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hello friends. I just wanted to check in and say it has been a pretty uneventful week thus far.
I am extremely busy. extremely tired. and extremely happy. I absolutely LOVE my job and get more and more excited for each day as they come.
I had no idea how much fun it would be to get to know EVERY kid in the school. It’s such a nice feeling to walk down the halls and know every person who walks by. It makes me feel so good. and as usual the kindergarteners are giving me such an ego boost this year.
my self-esteem is at it’s all time high! :)
I hope your week is going well! 
Talk to you soon.
xoxo, Molly

hello friends. I just wanted to check in and say it has been a pretty uneventful week thus far.

I am extremely busy. extremely tired. and extremely happy. I absolutely LOVE my job and get more and more excited for each day as they come.

I had no idea how much fun it would be to get to know EVERY kid in the school. It’s such a nice feeling to walk down the halls and know every person who walks by. It makes me feel so good. and as usual the kindergarteners are giving me such an ego boost this year.

my self-esteem is at it’s all time high! :)

I hope your week is going well! 

Talk to you soon.

xoxo, Molly

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hello monday.
boy you came fast.
my weekend was very nice and relaxing, just what I look for in a weekend.
Saturday I ran my tenth annual Briggs and Stratton Al’s Walk for Children’s Hospital. while I didn’t feel ready and was a bit nervous about what the 8k might do to me, I finished it in record time. It was a great way to kick off the day.
Later in the afternoon Max and I went to Ikea to pick out picture frames for his up coming gallery night. I have not been to Ikea in YEARS! On the way down I was given strict instructions that we were going to picture frames and that was it. I was not able to leave Max’s side or wander off to look. In doing so he would buy me an ice cream cone at check out. I agreed. hesitantly.
well, for those of you who have been to Ikea you that it is every girl’s dream. It’s not the kind of place where you can just run in and out quickly without catching a glimpse at what it has to offer. The trip started off just as planned. We went right to picture frames and stood there debating between which ones to get. When we finally got it all figured out Max went to the bathroom.
this was my chance. I had about three minutes to wander and grab as much as I possibly could. It was like I was on supermarket sweep, running to find the best deals possible!! 
The restrooms were conveniently placed near the kitchen area. I quickly went up and down the aisles grabbing things I liked. I ended up with a glass casserole dish, some patterned drinking glasses, a tea steeper, a few candles and a pack of washcloths. I snuck the items into our cart and went back to waiting.
I was not as sneaky as I thought. I was caught red handed. Max beat me to our meeting area and was less than thrilled about my little adventure. but I didn’t care. I just HAD to. It was so hard to stand there watching everyone else shop and not participate!!
In the end I was not able to get an ice cream cone. but it was totally worth it. I am already planning my return to Ikea where I can actually take my time and shop. Now I just need a bigger apartment…
On another note, Max began regretting his decision not to buy me a snack in Ikea when I began complaining about how hungry I was. We stopped for Jamba Juice and I veered from my usual order of the Caribbean Passion with an energy boost and settled for the Berry Booster which had fruits AND vegetables. I decided I was better off not knowing exactly what was in it and just enjoying the flavors. which I did.
Sunday was spent doing laundry, working on homework and cleaning. Nothing too exciting but a perfect way to get ready for my busy week.
Hope you had a nice weekend!! Have a wonderful Monday!
xoxo, Molly

hello monday.

boy you came fast.

my weekend was very nice and relaxing, just what I look for in a weekend.

Saturday I ran my tenth annual Briggs and Stratton Al’s Walk for Children’s Hospital. while I didn’t feel ready and was a bit nervous about what the 8k might do to me, I finished it in record time. It was a great way to kick off the day.

Later in the afternoon Max and I went to Ikea to pick out picture frames for his up coming gallery night. I have not been to Ikea in YEARS! On the way down I was given strict instructions that we were going to picture frames and that was it. I was not able to leave Max’s side or wander off to look. In doing so he would buy me an ice cream cone at check out. I agreed. hesitantly.

well, for those of you who have been to Ikea you that it is every girl’s dream. It’s not the kind of place where you can just run in and out quickly without catching a glimpse at what it has to offer. The trip started off just as planned. We went right to picture frames and stood there debating between which ones to get. When we finally got it all figured out Max went to the bathroom.

this was my chance. I had about three minutes to wander and grab as much as I possibly could. It was like I was on supermarket sweep, running to find the best deals possible!! 

The restrooms were conveniently placed near the kitchen area. I quickly went up and down the aisles grabbing things I liked. I ended up with a glass casserole dish, some patterned drinking glasses, a tea steeper, a few candles and a pack of washcloths. I snuck the items into our cart and went back to waiting.

I was not as sneaky as I thought. I was caught red handed. Max beat me to our meeting area and was less than thrilled about my little adventure. but I didn’t care. I just HAD to. It was so hard to stand there watching everyone else shop and not participate!!

