I called my sister and asked how dinner went for them, she said, "We missed not having you here to sleep to 11am and then get up to make silly hats for everyone to wear." When you have great cooks like my mom and sister, I have to do something to show off my talents, which is bringing the festiveness. I missed having dressing, giblet gravy, and squash casserole, but mama said she would make it for Christmas:)
Our friend, AnnMarie, made kuspuks for me and the girls! We wore them on Thanksgiving.
We have now been through a couple of blizzards. We have a snowdrift in front of our house that is about five feet high. The girls and their friends spent a whole evening digging tunnels into the snowdrift only to have it covered the next day by another blizzard. The pictures below were taken at 4pm. As you can see the sun is setting.
Cate and her BFF Carol -- or Carold, as Cate calls her.
Sunrise! It was taken about 11:45am.
Mocha, Mocha, Mocha!! Look how sweet she looks. Don't let that smile fool you because apparently she is a very popular lady and has had many gentleman callers. We have not yet gotten her fixed since there is no vet in Brevig. We were hoping she would not blossom until after we were able to get her to either a vet in Nome or one down south this summer. Her time came this week, however, and I was shocked to come home the other afternoon, open the door to the qanitchaq (porch) and find Mocha entertaining a friendly male husky. She was not too happy when I shooed away her friend. Will we have puppies? That is a story that will have to be continued later...
Christmas is almost here! We had a great last week in my classroom. We read the Polar Express, made homemade ornaments, a vase for parents, and sang Justin Bieber's Santa Claus is Coming to Town for the Christmas program. A couple of my students looked at me the other day and said, "Teacher you are coming back after Christmas?" This just broke my heart! I said, "Of course!" Teaching in the bush of Alaska is hard, and teachers sometimes do leave at Christmas and never come back.