Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Six-Month Hiatus is Long Enough....I'm Back

I can’t believe it’s been six months since I have posted anything to this blog.  I am really slacking in the blogger department.  I won’t make excuses, but my life has been a whirlwind since the beginning of 2013.  On January 3rd, my boyfriend proposed to me and I of course said yes.  Wedding planning was quickly put on hold when he was transferred back to California two weeks later.  This left me in Louisiana by myself with only our two dogs to share the house with me.  This was a difficult transition, but I was managing by keeping myself busy with teaching and going to the gym.  Then in February my world was turned upside down when my grandma and father died within nine days of each other.  It was a difficult decision to make, but I knew I needed to move back to California to be surrounded by my family and friends.  I planned for the rest of the year with my co-teacher, packed up my entire house into a POD, and then drove over 2,000 miles back to California with my two dogs by my side.  I hated leaving my students in the middle of the school year, but I knew that I needed to take care of myself and I couldn’t be a great teacher for them if I had stayed.  Being an only child and grandchild on that side of the family, I had a lot of work to do when I returned to California.  I was glad to have things to keep me busy, but it was all very trying.  I am so glad I had my fiancé, family, and friends to support me during this time.  Although I know I will never be finished grieving them, I have made some exciting changes in my life that I know they would both be proud of.  As of last Friday, my fiancé and I are now homeowners.  We are so excited to start making this house our home.  
My fiancé and I in front of our new house on moving day

The week before we closed on the house, I received a job offer from an amazing school right near our new house.  I cannot wait to be a part of the amazing staff.  Other than changing schools for the 8th time, I will be teaching second grade for the first time.  I am looking for more second grade teachers’ blogs to follow and would love any suggestions.  I plan to blog regularly from now on.  I find time to read everyone else’s blogs each day, so I have no excuse not to share some of my own ideas into the blog world.  Thanks for sticking with me.

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