Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today my class celebrated during the last hour of the day with a pizza party (courtesy of some awesome parents), passing out valentines and decorating our nice note books.

My dear friend, Amy, subs for me from time to time. She organized a secret folder of nice notes for me to find today. The kids were very sweet, and had such nice things to say. I truly felt loved 🙂 My favorite note was by far this one:

You are bom plese do not corret my mistacks on this paper. 🙂


? (with the name erased)


Being a teacher is the best job ever!


Did you do anything to celebrate today?

Tuesday two-fer

Today has been full of excitement. I celebrated the first day of school!

New first day outfit: Max Studio jersey dress – LOVE their dresses!

A student brought me an apple. Cute, eh?

And, the hubs and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary.

And by celebrated, I mean we picked up the 7th season of The Office,

and swung by Downriver Grill to grab dinner.

Portobello sandwich

Garden salad with creamy lemon vinagarette (I need to recreate this soon!).

In a bit I’ll be diving into a little tiramisu action.

It’s all mine, the hubs hates tiramisu – psssh, he doesn’t know what he’s missing.

I’m exhausted, but in a good way! Hopefully I’ll get back on a regular posting schedule soon.

What is your favorite take-out?

I usually grab a Papa Murphy’s Delite if I’m in a hurry and don’t feel like cooking. But it was 90+ degrees today (with no a/c in my school, or at home, ick!), and the whole anniversary thing meant we needed to be at least a little bit fancy 😉

Just around the corner

Tomorrow is the first day of school. I’m not sure who is more excited, my students or me. I’m also not sure who is more nervous 😉

I found this cute poem online, and had to share:

‘Twas the Night before School
‘Twas the night before school started when all through the town
The parents were cheering
It was a riotous sound
By eight the kids were washed
and tucked into bed
When memories of homework
Filled them with dread
New pencils, new folders, new
notebooks, too
New teachers, new friends-their
anxiety grew
The parents just giggled when they
learned of this fright
And shouted upstairs-


I spent the morning prepping meals for the week, including baking egg muffins, rolling out and freezing my favorite pizza dough, and whipping up a batch of homemade salad dressing.

I also prepped everything (I think!) for tomorrow, including my first day of school outfit. Yes, even the teachers need a new outfit for the first day of school. I can’t find a picture online of the dress I purchased, but I did find one of an outfit I definitely did not choose.


I am all for a deal, and $4.99 isn’t too shabby for a t-shirt. At least music is a subject. I also didn’t pick up this little number.


I think you can understand why not. Read the Jezebel article for a much more eloquent way of stating how I feel about this shirt and the message it sends.

And in an effort to leave on a positive note, I started meal planning again. It is Monday afterall, which means it is time for another round of Meal Plan Monday. In case you lost count, I think this is only the 3rd or 4th in this pathetic attempt of a series. But now that I’m going to be working ’round the clock,  I need to get back into the work-week routine.


Meal Plan Monday – Back to School Edition

Monday, September 5

Crock pot Santa Fe chicken atop brown rice spiked with key lime juice and sprinkled with cheddar

Tuesday, September 6

Anniversary dinner! The hubs has been instructed to pick up something, as I am going to be too tired to go out to eat.

Wednesday, September 7

Ravioli, salad and zucchini carpaccio 

Thursday, September 8

Cheesey quinoa and chickpeas

Friday, September 8


Saturday, September 9

Chicken & white bean stuffed peppers

Sunday, September 10

Looking for something to throw in the crock pot. I have ground turkey, ground beef and chicken thighs…suggestions?


What is your favorite first day of school memory?