Made my Monday

Today was the first day of the 2014-2015 school year and the start of my 11th year teaching. I can’t believe it’s been that long already!

While I’m sad the fun of summer is over I’m excited for a new school year. A new chance to try to make a difference in the lives of the students I’ll teach (and see!) this school year.

This year our school has a new principal, as our previous one retired. I loved her dearly and miss her presence around the school but I’m also really excited with our new leader. He’s very different (in a good way!) and is really looking to get the students and teachers excited about the school year. This morning, as I was struggling with technology that I didn’t make sure work worked last week (what was I thinking?!), I noticed this note written on my board


Cool, huh? He went through all of the classrooms and left a note to the teachers. I’m not sure if they all said the same thing or not, but I think it’s awesome that he took time out of his (very) busy day to appreciate the work we put into getting ready for our students.

And because we always take first day of school pics, here are this years batch.




Clearly Harper didn’t want to pose this year. #3goingon13


Words to live by 03

Today was, as a friend called it, pre-pre planning for me at school.  The administration opened up the building so teachers could come back to set up their rooms while the new teachers to our school were learning “the way” our school runs.  I think “the way” training is brilliant, if you ask me.  It’s about all of the things you want to know about your new job without having to ask – because our ILC (instructional literacy coach) is amazing and has thought of everything anyone would want to know.

Anyway, being completely Type A, you know I was there and got right to work setting up my classroom.  I’m happy to report that almost everything is ready to go, decorations wise, after 4.5 hours of work.  I think it really helped that I didn’t switch themes this year (going with a navy, yellow, and teal color scheme that I absolutely love helps!), kept the bulletin board paper and boarder up over the summer (those things take like 20 minutes each to decorate!), and then saved and organized the posters/words that go on the bulletin boards so I could pull out the little baggie and staple my heart away.  It also really helped that I got there early enough that I had the hallway completely to myself so I could work without chatting with my teacher friends, many of which I haven’t seen since June when school ended and our conferences were over, AND I forgot my computer at home so I didn’t have anything to distract me.

All of that to tell you that tonight, after working almost a full day (but nothing compared to a REAL school day) I’m exhausted!  The first three weeks (including pre-planning) are always challenging and this year looks like it will be the same.  I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve had the last two-ish months off or if there are seriously just so many things to do at the beginning of the school year (or maybe a little of both) but it’s rough, guys.  Carl and I need to be on our game with meal prep, packing bags, sleep and everything to make this work, especially since we don’t want healthy eating or fitness to slide.

Here are some words to live by for the week – I hope you enjoy them. 🙂






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and my favorite this week,

Love everything



How was your day today?  Are you gearing up for anything new|exciting|different?

Want to see more Wednesday words to live by?  Check out my other posts here:

Words to live by 02

Words to live by


I know I need to blog about the last week and few days of our Paleo Challenge, some workout updates and the results of our Ninja v. food processor test.  They are coming!


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