#1 - I had twin girls. Of course, I knew I was pregnant when I blogged last, but was still early enough on in my pregnancy that I didn't want to talk about it publicly. I had a fairly easy pregnancy until the last month when the babies settled on my sciatic nerve and I basically couldn't walk without pain. I had a very uneventful c-section at 37 weeks, and after one of my girls spent a week in the NICU for some growing and feeding, we all came home! Almost 8 months later they're crawling, babbling little ladies who are starting to terrorize their older brother... and I'm loving (almost) every second of it.
#2 - We bought and renovated our first home. As if having twins wasn't enough, during my 6th month of pregnancy, we realized we needed to be closer to our families. So in a period of 4 weeks, we looked at a few houses, put in an offer on one, and closed on it. Then we spent the next 6 weeks (until the day I started my maternity leave) renovating it. We replaced the bathroom and kitchen, redid the floors, painted everything, updated the electrical and plumbing, insulated attics and basements... and then packed and moved everything... if you've read my blog before you know that we had JUST moved the summer before... which we'd done to be closer to work so we'd have more time as a family after school was over. In a funny twist of fate, 3 weeks after we moved, we found out I was pregnant. With twins. After a few weeks of freaking out, we thought we'd figured out a plan on how we'd make it work while staying where we were. But as I got further along in my pregnancy, we started to realize we were going to need some major help. We were going to have 3 kids under 3 years old... so by Thanksgiving, we'd make the decision to move!
#3 - I quit teaching. I went out on maternity leave in early February, returned for the last 3 weeks of school in May, and left for good once that was over. While I may return to teaching one day, the reality of 3 kids in daycare was absurd. When we really thought about it, the idea of working to pay for day care, and basically nothing else, just didn't make sense. So we decided I'd stay home with our kids. While we've definitely had days that have been hard (and I know there will be MANY MANY more to come), I've been really loving it. As the babies have gotten older, certain things are easier, and certain things are harder. They're finally *mostly* sleeping through the night, so at least we're starting to get back some sense of rest! But truly I've loved being able to see them every day - seeing what they're learning and doing and not missing a minute. I'm very lucky, and very blessed. I don't take that for granted.
#4 - I've slowed WAY down on my TpT stuff, but have been still creating occasionally. I'm turning my focus, for now, to guided reading comprehension type questions. I have lots of them created on my computer from my 10 years of teaching, so I'm just now trying to find the time to post them. To help my family out at bit, I am still doing some after school tutoring, so I may also be writing some things up for that which I'll post as well... but my focus has certainly changed since November. I may post some things occasionally (all of which are classroom tested... just backlogged on my computer from years ago!) but my family is my focus these days.
So those are the big things that have happened here in the last year! While I am no longer teaching, I do hope to go back one day... so I believe I'll be keeping the name of the blog the same. Eventually I'm going to redesign it to take off the school aspects... because the focus will be different - it'll be more about my family life and how we're surviving over here being together all day every day. Feel free to follow along and keep up with us!