This week was challenging. Starting with a sick day last Friday and a long extended weekend of lying on the couch. I have learned when bronchitis comes pounding on my chest I need to stop and take care of myself. Little celebrations are huge for me. I am thankful for a one night all inclusive Christmas shopping trip with my husband. He picked me up after school, and we completed our entire list by 7:30 including dinner. For those who know me the last time I was at the mall, well I can’t remember and that is fine. This trip did not involve the mall so we were successful. Wednesday night was our fifth grade annual holiday concert. There is nothing I love more than fifth graders singing, dancing and being a kid. Our music teacher involves every student who wants to participate. Our students design the backgrounds, choreography, the introductions to the songs as well as the program. It 's so exciting to see the "way cool" boys dancing to the song "Hot Chocolate" and "Do you Know Blitzen?" Tomorrow, I will be wrapping and watching my favorite Christmas movies. I love this time of year not the shopping but the giving. I’m always thankful for celebrating with my friends this coming week at school. Feel free to check out other celebration blogs here.