Sunday, December 21, 2008

And then they cried

My father was a teacher. My father was an awesome, totally respected and pretty darn cool teacher.

Over the years, my father has received more than his fair share of coffee cups, chocolate, coffee beans, and such. All given with the best intentions, admiration and the wonderful kind of love a student has towards a teacher with whom they have connected.

Coffee cups, chocolate, coffee beans, Oh My!

While he was always appreciative for every gift fondly chosen, wrapped and gifted, there are only a few he recalls with pride and glee: those were special hand crafted gifts from the heart.

When my eldest started school I vowed to always give sentimental, sincere gifts that reflects the thanks we give for those teachers giving the gift of knowledge and learning to our children.

On Friday the boys presented their teachers with the gifts they made. I think the pictures truly explain the love and pride that went into our Christmas gifts. All the teachers opened them, hugged the boys and then they cried.

It means so much to me to be able to sincerely touch these wonderful people who have one of the hardest, most challenging professions ever! I have a great respect for their work, and I am also very glad we made them cry this holiday season.

Here is the saga of our 2008 Christmas Gifts for the Teachers

First the boys went out with my Dad to find the perfect tree to use for our project.

Then they helped Pepe cut it into logs.

Then each boy used the drill press to make holes for our candles.

Then one snowy afternoon, under Mommy's watchful eye, the boys glued decorations and trimings onto eachof the logs.

The final result: Beautiful, made with lots of love, Yule Logs.

Here is the card I wrote for their favorite Kindergarten teacher.

All the teachers and the bus driver loved them. As do I!
PS - this card is my tada for Sunday Scrappin' .
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In the new year, getting caught up on my scrapbooking is key! I feel so far behind in my ablums.
I am starting to get into the Christmas spirit!


Last Place Finisher said...

That's so much nicer than a Starbuck's gift card.

Rebecca said...

Aw, that's awesome! I completely slacked on Christmas gifts for my son's teachers this year so I'll have to make up for it with a surprise gift when they're least expecting it. Have a great week!

forgetfulone said...

Those are so ... so... touching! And beautiful!

A Buns Life said...

I always love your teacher gifts!!!

Tara R. said...

I'm not even one of their teachers and that made me cry. What a fabulous Christmas tradition. They did a wonderful on making the candle holders.

Anonymous said...

You are amazing, girl. I used to be a teacher, and I tell you what, I would have cried my eyes out at this precious perfect gift!!

By the way, did you get an apology yet (last post) HORRIFIC!

Lainey-Paney said...

Heck. you've got me crying.
that's so awesome, and so thoughtful.
I love it.