Two weeks ago all the classified staff in the district came into Dillingham for a 3-day inservice. Tim and his colleagues played a big role in much of the inservice. Part of their job was to introduce the staff to some instructional strategies that they could use with the students. Tim said that the inservice went really well and the staff seemed really excited to implement what they’d learned.
During inservices like these, the district provides breakfast and lunch for the staff. Tim went in early each day to help prepare breakfast. One evening he made about 150 biscuits to go with breakfast the next morning. Deb and Pam made all the gravy to go with those biscuits.
Trip to Togiak
This past week at work involved a lot of traveling for the curriculum and the technology departments. Tim was in charge of “holding down the fort” this past Monday and Tuesday as he was the only person in those two departments in the building. Wednesday, once some of the other staff returned, he went to Togiak. He was able to visit with each of the high school teachers and a lot of the elementary teachers as well. He said that the kids were really excited to see him and wanted to know where Kaylee and I were. Tim said it was really fun to see the kids. Half of the staff is new this year in Togiak and Tim said it’s amazing what a different feel the school has now. It’s not bad or worse, just different. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be a student there are have such drastic changes in the school every few years.
Sunshine and Frost
The weather has changed drastically this week. We no longer are experiencing rain day after day. In fact it has been sunny for the past week, but also cold. The weather has been in the 30s and sometimes the 40s. It’s amazing how quickly fall has come upon us. Many of the trees have lost their leaves and there’s that chill in the air that tells you summer is over.
We had our first activity for Relief Society this week since we’ve moved to Dillingham. It was the most unique church activity I’ve ever been involved in: we had a sleep over at the church. Honestly, I was not excited at all about the prospect of having a sleep over, especially when I was sure that all the other ladies in attendance would be at least twice my age, but I wanted to support those who had gone to the work to plan the activity. I went and was pleasantly surprised. We each brought a meal for one that we then swapped in an Eskimo bingo fashion. After enjoying our dinner, we watched the movie Emma Smith. By this time it was about 10:30 pm and I was ready to jump in bed, yet the other ladies pulled out cake and another movie. I know I was the youngest one there, but I sure felt old when I was ready for bed and they were just getting started. I made it through most of the second movie, but curled up on my air mattress before it was over. I know it was only one night, but I was glad to see Tim and Kaylee again. I think my favorite part of the whole experience was walking up to our front door the next morning and hearing Tim reading to Kaylee inside. They seemed to have quite a good daddy/daughter date while I was gone.
This Saturday Dillingham school hosted a cross-country meet. Tim and I went to watch because we knew that there would be quite a few students from Togiak racing. The weather was really cold, not just because of the freezing temperatures but there was also a biting wind. I didn’t hear the runners complain at all, but I was really glad we had dressed Kaylee up in a hat, gloves, and her winter coat. We were able to say hi to six of our former students, five that still attend Togiak, and one that has transferred to Dillingham.
I love this girl so much. I probably tell Tim several times a week how much I love having her. Just last night after watching a movie, Tim kept checking on Kaylee to see if she had woken up. She was sound asleep and had been for hours, but Tim just really wanted some cuddle time with her. I find myself feeling the same way. It’s sometimes hard to wait even all the way until morning to play with that girl.
She is rolling around the living room to get just about anywhere she pleases. She hasn’t started crawling yet, but likes to reach for my lap when I sit down by her. She’s becoming a pro at eating cheerios and is really starting to gobble up solid food in general. This past week whenever we play peek-a-boo, she’s giggled more than I’ve ever heard her giggle before. Check out the video below.
Life is going well and we’re enjoying each day!