Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Blog Awards

To open up this post, I want to share part of the sweetest message one of my babies from last year sent me.  It started my morning off right!   She said she had the best year ever with me and wanted to thank me for that. <3 It really warmed my heart.  It's the one thing I've always, always wanted a student to do.  I didn't, in my wildest dreams, think it would happen already.  I love that group so much. :]  That message has soothed my impending nerves for the new year.  And reaffirms for me that I am doing something right!

Again, thank you SO MUCH to all the wonderful bloggers who nominated me for these awards! I am so, so honored. :)  I don't know many bloggers, so they are a challenge accepted to integrate the new ones like you have for me! :)

First up!

The rules for this award are as follows:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Include a link to their blog
3. Include the award image in your post
4. Give seven random facts about yourself
5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award
6. When nominating, include a link to their blog
7. Let other bloggers know they've been nominated

So a huge, huge thank you to Ms. Feuerstack at Fun & Learning in First & Wendy at Teacher's Toolkit

And of course my 7 random facts!
  1. I have been working at the same theatre camp for the last 6 summers.  Every summer has been a blast, and I hope to have the strength to keep on doing it for some time more!  I'm afraid I'll be running out of steam, soon.
  2. I used to try and teach my uncle's cat to speak English by setting up a board with the alphabet. Sadly, my efforts were for naught.
  3. All of my pets have been named after Disney characters.  Best life decision I ever made when I started that trend as a 5 year old.
  4. I have a bit of an unhealthy obsession with an app called Robinson. It's awful.
  5. I am also getting heavily into nail art!  Allow me to show off with some pictures below. :) (And kindly ignore the tie-dye stains around my nails in the first picture!)

  6. Multiples of 5 are my favorites. Otherwise, I hate odd numbers - especially prime ones. So this whole 7 business is making me cringe a little bit.
  7. I love to take pictures because I love memories.  It's something that started, I suppose, when someone gave me a diary when I was 7.  Since then, I have been chronicling my life via journal entries...and then evolved to pictures.  One of my newest favorite quotes depicts this perfectly:
Sometimes, you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

 Let's see how far I can get on the bloggers....Sorry for any repeats, guys! I'm going to troll the Newbie Blog Hop for this. :)  And bear with me... I will slowly but surely be editing this to add more to this meager initial offering.
  1. Enchanted with Technology
  2. Clever Little Birds
  3. Mrs. Payton's Precious Kindergarteners
  4. Fluttering in First
  5. Piles of Pencils
  6. Mrs. H's Resource Room 


1. Follow the person who gave the award.
2. Link back to the person who gave the award.
3. Pass this on to 15 new bloggers and then let them know they have received the award!

Thank you to Ashley at Inspire, Dream, & Create, Vicky at Keep Calm & Imagine & Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper!

As for the bloggers list - same disclaimer as before.
  1. Clever Little Birds
  2. Mrs. Payton's Precious Kindergarteners
  3. Fluttering in First
  4. Piles of Pencils
  5. Mrs. H's Resource Room   


1. Link back to the person who gave it to you.
2. Post the award to your blog.
 3. Give the award to at least 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
4. Leave a comment on the 5 blogs to let them know that they have been offered this award.

Thank you now to Mrs. T at Teaching Mrs. T! :)

  1. Enchanted with Technology
  2. Clever Little Birds
  3. Mrs. Payton's Precious Kindergarteners
  4. Piles of Pencils
  5. Mrs. H's Resource Room 

Hopefully that covers all the people that nominated me! I got overwhelmed with the comments and just needed a brief pause moment.  I have been living in virtual hermit-dom since camp ended last Friday.  I've only gone out for mail and a quick visit to the gym (a fact that would have many of my friends keel over from shock).  So I've spent the last few days lounging and watching copious amounts of television. It's been amazing!

Okay, okay, I've also been looking up new car-to-be potentials.  And trying to figure out what to do with my life - i.e., what to major in.  I asked some friends and family for advice... so far hasn't helped too much.  I think my problem is that I really just have zero idea where to go from here.  I love being in the classroom, so those of my friends who are already burned out and advise me to look into majors that could get me OUT of the classroom one day just aren't resonating with me. I suppose it's a smart's possible one day I'll wake up and be tired of the daily grind.  There was one helpful suggestion that I'd never really thought about - ESOL.  It's something I could possibly be interested in and if I were ever in that position, would get me out of the classroom.

Otherwise, I've been contemplating math - it's a field I thought about before I got a job and before I was told by my county's HR that the idea of finding a job as a middle school math teacher was lol-worthy.  I also love technology... I think that could be a fun job.  And my last real thought was reading to strengthen my reading skills & open for me the possibility of becoming a reading specialist.

And...with that, I'm out and off to dinner! I will notify my nominations soon! Enjoy the rest of your week. I'll probably be posting soon with an update on my math facts card games! :)


  1. Thanks so much for the sweet shout out Cindy. We really appreciate it. :)

    Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  2. Thanks so much for the awards! I love your colorful blog and am now your newest follower! Can't wait to follow your posts :)

    Enchanted with Technology

    1. You're welcome!! I absolutely am obsessed with all things technology. I've been enjoying scrolling through and finding all these great ideas. In fact, I just posted about a site called kidblog. If you had any ideas, I would greatly appreciate it! :)