I feel like I'm really behind in my blog and telling people what has been going on up here. The last three weeks or so has been really busy and I finally feel like I am getting caught up with everything.
Graduation was on Friday. It was emotional and wonderful. After putting in so many hours working with the graduate it was wonderful to see her up there in her cap and gown. She really put her nose to the grindstone and decided to get this stuff done. I was extremely proud of her. When I got up to give my speech I got pretty choked up and had to stop for a little bit. I think everyone in the community has seen me cry at one time or another so I feel comfortable that I can cry quite freely in front of everyone and not feel embarrassed. We also promoted two eighth graders to high school. The ceremony was nice and went smoothly. The girls looked beautiful and our decorations were awesome. Christina has a much more detailed entry about the graduation ceremony.
After graduation we had a wonderful steak feast for the community here at the school and took about 250 pictures. The graduate has a natural ability to make people beautiful and is interested in learning how to cut hair. The staff all chipped in and bought her a new clipper set, a shears, a waxing kit and a nail kit. She seemed pleased. Eventually, the staff and community all went home.
Barbara's 2 year old daughter, AnnaLayne had somehow remained behind at the school. So, I helped her get her boots on and lured her out of school by telling her we needed to go get Macy and that Macy wanted to come for a walk with us. We arrived at Barbara's house and Barbara threw on a pot of coffee and soon we were joined by three other women. We drank a total of two pots of coffee and just talked and relaxed.
Although the ice has been clear in front of Oscarville for about a week now there were still some places upriver as well as down river that hadn't broken up yet. We got word Friday morning that the ice was moving both up and down river and the ladies, Macy and I walked down to the river to watch it move out.
As the ice comes down river a ton of logs and large trees (things we don't have here) come with it. As the logs come down the men hop into their boats with their axes and tools and head out into the middle of the ice flow to pull the logs into their boats. It was amazing to see all the little boats out there in the middle of the ice flow. It looked scary and I understood why I got told I might be in the way when I asked if I could come too.
Macy also went for her first swim of the season on Friday. She went in quite a few times before Marie (our local health aide) noticed that Macy was shivering. I hopped on my bike and Macy ran after me. When I got home I dried her off with a towel and she was toasty warm again.
I slept in longer this past Saturday than I have in a long time. The phone rang at about 11 am and I didn't even jump out of bed like I usually do to try to get it. I just let it ring. I finally got up, made a pot of coffee, watched some movies and did...nothing. Although I felt a little lazy and kind of guilty about doing nothing it did feel good.
At 5 pm I went to the school and met the student council. The student council had planned a slumber party for the Jr. High and High School. We got the volleyball net up, got board games out, set the Wii up so that it was projected on the BIG screen in my classroom and got everything for pizza making out and ready to go. Once we were all set up we went out and played volleyball for a couple of hours. Since there were so many older kids this time we played a more serious game of volleyball than we did last weekend.
When volleyball was over we headed inside to make some pizzas.
Christina watches Top Chef and one of the competitions that the chefs have to do is called the Quickfire Challenge. The chefs get a list of ingredients or a theme and have to create the best dish they can in a limited amount of time. We decided to have our own little Quickfire Challenge and so we divided students into pairs and put all the pizza ingredients out on the table. We then told the students they had to to work with a partner and make the best pizza they could.
Alex, our maintenance man, had agreed to chaperone our male students (he sort of rules like that -- giving up his Saturday night to spend it sleeping with a bunch of farty teenagers on a classroom floor). Little did he know that he was going to be the judge of the Quickfire Pizza Making Contest. After Alex had made his decision we proudly announced the winner and everyone dug in and stuffed themselves silly.
The rest of the night was all fun and games. Kids played Wii and Guitar Hero, karaoked, played board games and just hung out and enjoyed each other's company.
There was no major drama to report. The graduate brought in all her new beauty stuff and a brave young man received the first haircut with new clippers. I laughed when I saw what she had used instead of a cape. It must be quite common to wrap people up in garbage bags because the student climbed in without another thought.
We also put her new waxing kit to good use. The girl who owns the waxing kit was asking all the boys to wax a strip on their legs so she could see how well it worked. The same brave young man also volunteered to get a strip on his leg waxed.
We started watching movies about 1 in the morning and I awoke at 8 and made waffles for the kids and promptly kicked them out of the school around 10.
I went to a birthday feast yesterday and after I arrived home I realized that I had my first long weekend in a long time. I usually feel that weekends fly by and before I know it -- BAM! -- it's Monday and I still feel like I haven't slept and all I want to do is stay curled up in bed. Five years ago I was worn out from the weekend from entirely different purposes. My how time changes things.
After the feast I grabbed Macy and rode my bike around the village for a little bit. I then went down to the river with her and Macy went for her second official swim of the year. Considering that there were still large chunks of ice in the river I'm not sure how she managed to go in for as long as she did. She'll have her swimmer's body in no time.