One part of my life that I haven't written about on here is my job. For those of you who don't already know, I am an English language teacher at a local college here in Seattle (man, that felt so weird to type out!) Because honestly, I never envisioned this point in my life. I love being a mom and really don't mind staying at home full-time while our kids are still young. Not to mention that I was feeling rather lost after graduating from UW and not knowing what I could/wanted to do that would also work with our family situations.
But God has had a plan for me all along. A perfect one. He gave me the most supportive, generous, loving parents and families who made my time in grad school possible. He sent me to the program at USC where I met some of the most inspiring and knowledgeable teachers and classmates. He placed me in a great place for practicum where I had mentors who were always willing to help and offer guidance. And then, He gave me a part-time position before I even graduated, which ultimately helped me land on my current job (also thanks to Gary and his widespread connections). He then provided us with the best nanny in the world, so I was able to start working 3 months after I had Izzy. He planned a perfect workload for me, 10 hours of teaching per week, which leaves me lots of time still to be with the littles. The sequence of these events were not exactly planned or expected by us at all, and looking back now, I really cannot thank God enough because He truly has been so gracious to me and our family.
Having always been the self-conscious type who is eager to make everyone happy, I do find my job challenging and at times, discouraging. But my weaknesses keep me close to the Lord, especially now I am forced to confront them everyday. I am learning to be more resilient that way, too (albeit very slowly :) Two quarters of teaching has now passed (with 1.5 weeks to go!), and it is looking like God is about to open a different door for me/us. He gave me an interview for a position at a school that is much closer to our home, which will work better for us long-term especially after Zoey starts kindergarten. I really don't know what will happen after the interview, but I am truly at peace with whatever God has in store for me, whether it's to keep teaching or to stay home or to do something else for Him.
One thing I love the most about teaching is the students. My students come from all over the world. They all have different dreams and goals in life - some big, some small, some for themselves, and some for their families. I love getting to know them and learning about their life stories. The beauty in my job is that I get to play a tiny part at this stage in their lives. Even though I still have a lot to figure out as a teacher myself (and half of the time I don't feel like I'm doing well enough), I am encouraged and humbled every time I step in the classroom and see my students' faces. Whether they like my class or not, they show up everyday, ready to listen, ready to work with me and with one another. That was when I truly realized I am not striving for perfection at my job, but progress and improvement everyday.
And now I'm feeling extra thankful upon finishing this post...thanks so much for reading it! Have a restful + healthy weekend, everyone :)
It's no secret that Zoey likes to draw and I am one proud mama who thinks she is so talented (I know, I know. I am biased, but how can I not be??) It seems that I'm always looking for better ways to store her artwork. When she was much younger, I used to keep and display her crafts for awhile then throw them out to the recycling box (and got caught by her a few times, oops!!) But now that she's older, she's actually drawing things and she takes great pride in what she's produced. It is her way of expressing herself, and I don't ever want to throw that out. Other than the walls and the fireplace mantle in our house, we've been putting her drawings in a big 3-ring binder, and she likes flipping through them and remembering each and every one.
Zoey likes to put her new drawings at places where I get to see them firsthand (she never forgets to show dad either :) If I'm at work, she will put them by the garage door or on the stairs so I will see them first thing when I walk in the house. If I'm at home sleeping, she will slide the drawings through the bottom of our bedroom door, or just come in and put them on my pillow.
This Monday morning, I woke up to this right next to my face on my pillow...
Hi! I can't believe it's March already. A big chunk of February was spent in sickness for our entire family. First, Nathan, then Zoey, then Gary, and finally, Izzy. It took each of them more than a week to recover, and I'm just so glad that for the most part, it's all over with now. Izzy is still coughing and snotty and I've been feeling a bit under the weather here and there, but nothing too bad yet, so for that I am very thankful.
We've been having some really nice weather in Seattle this weekend (what better way to start off the new month, right?) We got to spend Saturday morning with the Chungs, which felt so nice after weeks of not being able to hang out much due to us being sick. We met up at Volunteer Park Cafe for breakfast, and afterwards we walked up to Volunteer Park together to run around and enjoy the sunshine.
The cafe is in a cute yellow house in a residential area. Their food and baked goods are pretty good in terms of portions and quality, and I like my soy latte there (I am no coffee expert but after drinking so many soy lattes over the years, I think I can tell which ones are better :) The place isn't big and it gets quite busy, so I won't say it's the most stroller-friendly restaurant, but plan ahead with timing and maybe babywearing, it'll work :)
Volunteer Park has been one of our favorite places to go lately. It's got easy + free parking, big playground, a cool and warm green house, great view of the city, and lots of big trees and spacious grassy areas for running around. Bathroom access is also easy and quite clean - very important for this mama of 3!
Our older two took a really early nap on Saturday, so early that we were able to squeeze in a visit to the zoo and downtown seattle before it got dark. We didn't take any pictures at the zoo, but I did snapped a couple at dinner:
Izzy's started to sit really well in a restaurant high chair now! I bought some baby rice puffs this week for her to try, and she's gotten pretty good at picking it up on her own from the tabletop now.
When Z and N finished eating, they both wanted to go find Izzy in her high chair and play with her. Zoey was feeding Iz the baby puffs, and Izzy had her mouth wide open while playing with Naynay's face and hair...it was so cute I took about 10+ pictures of them, trying to get a good one. And this is the best one I got. Oh well, at least it shows their personalities perfectly.
A family that eats froyo together, stays together? haha! Gary is a big fan of frozen yogurt (he likes the sour sorbet) so we went and got some at TCBY after dinner. We got there literally 2 minutes before they closed. And Z and N talked me into putting m&ms and sour gummies in it. I think they could tell that mama was in a rush and it was a good timing.