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After nearly a decade of stay-at-home-mom-itude, Katrina will be reentering the workforce this fall as a kindergarten teacher. Caleb’s kindergarten teacher. In fact, she is taking over the very position recently vacated by her good friend, Jen, who is currently turning her attention to caring for her beautiful new baby girl and homeschooling her sons. Following in Jen’s talented footsteps will not be easy. According to Katrina herself, she is anticipating her return to the classroom with a great deal of excitement and more than a touch of trepidation. Shedding some light on her deep feelings about the matter, Katrina opines: “Kindergarten. Whoa. That’s like…wow. You know?”

In Tech:

After a lengthy application and interview process, Paul has been hired by his current employer to take over the available supervisor position in the User Services department. His previous title of WuSS (Windows Support Specialist) has been replaced by a more respectable SIR (Supervisor of Implementation and Restoration.) It is a matter of note, however, that his wife Katrina has refused to address him as such. The position’s benefits include a higher salary and a bigger office that just begs for a life size cardboard cutout of Yoda to make it complete. According to geek sources, a scale replica of the Battlestar Galactica with working lights would also be acceptable.

Financial Report:

Due to the recent increase in the Napkin Household’s GFP (Gross Family Product), a move from their two bedroom apartment to larger accommodations is under consideration. Meetings have been scheduled with realtors and mortgage agents to investigate the possibility of buying a home, thereby gaining a yard, an extra bathroom, and another bedroom, allowing Caleb space to do his Crazy Pajama Dance without injuring his reluctant roommate. Should the Napkins not qualify for a home loan, their contingency plans involve appearing on Let’s Make a Deal, rendering aid to an anonymous millionaire stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire, and discovering an ancient and forgotten genealogical link to the royal family of Zanzibar, complete with attendant inheritance. At the very least, the rental apartment will be traded for a rental house. Preferably one with a giant garden bathtub where Katrina can relax after a long day of show and tell, phonics practice, and preventing acts of bloodshed on the playground.

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26 responses »

  1. Oh, wow! Big news! I’m Rose’s friend. I read your blog all the time because I love it. 🙂 (And I bookmarked it too, hope that’s ok!) I’m a teacher and a Mommy, struggling for that ever-elusive balance and adoring each role, and I hope you’ll blog some about your experience going back to work!

    Congratulations on Paul’s promotion (look, see–we’re already on a first-name basis, and you don’t even know me) and your new living situation, too!

  2. Well, congrats to Paul and you too! My mom taught kindergarten, 1st grade, then Kindergarten again, and now has taught 2nd grade (she graduated.) All I can say, is, comfortable shoes. I am a librarian for the precise reason that my mother is a teacher and I know how much work it is to be a teacher.

    xo,

    SL

  3. That is all incredible news!!!!! Now, is Paul happier about the job or the title change?

    My little one is also entering Kindergarten this fall…I will definitely be in touch!

    Many hugs to your family!

  4. Awesome! I can’t WAIT for the kindergarten stories to begin! There will be some doozies, no doubt.

    Way to go Paul! And good luck with the house search! May the Napkins find their perfect place 🙂

  5. I couldn’t be happier about you taking the kindergarten job. It’s hard to imagine not being there, but I know that you will do such a great job which makes it a little easier. And it really is fun and so very rewarding. Now if I could just find time to get my junk out of YOUR classroom. 🙂

  6. Congratulations Katrina! I bet Caleb is super excited to have you for his teacher! And a house! Wow! Please post pictures when you find ‘THE ONE’. I’m so happy for you and all your good news. It appears that Paul has recently moved into ‘heaven’. What could be better than enough room in one’s office for a life size Yoda stand-alone. Man, you guys are living the high life now!

  7. Top Story: Congratulations Karina!!! This top story reminded me of the “Ecclesiastes” verse where it says “there’s a time for everything”. Those kindergarten kids will be sooo blessed to have you! And may your friend Jen enjoy her precious times with her little ones.

    In Tech: Congratulations Paul!!! SIR – yep… sounds so respectable and authoritative. I’m sure you’d do a great job!

    Financial Report: Congratulations again! I vote for buying a house (and yes, incurring a mortgage) instead of renting so you’ll gain equity. One tip, make sure you have a wise and reliable mortgage officer – it makes a huge difference. But if you can’t find the right house yet, renting a house with a yard sounds wonderful too. More space for dancing – yeah!

