Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Facts of Five...and Updates~

If you are a new follower let me give details of Facts of Five. It was a model I used when I taught students with special needs in a self contained classroom. I presented a category such as ‘Five Cartoons’ or ‘Five flavors of Kool-aid’ and the students had to consider an idea that fit the group. It was fun and thought generating yet in the meantime, I was able to get to know what was important to my students.


So today, a few days removed from Christmas the category is ‘updates’.

1.) Our new baby, affectionately named Angelina Jolie by C.A.R.A. has been re-named; well, kinda… Even with the grand names suggested Nicholas had a strong retort to changing her given name so her label continues to be Angelina, the Jolie part was dropped and so I tenderly call her Angel-Kitty or Angel. She is without doubt was our Christmas angel!

2.) However, on that note, I’m afraid Hurricane might disagree with Angelina being an Angel-Kitty. She is quite the defender and won’t be out-muscled by a mere thing as a dog. She can hiss and swat with the best of them and has certainly stood her ground with Hurricane. For those of you who have requested pictures of their ‘bonding’ moments; well, it’s difficult to near impossible to capture ‘chasing’ with a still camera. Though, it’s not for a lack of trying!

3.) Christmas Day was a blessing as I continue to marvel at the immense gifts bestowed upon our family and no, not the material ones. Every single one of our basic needs is met with plentitude. We have an abundance of cherished friends and family which contains my lovely blog community; I am grateful~

4.) For the first time since 1947 North Carolina has had a white Christmas…No, we didn’t exactly wake to the fragile flakes, but it was designated as such since it fell before midnight. However, upon waking the day after Christmas, outside was a blanket of white silencing the world forcing us to remain ‘still’ continuing to focus on family.

5.) Which brings me to Maddy…Nicholas’ best friend is visiting from Ohio. By the grace of God her flight was perfectly timed prior to the impending storm arriving early evening on Christmas Day. Laughter and love are ringing through the rafters of our home.

“A good memory is one that can remember the day's blessings and forget the day's troubles”

33 comments:

Erin said...

I want to come see your kitty!!! (And you and the fam and Hurricane, too!) Hope Nicholas is having a great time with Maddy. Enjoy this week off!

The Words Crafter said...

I'm so glad your Christmas was blessed! People as me what my favorite gift was and my response is 'spending time with my family' because it's so difficult to accomplish. We all have crazy work hours....

And, my husband had the whole weekend off, which is rare.

Yep, that's been the best part of this whole holiday :)

Old Kitty said...

I want to see Angel-kitty too! :-) She sounds adorable and just perfect!!

Yay that you got a snowy christmas - that's so lovely! Enjoy the rest of the holiday season! Take care
x

Daisy said...

Yours sounds like a blessed Christmas for sure.
:-) I hope Hurricane and Angel-Kitty learn to get along with each other soon. I love the quote at the end of your post--yes, so true!

Peggy K said...

Tracy, LOVE the Facts of Five! Love the post Christmas recap on your blessings. REALLY love the fact that you had snow for Christmas. And the quote at the end of your post is so inspirational! I'm glad I stopped by!

Arkansas Patti said...

So glad Angel is holding her own and that your Christmas was blessed with warm hearts and cool snow.

Nancy said...

Go Angel-Kitty! Sounds like she will be just fine.

I'm with you on the holidays... I just want to be around my family for a few hours -- that's the best present anyone can receive. :)

texwisgirl said...

Your #3 made my heart swell as I so echo those same sentiments. God has blessed us well. :)

Tracy said...

Erin, while your 'room' is temporarily occupied, it will be vacant on Saturday so plan your trip and your space ready! We miss you and are ready for a visit...I'm sure Angel-Kitty would love a visit!

WC, so glad your husband had time off so you could share moments, which is the precise reason for the holiday vacation...

Old Kitty, she is wonderful and the snow was as well but ahhh, soon it will be a distant memory with the coming of 60 degrees by Friday :)

Thank you Daisy, we are so blessed...the quote spoke to me...

Peggy K~ Thank you! Facts of Five is fun for me as well! I do hope you stop by again...the visit was lovely!

Patti, yeah, Angel-Kitty is definitely holding her own. She is that great balance of independence and cuddler :)

I'm with you Nancy...family is the ultimate gift!

Texwisgirl, #3 is so important...Also, I have developed such support and friendship through my blog and the people I have met, which means you!

Ginny said...

