dual language immersion

Top 4 reasons we're (trying) to move abroad

Top 4 reasons we’re (trying) to move abroad

 4.  Coordinating our mid-life crises.   If I had my way, my mid-life crisis would probably be me packing up my family and living off the grid in the woods somewhere, gardening and not answering the phone.  If Rob had his way, he would quit his job and lock himself in a recording studio, leaving […]

4th & 2nd graders

4th & 2nd graders

totally famous now

I follow a blog about Spanish speaking families called Spanglish Baby because it’s a proponent of bilingualism in general and Spanish (obviously) in particular.  I won their Scholastic bilingual storybook give-away.  (And, by the way, Scholastic never sent me the book.  For shame, Scholastic!  I was going to donate it to the school library!  Boooo…) […]

She got in!!

She got in!!

Violet is starting dual language kindergarten this fall!  This is the culmination of three years of hard work and, while it didn’t turn out exactly how I’d hoped, I am SO excited.  And terrified.  And relieved.  And… well… let’s just say there is a lot to think about. Here’s our journey in a nutshell: We […]

Everything is on hold!

Everything is on hold!

The slumber party saga will have to wait.  For now I’m on a mission. Here’s the deal:  I’ve spent the past two years working on opening this dual language immersion school.  To say it has been an uphill battle is an understatement.  Along with the usual personality conflicts, we’ve got the “You’re in America!  Speak […]

I’m, like, all sorts of official and stuff…

…because I am now on the board for the Austin Community School. What does this mean?   What expertise can I offer? I have had no experience with this kind of thing. But I am a bit obsessed about the idea of dual language immersion. To that end I helped get the ball rolling on […]


I’ve started teaching again. Just 6 hours a week (plus 3 hours commute plus untold hours over-preparing due to my I’ve-been-out-of-the-workforce-for-a-year angst). So, a little extra busy. But it’s good to get back in it. My students are a couple of Chinese programmers who work for Dell. Their main concerns are pronunciation and communicating socially […]

No hablo espanol

When we moved here, I was very excited to learn Spanish. After all, Korean is so completely different from English, and we learned to get by. Spanish would be a snap, right? Well, okay, so we can order our migas and cerveza, but that’s about it. Surely Violet will translate for us when she becomes […]