What can a teacher actually do? OMG….what have I done?

It has been quite difficult for me to think of a new topic to write about.  I would like to call it writer’s block, but I am not a writer.  Of course, there is my recent unemployment issue that seems to be persisting like a bad pimple.  I have been a music/drama teacher for the last 16 years, and this is the first year that the school year began without me.  It feels rather odd not to be in school with everyone else.  Honestly, I have yet to figure out if I like the feeling or not.  I have very mixed emotions at the moment, and perhaps I will not come to a conclusion until the first vacation break I would normally have as a teacher.

So here I am, at the mercy of the job market with what seems like very limited skills or education.  I am 4 classes shy of having a Master’s degree, and a common response I have received from many of these job applications is either: You are not qualified enough, or you are over-qualified.  Since when does being ‘over-qualified’ stop a company from hiring someone?  That would be equivalent to a high school principal telling Albert Einstein he is over-qualified to teach high school students.  So, I suppose my true question is, “What can a teacher actually do?”

I have never thought of that question before, aside from contemplating a response to the popular comment, “Oh, you just teach music/drama.”  How does a person properly respond to that?

I think back to the many hours spent practicing choral music BEFORE having to teach the music to my classes.  I think back to the many hours of script writing for our many productions throughout the year BEFORE we even began rehearsals.  Prepare ye self for a plethora of memes that are about to bombard this post.  Sometimes the life of a music/drama teacher is best described in the many memes we like to post all over our classrooms.  So, what can a music/drama teacher actually do?

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Growing up with one of the best critics in the world, my mom taught me that every performance should be better than the last.  For some reason, I developed that same mentality with my choir ensembles and drama troupes.  I pushed my students every day so they realized that they shouldn’t be satisfied with just “ok”.  It is great for students to know that they must always do their best, but as a teacher of the performing arts, sometimes a student’s BEST can be pushed even further because they don’t always know that their BEST can become BETTER.  Being that pushy teacher means that they will hate you during the rehearsal process, but in the end they realize that you knew their true potential.  So, a music/drama teacher goes through all of the name-calling, the gossip, the bad attitudes,  etc., but in the end, they end up becoming the student’s best friend.  Well, I won’t go as far as assuming I’m their best friend, but at least they realized I pushed them so hard for a very good reason.  My criticism wasn’t to be mean, but I firmly believe that compliments are earned.  Today, students are awarded just for being present.  My students knew that when I gave them a compliment, it was because I truly meant it and because they truly earned it.  I never believed in giving them only positive feed back because that is not how the real world works.  Why sugar coat everything?  Why not be honest about your thoughts and expectations?

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However, kids will be kids, and 9 times out of 10 they would come to rehearsal completely unprepared.  The countless hours spent on preparing rehearsal tracks for their performance/competition music turned out to be time wasted on many occasions.  I can’t count how many times I spent my very own free time recording their music, only to be disappointed that they came to class without knowing their voice parts.  Nonetheless, a performing arts teacher works with what she/he has and rehearses harder than ever to make up for what wasn’t practiced at home.  It is not as simple as giving a student a 0 for their homework grade because that will never help for the competition that is coming up in 4 weeks.  Sure, individual tests and homework grades have a direct affect on their personal averages, but our performances and competitions were always for public display and a direct reflection on myself as a director.  Thankfully, my students learned very quickly that their performances were more successful when they practiced at home, and we polished and perfected the ensemble during class time.  Of course, with limited ensemble rehearsal time, that usually meant that we were required to have additional rehearsals after school.  Let’s face it, high school students love to talk no matter how great a teacher’s classroom management may be.  d9e780ef1e60d9544bbd3942c059ba2e

Aside from my choral duties, being a drama director meant that there were always more rehearsals scheduled other than class time and after school.  I know that everyone looks at teaching like many other careers–you chose that career, so you shouldn’t complain about your decision.  I completely agree, but unlike many other careers, a teacher does not get paid for the extra hours invested.  Sure, teachers have 3 months of vacation time, but most teachers work during that vacation time planning for the new year.  This was the first summer I did not spend my entire summer planning and practicing music programs for the upcoming year.  I realize that music is not an English class, but there still is a tremendous amount of preparation time spent on selecting concert music, festival music, competition music, practicing all of the music selected, play writing, setting up budget expectations for the year, etc.  Then there is the fundraising aspect of the job for a performing arts director.  Most clubs have fundraisers for different little things they do throughout the school year, but we had to have fundraisers because we didn’t receive a yearly club stipend and still were expected to put on performances.  Fundraisers were the only way we were able to purchase music, props, set designs, pay festival fees, pay competition fees, assist with travel to festivals and competitions,  etc.  We did not have a booster club like the athletic department or the band, so we had to do everything ourselves.   This required more advertising on my part, and a way of implementing sponsorships from local businesses.  2f1a91259f036193d8f7b053622c5386

