Long time, no “see”! I’m pretty excited to be blogging again!

Summer is such a great time to relax, rest, and recharge for the next year. I’m starting that now. I’m a little behind schedule and here’s why…

Introducing... Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Introducing… Mr. & Mrs. Smith

And I’m the reason Kara has been missing too! She was a busy bridesmaid with showers, bachelorette parties, and planning! She’s the best 🙂

Wedding Joys

Then, my wonderful husband (man, that’s weird to say!) took me on a surprise honeymoon to Aruba! I could get used to waking up to this everyday…

view from room

Plus, I got to calculate the “florin” currency while listening and learning a little bit of “Papiamento” – a local language used in Aruba, Bonaire, & Curacao. Have you heard of it? Here’s what I learned.

“Unique to the ABC islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, Papiamento evolved from a rudimentary pidgin language, utilized for the purposes of communication among peoples with different native languages, into the more complex language it is today. At its base, the language is an Afro-Portuguese Creole, which, over the years, has grown in syntax and lexicon with increased borrowings from Dutch, English and Spanish, but still possessing its own unique rhythm and meanings.” – See more at http://www.aruba.com/the-island/language#sthash.nKBKivJA.dpuf

Well, now you know! Thanks for letting me share my big adventure with you all!

Ahora te toca a ti… It’s your turn! How’s your holiday been? Any great travel adventures, book or Netflix recommendations, or Pinterest project successes? Now is the time to try/learn something new. If it’s great you can bring it back to the classroom. If not, that’s ok too! Even the frustrations or failures will help you be a better teacher. It’s good to be a rookie at something again so we empathize with new language learners this fall.

Enjoy every day off! We’ll be back before you know it!