Achh Ea Double Hockey Sticks Week

12 Aug

If one were to scroll back through all the first week in Aug posts, I’m pretty sure it would either be blank or whiny because it is my busiest week of the year! For 7 years (today!) this week has included two of my kids birthday parties, the first full week of school, volleyball tryouts and chaotic first practices. This year, I’ve added full-time teaching to the mix, so why wouldn’t we schedule Josh’s knee surgery for this week?! It’s a big ol’ eye roll is what it is.

I also have an entire month of life to catch up on, so I was to the point of I-have-so-much-to-do-so-I-just-won’t-do-anything (that’s a real thing, right?) I was just about to fall into a blissful 15 minute power nap when Sim yelled at me to go wipe him, so…..I’m awake and have 15 minutes to spare!

Ready, set, go!

Not long after we got back from the mountains, the three older kids were off to camp for the week. It was exciting for everyone, except the two who didn’t get to go. Caleb was sobbing because he was going to miss Deacon, which made my heart swoon!

The kids had a blast at camp and came home with all kinds of stories and inside jokes. The camp was Narnia-themed, so my kids only know some people by their Narnia name. (BTW, the JV volleyball team is being coached by Aslan!)

We actually didn’t get to see the kids the day they got home because Josh whisked me off to a hotel for our anniversary/my birthday. The highlight of that overnight was that we went to see Celine Dion in concert at Mall of Asia! She was indescribable! She nailed every single note for two straight hours. It was incredible. Hamilton last year, Celine this year….Josh is setting the bar pretty high for the years to come!



Around the same time was the New Staff Orientation for Faith. I wasn’t required to go because I already had a semester under my belt, but I was welcomed to because I didn’t get the NSO info the year before. The funniest thing about the week was that even though I was “new staff,” I was in the Faith promotional video three times–once as a volleyball coach, and twice as a high school student!


Taking on the high school girls PE department meant that I got my own office! I was so so SO excited to go in there and make it my own space. It was in really rough shape….like, really rough. I’m so excited about how things came together. The facilities department painted the floor and installed the chandelier. Our dear friends visiting from the US painted the walls while I was at NSO, and then I worked on the rest. I painted just about everything and turned a file cabinet in to a tufted bench. It was so much fun and I’m so happy when I go in there each day!




The night before school started, we did our annual dinner at the Old Spaghetti House. Fun fact: the same waiter has been there since Mackenzie was a baby!


The next morning, we were all up and ready to go nice and early! That happens like twice a year, usually the first and last day of school.

This year I got to be in the first-day-of-school pic! This was the last day of hair, make-up, and cute clothes. Since then, its been ponytails and shorts and tees!


Since I’m a HS teacher, I got to be in on the “sorting” activities, where the new students were placed in their Houses. Mackenzie, myself, and all future family will all be the house Tharseo. I was skeptical when Faith moved to a house system, because I loved class pride, but now I love it!



A few days later, our little Simmy started preschool! He was so so excited, which made us excited for him. I have to say, I was a little bummed that I never had that drop-the-kids-off-and-go-home-to-a-quiet-house-and-a-cup-of-coffee feeling that I’ve been planning for 14 years, but…I have my office!

Sim loves preschool and doesn’t appreciate fridays, when he doesn’t get to go see his friends there!


And I’ll just wrap this post up with a captionless pic of Sim…



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