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Old 06-23-2012, 10:05 PM   #1
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A New Grade, A New House, and A Surprise! TR August 21-31

Since my summer vacation is almost here, I figured now was as good a time as any to start my PTR.

A little explanation of the title - lots of changes are happening in our lives right now. For the past 11 years, I have taught 7th or 8th grade and loved it (most of the time!); however, despite an amazing class this year, I have been feeling like I needed a change. When the time for next year's grade assignments came, I mentioned to my principal that I would be open to anything. And I got it! I will be moving to Grade 2 next year and I am excited and ready to pass out at the same time.


On a family front, we decided that we wanted a different style house with a little more space, so a house-hunting we went. After looking for a while, we decided to build in a neighbourhood close by - the kids will remain at their school and it's in a great location. Then came the stress of selling ours - yikes! Never again It took weeks of sorting and organizing, but we got the house 'show-ready' and listed it. Much to our delight, it sold in 6 days. Then fell through.

So on the market we went again, but I am happy to say that we have officially sold it and we are set to move 2 weeks after school starts.

And last, but not least, the 3rd part of the title. I have always told the kids ahead of time that we are going to Disney and they have been actively involved in the planning and the details. Since we have gone the past 5 years, they assumed we were going this year, but DH and I were worried about them 'expecting' to go all the time (even though we do love going!), so we deferred telling them we had booked the trip.

When they asked again in the spring whether we were going, we told them not this year because of the new house. They were disappointed, but understood. Their request to make up for not going to Disney? A trip to the zoo. Well, okay then, we can go to the zoo.

Our initial plan was to tell them when school was out, then DH suggested telling them the day of. I have always loved the idea of this, but never thought I could keep my big mouth shut, but lo and behold, here we are in July and we are leaving in a month, and I still haven't spilled the beans! Yay me!

The plan is to pack on a day that they go to day camp and if they ask where such-and-such is, I'll just say I packed it for the move. Hopefully no one will be the wiser. As for the telling, we are going to have a 'camp-out' in our living room (kids love to watch a movie and sleep in their sleeping bags there), so when we wake them in the morning, they will be together when they are told. Hopefully they will lose their minds

Up Next: The cast.....
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Great start! I was a fifth grade teacher before I moved down to 2nd. I know what you mean about change. Sometimes I need something to change or I'll lose my mind. Great start!
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Wow, you have been busy! A trip to WDW is just what you need. I hope your kids go crazy with the reveal!
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Wow, you have been through the changes!

Congrats on keeping the secret so far and with the next few weeks!
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Congrats on the house, the new assignment and trip! Looking forward to reading more!
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Congratulations on a lot of great changes. What a wonderful way to surprise them!!
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I love reading about surprise trips! I don't think I'd like to be surprised, myself, as I enjoy the anticipation so much, but with kids it's great.
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Great Start!!! Congrats on the new grade to teach and the new house!!! Hope the kids are surprised about going to Disney!!
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Congrats on all the big changes. We surprised our kids once and it was our most memorable trip ever. Don't forget to videotape their reaction
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Great start! I was a fifth grade teacher before I moved down to 2nd. I know what you mean about change. Sometimes I need something to change or I'll lose my mind. Great start!
Thanks! How's life in the 2nd grade? I'm hoping I'll enjoy it!

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I hope that you and your family have a magical time at the world
Thanks so much!

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Wow, you have been busy! A trip to WDW is just what you need. I hope your kids go crazy with the reveal!
Yep, little bit busy And I hope they do too!

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Wow, you have been through the changes!

Congrats on keeping the secret so far and with the next few weeks!
I've been doing a lot of deep breathing to get through the insanity of our lives right now!

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Great start. I'm looking forward to the reveal.
Thanks! Just hoping nobody who knows we are going slips and tells the kids! They shouldn't, but you never know!

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Congrats on the house, the new assignment and trip! Looking forward to reading more!
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Great start! That's gonna be one big change going from 7th/8th to 2nd! Can't wait to meet the cast!
Thanks Marnie! I'm super excited, but it is going to be SOOOO different!

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Congratulations on a lot of great changes. What a wonderful way to surprise them!!
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I love reading about surprise trips! I don't think I'd like to be surprised, myself, as I enjoy the anticipation so much, but with kids it's great.
I agree with you - I wouldn't want to be surprised; I like daydreaming about the trip too much This will be the one and only time we surprise them. The weird thing is DD woke up a few weeks ago and told us about a dream she had: We surprised them with a trip to Disney! She said it was the best dream ever. I almost choked on my coffee when she told us

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Great Start!!! Congrats on the new grade to teach and the new house!!! Hope the kids are surprised about going to Disney!!
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Congrats on all the big changes. We surprised our kids once and it was our most memorable trip ever. Don't forget to videotape their reaction
Oh, you've made me more excited! I'm planning on double videotaping just in case something happens with one!
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