For those of that have just been on the edge of your seat as just dying for a life update…here ya go!
We made it to New Mexico! We packed ourselves into our car with fully charged ipads and lots of snacks. It was a long 3 days in the car as we drove through the most boring part of the country…Nebraska and Kansas. For the last two days of the drive, we drove only on state and town roads..ugh!
After 3 long days, 3 hotels, 1 snowstorm, and way too much fast food, we finally arrived in our new town, Los Alamos! I honestly couldn’t believe (and still can’t) that this is our new home. There are huge, beautiful mountains on every side of us and the cutest little town right in the middle. When we first got into town, the first place we stopped was at the park right in the middle of town. It has a pond, huge playing area, and lots of cute statues all over. We knew the kids needed to run and get some wiggles out; plus we needed to introduce our crazy to the town.
Another big update that I wasn’t expecting to happen: I got a new job!! I didn’t think I would be working; I didn’t think I would find a job right in the middle of the school year, but I still kept checking our local district, just in case. I saw one posted for a middle school GATE teacher and thought, “why not?” I applied for it in the morning. A couple days later, I got a call for an interview, and then offered the job that afternoon!
Coming from an instructional coaching position, this job seems like the perfect role for my life right now! I’ll be the 7th grade GATE teacher and will have a caseload of about 40 students. I’ll also be working with teachers on differentiating their lessons for gifted students. I’m excited to be working in the same district that the kids will attend! Oh yeah…I start Monday!
Mason has started kindergarten with his new teacher and has been doing a great job! They’re all remote now, but they plan on starting a hybrid schedule on the 19th. I’m excited for him to see his new classmates and teacher in person and start making some new friends!
This town is perfect for him! He’s an active kid who loves being outside. Our backyard in the rental isn’t huge, but it does have a bunch of rocks that he loves climbing on. He’s insisting on being outside and wanting to see mountain lions and deer.
Zoey is her usual carefree self. She excited to be here and loves sharing a bedroom with her big brother. We found a new daycare for her and she will be starting on Monday. It’s the complete opposite of the daycare she came from; it seems to be a lot more “easygoing”. The daycare sits on 2 acres and they’ll spend a large portion of their day outside playing. If anyone knows Zoey well enough, you know she’s more of an inside person…so this’ll be interesting!
Steve’s office is literally right behind our rental house and he could walk to work everyday! Right now, he’s still working from home as we finish our self-quarantine since we came from out of state. He does plan on heading into the office in the next week or so.
Well, that’s about it over here. The invitation to come visit us is always open! Miss you all!