Upon deciding to be a performing arts teacher, I never realized that I would have to be skilled at management outside the classroom along with being very financially savvy.  Creativity was always a strong suit, but I thought that creativity pertained to the performing arts programs.  I never dreamed I would have to be creative in the business aspect of it all.  After all, I am an educator, not a business manager, right?

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(Please excuse the grammatical error in this meme.)

That brings me back to that commonly heard phrase, “Oh, you just teach music/drama.”  Seriously?  When someone decides to become a teacher of the performing arts, he/she must realize that it is so much more than just teaching the art.  Unfortunately, very few know the work put into every single performance because they are not at every scheduled rehearsal, they are not there for every phone call made, they are not there for every scheduling session, they are not there for every fundraising activity, they are not there for the constant brainstorming sessions, they are not there for the phone calls from parents wondering why their child didn’t get the lead in the play, they are not there for the student breakdowns when a student is just wanting to give up instead of working even harder, they are not there for all of the drama that takes place off stage, they are not there for the numerous counseling sessions required to get students to work together instead of tearing each other apart, and they are not there for the countless evenings and vacation days spent at school preparing for everything coming up.  The only thing they see is the final performance, and they automatically assume the end result just ‘happened’.  So, I can see why it seems like I only teach music/drama because the end result looks like so much fun and just so easy.  Would you like to try it?

Wait, there’s more!  The school district in which I was a choir/drama director did not consist of only teaching at one school.  At one time, I taught 5 classes at the high school and then 1 choir class at two different middle schools.  That meant that there were no daily lunch or planning times.  Most of my plan time had to take place after school, and my lunches had to be consumed in my vehicle while driving to the next destination.

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Most choir/drama teachers with a tremendous load of classes would have an assistant, but that was never in the budget for my location.  As expected, upon returning back to the high school at the end of the school day, I would have a small window of time to make copies before our after school rehearsals began.  Needless to say, Bob Marley and I became best friends because we always met after school for a little ‘jammin’ session.  Not only did I have to plan for my choir classes, but I had to prepare for my Fine Arts classes.  Seeing Bob every afternoon did not make any of this easy.  Perhaps that’s why it seemed like he was singing my favorite song everyday.

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Let me clarify, I am not writing about this because I am complaining.  Honestly, I loved my job as a high school choir/drama director, and I truly miss this position.  Sadly, I think that my biggest regret was leaving it for an elementary music/fine arts position.  I think back to those countless Fine Arts classes while teaching at the high school, and I would give anything to go back to that.  Throughout the years, I complained a lot about teaching high school Fine Arts because the majority of the class consisted of students who did not want to be there but needed an art.  I would give them various writing assignments, and I would dread grading these assignments because they were so horrific to read.

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I often wondered what they learned in their English classes because some of these papers were extremely difficult to understand.  Of course, I am not an English teacher, and I am the last person to criticize what and how they teach.  I know that they have an extremely difficult job, and I would never assume that my job is more difficult.  Unfortunately, I’ve learned that there is a tremendous amount of competition amongst faculty members.  Even though everyone is working towards a common goal–educating students, too many teachers compete with each other about who is the better teacher.  Sometimes they compete with each other about who is teaching a more substantial subject area.  I believe this is exactly why the arts suffer the most because it doesn’t receive the credit it truly deserves.  If only every teacher looked at every subject as substantial as the other, we could accomplish some pretty amazing things.

Anyway, this last year, I found myself missing not only my choir and drama groups but also my high school Fine Arts classes, regardless of their lack of writing skills.  Instead, I faced general music classes filled with kindergarten through third grade students, squeaky recorder classes, and Fine Arts/Drama/Music classes (with out a set curriculum or IDEA of a curriculum) filled with fifth through seventh grade students (the majority wishing they were in P.E. everyday).  It never failed, whenever a holiday was approaching, these students would come to class, and I wished they were in P.E., too.

