20 January 2010

... and so it begins!

I got the life changing phone call today:

I've been nominated for the PeaceCorps!!!! It gets even better, though. Not only have I been nominated for Africa, but I will be teaching English to elementary aged children and working with high-risk kids.

... and you thought that was good?

In order to be nominated for this position, the nominee needs to speak French, which means I will for sure be speaking French!!

Just the other day I spoke to my recruiter and she told me there wasn't really any positions left in Africa. I'm not going to lie- that kind of cut down my enthusiasm! It's not that I wouldn't be helping people in other parts of the World, but I was really looking forward to speaking French. So to receive this call today was absolutely amazing! It really couldn't be better. I feel like this is what I'm supposed to be doing, and I can't wait to get it started!

The last step before 100% acceptance is to pass my medical exams, so I'm hoping sometime in the next month I will be able to say, "Yes!!"

I'll keep you updated....!

In the meantime, I'm off to Chicago the 4-6th of February, and at the end of February, my friend from Montreal, Canada (one of my best friends I met while studying abroad) is coming to visit me in Florida!!

Today has been a great day!


08 January 2010

I'm back- VEGAS STYLE!

Well, the travels are now beginning again. The cool thing? There's not an official ending this time since I graduated from the University of Kansas! Ok, not quite because I still have 1 class left that I am taking online, but I don't have to be at a campus to do that! In fact, I've migrated south of the winter to Fort Myers, FL to be with some kids for whom I nanny! They're adorable. Henry learned to ride his bike yesterday with the help of his mom and dad, and now he's a bike riding fool! Leland is now in to crafts, and loves the beads I got her.

But, I took a break for a few days and went to Las Vegas, NV for a wedding. Daddyo was nice enough to come along with me, and I'm so glad he did! Here are some photos from the trip:

Our hotel, New York New York. It was great and there was an awesome mexican restaurant inside! Well, the food in general wasn't the best, but the salsa! OH MY GOSH!

I went for a walk to find Daddyo, and I found some cool colors, designs, and structures:

I forgot to mention the quick trip to Paris- oh, wait, just kidding.

Daddyo looked cute laughing and eating his first frooooozen hot chocolate from Serendipity III!

But the best part of the entire trip? Going on a 5 hour Hummer tour with daddyo to Hoover Dam (check out the new bridge they're building for everyday - not tour- traffic), Lake Mead, and Rainbow Canyon. It was great to spend that time with my dad.

The quote of the trip was from daddyo, while standing out in the middle of Rainbow Canyon:
How does this make you feel? I just feel FREE! Don't you feel FREE? -Daddy