So I decided to take a short little break from the blog. Just a tiny little recess during which I would take care of things at home and at work. Just a quick breather. So surely you can imagine my surprise when I looked at the date of my last post and realized it has been six and a half months. Say whaaat???
So where in the world did the time go? Let’s take a look back and I’ll catch you up on the past half of a year.
Potty training: Did you know that the number one way to get your toddler to pee his pants is to sit down at the computer and start typing? Yep! I am pretty sure it is a proven fact. Look it up. It’s science. So needless to say, I chose to go computer-free and have less accidents to tend to.
Work: Have I ever mentioned that I am a fourth grade teacher? If not, now you know. When I am not obsessing about travel and dreaming about trips, I am in the classroom with my 30 little scholars doing awesome things like conjugating verbs and finding equivalent fractions. Don’t be jealous! 😉 Anyway, the school year started in August and I found myself up to my eyeballs in work.
Even More Work: For the past 5 years, I have shared a 50% contract, so I only teach 2.5 days a week, and my partner teaches the days that I am off. This has been a great way for me to balance work and time with my own two little kiddos, and I have enjoyed the experience. But I decided this year was the year to start easing back toward full time, so I began a 60% contract, 3 days a week. Then, when my partner needed some time off, I ended up taking over the full position for a while. So any time that I would have been here suddenly disappeared.
Weekends Away: For my hubby’s 40th, we headed down to San Diego to catch a Padres game and hang out with friends. We also made it out to the desert for a little family getaway. It sure is nice to live close to so many great destinations!
Montana: In October, I was lucky enough to tag along with my sister-in-law to see my niece in Montana. She has been attending the University of Montana in Missoula, and it was a great visit to a beautiful state. I will need to post more about that later.
Disneyland: in November, we took our annual family vacation, and this time we decided that our destination would be the happiest place on Earth. That’s right, Disneyland! We stayed at the beautiful Grand Californian Hotel for four nights and spent three days at the parks. This was a great time with our whole family together, but we were certainly exhausted by the end. I have to say that Disney can take it out of you more than most other vacations.
Ranch Time: A few months ago, my sister invited me to come riding with her at her friend’s ranch. I went and was instantly hooked. I have always loved horses and my sister is kind of awesome, so hanging out at the ranch makes for a great way to spend a few hours. I try to get out there every week or two for some quality time with my favorite sister and the horses. Bliss!
Travel Planning: I’ve been working on details for two upcoming trips. The first is a summer trip to Scotland (YAAAAAAAAAAAYYYY!). This trip has been in the making for over a year, and now that it is getting closer, I am just twitching with anticipation. C’mon summer, hurry up! The second trip we are working on is our family vacation in November. After much deliberation, we decided on Puerto Rico. If you know me at all, you know that PR is my weakness–I just can’t stay away. And now we can share the island we love with the rest of the family who have never been. I am so excited!
And, well, that about covers my blogging drought. Now I have a week’s vacation ahead of me and I figure it is time to get back onto the blog and try to get back into the swing of things here. I’m not making any promises of consistent reading or posting, but I can sure try. 🙂