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Singlish for the Holidays. 

This year, I’m not quite single for the holidays. I’ve got the FFK* with me.

But as I mentioned last year, I have learned that I need to be intentional about the holidays so that I don’t end up singing Blue Christmas. As a singlish person living on a tropical island, fall and the holiday season can create a little sadness, loneliness and longing. For home. For more. For a simpler time.  And lets be honest…It doesn’t feel like the holidays when the sun is shining and everyone is wearing bathing suits.

So may I present to you this years….

CREATE THINE OWN HOLIDAY TRADITIONS 2016

October 1.

Decorate for Fall. Start drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Light a fall scented candle.

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Mid-October.

Head to the Pumpkin Patch with the FFK and a few friends. Wear a sweater. Drink lavender tea at the Lavender Farm. Snuggle up with Finding Father Christmas and a blanket (and the AC cranked).

November 1.

Begin Operation Random Acts of Kindness. This addition is inspired by my friend Jenna. Something happens in my soul when Christmas starts shining in the distance. All of the sudden I am aware of all the things I want. This year, I want to focus on meeting the needs of others. Hopefully with the FFK  in tow, we can get creative and spread a little light and a little joy. Don’t tell her though. It’s a surprise.

The Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Because I travel for Christmas, I have found that decorating early makes all the difference. So bring on the Christmas music and lets deck the halls!!!  I am one of those saps who needs at least 6 weeks of Christmas music to feel like I got my moneys worth.

The night before Thanksgiving.

Last year I struck tradition gold. I compiled the best Thanksgiving episodes of all time (in my humble opinion).  The FFK and I will while away the evening watching these classics as we cook our Thanksgiving delights. There is a slight chance that the FFK will roll her eyes and mock my television brilliance. If so, we will end up watching The Walking Dead. But here’s hoping.

Thanksgiving.

This year I’m planning on attending Gluten-Free Thanksgiving with the usual suspects. The FFK decided she wants to join us because, “that way I can have two Thanksgivings. One with you. And one with my mom on Saturday.” I’ll be honest. I choked up a little when she was making the plan. This fostering thing is tricky. You have to keep both an open hand and an engaged heart. It’s an interesting balance.

The Saturday after Thanksgiving.

2 words. Gilmore Girls. 3 more words.  All day binge. Thankfully the FFK will be feasting with her mom all day.

December 1

To be honest. That’s about all I can get my head around at this point. I am a born antcipator but life has gotten a little more full. So the plan for December…will have to wait.

In the meantime…

How do you celebrate fall and the coming holiday season?

I’d love to know!

Love, Love, Love,

The Girl Who Lives in My Head

  • FFK=Future Foster Kid. It started as a way to refer to whomever I would end up fostering. As in, here is the FFK room. Once she came to live with me, I still call her that in my head at times.

 

Grow Some Good

Summer is coming!!!

I can smell it in the air. I can see it in the sunsets. I can feel it in my bones.

As a teacher, the last few weeks of school carry a very special energy. Students and teachers alike are little extra squirrelly.

And I love it. I love the anticipation. Of something new. Something special. Something different.

Since my students are quickly changing from sweet little sixth graders into sassy seventh graders, I like to change things up to keep them on their toes.

So every Monday for the last four weeks of school, we head to the garden.

Our school has a partnership with an organization called “Grow Some Good.” A wonderful lady named Tricia comes and teaches our students all about the garden.

For social studies, we look at the Ancient Hawaiians. We learn about the plants that are native to Maui as well as the ones that were brought over on canoes by the first two-way voyagers. We also plant based on the Hawaiian Moon Calendar which is an incredible tool for any gardeners or fisherfolk out there.

Fascinating things I have learned in the garden so far…

Comfrey and Lemon Grass are amazing!! Their roots stretch out up to 35 feet in search of nutrients they need. So if you plant them in your garden, they will seek out what is missing from the soil and bring it up into their leaves. Then, you can mulch the leaves of the comfrey/lemongrass around your garden. And BOOM, the missing nutrients get added to your soil.

Monkey Pod beans make great fertilizer. They add nitrogen to the soil. So rake ’em up and spread ’em out. You can also use cardboard to kill weeds. Doesn’t look very pretty but gets the job done. Apparently worms love it. And make all kinds of natural fertilizer as they break it down.

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The Crown Plant is what Monarch butterflies eat. So if you want to see caterpillars and attract  butterflies to your yard, this is a wonderful addition to your garden.They eat the leaves. And the flowers make lovely leis.

 

After a day in the garden-the girl who lives in my head

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. Well, that and grading. And teaching. And planning. Oh and that nasty bout with the Black Plague. But the end is in sight.

Only 12 more school day wake ups!!!

Love, Love, Love,

The Girl Who Lives In My Head