Friday, April 8, 2011

I got a (paying) job!

After (what feels like) years of searching, I have finally found a job that allows me to be home with my children, work with low-income kids, and actually earn money!  "What?!?" You might be thinking to yourself, "I didn't even know something like that existed!!"  Well, I it does, and it is magical!

I am working for an organization called After School All Stars.  I plan fun, engaging lessons for kids who stay after school to get academic help.  I also help out with enrichment activities for the kids as well.   I work Mon-Thur with time to plan.  With about a week under my belt, I have learned a lot and gained a lot of insight.  I am working with middle schoolers, which is opening up all kinds of vistas in my life perspective.  Having taught high school, it feels like I'm seeing my former students at an earlier point in their lives.  I'm hoping to help as many students as possible in the little amount of time I have.  Here's hoping, right?

Speaking of hope, I start my next round of chemo tonight.  Let's hope that this round is better than the last!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Happy April Fools Day!

I know it's been awhile since I posted!  But, I decided to wait until I had something juicy to post about.  And here we are with lots of juicy stuff.  So what is so juicy it had to wait?  Well, the really big news is we went on a safari!!  Juicy, right?

Isaac was partial to the zebras.  In typical Isaac form, he was definitely more interested in eating the zebra than riding it.  Poor zebra.

And then there is Lilla gorilla.  She fit right in with the primates for some unknown reason.  Is it because she likes to climb on the backs of her parents like a monkey?  Or because she likes to groom her brother's hair?  Or maybe because she could recognize some ancient ancestor in this particular gorilla.  :o)  We'll never really know.

Our safari was amazing!  Ideal, in fact.  We didn't even see a single bug, much less get bitten by one.  We had snacks galore at our finger tips.  And the flight back home was a piece of cake.

Aside from our safari, we have been quite busy with other sundry activities.  A visit from Sarah and James...

Finishing up a very challenging round of chemo.  Getting a new job with an organization called After School All Stars.  You know, the usual sundry activities.  :o)