Monday, June 23, 2014

Weekend Snapshots

Last weekend we drove home to visit our families. We took both dogs with us and it is true what they say... "One is one, and two is twenty." I volunteered to drive the 6 hour commute while Andrew was stuck caring for the puppies. They had a whole car to roam around in and insisted on sharing his lap the WHOLE time. Stinkers!
We weren't able to go home last weekend for Father's Day because Andrew's Summer job (teaching for Institute of Reading Development) requires him to work Sundays. So we drove up late Thursday night and stayed through Saturday and spent tons of time with our families.
Our Texan friends, the Johnsons, were also in Pismo Beach for their annual Summer family reunion. So we all met up for our usual "jump" photo and a fun visit.

Such a small world! Matt and Melissa will be in San Diego this week, so we'll get to meet up with them again for a bonus visit! Hanging out with them was our favorite part of living in Texas, so it's nice to catch up with them in California.
My mom and I went for a sunset walk at the beach. Everyone says we look like sisters. I don't see it :)

Tomorrow is Andrew's 31st Birthday, so before heading back to San Diego we went out to lunch with his family.
His sister Leah and her fiancĂ©, Rae, are getting married in October so we are helping them plan their big day. I'm really grateful for Pinterest because "lesbian wedding" isn't in my typical party planning palette.  Needless to say, it's going to be a fun wedding!  We're so happy for them.

Back to Andrew's Birthday... it's tomorrow and I have nothing planned. Maybe he wants another puppy?!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Summer Break

My students' end of the year party.
School's out, but I'm still working hard.  Friday I stayed really late moving classrooms and yesterday I spent the whole day setting up bulletin boards and organizing the library. I'm so excited to have a classroom library! Nerd alert :) I feel like a real teacher now! 
New classroom to set up

A few bulletin boards

Today I attended a reading seminar and learned all about phonics and word recognition. Here's me and my 1st grade team with the amazing Nancy Fetzer (she designs reading curriculum for elementary schools.)

I am so ready for a Summer vacation, but there's still so much more to do to get ready for the next school year. There's all this fun stuff I want to buy for my class, but it'll have to wait, especially since I don't get a paycheck in the Summer (boo for being a temporary/probationary/non-tenured teacher.) This is the year I'm learning a little too late about setting up a budget. Oh well, at least money isn't part of 1st grade math anymore so I don't have to think about it!  Andrew is working everyday at the Institute of Reading Development. So much for teachers having Summers off!

Here's hoping we get some more beach days in.