    Happy Days!

  8. WOW!! Congrats! I’m so happy for you guys. I wondered when you were going to write about Paul’s SIR status. I’m excited that you’re teaching. What fun that will be. You’ll be great! If I wasn’t keeping Chase in private kindergarden, I’d be sending her to you in a hearbeat!

    Exciting news on the house status. I hope everything works out well for you. Everything is coming together!! YEAH!!!

  9. Lots of good news!!! I’m praying all these transitions go smoothly. And Katrina, any child you teach will be blessed to have you. I would have loved to have had you as a teacher. 🙂

  10. I’m very happy to know, Katrina, that you will be herding, wrangling, and loving kindergarten children. They are lucky to have a teacher who is so young at heart and so mature in spirit. They are lucky, too, to have a teacher who is so nourished and guided by the Holy Spirit.

    Our household has similar news. At the youthful in spirit age of 57, my wife has completed her Masters in Teaching and she secured a position teaching 4th grade in a French Immersion school here in Eugene. That M.A. in French finally came in handy for more than serving ice cream and rolling burritos (her first jobs out of grad school).

    All the best to you. I can hardly wait to read stories about your successes and moments of inevitable absurdity working with kindergarten kids. It should be a riot.

  11. Oh, how very exciting! Kindergarten is my absolute favorite.I taught first, second and kinder before I had my second baby and got to stay home. Now I am a costant hoarder of books and anything slightly educational in nature because I envision that one day I will be back in the classroom working little miracles! What fun!

  12. Congrats on the new job! It should provide lots of good blog fodder. The paycheck will be nice too.

    Hey, lots of good deals out there on houses right now. CdA Place is nice for families. Park, sidewalks, not a lot of traffic. Good luck with that search!

    Oh… How was Mamma Mia? Journey to the Center of the Earth was mindless fun, perfect for kids. My son was all smiles.

  13. Yea Napkin Family! Praying for the perfect house for you guys – renting or buying! Michael started a new job too, so congratulations to Paul on his new position 🙂 But, I’m with you Katrina…I don’t think I’d be calling Paul SIR either! As for you going to teach Kindergarten, you’ll have to keep us informed on the daily stories you’re bound to have. You are a brave, brave, brave soul…and quite the woman to teach your own kiddo. Morgann will be going off to kindergarten next month while I homeschool Alex – I don’t feel equipped to teach her how to read…I’ll be doing good to teach cursive writing to my 3rd grader, so I figure I should just conquer one mountain at a time, right? I’ll be doing lots of blog posting with stories from the homeschool trenches, so any pointers you feel the need to pass along will be appreciated!

    Congrats to the whole family 🙂

  14. Whoa. Kindergarten. You are a brave, brave woman.

    Congrats on all the exciting changes and good luck in finding a house of your own. I know you have wanted one for a long time!

  15. Hey, I’m glad you have a blog! I don’t think I’ve remembered to do so in person, but I should recommend the real estate agent we used, if you haven’t already decided on one. His name is Duffy Smock and he’s with Windermere. He works with his wife, Jennifer, and we were EXTREMELY pleased with them. Here is their website:
    http://www.smockmarketinggroup.com/

  16. Katrina, I think you will find much joy working with and shaping the minds of those precious sticky little midgets… congratulations on the position. I’d call it a “job”, but I think it’s actually more of a calling, one that- although I don’t know you except through your writing- I think God has blessed you with the ability to truly excel at.
    So may you find serenity in chaos, my sister!

  17. Congratulations to you both! I had an interview today for a kindergarten position and got the job!! I wanted a change from 5th grade and was ready to go back down to kinder. You will love it! Yea for you!

  18. Wow–thank you ALL for your awesome words of encouragement on my foray into kindergarten, and for sharing in the excitement of our house hunt! It’s shaping up to be an adventurous year!

  19. I love this post! What a cute way to write it!

    Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations to both you and Paul!!! I’m so excited for both of you. (I love his job titles, by the way!) I have no doubt that you are going to be an amazing kindergarten teacher. What a lucky class!

    And how exciting that you’re house hunting! Best of luck!

  20. I hope you find the perfect home! There’s nothing like having a little extra room to stretch 🙂 And congrats on the new jobs. What an adventure!

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