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You know the saying, “The grass isn’t always greener on the other side”?  Well, as much as I loved my kindergarten through third grade classes, I couldn’t help but feel that I didn’t belong.  I missed my busy schedules, the drama both on and off stage, and all of the business aspects of my job.  I didn’t leave this last job because I thought the grass was greener somewhere else.  I left this last job because we decided to move away from our little bayou community and try life elsewhere.  Do I miss this last job I held?  Unfortunately, my last year of teaching almost seems like it was a wasted year for me.  I feel as if the lack of the busy schedule and the endless rehearsals made me seem rather lazy.  Of course, elementary/middle school is very different from high school.  I miss everything about my job as a high school music/drama director.  So, I can’t help but wonder–OMG, what have I done?  Luckily this last year wasn’t a COMPLETE waste.  I took  that curriculum-lacking, nonexistent, Fine Arts/Drama program and caused them to want to continue it the next year instead of trashing it.  I was able to put on 2 play productions that required students to actually ACT and do much more than read lines from a piece of paper .

Being a high school music/drama director has enabled me to learn so much more than education alone.  However, in the current job market, it seems as if being a high school music/drama teacher doesn’t mean anything at all.  Employment positions that require something as simple as a high school diploma and a few years of experience in a certain field leaves me with being an applicant who is not experienced enough.  I know I could work circles around many people they may possibly hire, but because I do not have experience in the field they consider me not qualified.  Really?!

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It is frightening to know that many people that are hired in different positions have less work ethic and drive than someone who doesn’t have “experience” in the field.  As a teacher, we learn new things every day, every month, every year.  Please give me a solid explanation as to why a teacher–in this case, a high school music/drama teacher– does not have required experience in management, budgeting, scheduling, marketing & advertising, sales, recruiting, publishing, customer service, etc.  A teacher can be taught rather quickly because we are constantly battling the ever-changing education field and all of the new paperwork that comes along with it.  Why do employers think a teacher is not qualified?  Besides, how did they get into the position they are in to begin with?  Don’t you think they all have to thank a teacher for TEACHING them?  Perhaps there is more to this ‘not qualified’ excuse.  Maybe, they are afraid of teachers because teachers CAN do ANYTHING, and just maybe THEIR skills are limited to that particular field because they are NOT a teacher.  All I can say is, just give a teacher a chance because teachers are some of the hardest working people you will ever meet.  Try to realize that teachers are more qualified than you can possibly imagine.  Of course, if you never give a teacher a chance, you will never find out the true value they can bring to a company.

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Needless to say, my job search continues.  For now, I am unemployed for the first time in a VERY long time.  Please keep your fingers crossed because this Disney addict needs revenue coming in so she can support her need for Disney all the time.  Haha!

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Duffy the Disney Dog

As promised, today I want to introduce you to our newest family member.  After the loss of our sweet Reggie, we were undecided as to when and if we were ever going to get another dog.  Months later, I saw a picture of some cute little pups on Facebook (when I had Facebook), and I just couldn’t pass it up.

This is Duffy, and he is our sweet little pup who has LOTS of personality.  He is a Shihpooh, which is considered to be one of those ‘designer’ breeds.  I don’t know about all that though.  It seems like it is just a fancy way of calling a mixed breed a ‘mut’.  Nonetheless, we love our little ‘mut’.  Duffy is now 5 months old and is the calmest puppy I have ever encountered.  He does love to play, but he loves being around people more than playing.  For some reason, he is completely content just laying next to someone, or laying on the floor as we cook or get ready in the mornings.

Duffy came from a place that made me feel like I was actually “rescuing” him instead of purchasing him.  I had no idea this place was what many people would consider a “puppy mill”.  Honestly, I didn’t really know what that meant until I saw this place.  My mom came along with me for the journey, and she just about died when she saw this conditions of this place.  While in the owner’s house signing papers, it took everything in me not to vomit from the pungent urine smells.  I have never smelled anything so horrible in my life.  It was actually worse than a backed up sewage drain.  The entire time we drove home, my mom kept telling Duffy in a soft voice, “You are so lucky that you are rescued from that horrible place.  You are going to feel like you live in a palace now.”

