Its been a busy month, but so sad that its almost been a month since my last post. Not much was really blog-worthy though.
I sent my passport off on the 20th of November to be renewed- it expired on the 30th, so I needed to get it done. It turns out that I am still waiting for the dumb thing a month later- grrrr!
On December 4th, St. Nikolaus visited our school. On December 6th, St. Nikolaus Day, children wake up to find that St. Nick has come to visit and placed some yummy treats in their boots. St. Nikolaus' visit was a few days too early to our school since St. Nikolaus Day was on a Sunday this year. It was so much fun to watch the kids arrive at school and find their boots filled with chocolates, oranges, and walnuts. It was so cute! That evening, we attended our holiday dinner put on by our school's PTA. It is a fancy-schmancy fundraiser, and I do enjoy getting all dressed up. They had it at a Carribbean restaurant this year. It was so nice, and the food was so incredibly yummy! Best yet, the 50 Euro ticket was free to teachers, so we just needed to buy a ticket for Joern. It was great!
On the following Wednesday, I went with my friends from the ELC (early learning center, grades Pre-K through Senior Kindergarten) met up downtown at an African restaurant for our ELC Christmas dinner. Oh my goodness, it was sooooo tasty, and the restaurant was so cool! I can't wait to go back. And yes, if anyone wants to visit me, we are so going to this restaurant!
School finished up for Christmas break this past Friday. I got quite a few lovely gifts from my colleagues and from our parents. We got a lovely bookbag with all of the kids' handprints on it. And, strangely enough, I got a giant Peace Lilly from the parents too. This is only strange because I was the only one to get a Peace Lilly, and it was my mom's favorite plant. It is really pretty!
Christmas break has started quite well. We woke up to snow on Saturday morning. Although it wasn't quite as huge of a snowstorm as the one at home (we had a Nor'Easter at home,) It was nice to see a few centimeters on the ground and the dusted rooftops. So Christmassy!
So, here it is Monday morning. Joern went to talk with our builder and I need to do some laundry. I'm waiting and hoping the passport comes in today.