Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Getting in the Groove

Okay. So. We have an apartment that will suffice until July (lease terms here are from August to July) and we find something more permanent. I have a job as an aid at a school that was built in 1884. Its a 3rd-5th grade school. Because the school is old, it doesn't have the capacity for teams of grade level teachers which promotes collaboration and better differentiation.  The other one story older school is K-2 and feeds into ours. I cover recess duty and then work in classrooms. I'm liking how this is giving me an opportunity to get to know teachers and teaching styles. I'm definitely ready to have a class again. My chances to use my creative teaching energy are limited. Luke was home every day during the work week before 6 and on one of the days he was able to come home at 4:30 so we could try a tandem bike. It was great!
I am loving that aspect to no end. 
Luke needed an eye appointment and one of my headlights went out ON the last day drive from Boise to Moscow. Since new beetles only like to be worked on by dealers and Luke needed eyewear ASAP we tromped up to Spokane and then got to crash my cousin Jacquie's daughters birthday party before they move out of state!
 Aunt Grace and Jacquie
 Katie, Jacquie, Me
 Katie and Faith
 Doesn't Luke look happy?

 Gracie is pretty hard core about the chap-stick application!
 Uncle Doug and Benjamin
 Luke got to transfer his lego skills to princess castle building. 
 I got to have some cousin snuggle love!
 Aunt Grace and Me
 Brandon, Benjamin, Grandma Darlene

So yeah. Things are different here in Idaho. Some great, some good, some meh. I haven't found a knitting group yet. That's next on my agenda!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Garden City to Moscow

On truck loading day it was so fun that so many friends could come pizza, load, and show me how to "Magic Eraser!" We couldn't have pulled it together without you!
That night, John and Neola flew in and helped us with a final wrap up. 
Early Tuesday morning we woke up, did a final wipe down, and backed our way out of the house cleaning capers as we went.
While our 26 ft truck wasn't stuffed to the gills, we probably couldn't have fit it all in the smaller size. Which is a bummer because the day before we were supposed to pick it up, we got a call from Uhaul letting us know that our two options for truck pick up were 2.5 hours away. Lame. We bartered a discount, an extra day and then drove to pick it up on Monday.

Driving crew!
Our first stop was at a mega fuel center where Neola and I fueled up on Starbucks. John drove the truck, Luke drive his car and Neola and I were road trip buddies in my car. 
Early Wednesday morning rest stop. 
IKEA! Kitchen ogling. I can assure you our apartment kitchen would love this makeover.
Hello Idaho scenery!
The day we arrived in Moscow was busy! Luke and John went to get paperwork done for our apartment and get some basic groceries. Neola and I went to get my fingerprinting,school paperwork done and take a tour of my new school workplace!

Sooooo much stuff.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Getting Together

Our last bit of time in Garden City was jam packed! Things didn't really become "official" until about two weeks before the move. 

Dan, Violet, Me!
Flying with Mary!
Fiesta Parade watching!
Martha and Susan were so thoughtful in giving me my very own piece of Patrick Dougans to have in Moscow. 
Me and Sandy
Pat, Mary and I went to see the famous hairball and W. Chicken farm!

My students from last year were so sweet to me!
I really got down to consolidating everything from when we lived long distance, and from acquiring many of my moms supplies. 
Thank goodness for saved frosting containers and Costco size peanut butter jars.
For some reason during moving one always finds the things you can never find when you need them. 
Husbands like to take time to drive their wives bonkers. I had these all sorted and Luke called me back "for something." I noticed there was a hanger out of place. Fixed it. And Luke started laughing hysterically. Fool was playing mind tricks. 
Books anyone?
Luke's getting pumped up for our team couch wrapping event. 
Take that chipotle.