Teacher on Break!

When I was a new teacher I would spend the entire summer – every free moment working on stuff for the next year. It was only when I had my daughter that I realized the importance of taking time for myself and my family. So, this summer I have spent relaxing, traveling, snuggling with my precious girl and every once in a while thinking about school…

That is truly what summer is for – to get refreshed and ready for the upcoming school year. I hope you haven’t missed my posts too much as I have taken time for myself. In the coming weeks, I plan to share some of my ideas for back to school and the upcoming school year.

For now let me share some of the pictures from my summer adventures with you 😀

I truly hope you are having a great summer! What have you been doing to refresh yourself this summer?

May Holiday – SPRING BREAK!!

So everyone back in the states has already had spring break. I have been waiting and waiting through this endless semester for spring break. Okay so it hasn’t been all bad, but I am excited for a break – 9 days no school!!

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What are my plans?

1. Pack a bit to get ready for my journey back to the States.

2. Go visit my Chinese family in Yantai!! I have not seen them since Christmas and I am so excited. This is the last time I will see some for a while and the last time I will see others on this side of the globe.

3. Relax and enjoy the time I have in China – it is starting to get very bitter-sweet, especially as I start to say “this is the last time…”

– Wish me luck and I hope everyone is enjoying their last few days, weeks, month of school!!

Adventures in Time Travel

It has been a whirl-wind of a summer. I have been to the states and back again. I have also had the joys of having a 48 hour day and losing a day. It honestly feels like we have been time-travelers this summer.

I am normally a workaholic according to my husband, but I think it is because I love what I do. I really enjoy writing lesson plans, teaching and coming up with a new way to explain a concept. However, this summer I gave my brain a break. I think it was a much needed break after my first year teaching overseas.

As soon as I got back to China, my brain break was over. My husband and I both taught at an English Camp. It is a two week camp that Chinese and Korean students come to in order to practice and learn English. It lasts for 8 hours Monday-Friday. As an English Education major I had so much fun teaching the kids English. Since most of them were elementary school aged kids, I also got to incorporate some fun songs that would have been quite cheesy to older students.

We are currently in the process of moving. That has been crazy in and of itself. Our schools company (the company operates two schools in China) provides our housing. Since we are moving to the other school another couple needed our apartment. The big problem was that we are not supposed to go our new city until August 15th. So we prepared our stuff and our currently staying at a hotel in the area. In another turn of events, today was a whirlwind. We thought the couple was coming in on Sunday and it turns out they are getting here tomorrow. Which meant I had to get everything together and move in less than 5 hours today. STRESS!

I am very thankful to now be sitting at my computer and relaxing. Although my friend just called and said that a tropical storm was headed our way. Looks like we will be stuck inside this weekend. All in all it looks like we are in for another adventurous year in China. And I am so glad that our time traveling is over at least for another 9 months!

~ Jessi