Thursday, August 2, 2012

Summer! I am! Hope you are well! Let me recap from late June!

le Rey and I were watching the tennis on TV on a Friday night and thought....let's walk over there to join the "atmosphere" (while we're still living in Wimbledon).....somehow they were still selling some tickets (basic, cheap tickets.....not for center court which is lots of ££!) and we got in! It was beautiful weather, we walked around and watched some matches, and then sat on a hill to watch the major match on a large screen : )

I got a (semi) steady job! It is technically a maternity cover position, but as maternity leave appears (to me) a bit different here, this job goes for 2/3 of the school year. I will be teaching English, Geography and History to Year 5 and Year 6 (fourth and fifth grade in the US)! I may also be doing the gymnastics portion of P.E. for Year 3-6...........I will be sure to share what that entails.....will prove to be comical I'm sure! The independent/private school is very small, 1 class per year level, with around 14 students in each class (I'm spoiled!). It will be quite a change, but I'm excited about what I'll learn and the growth I'll make as an educator.

I love the motto of the school: 


It it pretty amazing to be in London for the London Olympics. I didn't get tickets for the current games, but I will be attending a wheelchair basketball game at the end of August for the Paralympics. I have been watching any and every sport in the Olympics, almost watching too much (kindof like when you eat too much candy corn) I'm trying to take it all in moderation.

As for this random photo, here's the story:
I was subbing at this a school one day and whaddya know, the Olympic torch was making a stop there! We all got our pictures taken with it (nope it wasn't lit)...glad I had my camera that day! 

But actually it's not THEE torch. Here's what I learned-
-the torch is 800 mm tall.
-it has 8,000 perforated circles (holes) all over it.
-it travels 8,000 miles.
-there are 8,000 torches for 8000 torch bearers taking part (they have the option to buy the torch if they want).

le Rey and I were very blessed to have had a place to stay temporarily when I first got here. The time is up at this amazing flat/apartment in Wimbledon and we are moving to a new place in Kingston (closer to our church) over the next couple weeks. I have so many recycling/upcycling projects I want to do! And paint! I want to paint! Don't know if we're allowed, but...I am adding some color somehow!

how gorgeous are these colors? I want this kitchen!


I have been loving this time off in the summer. The weather has pretty much been fantastic. If I can wear shorts, I'm happy. I've worn shorts for several WEEKS now, so that is a good summer in my opinion! I spend my days cooking, going for walks, meeting up with friends, reading blogs, reading, and creating things. I am never bored--there are so many things to do/explore!! I haven't even been to half the museums I planned on this summer!

It's been really nice to have this time to create teaching resources for my portfolios/journals and sell them online. I've been very encouraged by teachers from across the US that have given me great feedback about my documents.Would love if a curriculum company would pay me to do this on a daily basis!!

le Rey and I had the opportunity to visit his brother and sister-in-law in Paris one more time before they moved back to South Africa. Glad we took advantage, as the train prices are comparable to flights from Phx-LA (much, much cheaper than flights from London-Johannesburg)! We had a great time again, and the weather was awesome!


Alright, back to watching the Olympics! Love you all!

Kelli xx


  1. YAY! So good to hear from you! I've thought of you so much with the Olympics in your backyard. Glad to hear your summer has been fantastic!

  2. You picked the right year to get back to London. :) So many fun things to enjoy...always...but especially this year. Instead of a list of museums, I think I'd have a list of Broadway Shows to attend. :) tee hee And, yes...weeks in shorts there...enjoy it while you can!