Sunday, January 29, 2012

I've been Tagged

I've been tagged by Shawna from The Picture Book Teacher's Edition 
  1. You must post the rules.
  2. Post 12 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
  3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create 12 new questions for the people you tagged.
  4. Tag 12 people and link them to your post!
  5. Let them know you've tagged them!

12 Fun things about me!
  1. Teaching is my second career... my undergrad degree in is Public Relations and Communications! 
  2.  Family is a huge part of my life... there is nothing better than spending time with grandma:) Believe it or not, I have 32 cousins on just one side of my family!
  3. I am 32. I am divorced. I live with my parents while I'm finishing school. (I know, just slap a huge L on my forehead!)
  4. (Continuation from number 3....)Sometimes I feel like such a loser because it seems like everyone else has everything figured out(career, family, kids....) and I am just finishing grad school!
  5. I have two dogs(Jack Russells) named Baylee and Josey.
  6. I have lost 20 pounds since May! I spinned, zumba'd and bootcamped all last summer! I just started back up and hope to lose another 15-20 pounds by summer.It's not looking so good. LOL (Probably shouldn't have eaten that chocolate cake!)
  7. I am addicted to the Real Housewives of.... Beverly Hills, Atlanta, New Jersey,  and OC! I like my reality TV! 
  8. My last name is 13 letters. 
  9. My mom is from Finland. Her entire side of her family still lives there. 
  10. I have just one sister, named Ingrid. She just had a baby(named Evelina) in April!
  11. I love the outdoors. My family has a cabin in northern Wisconsin and I try to get up there as much as possible.
  12. TJmaxx, Target, Barnes and Noble, and Hobby lobby are my favorite stores:)

Shawna's questions for me.....
1. Are you a reading workshop school or do you teach using a reading series? We use the Harcourt Series
2. What are your school hours? 7:30-3:30. School starts at 8:30.
3. What is your favorite subject to teach? So far I like phonemic awareness the best!
4. What is your favorite picture book to read to your class?  I haven't read too many picture books yet to this class(I just started student teaching) however, I would love to read "The Pout Pout Fish!" It's one of my favorites and kids love it too!
5. Why did you start blogging? I started blogging because I wanted to document my teaching journey. Also, I always see so many good teaching ideas, I figured what a great way to organize my thoughts and collaborate with teachers I'd normally never speak with!
6. How many students do you have in your class? 15 am kindergarten, 15 pm kindergarten
7. What is a typical lunch that you bring to school? Salad, yogurt, snapple
8. Do you watch the presidential debates? not normally. I read the papers. NY times, Tribune.
9. Coffee or tea? Tea! It has to be orange spice with Honey! But then again I do love my non fat, no whip, iced white mocha latte from starbucks:)
10. Who is your favorite Sesame Street character? Why? I have always loved Bert and Ernie. I'm not sure why. Probably because I loved that they were best friends. 
11. Would you rather get roses or daisy's? Roses. There is nothing better than getting flowers when you don't expect it!
12. Salty or sweet? Both? This made me think of those yummy kettle chips called sea salt and vinegar!

Now for 12 blogs to tag.... (hopefully you guys haven't gotten this yet!)

And Finally....
The 12 questions for my 12 picks...
1. How long have you been teaching?
2. Has your school ever had anyone famous visit?
3. What is your favorite subject to teach?
4. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
5. Where was the last place you went out to dinner?
6.  Do you work out?
7. Does your school have art class?
8. Coke or Pepsi?
9. Have you ever been to Wisconsin?
10. Driver or passenger?
11.  How many siblings do you have?
12. What is the ratio or male to female teachers at your school?



  1. Congrats on the 20 pounds. That's a big accomplishment - something to be very proud of. My best friend lost a significant amount of weight, so I know it's not an easy journey. Keep it up!
    Forever in First

  2. If you're in need of some inspiration, my best friend just started a blog. She only has three posts, but she's included pictures that I think can give people hope.

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a nice comment. Im now following your blog. Good luck on your half marathon in the fall...mental determination! Just keep going until the medal is around your neck! Also, I think it's great that your documenting your journey into the world of education..welcome.

  4. Thanks for the tag. I'm now following you as well!


  5. Thanks so much for the tag! I'm also a new follower. Good luck with your student teaching and welcome to bloggy world!
    Hopelessly Devoted to Teaching

  6. Hi!

    Don't feel like a loser at all! I am 32 and just finished my masters and I live with my parents (I've been living with them the past year and am moving out next week!).....and my mom got her masters at 59!

    Life's a journey-make sure you don't compare it to others. I know what you mean about everyone having families, careers, kids and all that.

    Don't worry, sounds like you're moving forward!

    I'm your newest follower! I see you use Harcourt....I've taught kindergarten with Harcourt in the past, perhaps I'll get some resources up on my blog soon.