Staying on Schedule!

What a crazy week last week was! 5 full days of taking care of 20 kiddos is proving to be exhausting! I never, ever get sick, nor have I really taken a sick day in almost 3 years. However, now since I work in a petri dish, I’ll be getting sick more often. I woke up on Thursday morning at 2:30 with a throat made of sandpaper. I texted my new boss to ask her opinion on what I should do about coming in (the lead teacher was out, for the last 2 days, with pink eye AND it was only my first week!). She asked if I could come in from at least 8-10, until the 10 o’clock person showed up to help. The rule for the 3 and 4 year olds is 10 kids to every 1 adult. In a classroom of 20 kids, there always needs to be at least 2 adults, but we always have 3.

With starting my new job and trying to get used the new schedule, meal planning failed for last week and so did my gym schedule on account of me getting sick. This week, I’m planning on having a much better week!

Our meal plan is as follows:

Breakfast:
M-F: banana, English muffin, jelly, green tea

Snack:
M-F: granola bar

Lunch:
M-F: applesauce, panko breaded chicken, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, snap pea chrisps

Dinner: (photos are not my own. Click on the name to go to the original source)

M: bang bang shrimp lettuce tacos w/ soy green beans

Simple version of Bonefish Grill's Bang Bang Shrimp! Everyone needs this recipe! No deep fryer needed, I love bang bang shrimp! (I think this is the 3rd recipe for it I've pinned) maybe I'll give them all a showdown!:

T: crock pot chicken noodle soup
The 11 Best Crockpot Soup Recipes:

W: honey BBQ chicken meatballs w/ jasmine rice & green beans
Honey Barbeque Chicken Meatballs - Flavorful chicken meatballs are baked, then simmered in a sweet & tangy homemade BBQ sauce.:

Th: teriyaki shrimp skewers w/ green beans and basmati
Teriyaki Shrimp Skewers | Creme de la Crumb:

F: Out!

Xoxoxo,
Staci

Miss Staci Starts Tomorrow!

Hi lovely followers! It’s Sunday evening and a lot is coming up this week…

I put in my 2 weeks (the week of Christmas) at my current job and this past Friday was my last day. It was a bittersweet day since my current job is the one that gave me a chance when I was new to Washington and looking for work. They’ve been so good to over the last 15 months but over the last couple of months, I wasn’t completely happy going to work every day. It wasn’t fulfilling any of my personal or professional needs and that’s when I decided I needed to do something about it.

I thought back to the time I was happiest in my work and that was senior year of college when I was a group leader for The Boys & Girls Club. Being a part of those 1st graders’ days and making a difference in their lives is something I’ve always appreciated. I realized my heart was in that line of work. To be philosophical, I wanted to make a positive difference in the world. My happiness was directing me towards kids or senior citizens, since I love both. I decided that teaching was where I needed to be and I started applying for preschool teaching jobs. Fast forward a month later and I was offered an assistant preschool teaching job on Mercer Island — I start tomorrow! I don’t know what to expect and I’m a little nervous about the small commute I’ll have, but I’m so looking forward to spending my days with 3 and 4 year olds.

Soooo sad the Chiefs lost yesterday and the Seahawks lost today. But I’m excited about the yummy and easy meal plan coming up for this week! Beck has tomorrow off, for the holiday, and he gets to go skiing. Lucky, boy.

Click for the links to the recipes!

Breakfast:
M-F: banana, quiche, green tea

Snack:
M-F: granola bar

Lunch:
M-F: Mediterranean chicken skewers w/ tzatziki, pita bread, strawberries & snap pea crisps
Meal Prep

Dinner:
Sunday: hamburgers & gravy w/ asparagus – click for my own recipe!
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Monday: creamy lemon chicken piccata w/ asparagus (picture not my own)
This Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccatta is an amazing one pot meal that is on the dinner table in 30 minutes!:

Tuesday: hamburgers & gravy w/ asparagus

Wednesday: kale/sweet potato/quinoa burritos (picture not my own)

Thursday: lemon baked salmon w/ asparagus & sweet potatoes (picture not my own)
Salmon and Asparagus in Foil | Cooking Classy
Friday: Out!

xoxo,
Staci