In the end I was not able to get an ice cream cone. but it was totally worth it. I am already planning my return to Ikea where I can actually take my time and shop. Now I just need a bigger apartment…

On another note, Max began regretting his decision not to buy me a snack in Ikea when I began complaining about how hungry I was. We stopped for Jamba Juice and I veered from my usual order of the Caribbean Passion with an energy boost and settled for the Berry Booster which had fruits AND vegetables. I decided I was better off not knowing exactly what was in it and just enjoying the flavors. which I did.

Sunday was spent doing laundry, working on homework and cleaning. Nothing too exciting but a perfect way to get ready for my busy week.

Hope you had a nice weekend!! Have a wonderful Monday!

xoxo, Molly

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Happy Friday everyone!

It’s been nice to be back in the swing of things. Although I must say I am still adjusting to my new routine and trying to get everything in place…

I realized yesterday that my birthday is only three weeks away!! so crazy and so exciting….

Here are a few high-fives from the week:

1. I finally busted out my polka dot peplum top. It was a lot of fun to wear.

2. I got my first pumpkin spice latte of the season because it turned into fall overnight.

3. I mixed stripes and sunflowers. and of course wore my new birthday scarf (but that was not pictured)…

4. I found out TOMS is partnering with Target to create their promotional “do-good” line!! It is going to be hard to wait for November 16 when it premieres…

5. I caught my cat mid-wink.

I am really having a lot of fun with all of my kiddos. I have a feeling it is going to be a fun-filled school year!!

Happy Weekend.

xoxo, Molly

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Here is the big reveal to my early birthday present to myself!! 

The Lulu Lemon Vinyasa scarf.

I have been drooling over this scarf since the first day I ever saw it. A friend of mine was wearing this exact scarf and I was like “WHERE DID YOU GET THAT! IT’S TOTALLY AMAZING. I NEED IT NOW” and she was like “oh it’s from lulu lemon but like a couple of years ago.” well my heart shattered at those very words.

a couple of years ago.

The dream I had was short lived but the obsession grew. I had to find it or at least something similar to it.

I started on the Lulu Lemon website where I found the scarf but in a sky blue and navy stripe. Even though I liked it they weren’t my ideal colors. I wanted the black and grey.

So instead of ending my search there and allowing myself to be defeated I searched ebay. They were almost double the price.

I had no choice. all resources were used up. I needed to part ways with my dream, justifying to myself it was summer coming up and I wouldn’t wear the scarf anyways.

Who needs the most perfect scarf?

scarves are so last year, right?

yeah. none of those justifications made me feel better. and none of them were true either.

 let’s fast forward through summer and start this story back at the point of two days ago. The scarf re-appeared in my brain as I am thinking about the changing weather and the fall options out there. For some reason I wandered onto Lulu Lemon’s website and sure enough they had the scarf. in the color I have been longing for.

The angels above me were singing.

my bank account was telling me to buy it.

the calendar was convincing me I could call it an early birthday present to myself.

I told myself people spend more money on jewelry. and a scarf is pretty much a necklace, right?

I immediately called my friend and was like is it in stock in stores yet. I need this right now. sure enough they had just gotten a very small shipment in. So I went after work the next day and purchased the scarf. We have been attached at the neck (get it?) ever since.

I plan on wearing this thing every day for the rest of my life.

and in case you are curious about all the different ways to wear it the video I attached gives you ten options!!

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I am not sure why my pictures look like they were taken through a potato but regardless you get the idea behind what I am trying to show.

so yesterday was a bit frustrating for me. I am realizing that right now the most difficult part of my teaching is coordinating schedules and commitments with lots of other adults. Going into this year I knew I would be wearing lots of “hats” and playing lots of different roles but it never occurred to me the communication it would take to get me to where I ultimately want to be. (we could play a drinking game with the amount of to’s in that sentence)…

It is difficult because I know that everyone has my best interest at hand. but it’s hard to balance everyone’s opinion. and please everyone. including myself.

now that I got that off my chest (here I was trying to put together a nice. uplifting post and it turned into a total therapy session)….

to the real point of this post.

my wonderful neighbors have left me yet another breath-taking, tear-jerking, love filled gift at my door.

I guess the beginning story isn’t completely pointless. It gives you the background knowledge to the mood I was in when I got home. (a little bit overwhelmed and a lot bit crabby).

There was a gift bag sitting on the doorstep with my name on it. Instantly I knew who it was from. and instantly my mood became much cheerier.

I proceeded to open the bag and find a binder. I am thinking to myself maybe this is some old lesson plans she found that she wanted to pass along.

hmmm maybe this isn’t a binder after all. It kind of looks like a photo album. Maybe they are old photos she wants me to have. That seems a little strange and somewhat too intimate…

fine, I will stop guessing already and just open the binder looking object.

