Monday, August 8, 2016

Back to Bloggin'

Another six months have come and gone and I find myself with TIME to finally update my teaching blog!

Now, when I say the last six months have been CRAZY BUSY - I mean it! Since my last post in February (earlier this year), I went on maternity leave, got two new kittens, had a beautiful (healthy) baby girl, went back to work for the last two weeks of the school year, packed up my classroom for the summer, and have been busy tutoring and packing up my apartment for our big move at the end of this month - all while watching my TEETHING baby girl. Whew.

I had very grand plans for the summer. I wanted to get my two blogs back up and functioning. I wanted to work on some products for my TPT store. I wanted to redesign my teaching blog. 

Well, folks…none of those plans met fruition.

Being a mom is hard work. Being a mom who is still working part-time during the summer AND planning for the upcoming school year is even harder.

My husband's been great about helping with the baby on the days that I tutor. 

But I got to tell you, it can be rough being a first time mommy and not having idea what the heck you're doing half the time. I'm worried about breaking her half the time, and when I'm not worrying about that, I'm worrying if she's had enough to eat, if I'm providing enough tummy time, if she's meeting her monthly milestones appropriately. 

And then in between the worrying and the crying (on both our ends) and the dirty bottles/diapers, I have moments when I look down at her smiling face and it's all worth it. Every late night. Every diaper blow out. Every bottle. 

Anyway, I'm hoping to get back to regular blogging (I really miss it!) Wish me luck!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

6-Month Hiatus and the (Not-So) Prodigal Blogger Returns

It's been 6 months since my last blog entry on here and A LOT has happened in that time frame…where do I begin?

Let's start with the NEW JOB. After last year's debacle, I interviewed with (and subsequently got hired by) a district that I've been longing to get into since I first started my teaching career five years ago. They never hire…but by some miracle, they had a huge hiring fair toward the end of the last school year. I went, I interviewed, and by some stroke of luck, they chose me to be one of their new special education teachers.

I moved into my new classroom this summer and had a lot of work to do. My boyfriend and his son were such a BIG help with getting all of my teaching materials from my storage unit to the new room. I literally had about three or four dozen moving boxes strewn across desks and tables. I had to take a lot of my first grade and kindergarten materials out of storage (since I'd be teaching those grade levels again).

Classroom life has settled down since then. We started the year with six students and I am now up to ten. I'm thankful that none of the ten are huge behavior problems (unlike my kiddos from last year). I have several paraeducators who are great and such assets to the classroom - they make my job that much easier!

Apart from starting the new job, I also got MARRIED in December! We had a small, intimate wedding with only close family and friends at the Old Orange County Courthouse. The whole day was perfect and I couldn't have asked for a better husband and partner in life.

We did have kind of a shotgun wedding, though…because we are EXPECTING OUR FIRST CHILD! Tests confirmed at the end of August that we were pregnant. Since then, it's been such a whirlwind!

I am now entering my 8th month of pregnancy and will be starting my physical disability leave for pregnancy at the end of March. Our baby is expected on April 23rd but who knows when this little lady will decide to grace us with her presence. We are rapidly working on getting our little home ready for her. Our next project: putting together her crib and changing table!

I am hoping that with the additional time off for maternity leave - and with me not traveling this summer  - that I will have plenty of time to work on continuing to grow my blog and brand. I've had several projects on the back burner that I'm hoping to get started in the near future.

And of course, I won't forget to post tons of precious pictures of my new baby!

Until next time...