Christmas Break: Teacher Edition


It’s no secret that students love Christmas Break, but I’m pretty sure that teachers might love it even more! Don’t get me wrong, we love our students and teaching, but a chance to be with family, sleep in, and travel is a wonderful thing. Here are some of our teachers’ favorite Christmas Break memories.

This was a highlight of my trip to New Zealand– my sister and I hiked the Tongariro Alpine Crossing which is 19.5k long and goes through some really volcanic and beautiful alpine areas on the north island of NZ.  Thank the Lord, nothing erupted while we were on our way through. I also learned the fun Kiwi slang term “sweet as!” which means cool or great or something similar.

The Nielsens at Green River Canyon in Batu Karas. Four plus hours of traversing slippery rocks and floating down river. Our best family adventure in Indonesia! We are thankful for long and restful breaks to be able to explore this beautiful country! 

My family did something new! We decided to meet in the middle. My folks along with my brother and his wife flew from Alaska to Germany. We celebrated Christmas exploring the Black Forrest, Christmas markets, castles, cathedrals, and learning the history of the area. After the new year, my folks and I flew to Greece. It’s been my mother’s dream to see the Mediterranean region of the world. We happened to be in Greece at the same time as former BAIS teacher, Sara Dwight and her family. It was fun to hang out with the Dwight family.

The Whitehurst were able to spend time with the children and staff of the Chiang Rai Children’s home where 13 years ago they built a boys home in memory of their son Chase. The Children’s Home is currently home to 130 children who are orphans or rescued from trafficking situations.

Christmas with family are the best memories! Also we got Jonas photos with our newest family member.

I did a lot of traveling with my sister over the break. It was fun seeing her. We are great travel buds. But my favorite memories from the break were meeting up with Miss Kim in Bangkok, hiking and eating in Thailand, taking my sister to the Night Safari in Singapore, and meeting up with an old friend from Korea that I had lost touch with in Hong Kong.

We had a great time at PVJ paintballing with some other soldiers.

Seeing my son open Christmas presents was one of my favorite Christmas memories. It was his first Christmas really understanding how great presents are! It was also wonderful just spending time together as a family of 3 before our second son comes.

We went to next level adventure park at PVJ for the first time and the kids loved it! Then we went to the bunny petting zoo at sundial and they learned how to handle furry pets. 

Ratu Boko palace Yogyakarta Christmas 2019. First time, when we didn’t beg our son to come and be in the picture.


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