take me back...what I'm thankful for and notsomuch too!

I'm hooking up with Hope today for Take Me Back Tuesdays! SO I thought it might be fun to go waaay back and repost a "what I'm thankful for" linky and "not thankful for" linky post I did two years ago. As I read through them I realized they hold true-for the most part! But now Lesson Plan SOS is Inspire Me ASAP, I don't like Moscato so much anymore, and my love for all things vampires and Modern Family have waned! 

Before I go congrats to Kerry S, the winner of my Holiday Daze Centers! They are on sale right now though!
{if you aren't downloading Krista's freebies each week, run to TpT!}

***************originally posted on November 24, 2011***************


1.  What are you thankful for in your classroom?
hmmm, besides the humor of 7 and 8 year olds, I would have to say my mCLass tablet! When I moved to 2nd grade from 4th I was relieved…NO MORE STANDARDIZED TESTS…but opps! Someone for got to mention I had to do running records monthly, benchmarks in Reading and Math each quarter, not to mention all the other assessments coming down the pike! I was overwhelmed to say the least. Then our school took part in a pilot with mCLass {includes DIBELS and Reading 3D} hallelujah AMEN! Each teacher got a mini laptop with touch screens to do all our assessing on!

2. What person are you most thankful for?
I have to go with the obvious answer here-my hubby. We’ve had the highest highs and lowest lows, but we have always made it through. Our little family started over 12 years ago {we were very young parents!} Even when one is mad beyond belief, we can get each other laughing. He compliments my sarcasm and passion for life in every way. And yes, we are quite silly.
me and josh
I am also thankful for my work friends whop also happen to be real friends, too. We have a blast laughing, crying, complaining, and building each other up! No one has made me a better teacher than them!
3. What 3 blogs are you most thankful for?
OooEee…I would have to say 
For amazing lessons I always keep up with Amy Lemons. I love all her fun with construction paper crafts! That girl must have tons! Her stuff is amazing, free, and just right for my 2nd graders.

For sweetness, Amanda Nickerson. That girl is a doll. She has great positive posts, great ideas, and always responds to my nagging questions.

For a-ma-zing units, ideas, gorgeous work that I love to use I always go to Lesson Plan SOS ladies. Everything they put out rocks!

I also have just become somewhat addicted to What the Teacher Wants, and have always loved First Grade Parade. Cara must be an alien or something. I simply don’t know how she does it. And I adore Abby’s humor over at the Inspired Apple, and I love the sweetness and creativity over at The Teacher Wife, too!

4. What guilty pleasure are you most thankful for?
Oh many things I feel a little guilty for…Hmmm, let me count the ways. 1. iPhone 2. Pinterest 3. Modern Family 4. vampires {more Sookie than Twilight} 5. sleep 6. Uggs 7. J. Crew 8. Pier 1 9. Bravo TV 10. stupid movies to watch my my hubs
5. What are you most thankful for? 
In addition to funky fonts, cute clipart, PowerPoint {thanks to Cara}, Windows Live Writer, TpT, the joy of creating things all by myself and the pain to get there, Celexa, no gray hairs or wrinkles…yet, and Moscato Barefoot Bubbly champagne…
oh, I will let the pictures do some talking here
photo (8)
{matchbox cars in my shoes…love him}
photo (9)
{My oldest’s undying love for rules…see…he even copyrighted the brand names on our grocery list-love him}
photo (11)
{potty training with technology…this boy can downright command my iPhone}
{my middle man’s blonde locks…swoon-love him}
{sisterly love…ok-we were a little silly after dinner here!}

And now for what I am NOT thankful for…hahaha. I love this idea from First Grade Blue Skies..I love sarcasm!
1. Boogers and farts in the classroom-they are abundant…
2. anything on my extensive pet peeve list like unmotivated professionals, gritty food, and the word “gist”
3. zits-HELLO I’m 30! Not 13!
4. Size 9 feet on a 5 ft body…there’s a mistake here
5. my lack of cleaning, cooking, and organizational skills that I swear to improve one day
and...what an open scent disc from Bath and Body Works will do to wood...arrggh

That’s it! I hope you all have a great Turkey Day!! 


  1. Your not so thankful list cracks me up:) Thankful for your bloggy friendship friend! Have a blessed holiday and relaxing days off:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  2. I absolutely LOVE your sense of humor, and I wish you could just come sit in our staff lounge and make us all laugh! In the midst of STAR assessments, new teacher evaluations, the adoption of a new math series, and the implementation of Daily 5/CAFE all coming at us at once, my colleagues are uber-stressed and not smiling much this year. I do what I can to lighten the atmosphere but some days the load we carry is heavy....


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