Well, here we are 5 months later, and Duffy does indeed feel like he lives in a palace.  Our 700+ square foot apartment is HIS palace.

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He knows that we completely spoil him because we can never go to PetSmart without getting him a new toy, collar, treats, etc.  He has brought so much joy to our lives, and he always looks like he is smiling at us for some reason.  He is our little fur-baby, and he is more human to us than dog.

So, why is his name Duffy?  Well, it is only natural that a Disney addict would have a pet named after a Disney character.  After all, he does look like a teddy bear.  It’s quite humorous because there are many people that comment how much he looks like a plush toy.  “Duffy” is a name that suits him better than I would have ever expected.  He is “Duffy the Disney Dog”, and he is having many great adventures.

Change…..I am ready!!!!!

Again, it has been very difficult to keep up a blog.  You see, the intentions were good, but then life happens.  Sure, that’s always a great excuse, right?  I’m not so sure these days.  Actually, it is proof that I have commitment issues when it comes to things like this.  Today is August 1st of 2017, and my goal is to ‘recommit’ myself to the intentions I had in the beginning.  I am proud to say that one of my New Year Resolutions has been kept up, and that is keeping my planner up to date both in decorating and activities.  I admit that there may be 2 or 3 random weeks that are completely blank, but that was only because of dire emergencies taking place in life at that particular time.

So much has happened over this last year.  My lovebug and I decided to finally move away from the bayou area and take a stab at city life together.  Honestly, I have missed city life for quite a while.  While not many may call Shreveport a major city, it was definitely a major city for THIS bayou girl, and I missed that city life terribly.  So, needless to say, we decided to move.  The problem with moving when you are a teacher is that if you don’t fill out applications to school districts at the right time, you miss out on all of the job fairs.  I have never been the type of person to not have a plan, but for the first time in my life….I have no plan.  Let me clarify that.  I have a plan…that plan is to get a job.  However, when I refer to not having a plan, I am referring to the fact that this plan does not involve teaching because unfortunately there aren’t any jobs available for this music and drama teacher.  Ya’ll, this will be the first year during my entire teaching career that I am without a teaching position.  I can’t even begin to describe how scary that is for me.  So, I am completely at the mercy of the job market. Eeeek!

Nonetheless, we are completely happy in our new place.  I must secretly admit that I believe part of my happiness comes from the fact that our new place somewhat resembles one of Disney’s major resorts.  Yes, every time I return home, I feel as though I am coming back to Disney’s Beach Club Resort.  So aside from the happiness I am filled with because I get to see my lovebug every afternoon/evening, I am filled with even more happiness because I am returning home to my “pretend” Disney Beach Club Resort.  Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?

Okay, so perhaps I am reaching for this similarity, but when you love Disney as much as I do….it’s not reaching.

Before moving, I embarked on this crazy journey to make our apartment a place where we could feel like we were in the “happiest place on earth” everyday.  I know if I could be in Disney World every day of my life, I would be completely ecstatic.  However, the adult in me knows that is not possible at the moment.  It totally stinks to be an adult when you have to face such realities.  Perhaps that is why I would be best living in Disney World because I can actually escape the realities of adult life.  One can dream, can’t they?  To be honest, I believe that my dream job would be to plan Disney vacations every day and all day.  I am not nearly as experienced as the Disney vacationer who frequented Disney since a small child, but I almost feel like I am worse because I research Disney all the time.  Ya’ll, I am happy to admit….I am a DISNEY ADDICT.  Haha!

So back to this adventure I embarked on.  As you may have figured out from some of my previous entries, I love teapots and Alice in Wonderland.  Well, I worked on surrounding myself with Alice in Wonderland goodies.  I managed to decorate my kitchen and dining room with an Alice in Wonderland theme.  It is still a work in progress, but I am satisfied with the way it has turned out so far.  Of course, it is impossible to have a kitchen without “Little Chef”, Remy, making an appearance.