I knew that angel had that look in her eyes and slight smile on her face, she will be a delight, but full of spitfire and mischief!! But who wants a cat that's a bore?

JennyD said...

I'm with Ginny; this little kitty is going to be the bomb, but I mean that in a good way. It sounds like your Christmas was just perfect and in fact is still going strong. Wonderful! That's pure perfection in my book :D
xoxoxo

Mildred said...

Sounds like a truly blessed Christmas. The snowfall was such fun for those of us in the south to photograph! Love the quote at the end of your post also. Have a very nice and enjoyable day.

Wanda's Wings said...

Angel kitty sounds like a little spite fire. Kitty cats do have their personalities. It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas. Yeah!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

What a fabulous Christmas you all have had/are having... I always continue to celebrate Christmas at least through the 1st --and sometimes to the 6th (which begins Epiphany).

Love the name ANGEL for your new baby... I'm sure that Angel and Hurricane will be great friends SOON.

Glad you got snow.. This year was really special for those of us in the south.

Happy New Year.
Hugs,
Betsy

Kimmy said...

Tracy those are some wonderful *fives*. I'm so glad Ms Angel is doing well and sticking up for herself against a "hurricane". lol
We had lots of flurries but nothing stuck. It was pretty coming down while it lasted tho.

BlueRidge Boomer said...

We had a White Christmas here in the high country...!! Started snowing 8:30 Christmas morning and snowed for the next 2 days....now it is 56* on the front porch and it's melting away..........yes, Misskitty's bowls are on the kitchen counter....Max & Mia seem to think kitty food is a gourmet treat.....when she gets to old to jump..i'll move the bowls to my kitchen desk and let her use my chair....lol....!!
Enjoy

bj said...

Memories...another wonderful gift from our FATHER. :))
hugs, bj

Out on the prairie said...

So everything is going smooooooth it sounds. Love the Angel name.
Steve

Grace on the Narrow Path said...

I worked in a self contained classroom too ... and I love the five's idea!!! God bless you. I know HE already has ... I can see your heart and it reflects HIM.
Blessings,
Bren

Ami said...

It sounds like you had a lovely time.
I like the 5 thing too... am already thinking about ways to adapt it to my job.

:)

Happy New Year... am I the first one to wish you one?

Talli Roland said...

Your Christmas sounds fantastic and I love all your snow photos! And have a happy New Year, too. :)

Mamma has spoken said...

So glad that you have had a wonderful Christmas Break! Friends a plenty are the best gifts of all!

Jules said...

Sounds like you felt and experienced a REAL Christmas :) Angel and Hurricane will be okay it just takes a while.
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Patty Ann said...

Love your quote. That one is a keeper. It sounds like you have had a wonderful holiday. What wonderful gifts. Friends and Family are what make my world a better place. Have a wonderful New Year.

Linda Reeder said...

Ah, yes, I see you got the snow, and the kitty, and a blessed Christmas!

Rural Rambler said...

Angel. It's a perfect name.

I am loving your Facts of Five!

"Laughter and love are ringing through the rafters of our home". What a perfectly wonderful Christmas.

❥ ќʀɨsтɨиɑ said...

Hello! I was here, asking for friendship. ;) Would you like to follow each others blogs? Advance Happy New Year. :D

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I had a crazy-crazy day at work and it's been so nice to sit and enjoy your post!!

By the way, I'm with everyone, I do think that Angel and Hurricane will be okay!! :-)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Me again, I was going to email you but don't have your email.... Sigh!!!!!

Anyhow---Your team will probably win on Thurs. night... My Vols are a very young team --who are gradually getting better... BUT--I'm not sure they can beat UNC.

I'll be an optimist and say that the VOLS will win ---but to be honest, I'm not totally sure.... I just hope it is a good game for both teams.

Hugs,
Betsy

Catherine said...

Sometimes we have to sit back and look around us to see what we truly have ~ and you are right ~ it's never about the material things.

Lovely post!
xo Catherine

KathyA said...

Glad you were blessed with such a lovely Christmas!
Had to laugh about the lack of bonding photos. :) Perhaps individual photos will have to do for the time...

Canyon Girl said...

I'm looking forward to the Angel-Kitty picture. This was a lovely post, thank you.--Inger

Tins and Treasures said...

Good Morning, Tracy,
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I enjoyed my visit here. I, too, can't wait to see pictures of Angel-Kitty.

Have a thoughtful Thursday ~Natalie