I open the cover and find the page that says “Some memories of my first year of teaching.” Let me just tell you I teared up at this point. and am doing so right now re-living the moment to tell you. It was so sweet to see. but for some reason it hadn’t hit me she was referring to my first year of teaching not hers. I had been expecting to see documentation of her first years but then I realized no, this is for me to document my own experience. This is when the real emotion set in.

I am a teacher.

I am a grown-up.

I am a mentor.

I am a fashionista (so my seventh/eighth graders say.)

I am someone who has a whole lot of love (and thoughtfulness) in my life.

so after all of this passed I took a deep breath (which I am doing right now as I type) and I move forward. I found another page with loose leaf paper that had the date of my first day of school. Attached read a note:

"Record this very special day before it grows the least bit faint"

the tears streamed again.

It was so nice to know she was thinking of me, especially because she herself was a teacher back in the day. and I often think to myself that I hope she would be proud if she came into my classroom and saw how I taught.

holy sappiness.

let’s all close our eyes and think of rainbows and unicorns for a second. (or if you are like me endless amounts of sales and amazing clothes to buy)…

This little surprise meant the world to me. It is something I will absolutely fill out and cherish as I look back on this new year of firsts!

Happy Wednesday Friends! Now that the week is half way over we can start making plans for the weekend! (what does it mean that I am only two weeks into school and I already dream about the weekend?)

Talk to you soon!

xoxo, Molly

oh and for those of you out there wondering. the birthday gift to myself has been purchased. it will be revealed tomorrow!!

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so did everyone survive their monday? Mine was a very long monday but it went really fast so I was happy about that. Also I am treating myself to an early birthday present this afternoon and I cannot wait to show you what it is. Let’s just say it’s a total splurge and has been a total obsession of mine for MONTHS now…

but lets foooooooooocus and get down to why we are really here.

to talk about sports people. (people as in you guys. I am not actually talking about people who play sports. well I kind of am but that’s beside the point really).

lets talk about football. (there that is better. much more clear and to the point).

So as you know from yesterday I had a sports filled weekend. Part of that excursion involved attending my very first Wisconsin Madison football game. I have heard so much about these games and I was forewarned that at one point in the game I would probably have someone come up to me and yell in my face “Go Badgers” which did in fact happen. and if I do say so myself I feel as though I handled it perfectly. I went with giving a high-five instead of a punch in the face. so really it was a win for both of us.

***at this point in the post you should know I do not like crowds. especially rowdy crowds. so sports events are not entirely my cup of tea if you know what I mean ***

I decided that football is much more interesting than basketball. lots more action. I spent the majority of the first half trying to figure out why the other team, which was Western Illinois, had a mascot that appeared to be a bulldog and signs that said “Go Necks.” The two just didn’t coordinate to me. (I finally figured out they were Western Illinois Longnecks”. Where the bulldog fits in, I am still contemplating that one.

Halftime was fun too. I got to actually see the marching band that I have heard so much. I especially liked “If You Only Had a Brain” and made the stupid joke that the song was a tribute to my brother’s birthday. (real original, I know).

The second half flew by. I face timed with the kids I babysit for. Drank some soda and of course, took some selfies. My dad is getting the hang of it!!

Also, I forgot to mention that during halftime my sister and I had my mom take our picture with the field in the background. You never know what you are going to get when my mom is the photographer. Typically she takes three, four, five maybe even six photos. and usually those first few are what we call the “bloopers” where she doesn’t have a clue the camera is flashing. I included the best ones because I think they are always hilarious and personally I usually like them better than the actual photo we were going for. who knows, maybe it’s a hidden talent of hers. To catch us in those candid moments…

overall, I pretty much met my sports limit this weekend. not saying it wasn’t enjoyable just saying I could do without watching a game for a while. Other than that my week is off to a nice start. I hope the same for you!!

Happy Tuesday!

xoxo, Molly

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Friday was my little brother’s eighteenth birthday (which is crazy because it means he is not so little anymore….) To celebrate we went to the brewer game. The game was a bit long. and just slightly boring (although I am told I am biased in that department).

To pass some time we decided to take some selfies which always ends up being a lot of fun. The first two were taken during the sixth inning, which I think lasted over an hour in and of itself. (let’s just say I knew it was a bad sign when I left during the bottom of the sixth, went to the bathroom, wandered the gift shop and dilly-dallied some more only to return to my seat and find we were still in the bottom of the sixth!!!)

The third one was just a funny candid that my dad caught. He turned around and started snapping some photos and my sister and cousin were like what the heck we are going to look like idiots but the picture actually ended up being pretty hilarious!!

The final two are our group “Brewers Win” selfie. This one took quite a few attempts but we finally managed to get almost everyone in it…

Happy Monday! Tune into my blog tomorrow to hear more about the Wisconsin Badger game I went to…

and if you are thinking “Wow that’s a lot of sports in one weekend” you my friend, are correct. it was a whole lot of sports but also a whole lot of fun.