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The majority of my dining room setting is homemade.  My very own mother made my table cloths and napkins.  I designed it to resemble Alice’s dress.  Every crochet doily was made by my late grandmother, “maw maw”, who had an unbelievable amount of talent.  Like mother-like daughter…my mom is also unbelievably talented.  I think it is quite visible that I love ruffles, and my mom is definitely the Ruffle Queen! Even my dish towels had to have ruffles.  Luckily my mom was able to make those too.  The rag swag in the dining room was made my “yours truly”.  I used all of the scraps my mom had from all of the baby clothes/dresses she made.  Thankfully, I am not the only one that loves pastels in my family. The cuckoo clock was purchased from Bradford Exchange, and the curious oysters were purchased from Fairlovely11 on Etsy.  Many of the items displayed at the top of my cabinets came from Zulily.  Zulily is completely amazing because there are always interesting items to purchase at great prices.  You might want to sign up for Zulily updates….I highly recommend it.

Let’s not kid ourselves to think that Disney is only in my kitchen and dining room.  So, let’s move on to my very own work space.

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Naturally, the Disney plushes all come from either the Disney Store or Disney Parks.  The Disney ears also come from Disney Parks.  I found the Disney Princess artwork at Hobby Lobby, and the cute Mickey planter was purchased at our local Dollar General.  It is a small space, but it really works for me.  The bonus about my work space is that it looks out towards an amazing view.  IMG_0698FullSizeRender 68 Which takes us out onto our quaint little patio.  The patio is in the process of being themed after Disney’s The Enchanted Tiki Room.  This is a new project I started yesterday, but it will take a while before it is completed like I want it to be.  For now, this works out just fine, and it’s a great place to drink coffee and do some “grateful” journaling.  Oh yeah, that amazing leather journal was a happy find from the Louisiana Renaissance Festival in Hammond, LA.  If you have never been, you DEFINITELY need to check it out.  They open their doors to the kingdom in November, and every weekend is a different theme.  Ya’ll, it is so much fun!

Upon moving, we downsized quite a bit.  I was afraid at first, but it actually worked out better than expected.  Sure, I have a storage unit for all of my Christmas decorations, but believe it or not everything else actually fits in our smaller apartment.  I don’t think we are quite ready for the ‘tiny house’ movement, but maybe one day.  I thank God everyday for blessing me with great organizational skills.  It wasn’t until I moved everything out of our spare closet in our previous apartment that I realized just how great those organizational skills were.  I could not believe all of the STUFF that was neatly placed in that closet.  So, we decided upon a 1 bedroom apartment because honestly, why do we need 2?  Out of all the Disney love stories, my favorite will always be Mickey and Minnie because that is where it all started.  When it came to decorating our bedroom, I decided that Mickey and Minnie would be the perfect theme.

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The bedroom is not even close to being finished.  I am still awaiting some artwork for other parts of our bedroom, but at least it gives me a project to work on.  I think it is quite obvious that I love the color yellow.  The bedspread and flower pillows were crocheted by my talented maw maw.  It’s been in our family for as long as I can remember.  I found the cute Mickey and Minnie picture at Target.  The green topiaries were also purchased at Target.  Eventually, the random Disney plushes will have their own place, but for now they add even more cheer to our bedroom.  They were purchased at the Disney Parks, except for the Despicable Me plushes that came from Universal Studios Orlando.  The ‘read with me’ Tigger and Pooh came from the Hallmark Store during a ‘going out of business’ sale.  The colorful, quote artwork was purchased from RainyDayDownloads on Etsy.  Once our bedroom is complete, I will post updated pictures.

Next room of the tour is the bathroom.  I know, why on earth would you want to see a bathroom?  I am sorry, but I am very proud of our bathroom because it has homemade goodies.

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I am proud to say that I have a ‘one of a kind’ shower curtain.  You will not find the shower curtain nor the toilet paper holder in stores.  Knowing that I love ruffles, my mom made both of these with tons of ruffles.  The shower curtain display is not quite finished, but this is definitely a good start.  I can’t have a room in our apartment without some sort of Disney memorabilia, so I found this cute artwork on Etsy created by BearandLouDesigns.  The wonderful thing about artists like BearandLouDesigns is that it’s immediate, printable downloads….no waiting. That works out perfectly for impatient people like me. Haha!

Lastly, in our little apartment, is our living room/entertainment area, and my lovebug’s workspace/shared computer space.

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Again, I found some prints on Etsy from CreativeArtistore, OohPrint, and CreationTreasure. Disney plushes are from the Disney Parks.  The Frozen figurines were a sale item from Tuesday Morning, and that amazing Maestro Mickey print was a gift to music directors while on one of our choir trips to Festival Disney.  If you are a music teacher and have never taken your groups to Festival Disney, I strongly suggest that you do ASAP.  The experience is completely priceless for all involved, and it is an amazing musical experience for both students and teachers.  The Alice in Wonderland clock was a purchase from Books-a-Million, and I believe it is obvious that the budget board was a creation of my own.  It may not be the most creative thing ever, but it works for us.

