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Last Week of School

Today is Maya's last day of second grade, complete with a picnic at a local park.  Although she's excited about summer vacation, she's sad about leaving her teacher and not having time with her friends.  That bittersweet feeling is certainly the sign of a good year.

On Saturday, we shopped for Maya's end-of-year teacher gift.  I suggested a gift card from Barnes & Noble, but Maya chose a dog coffee mug and a pocket book of crossword puzzles.  Mrs. H's child is her Pug, and she likes crossword puzzles.  That works for me.  Of course, Maya selected a huge gift bag for her (relatively) small gifts, and that went to school today filled to overflowing with various colors of tissue paper.

On Monday, the six children in her class with summer birthdays celebrated.  Maya contributed cupcakes for the party.  She came home with a card signed by her classmates and a cute pencil from her teacher.

On Tuesday, Maya met her third grade teacher and classmates during an afternoon "move up" session.  One of her friends from kindergarten is finally in her class again, and I'm just as pleased as Maya because I work with the girl's mom.  We usually chat at the girls' meetings for Brownies.

Maya's homework for the summer, as assigned by next year's teacher--read every day.  Somehow, I think that's pretty painless for our household to accomplish!

What's new with you?  Any fun plans for the summer?


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Current Little Pleasures

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Happy Buddha:  Sweet Orange and Cedar Shower Foam from RITUALS

Time for iced or blended peppermint mochas.

Shopping for little gifts for Maya's Japanese pen pal.  They were matched through their schools, and we're hoping she can stay with us for a few days this summer.

The flock of wild turkeys, foxes, and other assorted wildlife entertaining us this fall.

Thanksgiving plans to visit my sister.

Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas is back!

Current Little Pleasures

Christmas Keepsake Week, July 14-23, filled with Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel.

Sending Christmas (in July) cards with a Peace greeting to some of my favorite people.  Why not??

Scott Tube Free Toilet Paper--nothing to recycle.

Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream--always!

Baby Driver movie.

Seeing photos from my sisters and niece on Facebook during their Italy trip.  I can't imagine they will want to come back home!

What are your current little pleasures?