Thursday, August 8, 2013

Lookie, Lookie!

How sweet!  I've been nominated for a Liebster Award!  Thank you to the oh so sweet Lori from Special Education Love!  I'll admit I was slightly giddy when I first heard the news!

The Liebster Award is for up and coming blogs that have less than 200 followers (that's me!).  So what is a Liebster, you ask?  Liebster is a German word that means sweetest, kindest, dearest, cute, endearing, etc.  Such a thoughtful award!  Here are the rules to accept this award:

1) Link back to the person that nominated you.
2) Answer the questions from your nominator.
3) Share 11 random facts about yourself.
4) Nominate 5 more blogs with less than 200 followers.
5) Pose questions for you nominees.

That's it!

Here we go!

1. When did you decide to become a teacher? I think I always knew deep down.  I went to college and got a degree in Elementary Education, but then chose to work in higher education instead (fraternity & sorority advisor - which at times felt like an elementary school teacher!  HA!).  I thankfully found my way back and this will be my first teaching job after spending a year as a sub.
2. What is your favorite meal?  Hmmm...that's a tough one as I LOVE food.  I'd have to say anything I eat when I go home to New Mexico.  I love green chile on just about everything!
3. Is this your first blog? No - I tried to blog during my student teaching, but really between that, my classes and my family I just didn't keep up with it.
4. Do you have any pets?  Tell me about them. Yes, we have two dogs - His and Hers dogs!  MY dog is Belle and she's a "cockachon" or a Cocker/Bichon mix.  Santa Claus brought her to us 5 years ago and she truly is my dog.  She goes everywhere I go, sleeps on my bed and most of the time seems to think no one else in our house exists!  My husband decided HE needed a dog, so we also have a Pitt Bull/Boxer mix named Akita.  She's 60 pounds of pure love.  She's super smart and so well trained, but she doesn't know her own strength sometimes, so the girls have to be careful not to get her too hyper!  Sadly, Belle and Akita aren't BFF's.  Belle is older and doesn't put up with Akita's puppy antics.
5. Name a blog you go to for inspiration. I love School Girl Style for classroom inspiration, Fifth In the Middle, Miss Math Dork and The Science Penguin for teaching ideas.  Of course, I have come across some other great blogs, but these are the ones I've spent the most time exploring.
6. What's your favorite Pinterest creation?  I'm more of a pinner with great intentions than an actual crafter, but I did make this!
7. What lesson are you the most proud of?  WELL...I did some fun things during student teaching, but I think I'll save this one for the end of my first year of teaching!  I'm hoping for some great lessons!
8. What do you teach? 5th grade but my kids switch classes for math, so I'll teach 6th grade math.
9. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? Russia...I've always had a fascination with Russian culture and architecture.  It's been a dream of mine since I was very young and my grandfather shared his adventures in Russia.  I even took a semester of Russian in college!
10. What has been your favorite summer vacation? As a child I would say Disneyland.  With my kids I'd say South Dakota.  It was amazing to see Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse. 
11. What is your number one goal for the upcoming school year? To survive!!  And, to have a little fun along the way!

Random Facts:
1) I'm an Aggie - GIG 'EM!  I L*O*V*E Texas, but don't think I could live there again because of the heat.  It will always hold a special place in my heart.
2)I'm also an Alpha Phi.  I love my sorority dearly and wish I had more time to be involved as a volunteer.  One day...
3) I have a bag obsession.  I love tote bags of all kinds.  Several years ago a friend showed me a Thirty-One catalog and I was hooked.  I've been a consultant since 2010.  It feeds my addiction!  :)
5) I've attended 6 colleges/universities and have 2 degrees to show for it.  
6) I'm a HUGE sports fan - don't get in front of the television when college football or basketball are on - you might get hurt!  ;) 
7) I'm also a WSU Cougar - GO COUGS!  
8) I drive an Expedition named Daisy
9) I'm a soccer/basketball/softball mom.  My girls are SUPER sporty.  This summer they played all 3 sports at once which led to some crazy busy days/weeks.  I love watching them play!
10) I'm a technology Iphone and laptop are never very far away
11) I don't know what I would do if I didn't live in the land of coffee stands...there is one on nearly every corner and I appreciate that!  :)

I'm nominating:

Here are your questions!
1)What is your ideal vacation?
2)If you had an unlimited budget, what would you purchase for your classroom?
3)What is your favorite way to de-stress after a long week?
4)Tell us your most unforgettable student response/comment you've ever had.
5)What is your favorite season and why?
6)What is your favorite way to reward your class for excellent behavior?
7)Sweet or Salty?
8)When you have time to read for pleasure, what do you read?
9) Reality TV - yes or no?
10) Where is your favorite place to buy school clothes?


  1. First of all, GO COUGS! (I’m married to one!)
    Secondly, thank you for the nomination and I do indeed accept!

    Rooting for Third Grade

  2. Where will you be posting the new set of questions for the nominees? I'm excited to post!

    Rooting for Third Grade

  3. Hi Kayla- That was an OOPS! Just posted them! Sorry about that!! Can't wait to read your responses!