Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement about this trip, this job, & everything.
First, let me tell you what a TROOPER Moose was on the plane. We flew from Omaha to Chicago, Chicago to Richmond (and back that way, too). The only leg he didn't sleep on was from Chicago TO Richmond - he slept most (if not all) of the other legs!! And he was simply pleasant the C-R leg; maybe some restless sounds but mostly happy noises. I was SO proud of him! I'm not sure how his ears were; he never seemed to be bothered by the popping, but maybe he's just tough.
Thursday we flew in and had supper at our friends' house with them and their boys. It was so fun to see them work and actually get to experience what our life may be like (or similar, you know).
Friday I left Moose with Mrs. Spiderlegs (LJ in order to simplify things). He cried, of course, but I was expecting for 1/2 an hour: MOST OF THE DAY! She was to give a tour of her home, and the president of VHBG had to give it because of Moose bawling. I guess he was fine, then he'd randomly cry for awhile, be fine, etc. Oh my goodness! I felt bad but it was probably just overwhelming: new place, kind of familiar face, and we didn't have much time to get him settled (we got lost a few times there).
On a good note, the interview went well. I am normally terrified and tongue-tied at interviews. I was really relaxed and not really nervous at all. I felt we answered their questions well (there were situational questions where they separated us to ask the questions) and just had good rapport with the interviewers. They de-briefed us later in the day after we toured the campus (which is actually really cool, has this amazing alternate school) and met with some of the other teaching-parents, etc. They really only told us positive things, so I think things are on our side.
They didn't offer us the job but nor did they reject us. They said they need to discuss it further next week and figure out a timetable for things. They don't need someone RIGHT AWAY right now so they aren't sure when they would need someone. I don't know. I guess we'll just see.
Saturday it rained. So after a yummy breakfast with the boys and K&LJ, we watched some of the Husker game (that's right, we won again...I know it was just Baylor, but still...a win is a win!! ha). Then we checked out the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, which would have been better had they given us a tour instead of letting us self-guide. We drove around, almost got in an accident, saw the aftermath of a lady running over a small tree in a median, and had a snack. We hung out at their place, had supper with the head of HR (who sounds like one of my English professors from college...weird) & his wife. They were so nice! I had so much fun just talking about the home and their experiences. We went back to K&LJ's and had some Cold Stone ice cream!! We hung out a bit & watched some House.
At the hotel, my boys got some Zs and I read...I probably got 3 hours of sleep. I just had a lot on my mind and was struggling to sleep. So I read. Then we got up, went the airport. Flew (with the sleeping Moose), had our 4-hour-ish layover, and flew to Omaha!
I have decided that I'm not the biggest fan of flying. Scary.
So I will let you all know when we know, but I just really want to thank you all for being so encouraging. And Angie, thanks for being so encouraging about my scrapbook design idea. I need to see how this all works out but I'm definitely thinking it's do-able. Thank you!