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That's a Wrap!

Although my usual posts tend to be on the long side, I am going to attempt to make this one short and sweet. Today has been a long day and it brings to a close a long month which followed a long month (and year) before that. Needless to say, I am a bit tired and ready for a break. Luckily for me, today brought with it my very last class as a graduate student and I can officially say that I earned a Masters of Education degree in Educational Leadership and will soon possess a “Type B” administrative certificate. This past year was challenging and trying, but today allowed me to reap the benefits of my long year of study! Congratulations to the other 20 members of “C9” (the 9th cohort to pass through this program), it has been my pleasure to study alongside you and I wish you all luck in your future endeavors!! 
In looking back on this journey, I was overcome with an unstoppable stream of memories from the past four years, but specifically memories of my first trip to Alaska and what t…
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Leaving Home

This is a tricky one for me to write about as the reality of leaving Nondalton has not set in yet. Our last days in the village were packed with final visits, walks, and last minute packing. When I say last minute, I mean down to the wire, plane was coming and we were finishing up our packing and cleaning. Talk about stressful! I tried to soak it up as much as I could, and of course the last night at home brought the gasping-for-breath-ugly-crying kind of tears, but it still didn’t feel as if it were really happening. It still doesn’t. I am friends with quiet a few women from the village and am able to see their pictures, and it seems just like any other summer. I’ll finish up in Juneau and head back to the East Coast for a visit, just as I did last year, and then head home. Except this summer it will be different. This summer, home will become somewhere new. New buildings, new views, everything new. All of those things are exciting because it’ll be a new chapter, but oh how bittersw…

The One About the Wedding

Sorry folks, we’re taking a break from our regularly scheduled transition posts to focus on something else that’s been weighing on my mind for quite some time. This past year, the two questions I’ve been asked the most are “Where are you moving next” (or some variation) and “How’s the wedding planning going?”. Friends, family, new district staff, you name it, they’ve asked it. Which is great because those are two easy and seemingly non-awkward or painful conversation starters. It’s the safety zone of conversations when conversations dwindle or the ice-breaker when a new conversation begins. You want to talk to me, that’s great and I appreciate it, and sure I will talk to you about both. The problem? Most people don’t like a lot of my answers. 

What?! No Paige! We support you, it’s your day, do your thing, it doesn’t matter what others want, etc. etc. etc. I love you for the supportive comments that you’ll undoubtedly post when I share this link on Facebook, but let’s be honest with ea…

Transitioning from the Tundra: Part 2

Well would you look at that, I made it around to a part 2! I will say that I am enjoying the rest that comes from my new unemployment status, as I sit here and write this at 9am on a Monday from the comfort of my couch. As nice as it is to take a break, I am a “doer” so I am already starting to get a bit restless in my inactivity. Sam and I enjoyed a week-long visit with his Dad in which we were out and about exploring and adventuring when the weather allowed for it (see attached pictures!). Other than that though, the next two weeks are devoted to getting some Alaskan based wedding tasks completed as well as clearing out and packing up the rest of our lives out here. This brings me to the focus of this part 2 post which is going to be about the moving process. 
To begin, let’s journey back to the summer of 2014 when I made my move to Alaska to live on my own for the first time. I packed up two rubbermaid storage totes with about 60 pounds of belongings each and mailed them to my lit…

Transitioning from the Tundra: Part 1

After four years, I think you as a reader and I as the writer can agree that we have covered quite some ground together. Maybe you’re my parents or a friend or someone I’ve never met who stumbled across this blog. Regardless of how you came to follow along or how long you have been on this journey with me, we have had our moments together. You’ve read about the best and worst parts of village life and have gotten to see into my life through the pictures I include in each post. With that said, I thought I’d spend the next few weeks covering the transition from bush life to the "road system”. The transition does not come easily and brings with it a lot more emotion and anxiety than I had anticipated, so as always I am going to be as raw and honest as possible. With that said, the focus of “part 1” is going to be about friendships. 
Not what you were expecting? Me either! But as my upcoming move draws near, I find myself becoming more anxious about my friends from home and how to g…

Closing a Chapter

Today was the first day of May! It also brought our end of year award ceremony, village clean-up, and community lunch. You see, these things happen on the last day of school each year. Though we’re letting out early, the events of the day were pretty much routine for Nondalton’s end of the year traditions. Except today was different.. Today, my day started with removing the final items from my classroom as the incoming special education teacher will be in a different classroom. Today, my principal made mention of the three teachers who wouldn’t be returning next year and I was included. Today, when the community lunch was over and kids began to run out the door to summer vacation, I was saying see-you laters that might be for good. Today I closed a chapter. 
Though Sam and I will remain in Nondalton until the end of May, I don’t know that I’ll see all of the kids again. Even if I do, it won’t be the same. I won’t get to see them shuffle into school tired in the morning or excited to …

All Things April

I’ve been meaning to get around to a new post for weeks now, but every time I get a "break", reality calls and reminds me of all that’s on my list and the changes coming my way. So the pressing, albeit fun-sucking, tasks have taken priority while my list of things to include in my post has gotten longer and longer. For example, I planned to start this blog hours ago and yet I’m just now getting to it because tote-packing took priority. I’ll see what I can do to cover the important things that have happened recently. As I typed that, I thought I would look back to figure out how much I needed to recap. I just got another one of those reality checks as I saw that my last entry was written in February… Whoops.. Let’s just go ahead and cover the fact that March went by without anything incredible to note. Alright, now that March has been covered, let’s get back to the whole “All things April” theme I was aiming for. 

As a reminder, my school district adopted a new calendar this …