Ok, we’ve been home exactly 3 weeks today, and there’s been a lot going on!
One of the first things that happened when we returned to Kansas City was I left for a weekend away with the girls! Monica flew in from Colorado, Amy flew in from Atlanta, and Emilee drove us down to Springfield for a quiet weekend at a B&B!
We stayed at the Walnut Street Inn, an old Victorian house and carriage house on a gorgeous street filled with other cool houses. Who knew the town of Springfield would be so cool? We walked around the downtown area for their First Friday art walk, got pedicures together, and did a lot of sitting and chatting. One night we got real dorky and did an Old Wives Tale baby gender test with a pencil, needle and string.
Oh, we also did a lot of eating! There were some fabulous restaurants in the downtown area, including a creperie called The Aviary. It was incredible. We shared delicious savory crepes with blackened shrimp and one with chicken and pesto. For dessert we split 3 sweet crepes between the four of us, then we practically had to roll ourselves back to the Inn. I think I’ve definitely found a new stopping point for the route between here and Branson (which is a trip my Mom LOVES to make!)
This was breakfast one morning at the B&B!
While I was away with the girls, Tony kept quite busy! He found himself a truck, which was just what he was looking for, and a job building decks, wood floors, and bathrooms! He didn’t waste any time and started work that Monday. We also bought a car for me that week. It only took 2 days of sharing the truck to realize that one vehicle just wasn’t a viable lifestyle choice here!
Then it was time for Tony to go off on his Boys’ Baseball Trip. I don’t have any pictures of them as they left at 4:30 in the morning and they don’t seem to do the whole picture thing very well. The 5 fellas drove first to St. Louis to pick up Jon’s Mom’s mini van (Yeah! Rocking the Mini Van!) before heading off to Chicago, then to Detroit and Cleveland to take in the baseball games. They also stopped at Cedar Point Amusement Park to try all the incredible roller coasters there.
Something unexpected came up that second week too when Tony received an email from a local school principal asking him to come interview for a Language Arts position! Now, Tony had planned to take a little break from teaching and learn some home remodeling and deck building skills, but said he sure wouldn’t turn down a teaching job if it fell in his lap. How funny was it that one did! Tony went in for that first interview and received a call to come in for a second interview within just a few hours! The day of Interview #2 he received a call to go in and speak with HR, which is usually the step where you receive the final offer and sign the contract. So, Tony will be teaching 7th Grade Writing to about 125 kids at a middle school the next town over!
This week has been a tough one for me. I’ve been on several interviews (all for 1st grade positions, oddly enough), and with nothing panning out yet, the stress is getting to me a bit. I don’t know how people handle being unemployed over long periods of time! My stomach is just in knots all the time. If you’re a praying person, I could sure use some strength right now!