27 September 2014

School and Such ● by Jess



This is a letter one of my nieces, Gretchen, sent me this week. Jon and I were so excited to get it, especially because we have been working very hard to get our vlog put together by the end of this month. My nieces and nephews are probably the most loyal readership we have on this blog, mostly because they like our movies... which is pretty great because there are a lot more coming your way, kid-os! 

In other news, my new job is kicking my rear end in a very serious way. Working full time as a teacher, then going to school part time in the evenings and weekends is much more difficult than I had expected it to be. I am exhausted every. single. day.

That being said, I love these kids. I work with the 4/5 year olds and they are hilarious. The first couples of days, they didn't really understand my accent, so I pulled my really terrible British accent. It worked for the first day or two, but then, by the next week I tried to use it again when I was asking who wanted water at lunch. They were very quick to ask, "why are you talking like that?" 

Speaking of lunches, private school food is amazing-- like UHMAZING. I suppose it better be for the price of tuition.... I checked on my school's website to figure out how much each of my little four year old's was paying, then almost had a heart attack. One year of a four-year-old's tuition is roughly equivalent to what I spent on my four year degree + traveling around the world for 8 months (disregarding scholarships). Ouch. This fact naturally ads a bit of pressure, but fortunately, I am only one of three teachers in a classroom at anytime, so these kids get plenty of one-on-one attention. 

One of my favourite things is that I feel like I am a junior version of Harry Potter. Not only does everyone have adorable British accents, but there are House Points, a head boy and girl and we refer to the principal as the "head mistress." It is glorious and my inner 11 year old is constantly squealing with joy. 

Anyway, the vlog is coming! Stay tuned... My goal is to have episode 1 up by Oct 1st. :)

01 September 2014

Transitioning ● by Jess

Mmmm... I am one lucky lady. Look at this dashing husband of mine! This handsome man took all of this last week off to celebrate birthday week with me. He is the best hubby ever.

I haven't been super great at blogging lately, but its for a good reason....

Jon and I have realised that taking video when we are traveling and going on adventures actually makes for a much more pleasant experience than stopping to take photos. Confession: this is mostly because I make him take, and retake, photos of me at least 20 times.

In the past, we've made a number of montage videos, which has helped us realise that perhaps we are going about this whole blogging thing wrong. So, we are going to begin the transition of moving from blog to vlog.

In my dream world, each of my siblings and sibling-in-law's families would have their own vlog and on Sunday Jon and I would just spend the afternoon catching up with everyone and watching our nieces and nephew's grow. That would be beautiful. But of course, this is just the wishful thinking of an expat couple missing their family :)

We're still working out the logistics on how exactly this would happen. We are debating on what to set as public and what to set as private, and how/whether we'll change things when we have kids. I'm very open to any feedback, so feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

We'll probably begin rolling out episodes by the beginning of October (if my new job and school-- which started TODAY-- doesn't overwhelm my schedule). Its gonna be great!