Sunday, September 29, 2013

Menu Sept. 30-Oct. 4th

So with working full time now I have had to re-think dinners in a house full of after school activities and 6 different schedules and one TIRED mama! So, instead of my monthly grocery planning and cooking, I have become a weekly grocery shopper/dinner planning machine! A slower working machine, but still working. So here is what this household will be eating (hopefully) this week!

Monday-September 30th
Beer Braised Carnitas Burrito Bowl
~Burrito Bowls

Tuesday-October 1st
One Pot Wonder Tomato Basil Pasta | Top & Popular Pinterest Recipes
~One Pot Wonder Pasta

Wednesday-October 2nd

~Chicken Risotto

Thursday-October 3rd

Friday-October 4th
~Jack Daniel Tri-tip BBQ sandwiches on the go to some high school football game
(Package from Costco...simply heat up and serve on Hoagie Rolls, wrap in foil and go!)

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Hashtag is taking over the world since the social media...and if you are in your 30's, okay 40, you remember this symbol (#) as the pound key. So I guess you can say everyone is now pounding (#lolololol) I digress, since the take over of this ever popular way to share status and post and follow a certain topic, you either love it or hate it. Well, I am one of those who don't mind it, but when it comes to my classroom and trying to reach 160 7th graders full of energy, conflicts, personalities of every kind, raging hormones, and a lot of attitude, you will try anything to reach this generation of hashtaggers! So into my classroom we go...hashtags have entered the building. But not as a distraction, but as a tool to get students to use their knowledge of literature in their short responses. Yes, #ididit #ifounditonteacherpayteachers #traceeormanisagenious.  If you have not heard of Tracee Orman, you need to! Here is her website, Tracee Orman's Classroom

Friday, September 20, 2013

Two Cousins, A Fly, and a Birthday Gift

There are a few moments in life when you get to experience the whole "fly on a wall" moment where you hear things only a fly would hear. It's in those moments when you catch a glimpse of the things that matter most. Today in my classroom were one of those special moments, yes I am comparing myself to a fly. I have a student in one of my classes who always comes in with his head down and speaks very few words in class. He sits in the front and always appears sad. A couple seats over sits his cousin, bright-eyed and busy tailed. Always walking to the beat of his own drum, happy and ready to embrace life. It always seems that Bushy-tailed cousin bothers Cousin of Few Words with his enthusiasm for life. I witness their interaction on a daily basis and wonder why Cousin of Few Words is so sad-looking. What is going through his head as he sits in a class full of life and a teacher always animated with her words. Well, today during our regular morning routine I walked passed the front of the class walking with purpose to my desk to gather the tests for the day. As I walked past Cousin of Few Words I heard him say something so tender that only a fly would hear. He leaned over to his Bushy-Tailed cousin and said, "Hey, I didn't have any money to get you anything nice, but I wanted to give you something on your birthday so I hope you like my picture I made you." Ugh...I just wanted to give him all the money I had at that very moment so he could buy his cousin something cool. I interrupted the moment and tapped him on his shoulder saying how thoughtful and awesome was his gift to his cousin. That he probably wouldn't get a better gift that day. His Bushy-Tailed cousin accepted the gift with so much grace that Cousin of Few Words actually smiled. It's moments like this where you know that this is the classroom where God wanted me to be. These students are mine to teach as well as to teach me what truly and honestly matters. What a moment today in room 205 between two cousins, a fly, and a birthday gift.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

We Get It...

This is a phrase my sister uses often now that I am a quote-unquote a "working-getting paid" mom. There just isn't enough time in the day to work, take care of life, and then make dinner, let alone keep in touch with friends and be the good wife-wink,wink-we should be on top of all that! So every time I have an excuse as to why I cannot do something or be somewhere with sissy or for sissy, she says, "We get it! You work..." But I digress...Thursdays is all about the dinner...I always make something fabulous, and double it, so that on a day when I "forget" to make something fabulous for dinner, the fabulous is waiting for me in the freezer! So tonight was Zucchini Lasagna from He and She Eat Clean I know I have shared this before, but it has become a staple in my house and it's so easy and quick to make, you can actually make it for dinner that same night you want to be fabulous! So here are my pics and the recipe. Now go and be fabulous because WE GET (fill in the blank)!

Ground Turkey
Garlic Powder
Cottage Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese
Marinara Sauce
That's it!

Layer of zuchinni, layer of cottage cheese, layer of turkey and onion, and marinara...
Second layer of everything
Cover completely in cheese...part skim...bake at 350 for 30 mins-45 mins until bubbly!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

It Takes a Village

It takes a village to raise a family...I am thankful for my village. I am thankful for my husband who picks the kids up everyday after school. I am thankful for my friends who car pool with me to Madera for gymnastics 3 days a week! I am thankful for dear friends who pick up my daughter for dance and my son for play dates during dance. I am thankful for my sissy who is always there in an emergency crunch to save us from a late pick up. I am thankful for my dad who always takes in any child that needs a place to hang and teaches them how to eat like a Greek boy! I am thankful for teachers who will text me and I can text them to save me when my child in another class, not even in their own, forgets to turn something in and they are there to save the day! I am thankful for my neighbors who will keep a watchful eye out for my kids as they ride their bikes in the neighborhood and cross the street! I am thankful for my dear Campus Club staff who always welcome my 4 children every morning. They love that place and speak passionately about every instructor there. Thank you for my soccer coaches who run practice for 2 hours after a busy day at their own jobs and the parents who will watch my Zoe as I squeeze in a workout around the school. I cannot and would not ever be able to do this on my own. There would be no way to be successful. So tonight as I lay my weary head on my pillow, I am thankful for my village, my crazy little village who continue to make me do what I can do everyday. Good night, my dear sweet village! Until tomorrow!