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Monday, December 31, 2012

12 in '12 - Happy New Year, everyone!

Yup, I'm the last one to the 12 in '12 party- but I've been awfully busy enjoying my break :)

12. Favorite movie you watched:
The Avengers or Cloud Atlas. The first was just so fun with great dialogue (saw it twice), and the second had amazing make-up artists and kept me thinking for days.

11. Favorite TV series:
30 Rock, I think- but the DVR is always full :) Love HIMYM, Burn Notice, and Project Runway, too!

 (For reruns, Arrested Development and Firefly totally take the cake, though.)

10. Favorite restaurant:
My favorite "sometimes" treat is from the Cheesecake Factory, but it is amazingly not cheesecake.

Fried macaroni and cheese.

It's a very good thing the closest Cheesecake Factory is an hour away.

9. Favorite new thing you tried:
I took a chance and moved to 3rd grade (from 2nd). So far, it's been mostly a good thing, I think, and I'm proud of myself for going for it!

8. Favorite gift you got:
My husband and I were about a thousand miles apart (literally) for our first wedding anniversary this summer because of his internship, so he made a video for me where he sang me a sweet song. It was so so adorable, but if I post it I think he will kill me (even though he's got a great voice!)

7. Favorite thing you pinned: Favorite useful thing-
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I pinned this early on in the year, and finally printed it and set it up at the end of the summer. I am LOVING it- the look of it, but also using it to track our reading lessons. (Thank you Ladybug's Teacher Files! :)

Favorite silly, amusing thing- with the comment: "My fish died when I wasn't home. Asked my cousin to give him a proper flushing. She sent me this."
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6. Favorite blog post:
I think my favorite post was about our BFG Day, but I'm also super proud of just about all of my posts this summer in I Just Got a Teaching Job... Now What?!

Stats show me that visitors love my spice up your writing, teacher binder, and lesson plan posts, though.

5. Best accomplishment:
I finished my first year of teaching in my own classroom!

4. Favorite picture:
I think it might be this one of my husband and my brother. I love that they get along and that they both like to be goofy!

Other favorites? (Because I LOVE pictures :)

3. Favorite memory:
At the end of the summer, I got to go down to Texas and spend a few days with my husband after a loooong summer apart. He was able to take a couple of days off of work so we could hang out around town together. Plus, once it was over, I only had about 2 more weeks til he was home for good!

As far as school, I loved seeing a student's Airman dad surprise her in my classroom, and our lemonade stand for charity made me so proud.

2. Goal for 2013:
I want to be there for my husband.

Between graduating, job searching, and probably moving and starting a new job, he's going to need me to listen, but also to get a lot better about not being a slob- I mean, helping out with cleaning and cooking.

1. One Little Word: trust
In 2013, my husband graduates after 9 years in college. It's incredibly exciting, but will probably mean moving to a new job and new school. For the first time, he will have a "real" full-time job, and who knows if I will be able to find a classroom job right away. With all the change that could happen, or not (depending on the job search), I need to trust in God and in our relationship that everything is working out just as it is supposed to.

It's probably going to be a big year.

Tomorrow, I'll post about some resolutions, but for now...
Happy 2013!


  1. Sounds like 2013 will be an exciting year. Happy Hear Year!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. So glad you found my blog! =)
    I enjoyed reading about your 2013!
    I am so excited to find another third grade blog!

    Your new blogging friend =),
    Adventures of Ms. Smith

  3. Fried macaroni and cheese is THE reason I go to The Cheesecake Factory. Sooo delicious!! Good luck with 2013 - sounds like it will be a great year for you!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  4. Oh my goodness, the fish picture was precious. What a good friend. :) Good luck with your adventures in 2013!

    Christi ツ
    Ms. Fultz’s Corner

  5. I think my husband wants the same extra cooking and cleaning help, too... sigh. Good luck with everything!
    - Amanda {}
    Inspired in Second

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  7. This is such a nice list. You guys surely had a lot of fun this holiday. Wish this year will be twice as awesome. And my best new year wishes to you and your family.

    Happy New Year!
    Marilyn @


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