First Snow


Happy birthday to my beautiful daughter, Bonnie.

She brings me so much joy.

My first snow day of the year! I work at a Montessori school and we are getting our first big snow storm of the year so....


 I made my own hummus last weekend. It was delicious. I added a little bit of turmeric along with the chickpeas, lemon, tahini, and garlic. 

I plan on eating a more plant based diet this year. It's only been a week and I'm already feeling better. I did eat two slices of mushroom pizza last night and ended up having heartburn so it will be a good long time before I eat dairy again. 

Each month one of our families brings in a bouquet of flowers. 

We cut most of the stems off and place them on a tray which we place on the children's table.  We place another tray with a very small pitcher and a few very small bud vases. 
The child fills up the pitcher using water from the bathroom sink, brings it back to the table and pours the water in a bud vase of their choosing. Then they add flowers and place their beautiful flowers in a special place in our classroom. 
Our classroom is filled with tiny vases!

We also place the big bouquet of flowers on the children's table with large pieces of paper and paint, markers and crayons in the same colours as the flowers. I teach toddlers so this is very abstract art.
It's the process not the project.

My new car did wonderful on it's first ride through the snow! 
Did I mention that today is a snow day for me?
It bears repeating since it makes me so happy!

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  1. I think teachers love snow days even more than students do. Happy Snow Day to you!
    Love that idea of placing the crayon with colors of the flowers so children can explore those colors.
    Happy Birthday to your girl!

  2. Happy Snow Day! How nice for you that it falls on a Friday. Now you get a nice, long weekend. I'm sure the children feel very proud to provide their classroom with flowers;)

  3. you are such a wonderful teacher, and have creative ideas for little growing minds! I love reading about what you are doing with the little ones. Your daughter is beautiful, how blessed you are. Maybe you are lactose intolerant?

  4. Out here in eastern NY we had a 2 hour delay because we got our first real snow too! only 3 inches but still!! I LOVE when young children explore flowers and we help them combine it with art....the BEST is not to have them do teacher-directed projects or pinterest projects but to just CREATE!! Not enough preschool teachers do this so you are to be commended. we ONLY do open ended art at work although once in a while I will have a specific project but we allow the children to do it however they are important for development.

    Happy birthday to your girl. That looks like it was a nice warm spring day.

    YAY for going plant based. I have been plant based for about 2 years and my youngest girl who still lives at home is a pure vegan. she just turned 23 and has been totally vegan since age 17. Giving up dairy is one of hte best things i've ever done. I do still eat a little cheese on pizza or in a cooked recipe but i always take a lactaid with it as my body isn't used to cow products any more. Gave up beef in 2014 and pork in 2015. Still eat some chicken (once a week) and still eat turkey (once a year) and sometimes i crave turkey from the deli for a sandwich.......i do eat salmon on the grill during the summer months. but not as much as in the past. You will love going plant based. Your hummus looks good!!

    ENJOY the weekend

  5. So glad you had a snow day! I know how exciting it is to open the windows and see that first snowfall. Happy Birthday to your daughter. The flowers are pretty. No flowers here for at least a couple months. Mushroom pizza sounds Yummy. I love anything with mushrooms.
    Enjoy your snow!


  6. What lovely ways of using the flowers.. Happy birthday to your daughter and have a lovely weekend.

  7. Yay for snow days! That's neat to let the kids put together bud vases.

  8. I just recently discovered chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and read on them. I want to make the humus so need to have a recipe. Can you share? I'll also look online. Beautiful daughter. Hope she had a great birthday. No real snow to speak of here in Ohio yet, but plenty of rain. The weather is just dreary, but I did manage a walk with the pupper Razzy outside today. So much easier than my treadmill.

  9. Yay for snow days. We don't have them in good ol' Alberta even though we have tons of snow. As long as city buses are able to function everything rolls on. We don't even have delayed starts. Rural buses and schools might close but not city ones. Happy belated birthday to your daughter. She looks so much like you. Such lovely flowers especially in the middle of winter.

  10. Happy Birthday to your lovely daughter and happy snow day to you! Yay! That picture of the zinnias (? I think) on the black background is so lovely ! I enjoyed thinking about your "kids" making art; fresh flowers are a wonderful subject to instill love of nature as well as creativity. I'm sure you are a wonderful teacher and love what you do -=- but still, a snow day off is a wonderful thing! Happy New Year!!

  11. i love your celebration of January with these pretty snapshots, friend. and maybe there'll be more snow in New England in the next week?

    stay cozy and healthy. bless you.

  12. Somehow I missed this post last week. I eat mostly whole food plant based diet. My goal is to keep myself off cholesterol and blood pressure drugs. So far, so good.

  13. It's been a while since we've seen you, so I am just hoping all is well.. Wishing you all the best. :)

  14. I have missed connecting with you. Hoping that all is well...


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