Summer 2016 – Wolfeboro Wonderland

We had the pleasure of living on the shore of Rust Pond this summer while I worked as the Head of Girls’ Campus at Wolfeboro: The Summer Boarding School. Wolfeboro is a 6-week boarding school that prepares students for the upcoming year. Our goal is to facilitate the growth of students as they become stronger, more confident, and more independent students. Little did I know that I would also leave this summer feeling all of those things as well.

I learned so much about myself this summer – from how to manage and create a cohesive team (GC ladies – you rock!), how to hold the line with students while still being on their side, how to have hard conversations with both students and adults, the types of things that come easily to me, the types of things that are hard for me, and so much more. The quote that sums this summer up is, “If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you.” I was challenged every single day in one way or the other and I came out of it such a better person and educator (and exhausted).

This blog is mostly going to be pictures I snapped this summer. If you haven’t been to the lakes region of New Hampshire you should get on that.

Em and I lived in the Durfee Cottage behind the Girls’ Campus. Living on Pond Place Lane is pretty ideal in the summer.

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Our cabin from the water

Below are pictures I took from our dock (shown in the picture above) over the course of the summer. I know they are a bit redundant but the view never got old and I appreciated it each and every time I was out there.
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Firey Sunset

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Milo was not happy.

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Now we move onto pictures of our porch – quite possibly my favorite place on earth.IMG_0316

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Taking in Hillary (and history) with my brother.

Now the Wolfeboro campus. No words needed.

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Downtown Wolfeboro ain’t too shabby either.

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And then there was this little guy. This Northern Water Snake blessed us with his presence for the first week of orientation. Then he left us alone.

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Live free or die

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My dad is now a beekeeper

This summer was extra special because I got to work closely with two of my friends from my past life at Wolfeboro. Dan and I started as counselors together in 2006 and Lani joined the crew in 2008. After a 6 year hiatus on my part, the crew was back together. I learned so much from these two and feel so so so lucky to have spent the time with them.

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Escaping for a Dunkin Donuts run

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Campus Heads in the All-School Photo

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Happy dad, not so happy baby

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What a crew.

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Being in New England meant that we got to spend some time with friends and family. Costa Rica has been an incredible experience and I am looking forward to year 2. However, being far away from “our people” has been hard. Because of my job we weren’t very mobile but that didn’t stop people from making amazing efforts to come see us. Thank you to everyone who visited!

Mac and Meredith visited the weekend before their wedding which only seemed fitting since we spent the weekend before they got engaged together too. What cuties.

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Some of the Colby bball crew was able to make it over for the day too (we missed you T!).

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Em and I were able to head down to Boston for the night to connect with some friends and family. Thanks to everyone who made the effort and joined us at Cambridge Common!

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“I promise I’m not eating chicken wings for the fourth night in a row.”

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Cousins in Cambridge

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Celebrating my dad’s birthday

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Reunited

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Reunited 2.0

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My brother was able to make it home for a bit so we were able to get the whole crew together. This was even more special since it is the last time we will all be together before my dad joins the Peace Corp and heads to Ghana for the next 2.5 years. Proud of you, dad.

 

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Oma reading at my uncle Andrew’s wedding

One of the hard parts of this summer was that Em was traveling a lot and when she was home my schedule was packed and unpredictable. Because of that we weren’t able to spend as much time together as we would have liked. With that being said, we were able to soak in some moments to be goofy, float on the lake, and celebrate all that we are.

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No line at Bailey’s Bubble for the first time ever (it helps to go during the fireworks on the 4th)

We were also able to head back to Moody Mountain on our 3rd anniversary. It was great to go back to the scene of the crime and reflect on the last 3 years.

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Back to where we said our vows

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It only seemed fitting to finish off our anniversary with Thai food and champagne on, where else, our dock.

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Finally, I worked with a superb group of people this summer. My colleagues are some of the most fun, most dedicated, and most driven people I know. On Girls’ Campus, I was fortunate to work with 10 young women who are going to change the world. They were willing to learn, try new things, push themselves, put the kids first, and laugh, and laugh, and laugh – the perfect combination. I was inspired by their drive and by the way they gave 100% of themselves every single day.

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So much GC chalk love

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My newest prized possession (it survived the trip back to Costa Rica)

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Our students are incredible (and know us well)

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Welcome to the Girls’ Campus

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Bring it on, wet grass.

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Teamwork makes the dream work

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Beginning of the session all-on team selfie

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You got this

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GC Trio

Also, we performed this in a lip sync battle this summer. Huge shout out to the choreographers and stylists. It was rigged and we came in 2nd but we all can feel good knowing who the real winners were.

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Members of all 3 residential campuses

I left Wolfeboro the night of August 8th, flew back on August 9th, and just had my first day at CDS on August 10th. I have arrived back to Costa Rica humbled and exhausted – and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The summer can most accurately be summed up by the fact that I ugly cried for most of Monday as I said by to people and the place (but not in front of the kids, thank you very much).

Thank you to everyone who made this summer what it was. Now back to the Island Life (jk but 1/2 the people I talk to at home think Costa Rica is an island.)

K

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