Guys! Yesterday I was offered a teaching position for the upcoming school year. Pre-k 4 teacher at one of the Goddard schools. Such a great opportunity for me. BUT, I’ve already committed to the 2-day a week nanny position, which honestly is a better fit for me. The extra free time beats everything! Especially with a full load of online classes this semester. Admittedly, I’m kind of terrible with keeping up with online classes. It’s easy for me to be distracted and procrastinate even more than I do normally. The more free time I have, the better. And I want to get in as much traveling as I can this year because next year, it’s actual classes and then student teaching.

I already have a couple of trips planned for the next few months. Seattle at the end of this month, Detroit in September, and Seattle again in October. What!? I love Seattle! In November, I would really like to go out of the country. It’s been way too long since I’ve had a stamp in my passport (2011!). I know I definitely want to travel in Europe because I feel comfortable traveling there alone, but I’m not sure where in Europe. My short list includes: somewhere in freezing Northern Norway to see the Northern Lights, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Prague, or Budapest. I DON’T KNOW! Any suggestions for a 5-7 day trip in Europe?

In crafty news, I’ve been working on a baby blanket for my friend’s daughter, Stella, who was born just this morning!

20130808-232427.jpg I knew the blanket wouldn’t be completed before her birth, my goal is to get it to her before she reaches 1 month. It’s my first baby blanket! Even though I’ve knitted for years, I’ve never knitted anything besides scarves! Crazy, right? Mostly because other projects included circular needles and circular needles scared me. I always associated them with big, difficult,  projects with a million different fancy stitch changes. Blech! After a lesson with Meg, I was a bit more comfortable with them and  now that I’m knitting with them, I realize they’re not much different than straight needles. Stella’s baby blanket is my first project with the circular needles. Maybe it’s kind of cheating, because I’m still knitting “straight”- just on circular needles. It’s a good start though! I now feel comfortable enough to try an actual circular needle project. Perhaps a hat or something else in the beginner range AFTER Stella’s and another baby blanket have been completed. Everyone is popping out a kid lately. No more until I finish a new project on circular needles, OK?! OK!




The Christmas program went off without a hitch! Well… a couple of things went wrong, but that’s expected when there’s 20-4 year olds on a stage. One kid decided minutes before the play that he hated the donkey ears he had to wear. So he pouted his way onto the stage. Once he was in his position, he folded his arms, huffed and pouted, and turned himself around. Throughout the whole performance he had his back to the audience. I thought it was hilarious. But you should’ve seen the look on his parents faces. They were embarrassed. At least he got on the stage…another kid refused to get on stage. He walked in, threw his “ears” on the floor, and instead of going on the stage, he just sat at the bottom of the stairs and watched his friends perform. Still, it went better than I thought :) After the performance we had a luncheon for the parents with a special visitor–Santa!

Yesterday the roller girls and I were in another Christmas parade. Since it was held in the town I work in, I actually spotted some familiar faces in the crowd. Some of my kids were on the side screaming “MS SOPHIAAAAA!” It made me feel like a little celebrity…for four year olds. After the parade we went out for eats and drinks. Always a good time when we’re together.