Friday, August 14, 2015

Five on Friday: What's New

The phrase "What's new?" is often met with the response, "Not much". But this is NOT what you'd get from the Kleinmeyers right now. We both had to go back to work on Tuesday, but the emotional despair of saying goodbye to summer freedom didn't last long, because we were both secretly excited to see our school buddies and get going on a new year. And a very new year it will be, for lots of different reasons.  Check them out. Happy Friday, friends! 

Pretty Flowers Sold on the Streets of Dublin
1. New Schools and New Classes
2015-2016 is going to be a banner year for the Ks. I am starting my 5th year of teaching, and Aaron is starting his third. But we are both up for new adventures: After teaching elementary for two years, Aaron will be teaching middle school history and industrial technology. He'll be done two hours earlier than he was before, and his drive to work will be cut in half, so we're both pretty excited. I'm going to be teaching AP English Language for the first time ever, but a lot of my old gifted students are in the class so I'm pretty excited! Something else new in our life is that I'm...

2. Coaching Softball
I'm stepping back onto the softball field this fall, this time as a C Team Softball Coach. (See intense throwback photo below for a good laugh). It has been so much fun getting to know the girls, and I'm pretty pumped to be in charge of a crew of who are all at different stages of experience and talent. It will be a good learning opportunity for us all, and I'm looking forward to both challenging and encouraging them as we have a heck of a lot of fun. If you're in KC and want to come to one of our games, let me know and I'll send you the schedule. It may be quite entertaining.

PC Varsity Softball 2005
3. Airbnb
Another new thing for the Ks is that we recently listed our spruced-up guest bedroom on Airbnb. Less than 24 hours after we listed it, we had people staying the next two nights. And since then we have had people paying to stay almost every single night. It's been a fun way to meet new people and make a little extra money on the side, and I've been very impressed with Airbnb's site, verification, and security levels. Check it out, and come stay with us if you're in town! 

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4. Illness
I HATE going to the doctor. Meaning I avoid it like the plague. Other than my regular 6 months dentist appointments and my once a year well-woman's check up, I usually don't ever go to the doctor. Until this summer. Enter the strawberry patch and landscaping in our backyard. This much I've discovered to be true: I'm VERY allergic to something in the weeds. And I also scratch my legs, arms, and face regularly while working. Long story short, I've been to the doctor about four times this summer to get shots or antibiotics for very serious poison ivy/oak/something of the sort. Oh, and one time I woke up with my eye almost swollen shut. So it's been fun, and I've just been a co-paying, pill-popping machine. Yay! 

5. Exciting New YoungLife Updates
We had an amazing time with 48 crazies this summer at Castaway. We're excited to get back into the swing of YoungLife with our annual Muckfest, followed by Club and Campaigners. Not only that, but we have EIGHT people who may potentially be joining our team as leaders. This is a HUGE answer to prayer, and we continue to work on building teams at both high schools that we currently lead at. It is amazing to see the Lord at work, and we can't wait to dive back into to time with kids. Read more about YoungLife, and what we do here.

I hope all of the "newness" in your world is just as exciting as ours! I am definitely continually working at enjoying things where I'm at, which is at the heart of this blog. If you haven't read it yet, check it out here. If you have any questions or comments, I'm only a message or email away! Have an amazing weekend!



  1. How fun that your room is listed on AirBnB. Sounds like a good way to make some extra cash, but also meet new people!
    Good luck with this school year! Ours starts in a couple more weeks, so I'm enjoying every last second of Summer that I have :)

    1. It has been a really amazing experience with new friends of all types from Colorado, California, Springfield, and Alaska. We are having a blast. Enjoy your last bit of freedom (I'm just a little bit jealous)! Thanks for reading.

  2. Yay, I'm glad airbnb is working out well for you guys! I have heard such positive things about it. My mother and siblings are traveling all over England in a couple weeks using airbnb, will definitely be a new experience for them!

    1. We have had a great time for sure! I'm sure they will love it as well. Thanks for reading and posting!

  3. I hate going to the doctor to - definitely avoid it! I actually just went last week to fill a prescription

    1. Agreed, Morgan! It's never a fun experience. Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful week!

  4. How fun ! I love those flowers, they make me all warm inside... Up here in PA we are already experiencing fall weather ! Thanks for linking up with #LFEO again this week ! See you next week ! :)

    1. Thanks, Amanda! I loe the flowers too. So crazy that you're feeling like fall up there- we are still blazing in the 90s. Thanks for having me!


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