I am forever grateful for this sweet little guy that made me a mommy. I didn't know that I could love someone as much as I love him and my life is so much fuller with him in it... it is also messier, more exhausting, and crazier than ever before. But he is worth it all. He has taught me so much about selflessness, patience, joy, and love in his 9 months of life. I love having the honor of watching him grow and explore the world. 💜
How am I able to go grocery shopping with the baby? I let him hold stuff. In this case, he decided my wallet made a yummy teether. Whatever, at least we have food. #parentingwin #sweetbabyjames #thoseblueeyesthough
So it's official... We are moving to central California. After lots of careful thought, I have accepted a teaching position in the central California valley. The reality is that Los Angeles is just too expensive and the teaching job market is so competitive here that we didn't have much of a choice. I have applied to over 2 dozen districts in LA, Orange County, and San Diego and it feels impossible to get my foot in the door with any of them unless I want to sub. And sub pay wouldn't even cover childcare. So when this opportunity to move came up, we did our research for the area and the pay would be comparable to what I would make here in LA but the housing costs are so much cheaper. We could get a bigger place and build our savings again and James can grow up in a family that isn't living paycheck to paycheck. So.... we are moving. As someone that hates change and avoids it at all costs, I am terrified. But I know in my heart that this is the right thing to do. Worst case scenario is we hate it and move back after a year. All this change is a lot. I have no clue what grade I'll be teaching. I don't yet know where we will live. And don't even have me start thinking about driving 4.5 hours away with a cat in the car. It's going to be nuts. But sometimes you have to take the risk, embrace the change, and jump.... trusting that God and the Universe will give you safe landing. #takerisks #bebrave
As a creature of habit, one of the things I resist the most is change. But for me and my family, change is on the rise. I'm terrified of it but also really excited about the new opportunities that will come with it. But sometimes you just have to close your eyes and jump, trusting that God and the Universe will give you a safe place to land.
James had his 9 month well baby check up today. His favorite part of any doctor's visit is ripping up the thin, crinkly paper on the exam table. #sweetbabyjames
So I had that phone interview with a school district... and OMG, I was so. dang. nervous! I'm not sure I did well, but it was a learning experience for sure. I have to find a way to breathe and relax and just be myself. A concise, precise version of myself. This interview may not have been it, but that's ok. 🤞 that they liked me enough to offer a panel interview next. I'll know in a couple weeks.
As most of you know, I have been on the job hunt after taking a year off from the classroom to be home with my son. I've been applying to districts like crazy, but it is competitive here in the Los Angeles and Orange County area. I applied for an eligibility pool with a district a couple weeks ago and was turned down for an interview. So imagine my surprise when I checked my phone after playing with James and found a voicemail from a school in that district! I will be having a phone interview tomorrow afternoon! Eeeekk!!! I'm so excited and so terrified! I've been trying to stay current even though I am out if the classroom. But the fact is... I get soooooo nervous talking to adults. Put me in front of a room of kids and I have no problem. But adults? Well, I get terrified and it becomes an internal battle to stay calm and speak coherently. So 🤞 that tomorrow goes well. I'm going to spend tonight practicing my answers to common interview questions. And if you have any tips or advice to share, I'd love to hear it!
Every week we go to the Torrance Farmer's Market and buy a baked potato or yam. This week, we loaded it with cheese, sour cream, butter, fresh roasted corn, and yummy pulled pork. James was impatient for his turn to take a bite. It was so yummy and we still had leftovers after splitting it between the three of us.