5 on Friday!!!



I’m so glad the work week at school is behind us.  I have to admit that it was one of the most challenging ones.  Lots of scheduling issues, meetings, and just general feelings of worry/overwhelmingness!


I have only 2 more days until the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach.  I’m nervously excited for it, and I’m super worried about parking, finding my pace, finishing, basically all of the above.  I know I’ve put in the training for it, but I really really want to have a feel-good race.  I can usually tell within the first 5 to 10 minutes if it’s going to be a fun run or one where I just have to push through the uncomfortableness.  My stomach has been super crazy with all the the back to school stress , so we’ll see.  

The picture below is the inside of the convention center filled to the brim with people and products!



Scheduling gym time.  I’m looking forward to getting back on a regular gym routine.  I’ve been taking it easy this week and not been lifting too much.  Really all summer has been more of a break on the front while I’ve focused on running.  


Beach time.  We’re hoping to have sunny weather on actual Labor Day, so we can hit the beach one last time.  


PSLs – I’m so excited to have the first PSL of the fall season.  I actually went through SBUX drive-thru today due to my water bottle spontaneously combusting in my cup holder.  I got a delicious iced passion tea since it was pretty warm, but I did see the sign for PSLs!!!  Yum yum!


Well, that’s my five on Friday!  Happy long weekend!  



Rebellion & Throwback Thursday

I’m currently rebelling from the whole “I’m a teacher look how awesomely fantastic at everything I am.”  I think that the current and maybe perpetual attitude about teacher is that we are superheroes who don’t need to use the bathroom or eat between 7:30 and 2:30.  We don’t ever have off days.  We are always kind, helpful, and yet firm when need be.  We are always up-to-date on the current research which we incorporate daily into our lessons, and we certainly make all our lessons cross-cirricular.  Oh. My.  This is so not true!  The Pinterest epidemic has only intensified this effect.  Our “stuff” must be not only educational but “pin worthy.”  Despair and disappointment beings now.  

The bottom line is my job is to teach kids to 

read, write, and do arithmetic.  I know, I know…we should be reflective learners, actively learning in a teacher-facilitated environment not teacher-led.  I’m all for anything that helps kids to learn including me doing something differently than I have in the past.  However, I’m not cute.  I’m not crafty.  I’m not pin worthy.  I do have some talents…My first principal said it best.  He said, “Ms. Lewis (I was an unwed gal at this time), there sure isn’t a lot of bells and whistles with you, is there?”  Very true, Sir.  I’m pretty sure no kid is going home and saying we did the most exciting or entertaining things with Mrs. L on the regular.  I do have my moments, but they are definitely just moments, not day-to-day occurrences.  With that being said, I am a good teacher.  I know what to teach, and I know how to teach especially those learners who have more difficulty.  I am jealous of those teachers who can be the crafty teacher with the beautiful door decorations as well as in the classroom.  I am going to *try to accept me for me and know that I work hard to have children leave me with more knowledge, skills, and confidence than they came through that door with.  First day of school T-minus 4 days…


Here’s just a few fun old pics…




Yet Another Kale Chip Recipe

Tonight’s dinner consisted of toast with a schmear of of avocado and chickpea all mixed up in the blender.  The original recipe can be found here by the authors of “Two Peas and Their Pod.”  Their version was more chunky, but I had no time due to a cut tongue/diaper rash meltdown that H was in full throes of during the entire meal prep time.  With that being said, he absolutely loved it spread on a slice of whole wheat bread.  I basically followed this recipe which was a hybrid of necessity and the lovely recipe from Two Peas… 

  • 1 avocade
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 “dollop” of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 “dollp” of mayo (P.S. I adore mayo and could eat it with a spoon.)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Sprinkle of garlic powder

Comine all ingredients in blender of fork-mash together.  I blended.  This could be a great dip too.  Maybe add some fresh herbs???  Basil???

We also had some kale chips, and you can find that recipe here.  This is a neat lifestyle blog that I encourage you to check out when you have the time.  I especially love her series on motherhood and how it is different/the same in other countries.  Here’s a pic of our delicious kale chips prior to baking…





  • 2 bunches kale, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2-3 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • sesame seeds to liking

Cut kale ribs out.  Rinse and dry.  Mix up liquid ingredients and seeds in bowl, and then toss kale in.  Make sure that it is not too wet as this will make kale soggy instead of crispy.  Spread out on cookie sheets (I used 2 larger ones and 1 small) and bake in 400 degree oven until crispy.  Best advice to just keep checking. 

It is important to note…DO NOT ADD SALT!  In my efforts to do more faster, I didn’t think about that and just tossed some in.  The soy sauce combined with the sesame oil would have been just fine on its own.  Now, I’m off to chug 10 gallons of water!  Happy Hump Day!

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.


