Monday, August 11, 2014

Meet the Teacher Linky

I am off to a great start in 2nd grade this year....let's hope I just get to stay in 2nd grade!!  There is some skedaddle about the possibility of having to move a teacher and God help me....I am close to the Kindergarten team.  God help me!  I love to watch them for entertainment purposes, but Holy Cannoli.....I don't have enough milligrams on my anxiety medicine to increase it any more, so hopefully, I can just beg to sit still.  Pray!

When Stephanie from Falling Into First suggested a teacher linky I was pretty excited.  Then I looked at all the questions and wondered how I would ever get it all I am....and I am ready.  Enjoy getting to know me!  In a lot of ways my life is an open book but then in other ways, I am a very reserved person and I find it hard to 'give myself a shout out'.  This is my attempt.  No animals were hurt in the process of writing this post!

Q: These are a few of my favorite things…

This is my family during the adoption of our two kidlins about 6 years can see how serious we all were as the kids were asked if they wanted to be a part of our family and Matt and I were asked to accept these two as our own children and love them as much as we would any biological children that we might be given.  As our entourage strolled through the courthouse, several people stopped to ask if we were off to a wedding.  There was little J-Man in his suit and tie <which he has decided to save for his little boy when he grows up>.  And Angel was decked out in her beautiful white dress with little pink flowers embroidered on it, a white sweater, her white 'heels', and her white purse.  We have saved her dress and her hair barrette for her to pass down to her own little girl someday.  I love these 3 people so much...oh, and there is Winter, our caseworker, standing in the back watching the proceedings.  We still love her, too, and she checks in on the kids from time to time.  Since then, she has adopted her own children as a single mom.  She is the bomb!

'Nuff of the mushy stuff.  Here are some of my other favorite things...these are linked to Amazon for your shopping entertainment!!

This is my favorite book of all time--The Giving Tree.  I cry every time I read it.  Then I feel guilty and call my mommy.  =)

This is the life-giving sustenance that keeps me going.  I have a HORRIBLE immune system and used to stay sick all the time.  I would have sinus infections and bronchitis 4 or 5 times a year and miss a school.  If you can ignore the taste (it isn't just don't want to linger around drinking it) which is better tasting than a shot of anything with alcohol and chug it, you are doing fine.  It actually acts as a superfood and rejuvenates sick cells and kills off the bad ones, and helps promote healthy cell growth.  Last year I think I only had 1 sinus infection that turned into bronchitis.  It works well as a meal replacement, too, and I think I have lost around 30 lbs on it.  I try not to step on the scale.  Ever.  But sometimes my doctor makes me. LOL

I LOVE 5 Mil laminating sheets.  It is the same width that ID's are laminated in.  My centers are lasting longer than ever and it is worth it to me to pay for laminating sheets instead of relying on the school's laminating machine.

I have lots of other favorites, but it is time to move on...

Q: If you weren’t a teacher, what would you want to be?

That is a hard one...I started out as a journalism major, so had I stuck it out I might have ended up at some huge newspaper (but I never read the newspaper) or at CNN or something.  I actually think that I would be a good 'stick stirrer'.  When something horribly looms in the night or the underdog gets kicked, I seem to always be the one to speak up and be ready to fight for 'THE CAUSE'.  

Right now the 'CAUSE' that I am fighting for is Reactive Attachment Disorder.  You'll be hearing more about that in the coming weeks since my daughter was diagnosed with it.  We are fighting for her love, her life, and her future.  

Q: Three little words that describe you.

Stubborn  (My husband probably wouldn't say mule, though.)


Once you are a friend (or husband!!!) I will always love you and fight for you.  I am that way because my Jesus loved me and fought for me on the cross.  My love comes from up above.  =)

Q: Finish this sentence, “___________________, said no teacher 


25 minutes for lunch - 5 minutes to walk to and from the cafeteria - 5 minutes for the bathroom = 15 minutes to eat.

Q: It’s your birthday and you can invite anyone {dead or alive} to

 the party. Who are you inviting?

All of the Great grandparents and Grandparents, Parents, Kids...we'll just keep it all in the family.

Q: If someone wrote a book about your life, what would be the


Drama and Trauma for Little Mama

HEHE  I am actually writing my autobiography some day.  It's a catchy title!!

Q: You get to pick one superpower. What is it?

Time Traveling.  Hands down.

Q: What’s your favorite quote or saying?

I can't think of one right'll have to get back to me!

Q: If you HAD to sing one song on American Idol, what would it


It Is Well With My Soul--I would actually like to get enough nerve to sing it with my husband.  I wish I had a video of him singing it...I looked on youtube, but there is NOT ONE that is comparable to how he sings it.  =)

So....I would probably go with the song below so that I could sing it to/for my daughter.  It is so easy for her to give up on life these days.  I want her to know that God has a vision for her...and so do I!  I included the link to Youtube.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night owl?

I am an introvert.  I find that most introverts like to stay up late--it gives us peace and quiet and we can get a lot more accomplished!

Q: What’s your favorite resource that you’ve created in your TPT


This is my newest pack.  I was originally trained as a Montessori teacher and a lot of times, I keep falling back on that.  I love 3 part cards because a student can never get the wrong answer and it boosts their self-esteem so that they are willing to take risks with learning later on.  I am just now getting this cut and laminated but I think it is going to be awesome for my ESL learners.  It bums me out that my really good stuff is at the tail end of my store and a lot of people never check the last few pages!

I think I used this activity more than any of my others last year...It really helped my kids with their vocabulary.  I haven't blogged about it yet, but you'll just have to trust me that it really does help...and there are a lot of extensions that you can use with it to make it sort of 'come alive'.

Q: Share something we might not know about you!

I HATE RECESS!!!!  Air conditioning is my friend!

I am super scared of frogs.  One attached it to my hair while I was swimming one evening and I could not even get a scream out because my whole body stiffened.  My muscles actually ached the next day.  I can't stand them.


  1. Laminating stuff should have been on my favorite list. Hope you get to stay in second. I have changed grades way too many times right before school started. Not a fan! I like your three words. I am pretty sure most of them work for me too. :)

    Apples and Papers

  2. Ha! We have a lot in common: love of laminating, being inside, introverted, night owl... :) I like the song you chose for your daughter. I remember Jerry Lewis always singing it at the end of the MDA telethon every year (growing up, my mom always had it on tv over the Labor Day weekend). I hope you have a great school year!
    - Kelly :)
    Mrs. Campbell's Kids

  3. Found you on the Meet the Teacher linky party. You seem like a very passionate a teacher & a mother. Best of luck this school year and I'll keep my fingers crossed you get to stay in 2nd grade!

    Learning at the Teacher Table

    1. Thanks so much!! I am passionate...sometimes too passionate. And, an introvert that is passionate may not be the best thing!!


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