Pretend to be Nice

Teacher-Moms, on the edge…

Why Andrea is Here

Hi, this is Andrea. I am the other half of Pretend To Be Nice. My buddy Michelle and I are starting a blog because we are so full of ourselves and want to share the wealth of Sarcasm and Commando Parenting we crack ourselves up with. I don’t know about Michelle, but I need this because I miss her terribly!

My husband, two daughters and I moved from Grapevine, Texas, U.S.A to Costa-don’t-be-jealous-Rica. The idea to do this was great but as I have since learned, I wasn’t ready yet. Andreas (that’s right, my husbands name is almost the same as mine) and I came to visit, fell in love with this small country and its people, and then began making plans to eventually retire early and move here. That was back when my step sons were young and thought it was cool to visit us here. Tickets were cheap then. It only takes four hours to get here from Dallas Ft.Worth. Oh, won’t it be fun! Our friend will visit all the time!

I was teaching when I met Michelle, all pregnant with her third child. She was the mean math teacher next door. Our 8th grade classrooms were like night and day. Mine had tie-dye curtains on the windows and bean bags in the library corner. The walls were covered with poetic and inspirational quotes. I had no children of my own so I lavished comfort on my students. That Ms. Kevil next door, had no time for that. On her wall there was clock.

I don’t know how or when I fell in love Michelle. Was it the way she could bend an eyebrow and I would know how she felt about what she was hearing at a faculty meeting? Or how she entertained us at lunch with stories of how she tricked her 3 year old into thinking he got to eat candy bars and donuts when they were really granola bars and Lender’s bagels? Or was it the time I missed the story about the third nipple because I was at a professional development class and she obligingly repeated it for me in unabashed detail and volume, in the team room, much to the chagrin of the only male teacher present?

I left teaching when we picked up our first daughter adopted in Colombia. I thought I would be going back, but then we adopted our second daughter, affectionately referred to as “the handful”. Andreas and I gave ourselves one more year in the Texas, to give Laura time to get to know my family and lose her ability to speak Spanish. Then, with the help of Michelle and her amazing powers of organization and complete disregard for other peoples treasures if it looks like trash to her, we packed and moved to Costa Rica.

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Michelle, proud of her empanandas.

 

Living in paradise has been great although not exactly what I expected. I miss my friends, especially my best bud, Michelle. Creating this blog together has been a blast. We are seeing how different we are from each other and using those strengths to our advantage. We are a great pair of bloggers, each taking charge of what area needs are attention. Look out Blogosphere, here comes Pretend To Be Nice!

 

 

One comment on “Why Andrea is Here

  1. K. Renae P.
    May 7, 2014

    Awww, what a sweet story about friends. I can’t wait to watch ya’ll grow.

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