Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Happy 6 months!

I missed Andrew and I's six months anniversary last week and I wanted to post a video for everyone!

We still talk about the wedding all the time and both say we would do it all over again, the exact same (minus the rain), if we could. Thank you again for all of you that made it so special for us!

What a Whirl Wind

My life has been chaos lately...but in a good way!

About a month ago I interviewed for a kindergarten position at Broadway elementary. As most of you know I have been holding out for this "late hire" job. I didn't believe these things really existed and was just fine with subbing and being a nanny!  I mean I applied for 239984532598 jobs this summer and heard nothing so I had to be ok with not teaching. But in 3 days I was called to interview for 4 different kindergarten jobs because of numbers...everyone has to many kids.

I interviewed at Broadway first and I felt the interview went great. I felt relaxed and like I fit in well with the team. I guess they felt the same because they called me the next day and offered me the position. I was so excited and accepted the job immediately! Although I had other interviews I knew that there was a reason God let Broadway call me first and offer me the job so quickly; I knew it was the place for me.

They offered me the job on a Friday, I met my team on Monday, then the stress began on Tuesday. My principal called and informed me that I was not considered highly qualified in the district because I only held a temporary Texas certification. I went in to full blown panic mode. She was so sweet and kept me calm and helped find a solution to our problem! I told her I could take the certification test that week and she told me that they could wait for my results (super sweet right?!).

I signed up to take my two Texas Certification Test, after I got done balling crying of course. I would take one on Thursday and one on Friday. Now here comes the funny part; I have never taken Texas history in my life and would be tested on it Thursday. I am also only certified to teach PK- 3rd grade in Louisiana but will be certified to teach PK - 6th grade in Texas which means that I would be tested on 3 years of material that I took no college class on and lets be honest its been a LONG time since I was in 6th grade.

I have never crammed for a test like I did for these in my entire life.

I took the tests, passed both, and was able to be formally hired as the new kindergarten teacher.  I thought I could breath for a minute but I couldn't; things were about to get even busier.

I found out my test scores on Tuesday morning, signed my contract Tuesday afternoon and started my job on Wednesday. I got some time to set up my classroom and had my first parent night last Monday.
I have had my kids a week today and they are the most precious angels!

So although it has been chaos and a whirl wind I am grateful. I am sorry I have been absent from the blog and yes the Halbrook's are alive and well, I have just been a little on the busy side. It has been a great whirl wind I am grateful for this opportunity and for all of the people I have met already. They have welcomed me with open arms and I am truly blessed to be part of such a great school family!

I will be catching you up on our life though because I have missed a lot of good blogging memories!

It feels so good to be back!