Big-Kid Decisions

22 09 2011

It has been a whirlwind these past few months. When Miguel and I returned to Costa Rica after our amazing summer, we knew our lives would soon become a little more complicated. I had no idea that we could shake things up quite so much in just a couple short months.

The day that we flew in to Costa Rica from Denver, we were exhausted. The flight was a red-eye and we didn’t sleep. We shivered and tossed in our seats the entire night. So, when we finally made it back to our house just after 6 in the morning, we double checked that, “Yep, there’s absolutely no food in the fridge.” and we slept. We slept past noon, and about an hour after waking up, we made the decision to buy tickets to return for our friends’ Katie and Marcus’ wedding. How could we not? It was so hard leaving all of our friends for the second time in a year, and we knew it was a great opportunity for us all to be together again. That afternoon, the tickets were purchased. We went to the US on September 8th for a super short visit. Great times were had, and we both left wishing we had more time to visit.

We started school at the beginning of August, and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised by my 8th graders. They have been really impressive. They do the typical stuff that is abnormal for the US, like saying thank you at the end of class. But, they also are so complimentary and sweet. I am so excited to be working with them. I also started my movie elective this quarter. The class is now open to all of the 7th graders (the kids I taught last year) and it is almost completely full of 7th grade boys… Wonder what that’s about. They are loving the class, and I am having a blast with them.

School is off and running, and about 3 weeks ago, I started a “Critical Thinking” course. I asked for Country Day to pay for the course for professional development, and I was a little worried they wouldn’t help out with it because of the cost, but there really was no hesitation on their part. The course is a huge deal and will be incredibly helpful in making me a better/more relevant teacher. It is a lot of work, but I think it’s paying off big time. I feel like I am becoming a better teacher every week.

In other new-stuff news, Miguel and I have purchased a car! We debated and debated over the decision, but our quality of life has improved quite a bit, and we are both so happy to have a little more autonomy in our lives. YAY! We haven’t named the car yet, but we are open to suggestions. It most definitely is a boy-car, though.

The '96 Volkswagon Golf... He's been good to us so far.

The rims are a little conspicuous, and we have decided to trade them out

We have taken a couple trips to the beach so far. Only to the Caribbean though. Something about that place is just so great, that when we have to decide where to get away, we unanimously vote for it.

The only down-side is how far it is. It takes us about 4 hours to get there. But, we have found a great breakfast place called “Bread and Chocolate” and it is fantastic.

Home made bagel, melty cheese, perfectly cooked egg... yummm

Personal Frech Presses


I’m not sure if the Caribbean is the place to take visitors though. Something about the rugged-Rastafarian vibe, might no go over too well with some of our visitors.

Anyway, life is busy, lots has changes, but we are super happy to be where we are and doing what we do! I will do my best to keep the blog going… Love you all!

-Vanessa








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