpaw's, and Mother had been cooking for days to get ready for that meal and our supper. We had ham, macaroni and cheese, deviled eggs, green beans, gravy, rolls, and cranberry sauce. Mother even grilled chicken for Katy. Then we had chocolate pie and cheesecake for dessert. Mother, Daddy, Stacy, John, Joseph, Wayne, Katy, Daniel, and I enjoyed the time together. After supper Wayne and Daniel came home. Katy and I stayed so we could go shopping on Black Friday. Stacy went home, too, but she came back Friday morning and met us to go shopping. We went to Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Lowe's, and Martin's. We ended our shopping day by eating together at O'Charley's. We had a great time together. Katy and I were trying to get home in time for the Iron Bowl, but we didn't make it in time. We watched the game with Daddy, and what a game it was. We had a great time especially since Alabama pulled out the victory. We enjoyed a lot of wonderful food, but the time spent with family was what made this Thanksgiving a special one.