Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
We have signed another month lease for the month of October so we'll have a month to do everything. Tentative plan: clean, fix minor scrathes/holes/etc in wall, paint, new carpet and floors, move!
By the end of October we will be in our first house!!!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Going through the starting line!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
We went to Long Beach, WA which is about 2.5 hours from Vancouver. My parents are debating getting a time share condo there and we were using up the last weekend of the season because my Dad "had" to go golfing and couldn't! It is a nice place, about 10 miles North of the actually town of Long Beach but only about a block from the beach.
Long Beach used to be home to the World's Biggest Frying Pan but the sign stating that was gone...so either there is a sign thief out there OR a bigger frying pan!
I really like watching kites...rainbow kites being my FAVORITE! I wanted one SO bad but didn't really want to pay a ton of money for one of those trick kites that are hard and require actually paying attention to the kite. So when we went to one of the many kite stores Jason asked the guy working there want the easiest kind of kite to fly is...
The district then of course had to go through the process of posting the job which would hopefully lead to hiring someone. As of today, that has not happened. So for the last 2 weeks I have been scheduling, over-seeing, managing, and stressing over 54 Kindergartner's through fifth grades who have IEP's.
The above picture is my color coding system to keep everyone (mainly myself) in check. K = RED, 1st grade = orage, 2nd grade = yellow, 3rd = green, 4th = blue, and 5th = purple.
It has been A LOT of work trying to get all of this in order and it took me longer than I had hoped to get the whole thing up and running but I did! I have a wonderful para in my classroom and the substitute for the other teacher for the time being has been working in this district for a while and is awesome...and so is her para! Everything worked itself out and while there were definitely some color coded dreams...it is now a working reality!
Monday, September 7, 2009
This weekend we bought a new front door handle for our house!!! To some, this may seem lack luster. But to us...it is a step we've been waiting for! Our roof and front door handle are being repaired on Tuesday. Our windows are being repaired on Wednesday. The re-appraisal should be happening Thursday as long as all the repairs go as planned! If everything (keep your fingers crossed) goes smoothly...we should be in possession of our home on the 21st of September.
We'll keep you updated!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
My family has a yearly tradition of going to Concert in the Park at Tom McCall Park in Downtown Portland. This was our first experience and I'd like to think it will become a yearly one of us too. We got there right as the show was about to start but our family friends (really, in my mind, they are family) were already there and had enjoyed dinner together. It was fun to see the various "Shumaker" clan...they are a family we spend some Thanksgiving's with.
Last week he had 2 interviews which both turned into second interviews and he ended up getting them both! The first job he got was his second pick...a job at a athletic center life guarding. For the time being, if the schedule works out, he'll keep it.
The second job was the one he was wanting. It is at Barnes & Noble! It is something totally different than anything he's ever done and he's definitely up for the challenge. It will start out part time and work his way up. They have you try all the jobs in the store if you want (which he does) and then you can work upwards from there! While I don't think it is the company he expected to be working for there is a lot of room for moving up...which is thrilling! One of the guys who interviewed Jason started out in his same spot 6 years ago and now is store manager.
Check back for updates on how it is all going!!!
UPDATE: Jason starts work at B&N on September 14th!!!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
1. It was my first day of school at Helen Baller Elementary. It was mainly spent peaking in on kindergartner's to make sure they were handling themselves okay (some were, some weren't). Also, cleaning out 30 IEP folders and organizing them to my liking! Since it was the first day in a new school building for everyone there were a few hiccups along the way and I'm sure they will be the subject of an email or a staff meeting here shortly.
2. Our housing paperwork FINALLY got signed by the bank. So the time line in basically as follows: keep our fingers crossed that nothing else gets delayed, get windows fixed, get roof fixed, buy front door handle and get that fixed, keep our fingers crossed that nothing else gets delayed, wait for MetLife to finish "underwriting" - whatever that may be, keep our fingers crossed that nothing else gets delayed, sign official closing paperwork, keep our fingers crossed that nothing else gets delayed, get keys, new carpet/flooring, keep our (do you get the picture???), paint, MOVE!!! Whew!!! It is going to be a long few weeks!!!
3. Keeping our fingers crossed!!! More to come on this one soon hopefully. We're just trying not to jinx anything. And NO, we're not trying to get pregnant!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
When the video starts keep your eyes on the right side of the screen. You'll see the body of a plane flash through some open spaces and trees...then you'll see the plane start to take off...as you do LOOK for the YELLOW hotel building with the RED roof...that was our honeymoon building...so day and night...we got to hear the jet engines roar as they took vacationers home. It definitely shook the roof. This is what Sandals meant by "10 minuets away from the airport".
This picture is from our PLANE taking off leaving Jamaica...Our room was right infront of the tennis court on the far left...When we zoom in on the picture on our computer we can actually zoom in enough to count the doors at the hotel and figure out which one was ours!
Looking back it is funny...but at the time, on that first night (breakdown night)...it wasn't so funny!
I absolutely, positively could not (and did not) do this by myself! I had A LOT of Mom and Husband help! My Mom helped with the purging (recycling) of 8, yes eight, boxes of papers. I just hope I didn't throw too much away...I might have...there is only one thing so far my para has noticed that isn't quite around. But we aren't sure because those cupboards aren't 100% sorted out yet! My Jason helped by providing labor...aka...moving! He was there almost everyday and sometimes for 3 or 4 hours :-)
I am really liking this being closer to family thing. One day my Mom even came to help and then my parents took us out to dinner! Free labor and free food! Yeehaw!
I am also already really liking the school and the staff! Alot of the other special ed staff are young and fun...one even got married just a few weeks after us! I think I'm going to like it here and that feeling is worth all the stresses of moving to a new city, Jason quitting his job, and living on love!
More on my school, new friends, and crazy teacher life to come!