Saturday, April 4, 2020

Shelter in Place Day 19

Our Shelter in Place order is extended until at least May 3rd, and California schools are officially operating on distance learning for the remainder of the school year. I am keeping track of the Shelter in Place days by writing on our picture calendar. (My 2021 gift calendars with have more home pictures than in the past.) My daughter has embraced pajama days and mixing patterns. I have now taught for 5 school days straight online for 32 fourth graders (with minimal tears for me). And I made some cards because crafting is a good hobby to have right now. Stampin' Up! and Close to My Heart are both still delivering, and an Online Card Class begins during my spring break.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Shelter in Place Day 2

We are wrapping up Day 2 of Shelter in Place. We took a few essential trips outside. John headed to our local Trader Joe's and took a picture of the signs. We took a family bike ride around the neighborhood. We walked to our favorite take-out place for dinner to support a local business. And of course, there is time in our backyard. Sidewalk chalk, balance biking, and skateboarding are all nice breaks. (The picture is from yesterday, but there was more skateboard practice today.) We are renting the most comfortable house of our time in California, and I am so grateful for the space right now.

My emotional moments come when I read about the idea of California schools not reopening this school year. My online teaching will ramp up soon, but it won't be the same. This would be emotional for me at anytime teaching, but it stings as a first year teacher. This was supposed to be 180 days with my first class.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Shelter in Place Day 1

I do not regularly blog, but a few big things bring me back here. I think that the current pandemic is one of them.

I found this picture funny since I teach 4th grade. My classroom was all set up for Monday, March 16th. Then schools closed. Then the San Francisco Bay Area went into "shelter in place" with my county being the epicenter of confirmed cases.

Now I am at home with my family of four, including a two-year-old who only naps some days.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

UK Chautauqua

I interrupt my year plus break from blogging to reflect on our week at the UK Chautauqua. (Yes, I have practiced spelling the word and read up on the term chautauqua.)

Around 2014, I was reading about minimalism, and John started reading a blog called Mr. Money Mustache. Over the years, we started reading more blogs and books related to FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) and listening to some personal finance podcasts. I read and heard about this interesting week-long gathering in another country. (The photos from Greece were gorgeous!) I have been wanting to travel more. After some delay from pursuing a teaching credential and having a second child, we made time for this adventure.

John and I were both interested in the attending an FI Chautauqua, and the week in the UK fit our schedules. I was still debating some of the logistics while John pushed the submit button to order our tickets before they sold out. This is part of why we make a good team! (We are celebrating 15 years of marriage this month.)
To keep this post from getting too long, I will mention that this trip involved leaving our kids with family for 10 days, and that this was my first trip to Europe.

The line up of speakers for this event was a big draw for us:

Jim Collins from JL Collins NH and author of The Simple Path to Wealth

Carl from 1500 Days

Jillian from Montana Money Adventures

Kristy and Bryce from Millennial Revolution and authors of Quit Like a Millionaire

Alan from Pop Up Business School

Brandon from Mad Fientist

My mom asked me what I was most looking forward to before our trip. I tried to articulate that it was the mix of the speakers (because I had some background knowledge of their FI journeys) and the attendees. The attendees (capped at about 30) add so much to the event. We came together from the US, UK, Canada, Denmark, France, and Romania. The event draws some world travels, which just feeds my interest in more travel. The design of this event maximizes your interaction and developing friendship with the participants and presenters. It was magical. The people were the highlight of my trip.

Most of the week was spent at Ettington Park where I ate too many desserts. The sticky toffee pudding did not disappoint, and they served plenty of vegetarian options. We did see some of Gerrards Cross Cross (with yummy curry and naan), Oxford (with an awesome tour guide), and Stratford-Upon-Avon (with a play at the Royal Shakespeare Company). Overall, having a quiet home base for the week was ideal for me. I liked having time to get to know the people and process the presentations and meetings.

We watched the new documentary Playing with FIRE with some of the people featured in the film. It is playing in lots of theatres this summer and will eventually be available from a streaming service.

As a couple, we got to have two of the 1:1 meetings during the week. At one meeting, we got the best homework to "take more vacations." We plan to follow this advice to explore more of the US and abroad. Weeks later, I am still reflecting on this experience. I am motivated to continue building a happy and healthy life. I am thinking outside-the-box and formulating some long-term goals, including attending another FI Chautauqua. For an event that seems to be about money, I am really taking away more lessons about life.

Below I will link the blogs from other attendees:
Escaping Silicon Valley
Forging Finance
Kerry Ann
Eisabeth's Chautauqua Guest Post

Friday, March 30, 2018

8 Months and Crawling

CJ is 8 months old and started crawling a week after the 7 month mark. She is getting faster and exploring around our house. She is more interested in pulling up than in sitting. We are baby-proofing as needed around the house, and her crib has been dropped to its lowest setting. Two more teeth are coming in the top, for a current total of 6 teeth.

She does have some stranger/separation anxiety since she spends the most time with me. Alex started full-time daycare at 12 weeks old, so I don't remember him going through this stage. At that time, we were fortunate to have a spot at a quality daycare on campus with consistent, caring teachers. Now I am fortunate to have this time at home with my kids.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Six Months

"The days are long, but the years are short." -Gretchen Rubin

Yep, that can describe parenthood. CJ is six months old today. Some of the days are long, but it feel like the time is flying by us. She is smiling, babbling, eating (peas, carrots, applesauce, and rice cereal), rolling over, playing, and teething (with 2 teeth visible). We continue to enjoy life as a family of 4.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanks for Everything

I really like the large sentiment "Thanks for Everything" from the All Things Thanks stamp set. It was a great sentiment for our Thanksgiving hosts and for the current TGIF Challenge.

My card came together while my daughter was napping. I used a mix of current and retired Stampin'Up! products.

Inks: Real Red, Tangerine Tango (retired), Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, and Versa Mark
Card stock: Whisper White and Pear Pizzazz
Stamps: All Things Thanks & For all Things (retired)
Accessories: Linen Thread, Stitched Shapes Dies, and White Embossing Powder
Designer Series Paper: Coffee Break

After this, I will be back to making Christmas cards. Happy Crafting!