So there you have it…..a small tour of this Disney Addict’s apartment.  Because my mom is not a city person, she was afraid she would never see our apartment, in person, after we had completely unpacked.  She begged for me to make a video for her, so I did.  I’m sharing that video here just in case you’d like to view it.  Please keep in mind, this was for my mom.  😉

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I know this was lengthy, and perhaps that is why it is difficult for me to commit to blogging.  Thanks for reading! Anywho!  Tune in to tomorrow’s blog for the introduction of our newest family member.  Have a fantastic day, everyone.

It’s all about teapots…..

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89693f976b21277b87846056eb0f8fcadecided that I needed a bit of a break from blogging about New Year’s Resolutions because it is easier for me to avoid the fact that I am not doing so well with my own since Reggie’s death.  So, I’m going to talk about my teapots.  I absolutely love teapots that are vintage or unique in nature.  Since I’ve inherited many vintage items from my mom, grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, great aunts, etc., I have been drawn to pastel colors…mostly.  I suppose that is mainly because everything I have inherited is more on the aged side and includes many soft colors.  But why teapots?

I am a Disney fanatic!   As a  child, I absolutely loved “Alice in Wonderland”.  The Disney animated movie was so full of color, and even though I was too young to actually drink tea….I loved the tea party.  It was complete with talking insects, animals, flowers, cards, and royalty.  Who could ask for anything more?

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Sure, my love for Disney goes far beyond “Alice in Wonderland”.  I didn’t go to Disney World until I was 36, but it didn’t seem to matter because I fell in love with it and vowed to go back as often as possible.  I ended up taking my choirs to Festival Disney because I wanted my students to be able to experience Disney, also.  Let’s be honest….I had my motives for going to Festival Disney.  Yes, I wanted my choirs to have the performing experience, but I longed to be in Disney World more than I longed to sleep.  Before going to Disney, all I could ever do was collect Disney memorabilia.  I had a huge Disney plush collection, but I ended up giving it all away at one time because I didn’t have money for Christmas gifts.  I refused to show up empty handed.  So, the massive plush collection has been gone for quite sometime, and I am now starting all over again.

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Yes, I am aware that Agnes and Minions are not Disney, but I adore the “Despicable Me” movies.  That lovely giraffe was purchased at Rainforest Cafe, so it is “Disney” to me.  I am truly a child at heart.  I suppose I can easily relate to Peter Pan because I am NEVER growing up.  I’m hoping that this next Disney trip will bring home many more Disney goodies for my collection.  Nonetheless, thanks to the Mad Hatter…I have a great love for teapots and tea.  Although, I just can’t seem to bring myself to ride the tea cups at Magic Kingdom because I already know the end result.  During one of my Festival Disney trips with my students, I came across a wonderful find.  I was so excited when I purchased my first “Alice in Wonderland” themed tea cups.  Anytime I use these, I can’t help but feel as if I am actually having tea with the Mad Hatter & friends.  Crazy?  Maybe, but I’m okay with that.  After all, “We’re all mad here…..”.

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With that being my first, official addition to my tea cup/tea pot collection, the indulgences began.  I started inheriting things from my relatives, and then I introduced myself to the wonderful world of antiquing.  I also dug up my old miniature tea set, and so the craze began with the tea pot decor.

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However, I knew I hit the jackpot when I found the perfect lamp to set the theme for my entire collection.  (I will have to find the site in which I found this precious gem because right now, I cannot seem to remember it to save my life.)  I do remember when I opened the box and pulled this beautiful lamp from its dark, cardboard, prison.  I fell in love with it even more than I did from the image on the site in which I found it.

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Perhaps, secretly, I just want to have tea parties everyday.  My cousin came over to eat right before Christmas, and while we were having lunch she kept commenting on how she felt as if she were at a tea party.  I had to laugh because I wasn’t even serving tea, but it made me think.

How do I incorporate tea parties into my life?  Until I figure out the answer, the teapot collection will continue to grow.

Have a fabulous day everyone.  Till next time…..

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