Monday, November 28, 2011

Eric's Graduation Day!

August 19th was a day that we had been waiting for since Eric started at UTMB in August 2008...graduation day!  It was everything we had hoped for and more.  A day surrounded by friends and family, celebrating Eric's hard work and many stressful times for the 2 of us. 

Eric's graduation took place at the Moody Garden's Convention Center, which was really neat.  We stayed the night at the Moody Garden's Hotel with my parents and Eric's family.  It was such a surreal experience to see Eric walk across the stage.  It really hit me when they called him Dr. Eric Konesheck...that's right, I'm married to a Dr. =) 

After dinner, we went to dinner with both our families, and grandparents at Landry's in Galveston.  After dinner, we went back to the hotel, explored and took Tegan and Cainan to get ice cream.  Later that night, we went to The Strand to celebrate some more. We had a great time getting to go out with Eric's siblings and meeting up with some friends he went to school with.  Some of us enjoyed the night more than others...Eric and Darren...

We couldn't have asked for a better way to celebrate Eric's hard work and dedication.  Congrats to the UTMB Doctorate of Physical Therapy Class of 2011!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Other Duties as Assigned

One thing I have learned during my short time as an assistant principal...there are many things that I never thought I would do!

One of those things is have student throw pies at me!  For our school fundraiser, students had the chance to throw pies at staff members if they sold a certain amount of items.  I'm not sure I will even forget the smell of hot, melted whipped cream!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Start of My Wild Ride

     After a perfect vacation, Eric and I got back to Galveston on Sunday.  Not going to lie, I REALLY missed my cell phone and Facebook while we were gone.  There is a lot that can happen when you are gone for a week, as I quickly learned when I turned my phone on!  I turned my phone on around 7am and it started coming through with tons of alerts for text messages and voice mails.  As I looked at my voicemail, there was one from my principal, Susan, so I checked that first.  All the said was that she was sure I was concerned about all the phone calls and messages I had gotten that week, so to give her a call.  My first thought was that my class had been dropped at Greene due to low numbers and that I would have to move to another school.  Yes, I know that I automatically go to the extreme! =) 

    The next voicemail I checked was from one of the people at HR for Clear Creek saying that they knew I was getting back from my cruise today and wanted me to come in for an interview for an Assistant Principal position at 5pm.  "Today? A Sunday? The day before the teachers start school? The day I get back from a cruise?"  These were a few of the thoughts running through my mind.  After a million phone calls, we got off the ship and I headed home to get ready for my interview that afternoon.  Since it was a week before school started, my mind was not in the AP role, it was in the 4th grade teacher role (or the vacation role).  I was able to get myself together by the time of the interview.  I had interviewed twice before for an AP spot, so I really wasn't expecting to get the job, but was thinking it is always good experience to interview again.  I met with a few people from district administration and Kathy, the principal at Ward.  I left the interview feeling good, but still not expecting anything to come of it.  We went to dinner with my parents and got ready for my first day back at school!

    Monday morning was great getting to see the Greene teachers after a summer away.  Susan told me to keep my phone close by in case I got a call about another interview.  Sure enough, I got a call by 9:00 to come in for a second interview with the Superintendent!!!  For some reason, I was much less nervous about this interview than the other one with the district staff and Kathy.  The interview with our Superintendent went excellent and I started to realize there was a very good chance I was going to get the job as AP.  Things felt very different this time around than the last.  Tuesday morning, I got the call that changed my life and current plans for the year!  I got a call from HR asking if I would accept the job as AP of Ward Elementary!  The hard part was that I couldn't tell anyone until after the board meeting that night.  Once the word was official that I had gotten the job as Assistant Principal, the phone calls flooded in.  It was a very surreal feeling that everything I had worked for the past 2 years and come true much sooner than I could have ever imagined.  I was honored, shocked, proud, nervous, excited and many more emotions!

     Wednesday morning, I started at Ward Elementary as AP!  I got to meet the staff, tell them about myself and see my office.  That afternoon, I went back to Greene and started the long process of cleaning out my room.  It was a very bittersweet experience.  I would not be the teacher and administrator I am today without Greene.  I grew more as a teacher in the past 3 years at Greene than I ever thought possible.  I met wonderful friends and coworkers that supported me through stressful times and grew me into a leader.  For the next few days, Leslie wouldn't even step foot in my room.  We definitely had some separation anxiety =) 

    Everyone was such a wonderful support that week as I transitioned from one school to another and left the job I had known for 5 years to start a new job.  Towards the end of the week, I kept having to remember that Eric had a huge celebration on Friday....GRADUATION DAY!

Back on the Blogging Wagon

    Well, I think it is about time to come out of blogging hiatus! I'm the type of person that I have tried many times to catch-up on the past few months, but I feel like I need to have everything from the past before I can blog about the current events.  Call it what you may, it is my OCD/Type A personality. =)   Last time I really thought about writing was around the first week of August.  We celebrated my mom's 50th birthday and a few days later our new journey began without us even knowing!  there are many things to catch-up on, so I am going to start slowly...

    On August 7th, Eric and I set sail on the Carnival Conquest out of Galveston for a 7 day cruise.  This is the 3rd time that we have gotten to go on vacation just the 2 of us and we always have a wonderful time!  This vacation was just what we needed.  We had so much to celebrate since Eric was officially done with school and rotations and had just gotten offered a job a St. John's Sports Medicine that week before.  It was definitely a celebration for him and for the 2 of us making it through the past 3 years.  I love "out of school" Eric!  He is such a different person, less stressed and pays a lot of attention to me =)   This was the first time in a long time that he has truly been stress free.

   Our days at see revolved around waking up, eating breakfast, going to the pool, eating lunch, taking a nap, eating dinner and watching comedians for hours on end. Repeat day after day!  The weird thing was that this was the first ship we have been on that we haven't had to fight for chairs at the pool.  No matter what time we went to the pool, there were plenty of chairs. 

   Our ship docked in Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.  We didn't get off the ship in Jamaica.  We have been there a few times before and have never really been to interested.  It was nice to be on the ship when most people were off the ship.  Our next stop was Grand Cayman.  We LOVE Grand Cayman!  We have been there many times and always enjoy it.  We took the boat tender to shore and walked around all the stores.  They have very high end stores but also have more affordable stores.  We always like to go to Jimmy Buffets and Guy Harvey.  After walking around for a few hours, we headed back to the ship...can't miss nap time!  Our last stop was Cozumel, which we have also been to many times.  It is unbelievable how much it has grown and changed since the first time we went 13 years ago!  We walked around the stores they have right when you get off the ship and then ate lunch at a restaurant close by.  It was extremely hot, so we didn't last more than a couple hours. 

All in all, it was a wonderful trip.  The best part was getting to spend time just the 2 of us and doing whatever we felt like...which was a lot of relaxing!  When we got back on Sunday, all that was on my brain was that I had to start back at school the next day.  Little did I know that after turning on my cell phone for the first time in a week that my life would change!  That's a little teaser for what's to come next... =)

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