Saturday, August 27, 2016

First day of school 2016

This week was the first week back to school for my boys and my first week back with the students at my job. 

It was a whirlwind, it was stressful, but it was successful. We made it!

Last week, the boys had Meet the Teacher and they got their locker, supplies, and Chromebooks. I had two happy kids and that made me happy. 

Then we were ready for First Day of School breakfast. The kids were so sleepy that they wouldn't take any photos eating breakfast, and honestly, I don't blame them. 

Lunches were packed...

They were looking great and ready to go! 

I dropped them off at 7:15 and went straight to my school for a busy, busy day. 

The kids are so cute and everyone at my school has been very welcoming. I'm looking forward to this year!

Friday, August 5, 2016

My new clinic

As you know, I have accepted a job at Ogg Elementary as their new school nurse. 

Initially I was extremely excited. That was in June. Then I went to ridiculously anxious. That was in July. Now I am feeling about 70/30 excited/anxious. This is August. 

The beginning of school is always thrilling for me. The new supplies and clothes, the beginnings of organization, watching my kids as they begin their new 187 day journey, getting the school year started as Fall and Winter roll around...these are a few of my favorite things. It means football...all week long. Friday night high school games, Saturday college games, Sunday NFL games, Monday night and Thursday night football games...LOVE!

Now, this year, I am returning to the full time work force. Initially getting the job after the stressful time of interviewing was thrilling and exciting. The hopes of brand new employment is a challenge that I really looked forward to. Then as the summer progressed and I started thinking about the logistics, I started to get restless and anxious. I don't know anything about the school district. Will I make professional friends? Will they embrace me as a new employee to their school? Will I be able to organize things how I want them? Who are my contacts for questions? I just had a million questions. My personality is wanting to be the contact person, wanting to know what's going on so that I can help others. It's very disconcerting to be brand new employee, learning the ropes, protocols, who to eat lunch with, can I remember everyone's names, etc. 

Last week, after finishing all the back to school shopping for the boys, buying two weeks worth of new scrubs for me, and finishing up supply purchases, I had a private moment with Jesus while doing some late night swimming. I prayed for him to take it over. My anxiety will take over as I try to plan for every what-if that may or may not happen. I'm fully competent, I'm fully capable, and I am prepared, but God needs to take me over. Every single darn time that I worry and ask God to do his will and change my perspective, He does. Like, why don't I do this every single day?!

So I'm now feeling pretty good about it. I got in to my clinic and was able to organize paperwork a bit and do a little decorating to make the office a bit more cheerful. 

Now I begin work Monday. We have two full weeks of professional development before the kids return on the 22nd. I'm ready to get into a routine of early morning swimming for exercise, some coffee with breakfast and some quiet time with God before waking up the kids, getting their breakfast and lunches packed, getting dressed while they get dressed, and getting out the door at 7am to drop them off at Clute, and then head to Ogg for me. Off work around 4pm, head to pick up the boys, and back home for dinners, homework, and downtime before nighttime routines and prep for the next day. 

Summer is a wonderful, blasty blast of time as a family when we can relax and not have to worry about band, homework, early to bed and early to rise, and extra activities. But it has had its season. I'm ready to return to Fall. I'm ready to take care of between 400-500 students and staff. I'm ready for the challenge of a new job. I'm ready for crisp evenings at the football field. I'm ready for a scarf! I'm ready for pumpkin spice. I'm ready for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Let's do this!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Our first cruise ALONE!!!! Cruise #10

Well, about a month after returning from our cruise, I am just getting around to blogging about it. 

What a trip!

This cruise was a free cruise, awarded to us because of Josh's gambling. I know, I know...but it was cool. We had an interior room for the first time ever. It wasn't bad. But let me just say, if you are a first time cruiser, an interior room won't bother you. It's quite dark so you can sleep late, and it was basically the size of a small hotel room. I couldn't complain. 

But for me, because we have only been in balcony rooms, I really missed not having a balcony. Part of the fun for me is sitting on the balcony with my headphones and a book and relaxing while we cruise. I also love ripping the curtains open to see the newest port on arrival and watching all the people return as we depart. Also, the interior room seemed stagnant to me. I needed more air flow. But it was free and we didn't want to pay to upgrade. It was just the two of us and it was plenty big. 

We took the Florida Keys/Bahamas cruise on the Carnival Breeze, and might I say, it was my favorite ship. So incredibly beautiful!

It was weird but totally awesome to roll up in there, just the two of us, and be able to do whatever we wanted. I love cruising with my boys and we are always able to get plenty of both family time and alone time, but this was just awesome. We didn't argue once!

Josh and I like to do several things together. We eat together, go to the art auctions together, comedy shows together, shows together, and then he goes to gamble and I go shopping. Ideally I would have read a book on my balcony, but I didn't have that option. So I caught up on sleep. I needed it. 

We went to like 4 art auctions, bought some beautiful pieces, and made friends with the auctioneer and his fiance. We just clicked. They are from South Africa and will be joining us for one of our Texans games in the Fall. Everyone is excited about that. 

Josh in I spent one night eating in the steakhouse...

one night eating at the Italian restaurant...

The hubs took me into the jewelry store and told me to pick out what I a happy graduation, happy birthday, happy mother's day, happy anniversary, happy new job gift...all of which happened within two weeks of each other. So I got this. LOVE!

In the Keys, we took a Hop on Hop off Trolley tour. We got off the boat and just started walking. We visited stores, pubs, museums, and then hopped on the trolley to tour the area and learn more about it. While on the tour, we actually saw a boat of Cubans beach their boat, and race across the beach to land to their freedom. Our guide simply said, "Well that just happened right in front of us!" We ate conch fritters and drank key limeaides under the palm trees.

In Freeport, we did a perfume factory and brewery tour. It was great because it was a small group of all adults, we got time to shop and try out a variety of local beers. The only down side was that after being out at the market and getting back on the bus to go to the brewery, the air conditioner on the bus was out and we were baking for 15 minutes without a crack in a window. That sucked. But everything else was beautiful!

In Nassau, we went to Atlantis. Maybe I am cranky about it, but I was not impressed. Well, let me just say, I was impressed. The resort was gorgeous. But, it was something that we would have enjoyed so much more if we would have been staying at the resort for a few days. The beaches and water activities were divine! But we were ready to come back to the ship by the time the first shuttle came back. 

Honestly, once we leave the last port, I always start to detach myself from the cruise in prep for returning home. I don't know why, but I just do. 

It was 7 days of fun, 7 days of sun, 7 days alone with my husband, 7 days of so much food, 7 days of a much needed vacation. 

I can't wait to go again!