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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Just In Case You Forgot....


The other day my in-laws sent us an Olympic package full of goodies to use during the games. It was so nice of them and the package has come in handy.

We watched the Opening Ceremony last night and used the little flags from our package.

And today I have been constantly watching Olympic events... Women's basketball, and volleyball, rowing, cycling, beach volleyball, swimming, men's gymnastics... and the list goes on in on!!!

We even became the obnoxious Americans and decorated our front door with a banner from the package.

This is the second Olympics Matt and I have watched together and I think Matt is still adjusting to my excitement   obsession with the games. It is only the first day and Matt already had to escape from my Olympic watching antics! Ha Ha it should be a great two weeks!!!



A Quick Update in the life of Alex Fahey Ho

Note: This is a pretty lengthy post! 

As most of you know I have been looking for a full time teaching job for the last couple of months. And it has been a stressful few months. Matt and I were starting to come up with plan B for our future and it seemed like things were not lining up.

Then in the last week of June a principal from Mililani High School called and said he had offered a Social Studies' position to someone from the Mainland and would know by Friday July 6th if she would accept the offer or not. He said he would call then and would let me know.

I immediately called my mom and told her to start praying this lady turned down the offer. For the next week Matt and I were praying the same thing... that something would work out and she would turn the job down. Around 11:30 am on July 6th, I got a phone call from an 808 number!!! But it was Mililani Middle School! The school I did my student teaching in! They had a last minute opening and wanted me to interview that day! ... at 1:00! (It takes an hour to get to Mililani!) And if I got the job I would start July 9th!!!!

So Matt and I hurried to get ready (we were both on summer break) and headed to Mililani. On the way, we called our parents and told them to start praying. It was so surreal and I was so nervous.

We finally made it and I interviewed. The interview went great and the principal remembered me and seemed very excited to see me. She told me she would call at 4:00 and let me know. And I got the job!!!!!

So I am now a full fledged teacher at Mililani Middle School! I am on red track (kinda like teams or pods on the Mainland for Middle Schools.) I started on July 9th, and it has been a whirlwind the last three weeks. I am teaching 7th grade Hawaiian and Pacific history- the same content I student taught in. And I am also teaching a course in Family Consumer Science .... or Home Ec... which is really tough, but oh well.

I am just so excited I got a job and even though I gave up the rest of my summer because of the weird track system it was worth it. I love the school and love the other teachers who are on my team. The kids are great so far and I think it will be a great school year.

Mililani Middle is on a track system. This means there are four tracks (red, yellow, blue, and green) that are in the school, but there is only enough room for three at a time in the school building. So every few weeks one track goes off and another comes on. So red track, the track I am on, went for three weeks and now we have a three week break. It is a little crazy, but it will help me catch up with planning. Plus, it is nice to have little breaks throughout the year, so I am a fan.

And I know it was meant to be because I am off for the whole entire length of the Olympics!!! And for Jenny's visit!!!!!!

In other news, Matt started Summer B term. He is taking a couple Social Work classes and and IDS course. This term will end at the end of August. I can't believe he only has a couple more semesters left!!!

Matt and I feel very blessed with how things how turned out.

Friday Flashback #21 (On a Saturday)

I know I have been out of touch lately (I will give you an update in a later post), but I thought I would give you all a Friday Flashback first.

In the spirit of the Olympics I thought I would share one of my favorite memories:

My brother Joe and I have always enjoyed watching the Olympics. I love both the Winter and Summer Olympics, but during the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics I became obsessed with Apolo  Anto Ohno and speed skating. Since then I have always really liked watching that sport and Apolo.

During the 2010 Winter Olypmics, Joe and I thought we would turn our downstairs kitchen area into a speed skating rink. And then Joe and I thought we would be the speed skaters. So there we were racing around our kitchen in our socks trying to race like the great Olympian speed skaters.

It was one of the funniest things we have ever done and probably closest to the strangest thing we have ever down. This was the first Olympics Matt ever experienced with me and I think he definitely was a little worried with what he would have to deal with every couple of years.