September 23rd, 2012
To all you East coasters enjoying fall beers and breathing in that fresh, crisp, fall air as you read this: take another big sip for us and please send us a sign that fall has actually just started...and is not yet over. After several snow flurries and some pretty cold walks home this week, we woke up this morning to a fresh coat of snow blanketing the ground.
Don't get me wrong, it's peaceful and beautiful and making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside...but it's going to make for a really long semester if I'm already humming Christmas carols.
Instead of spending all of our time pining for Saranac Pumpkins, Sam Octoberfests and that perfect "sweater weather," we've been staying as busy as possible. School is, as usual, taking up the majority of our time. This year has definitely been easier than last year, but now that I'm getting the hang of the whole teaching thing, I'm finding that there is always more to do and always something I can do better. I think we are blessed to be living in a place where we don't have a million other obligations pulling us every which way. It's really allowed me to focus on becoming the best teacher I can be. Not that we don't miss all of the distractions...
Brendan traveled to Koyuk with his Cross Country team and had a very successful race. Each of his kids improved over last year's times and they all had a lot of fun. He's been able to see most of the district in the past few weeks and has plenty of pictures to share! (Hopefully they will be up soon!) My kids wrote sonnets this week and Brendan's kids ran 5Ks. That is definitely more than we could say at this time last year. We'll take what we can get!
Wedding planning has already proved to be challenging from a distance, but we're determined to conquer it. Save the dates are ordered, but they of course don't ship to Savoonga, so Mom and Dad came to the rescue once again and are getting them to us. We're really missing our wedding experts, Meg and Mar, and are wishing they were as close to us as they were this summer! Honeymoon brainstorming is in full swing, and gives us something [warm] to look forward to!
It's Sunday evening and my lesson plans for the week aren't quite complete, so it's back to work for me! The snow has just about melted in most places from the afternoon sun, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was back to greet us in the morning. Stay warm for us and enjoy those fall brews. We wouldn't hate it if you stashed a few away for us for Christmas.