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

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

First day of School 2017

These two cuties started school today. Bailey is now in 4th grade and Nick is in 2nd. We had a fabulous summer with a trip to California and Universal Studios, a family reunion, an Eclipse, Roaring Springs and tons of fun playing with friends. Bailey was excited but nervous to start 4th grade. Nick really doesn't say much but has been acting up, so I'm sure he was nervous too.

We are excited to see what adventures this school year brings!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse

Today was a total Solar eclipse that could be seen from Idaho. Trent's work up in Fruitland, ID was in the path of totality where the sun was completely covered by the moon. They had a BBQ and games for the kids while we watched the eclipse. It really was an amazing experience. When the moon covered the sun, the weather got cooler and it was dark for about 2 minutes. So glad we were able to take the kids and have this experience.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Maddie's teeth

Poor little Maddie has bad teeth. I took the twins in for a check up at 24 months and noticed some decay on Maddie's teeth. The dentist said that he would keep an eye on it and to come back in 3 months. After 3 weeks I noticed they were worse, so I brought her back in. The dentist confirmed that they had developed cavities and she needed 2 teeth capped and 2 filled. By the time the appointment came around, the poor baby had to have 2 removed and the 2 in back filled. Poor girl didn't have the proper enamel to help fight decay. She is now doing much better but with 2 less teeth

This is Maddie when we got home and the anesthetic was wearing off.