Tuesday, December 11, 2012

12 in 12!

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Wow, has this week been busy or what?  Feeling rather jealous tonight of my teacher friends who actually get a winter break!  I could definitely use some down time to recharge (and get my Christmas shopping done... why do I always procrastinate about that?!?!)  

Well tonight I'm linking up with A Teeny Tiny Teacher and Ms. Kindergarten for their 12 in '12!  Don't forget to link up too and fill us all in on your year!  

12. Favorite Movie You Watched

Have you SEEN this movie?  You must!  It was so inspiring.  I cried so much at the end, even though I knew what was going to happen.  :(  I can't imagine what it would have been like to personally know such a great man.

11. Favorite TV Series

Favorite book series of this year as well!  :)

10.  Favorite Restaurant

Which, my husband informs me, is not a true restaurant but oh well!  I think I have a salt deficiency or something, because lately I've been getting the Wisconsin Mac & Cheese and adding soy sauce to it.  Yup.  I'm weird like that.

9.  Favorite New Thing You Tried

Teaching PreK!  I was so nervous, especially since I walked into my classroom the Friday before school started.  All year long I feel like I've been playing catch up, but it's been such a wonderful adventure.  I'm so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone with the older grades!  I think now I want to be a PreKinder or Kindergarten teacher for life.  My kiddos amaze and inspire me every day!

8.  Favorite Gift You Received

My new laptop!  Many thanks to my wonderful husband for the early Christmas present.  Love it!

7.  Favorite Thing You Pinned

This is a toughie.  I'm such a Pinterest addict!  I seriously browse through pins for about twenty minutes each morning.  I love getting fresh ideas and it helps my brain get moving.  Unfortunately, I also find so many awesome ideas I keep changing my plans mid-week to try to accommodate them!  So I just don't know, I have so many!

My current favorite pin is actually not even teacher-related.  It's about how to make repeating background patterns in Photoshop, which is my current obsession!

6.  Favorite Blog Post

Well I don't have very many to choose from yet, but I suppose my favorite so far is Fun with Fairy Tales.  I loved teaching this unit, particularly because I saw so much growth in my kiddos during writer's workshop this week.  And I like the snowflake backgrounds I made for a freebie, too.  :)

5.  Favorite Accomplishment

Buying our first house!  It's so nice not having to walk up fifty million steps with groceries and being able to park in the garage!

4.  Favorite Picture

I want you to imagine, for a moment, a giant pegboard taking up the wall above the stove (no cabinets, no microwave) with kitchen utensils hanging on it like tools.  Yes, the prior owner was a bachelor!

3.  Favorite Memory

I have so many good ones from this year!  I guess my favorite teacher-related memory is when a former parent of my summer school-age class told me that her son had actually gone up DRA levels from the end of last school year to the beginning of this one, and that he had such a good summer and she was so grateful.  I love knowing that I make a difference!  :)

2.  Goal for 2013

I suppose I should carry on my goal from last year, since it didn't really happen... Give up soda!

1.  One Word


Hope everyone is having a great December!  See you Friday!


  1. Our #11 is identical! Yes! And Lincoln was awesome- I dropped the ball there.

    Soda=ishka, you can do it, I support you!

    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

    1. P.s. LOVE those snowflake backgrounds. My Candy Cane Investigation post is up, Check it Out!


    2. Thanks for the support Irene! Soda is definitely to me what coffee is to most teachers! :) I can't wait for March to get here so the new season comes out! I also just saw Book #5 at Barnes and Noble over the weekend. Have you read the book series yet?

      Much love,

  2. I found you through the 12 in 12 Linky. Congrats on your new house. Your kitchen looks fabulous. I can't even imagine how it must have looked before :)
    Stories by Storie

  3. Soda (I sooo need to give it up, too)!!!
    LOVE the soy sauce on mac and cheese tip!! (My doc actually told me to have more salt since my blood pressure is so low. Ahhhh...bells ringing, stars shining...so happy!)
    Excited about the Lincoln tip...will watch it over break.
    And - are you a MN girl? I see Irene's comment! :) I grew up in MN but now live in WI. Love MN though!
    Growing Firsties is having a giveaway!

    1. Wow, I'm glad you don't think it's just weird! :) I am actually from WI but now live in CO. Still Midwest on the inside though, I miss it all the time.

      Thanks for the heads up on the giveaway. I won't enter since my Prekinders aren't ready for that kind of stuff yet, but it looks fabulous!