Sunday, August 11, 2013

August 2013

I do not want this summer to end.

The weather here in England has been the best it's been in a LONG, LONG time (so they say on the news). Looooving it!!

le Rey has been working part time, so we've had lots of time together which has been so fun! Here's some recent photos from a concert and a wedding we went to. Both were little getaways (thanks for letting us use your car while you're away T!!!).....why don't we take road trips more often??!

concert at Bexhill-in-Sea

I forgot my camera, so these are not my photos; they are from the internet...but we were there!

again, not my photos, but loved this castle!


Thursday, July 25, 2013

My dear friend, Summer

Oh how I love summer break!

All the things I get to do that do not involve grading papers and writing reports!!

I think people must wonder what exactly I do for my long summer breaks off from work? 

It is pure joy people. Especially in a city that has average weather in the 70s and 80s!!

1. Museums

le Rey had a couple days off last week and we went to a few museums. I don't know what it is about museums, but I do enjoy going. I don't read a quarter of the information they have, but I enjoy wandering.

2. Parks

le Rey and I took a picnic to Hampstead Heath and had an amazing day walking, reading and relaxing. I have to admit that I picked this place because I've seen it in several movies-ha! I love British films!

3. Cooking 

Technically le Rey made the dish in that picture, but I really have been cooking! Homemade pizza (including the dough!) zucchini bread, etc. During hectic times in the school year we live on toast sometimes. You wouldn't believe all the things I've discovered can be put on toast!

4. Bible study
With more time, I'm able to read much more and I meet up with a lovely woman on Thursday nights to do a Bible study & book study. We're reading God's Big Picture and it's a fantastic book about understanding the Bible better. 

 5. Fitness

It's nice to have the energy to go to the gym. Let's hope I can make it a habit again!

6. Anything!!

I write letters, work on my teacher resources that I sell, meet up with friends, and watch Happy Endings or New Girl when that's on.

What I have not yet, or maybe only once, is SLEEP IN!!! Must work on that! 

Love you all,

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Almost on school break!

I realize that this blog post is both pictures from my lovely vacation in America recently and yet I'm saying that I'm exhausted and can't wait for school to be out...but it's TRUE!!!

Since I got back from Florida 3 weeks ago, school has been nonstop crazy! I am SOOOOO thankful to our generous friends that let us stay in their condo in Florida. It was the most relaxing holiday I've ever been on. The end. Can't imagine any place topping it.

Hope to also share some photos from the [controversial] play our school did last week (The Dracula Rock Show)...glad it's over.

More later after school finishes this week.

Love you all,

 With family in Illinois:



Sunday, May 12, 2013


Hello friends and family,
Been awhile-auggg! what happened to doing this once a month at least??

First, have you heard this version of The Lumineers song Ho Hey?? Melt. (click on picture)

Here's the latest & greatest:
1) My job has been extended to the rest of the year and then I will continue in September! The teacher I was covering has found a school closer to where she lives! Funny how I couldn't imagine leaving my kids at Easter and now I won't be : )  Added bonus of getting paid throughout the summer has been a wonderful provision from God. ~grateful~

2) le Rey and I decided it would be best if he was not working 75+ hours a week, getting up at crazy o'clock in the morning and spending lots of money on transport for a job he hated and gave him no time to study. He is now studying full-time for his electrician certificate and life is all quite sweet.

3) Over Easter we went to visit le Rey's family in South Africa. The majority of the trip was in Capetown-my first time there. Stunning.

4) Last week I went on my second-ever residential (like a camp/field trip). This one was 5 days, with our 10 & 11 yr olds (myself and another teacher), to Dorest. It was an amazing part of the country that I'd never been to before and we had SUCH GOOD WEATHER! The kids had a great time (fossil hunting, forest orienteering, trip to farm, river studies, etc), although I haven't been that exhausted maybe ever.

5)Schools over here go into July, but lucky for me I had a pre-arranged vacation to the States (Illinois to see family and Florida to a beach condo!) from late May to mid June before the school asked me to finish out the school year. Fortunately one of the weeks falls over a half term holiday here (1 week)...just need to get my cover plans together. CAN'T WAIT! 

Hope you are doing well!
Kelli xx 

Thursday, February 21, 2013


Yikes! It's been awhile! Hope you're all doing well.
Here's what I've been doing the past 6 (!) weeks...

1. It's half-term holiday over here. A week off from school-gotta love that! I've been back to cooking,
  back to the gym,

 planning some trips

 catching up on creating teaching documents

and resting a little bit.

le Rey and I have had the great fortune of helping at holiday club for our church this week (it's like Vacation Bible School). I remember going to that when I was a kid and I always loved it! So great to hear kids sing about Jesus!

Back to work on Monday...I may have news about a job for September in the near future!

Oh, I also have 2 former roommates/lovely friends from AU visiting in a couple weeks! Can't wait to see them!


Hope everyone's doing well! Sorry, this post has fallen a little's nearly midnight. Have a great day!!

Kelli xx

P.S. Did I hear it snowed in Phoenix this week??!