Woman’s Best Friend

Happy Tuesday!  I feel like I’ve been back to work for about 6.5 weeks already with all the busy-ness going on at school.  I’m happy to report that H is back to almost 100% with a lingering rash and a not so fantastic appetite.  I had a very non-health trendy lunch today of country-friend venison steak, baked potato, and roasted brussel sprouts.  I really have a strong desire for red meat in my life sometimes, and the Mr. was kind enough to make it when he was home with the sort-of sick baby yesterday.  I literally ate it in less than 8 minutes.  A frightening sight as well as not so fun for the tummy.  Tomorrow’s goal = Eat like an adult and try to breathe between bites!  

In other news, yesterday was National Dog Day!  A little late but better than never…Shout-out to Roscoe Pierre Coltrane.  My constant companion, licker of lotion, snuggler, late night I-can’t-sleep-pal, running/walking partner, cleaner of the baby’s high chair, rider of the shotgun seat on countless trips, firstborn fur baby…I love you so!  






You’re truly a this woman’s best friend,


Last sweet days of summer…

This past weekend was the last blissful one of the summer.  I was back at school this morning and not completely, head-over-heels loving it due to Holdie coming down with a little virus.  I so wanted to snuggle him up and rest at home with him, but I was off to school while the Mr. stayed home.  I have to say that we did have a bang-up good weekend until the fever entered the picture.






We saw all H’s grandparents.  I always feel like we scored big when we manage to spend at least a little time with all.  We enjoyed checking out some new spots in Pocomoke City, Maryland.  Those spots included the Cypress Park right down by the river and also the Chesapeake Dairy Farm for fresh, homemade ice cream.  Holden also made two new friends who he proceeded to run all over the place with.  It was one of the moments when I tried to pause and take a mental picture.  Trying to soak in every detail including the weather, the feeling I had, and everything I could see and hear.  I want to tuck it away for years to come.  We finished up our weekend with steamed crabs (H is NOT a fan), family talking time, church, and the Mr.’s most favorite meal in all the land…chicken and dumplin’s by my mommy.  I don’t even try to figure out how she does it.  One attempt was made by the Mr. that we don’t speak of it due to the scary and not-so-delicious outcome.  All in all a truly fabulous weekend.  Oh summer…we’ll miss you so!  

Happy Friday!  Today is my last day before back to school and also a day the Mr. took off (a special day indeed!).  I though I would share 5 things on this Friday…

  • What I’m Listening to…

Courtesy of http://www.perezhilton.com
ROAR by Katy Perry

  • What I’m Reading…


  • What I’m Watching…

Courtesy of http://www.celebritybabies.people.com
Giuliana & Bill Show

  • What I’m Eating…

Actually I prefer creamy, but let’s be honest…I’d eat both.

  • What I’m Wishing For…

Courtesy of Zales – The Mr.’s Birthstone in a Stackable ring to wear perhaps with my wedding rings.

On a side note, we had a cricket come in and join us last night.  That means lots of cricket stalking and not much sleep for me.  L  Here’s hoping to a good night’s sleep this evening at my parents’ house.

Isaiah 40:31 ~ But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.


Boy Scouts & Meals

I was never a boy scout obviously.  The Mr. wasn’t either.  However, I’ve really tried to adopt their motto, be prepared.  I looked this up to be sure I wasn’t misquoting it and found all sorts of good stuff like their oath, law, slogan, and outdoor code.  Click here to see.  What wonderful advice for everyone!  Everyone who knows me knows I’m a planner.  I love to map out meals, work-outs, chores, etc.  When I’m anxious about the things I need to do, I love to get all in a frenzy and curl up with my planner and lay it all out.  My planners read like a serious diary of my life from year to year.  The preparation area that I find to be most helpful is food/meal planning.  I try to map out my meals over the weekend, make a grocery list buying only things I’ll need for the week, and shop!  I jot it all down on my handy dandy menu board seen here.  I made this myself, but I do regret not leaving a spot for Saturday and Sunday.  I typically cook every night of the week if we are not traveling.  

The hard part of meal prep is actually prepping all of the food the night before.  I could get away with doing it during H’s nap time in the summer, but no more!  Last night, I prepped some diced eggplant with paprika, garlic powder (this is tolerable to my stomach and the Mr’s versus real garlic…go figure!), salt & pep., onion powder, and ground thyme.  


Then, I blended up some salmon cakes with misc. herbs but definitely including some fresh rosemary (which is my most favorite herb in the whole world!!!) in the Ninja.  I use canned salmon, and (this is gross) there are lots of bones in it.  I pick out the biggest ones.  Then, I blend the rest to ensure the bones are all mush.  And we eat them…yuck to think about but tasty to eat.  I’ll have to be careful and never let H see this process.  


I also pack my lunch and fix my breakfast if I can the night before.



Although it isn’t always possible to fix lunch the night before, it does make for an easy morning.  Here are some of my overnight oats.  I pretty much wing it with oats, water, fruit, and greek yogurt.  Here are 19 overnight oats recipes.   


Happy Thursday aka 1 day until Friday!  🙂