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I'm understanding how wonderful it is to have the summer off. For the first time in five years, I have the summer off as a teacher, and I am really appreciating the extended vacation.

We started in Belgium; went to China for two weeks; then we flew to Vancouver for a night (I'll tell you all about my visit to Alderwood House School soon!). My in-laws picked us up and we headed down to Seattle for a few days, then over to Yakima, and then down to the Oregon coast. And as if we hadn't done enough wonderful traveling, we headed to the family cabin by Mount Rainier and spent time with amazing friends. As I write, I'm at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire with my parents and siblings, drinking a Vermont beer in the sunshine. Ahhh, summer.

A few photos from China are below - but I'm still relaxing, so I'm not quite back in early education mode. I'll be back in my classroom for an exciting revamp of the environment in less than two weeks, and I'll be sure to share that with all of you!

I hope you're all enjoying your summer, whether you're in or out of the classroom!