As 2016 came ot a close there were many things that I found myself reflecting upon. Like everyone else, this past year has been a rollar coaster of a ride. There was the slow start to the year with the winter that felt like it was never going to end, and then it ride moved right into the reorganization and hiring season at school.
We celebrated #TeamO's first birthday along with #TeamA's third birthday, had 3 family weddings (all on the same side of the family!), and #TeamA attended her first birthday party.
The spring seems like a blur now, but I would have to say it was the most stressful time I've had in a very long time. I was applying to a variety of positions with the sole intention to move closer to home. I had some deep soul searching conversations with the amazing leaders around me and multiple times turned down interview opportunities. I know it sounds weird and almost appauling that I would do such a thing in such a competitive and hard to crack workforce, but the moves were just not right for my family. Looking back, I don't regret a single thing.
The summer months had to have been the highlight of the year. I am blessed to be able to spend the summers off with my kids and cherrish each moment. We spent day after day playing outside, blowing bubbles, building in the sandbox and splashing around in our special water table. We were out until it was either too hot to stay out or it was too dark to see. These are the days that I long for again.
Our summer finale we visited the most magical place on earth for 12 magical days. It was so refreshing to see the excitement and wonder through the eyes of the kids. We soaked in a ton of vitamin D, something that we are in desparate need of at the moment.
Getting back into a routine was easier than I expected, the kids back to daycare full time and both DH and I back to work full time. The drive to and from school seems tollerable this year compared to last; I am using the drive to refelct upon my day, plan what I need to get done and often catch up with a colleague over the phone (yes, using handsfree!). I feel more at peace this year about my school and teaching situation.
Going into the new year, I have my own personal goals and resolutions that I am going to try and stick with.
Until then, thank you for being along for the ride and hope you will check-in, drop in and be along for the ride of 2017.
A snippet about me...
I'm a grade 2 teacher; wife; mama to #TeamA & #TeamO; runner; chocolate lover and always wanting to learn.