Tomorrow begins another school year.  I always feel as if this is my bonus “new year” – a time to reflect and plan ahead – a fresh start as new routines take shape.  Many of my friends are educators as well and they have been busy setting up classrooms, designing pinterest worthy spaces, planning lessons, reviewing student info, and listening to all of the newsworthy sessions from school leaders on data, pbis, rti, personalized learning, technology integration, yada, yada, yada.


My friends are also parents, ready to send their kiddos off to another year – many feeling nostalgic at the quick pace these children are growing up…but most are READY to just send them off – bring on ROUTINES! GET THEM BACK IN CLASS!

summers finally over

For me…I am just now realizing that it has been an incredible whirlwind of a summer and all I can really say is WHEW!

#1 Team Trip to Haiti

Team Trip to Haiti

#2 Bridal Showers and Bachelorette Parties

Showers and Bachelorette Party

#3 Kyle and Breelynn’s Wedding

Bree and Kyles Wedding

#4 In-Laws living with us for 2 months this spring and then moving them to Senior Living in Woodbury

In-Laws New home

#5 Job interview, departing Saint Paul Public Schools after 19 years and a new job as Special Education Assistant Director in  ISD 197 – West St. Paul/Mendota Heights/Eagan

New School

(cheering on Henry Sibley’s football team-representing the HS Warrior gear!)


Twenty-five years ago [May/June/July 1990], Bob and I made a few life changes all within a seven week period:

  1. graduated from college
  2. got married
  3. moved to California
  4. started our first teaching jobs

Apparently – we live in the “go big or go home” mentality.  Good stuff – ALL OF IT.  Feeling incredibly blessed for the village of family and friends that are sharing this journey with us.  Couldn’t have done it without you.

Now bring on the simple life – routines and all.

wake up _ routine

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