Saturday, March 24, 2018

Subdivision Easter Egg Hunt

Had a great time today hunting for eggs. It was windy and chilly out, but the kids had a blast running around. Jackson and Maddie were pretty cold and as soon as they got their eggs, they wanted to go home.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Bailey's violin concert

Bailey joined the 4th grade orchestra at her school this year. Neither Trent or I play music, so she is doing this without any help from us. She has been working hard and did great on her spring concert

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

House for sale

We decided to list the house for sale. We have gone back and forth so many times wondering if it was a good idea or not, but ultimately decided that it would be good for our family. We found a house in the town next to ours that would give us a little more sq ft and have a loft for the kids to play. It is also closer to Trent's work and would cut the 45 minute commute in half. So we listed the house ( I was a little sad) and within the week had a full price offer. We are set to close on May 1st and will start a new adventure.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Nick's baptism

Our crazy, silly, sweet Nick was baptized today. What a great day. We had lots of family and friends come to support and celebrate with him on this special day.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Too long

It has been a long time since I have posted, so I will catch up a bit. We had a great Halloween.  The kids went to the annual Harvest Party at the Star Barn. Then a few days later they went Trick or treating and had a blast. Maddie and Jackson loved going house to house asking for candy.

A couple days before Halloween, we went with Grandma and Grandpa to Walter's Ferry, a place where you take a mile walk and all along the way there are cool statues, signs and birdhouse. The twins had a blast running around in the fall air.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

VIPKID- Is it for real?

Last September, the kids were heading back to school and I still had Jackson and Madison at home with me. I was thinking about looking for a part time job, not to to help with the finances, but so I could start to feel human again. Don't get me wrong, I love my kids, but my identity as mom had taken over. I suddenly had mom responsibility all the time and I needed another purpose. I wanted to be apart of something, but I didn't know what.

A friend of a friend had posted on Facebook that VIPKID was looking for people with their Bachelors degree to teach English to Chinese students. The pay sounded great, $14-22/hour. The schedule was flexible and I can work in my pajama pants. I was very skeptical and immediately started researching this company. It sounded too good to be true. Was this really a legit company? I called the person who had placed the ad on her Facebook page and asked a TON of questions. She had been with company 6 months. She worked mornings when her kids were asleep for just a few hours. She didn't need childcare and she was bringing home $700-$800 a month. 

I decided to give it a go and tried it out. I passed the interview and was told I need to do a 30 minute mock class. I have never been a teacher in a brick and mortar school, so the though of teaching for 30 minutes scared me a little. I prepared the best I could and gave my best, enthusiastic, over the top lesson I could. Then I waited.

I found out 2 days later that I passed and the rest is history. I have been with VIPKID now almost a year. I have gotten paid every month by the 15th. I have regular students who book me every day and I have grown to love each of them. 

This job has been the biggest blessing to me. It gives me my time where I can step out of mom duties and become a teacher and mentor to students. I laugh and sing and even celebrate birthdays with my students during their 25 minute lessons. If anyone is interested in learning more, or joining VIPKID, don't hesitate . It is amazing! You will LOVE IT!

Here is the link for more info