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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WTH Wednesday Returns!

Happy Summer, Ya'll!
It has been over a month since my last post- so much has been going on!
I'm not complaining- we were gone for a week of that month at the beach in OBX.
HOLY RELAXING! This is our second year to meet family there.
Why the heck have we not gone EVERY year??? Oh Wait, I remember!
Cause the Littles were still little! We currently travel "kid paraphernalia" free! They even pack their own bags!
 This is the house that the MIL rented for the week- that's our room. We slept with our door open most nights just so we could hear the ocean all night. {and then it rained really horribly one evening and the floor got kind of wet...} I digress...

It was a week long adventure that I wouldn't trade for the world! We got to hang out with cousins that we don't see too often. We did a little ghost crab hunting. We watched the sun set. I swam past the first break- I know WHAT THE HECK was I thinking??
And we played games and had food competitions- 
{my egg salad was a hit}
Only 339 days until we return.
It was time for the 4th when we returned. So we headed to a neighboring state fair for fun and fireworks. 
I was kind if dreading it because of all of my healthy choices lately. 
And wouldn't you know it, you can smell funnel cakes and corn dogs from MILES away! At least I can- I may have been part bloodhound in a previous life.
I thought this pic was funny because he was hesitant to ride and then when he got on, the ride got stuck! 
(I really DIDN'T think it was funny. In fact, I think I may have had a for reals anxiety attack. And for the rest of the night, I could "feel" rides that they weren't even on! It was just an overwhelming sense of tense and jittery combined)
We did make it all better by heading over to the wrestling event that was at the fair. 
Where the heck have these been all my life!?!?
We had a blast!

By the time fireworks came around we were too tired to go sit and watch, so we "ooed and awed" as we walked back to the van!! 

So that takes us from when I last blogged to the fourth. 
Hmmmmm- there's two weeks from the fourth til now.

Somewhere in between there- some BIG decisions were made.
Like life changing ones.

It has been coming for awhile- change, that is. I needed to make a choice about my next steps, OUR next steps as a family.

WHAT THE HECK are you doing, Squirrels?!?!?

Well, with a clear head and plan in place, I resigned from my classroom position on July 8th.
{I know, right! Is she crazy?}


On that same day, I was hired by my system as  a substitute teacher. And I am currently working on the paperwork to get back in school and finish my Masters.

I have the support of all the Littles and The Mr. Littlest Little is sad that I won't be in his school full time- but I will be there often enough.

I just felt like the time was right- they are all  big enough that I can do this.
I hope I am big enough that I can do this! Me in the classroom? Yikes! I'm a teacher's worst nightmare- at least I am mine!!! Ha! Seriously though, I am excited about getting into all these classrooms! I can go to high schools, middle schools, different elementary schools. I have only taught in this one for the last 10 years- so it will be cool to see what's going on out there!

For now though, they have three weeks of summer of left. So we have it on our calendar to make sure that we are soaking up all the sun we can, pool days, water park days, bike rides, etc.The Lazy River attendant KNOWS that when Squirrels floats around to the beginning, she is NOT trying to get out- just push her back into the current and let her float!

Hope that everyone is having a great summer, too!!!


  1. Wow! Best of luck on your new adventures. I can't wait to read about your adventures in subbing.

  2. WOW!! Lotsa change! Enjoy the last of your summer!

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  4. Wishing you all the very best on your new adventures!

    1. Thanks so much- it will be crazy, I am sure- although, just about everything I do is :)

  5. Wow! Congratulations! I wish you all the best! You will be wonderful! You have inspired me to write a post about my changes. I'm in a similar situation like yourself. Best wishes to you.

    1. Thanks- I will have to head over - best of luck to you, too!

  6. Yay for a awesome vacation and a new job opportunity! And I share the exact same sentiment about the lazy river!!!

    Prepping for the Primary Gridiron

    1. The Littles complain that this one is too small- I told them to just close their eyes and it will seem like the longest one ever!!! lol

  7. Life is full of new adventures and changes. Wishing you the best in your new ones.
    Mama Arlene
    LMN Tree

  8. Congrats on making the best decision for you and your family. I know it wasn't an easy one.


    1. Thanks- it was a doozie- I am sure they are ALL looking forward to any extra time that I get to spend with them! ha ha

  9. I'm so excited for you, change is good, change helps us grow! Your kids will be happy now because you wouldn't be dragging work home, you can go to their events, etc. You are going to rock this!
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    1. Thanks, Boo! I'm taking you along for the ride- so be prepared!!!

  10. Best of luck on your new adventure! I absolutely loved grad school. And your positive outlook about being able to see other schools is just great. Plus I'm glad your family is so supportive! Good luck!! =)

    1. Thanks, Hojo! I'm a very lucky squirrel indeed- of course they all usually go along with whatever is going to make mama happy :) haha

  11. Stopping by to wish you good luck in your new subbing adventure!

    1. Thanks, Lori! I think it is going to be a blast to work with so many classes!

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