11 in 11

Okay, chicks and peeps, the time has come.  Hadar at Miss Kindergarten asked me to host a linky party with her.  I have never hosted a linky party before and I am a litttle nervous that I may just be left hanging.  I'm calling on all of my friends to join (yes, I'm talking to {in no particular order} YOU, Farley, Kimberly, Reagan, Kim, Holly, Staci, Jennifer {all of them}, Jen, Erin, Rachelle, Camille, Heather,  and Jill, just to name a few.  And then I'd love to have some MORE people, too, so the MORE the MERRIER is what I always say.  Well, not really.  Usually, I say SHUT THE FRONT DOOR but honestly, that wouldn't be very hospitable of me when I am trying to invite people to a party, now would it?

So . . . without further ado, let me invite you to a Linky Party called ELEVEN in ELEVEN, as in 11 things from 2011.  Look at the cute button Hadar made!  (Just copy the code and paste it in your post using the Edit HTML part)

Miss Kindergarten

11. Favorite movie you watched
The Help - I saw it twice in the movie theater and bought it as soon as it came out.  I've watched it twice since then.  If you haven't seen it (really, who hasn't?  I'd like your name), go get it now.   

10. Favorite TV series
This is hard because I love all things Reality and it's hard to pick one out of the bunch.  So I'll go with non reality and say Parenthood.  I love it.  My parents love it, too.  And we have good discussions about it.  Plus, my older sister is just like Sarah.  Really.  And her kids are Amber and Drew.  It's bizarre.  So, although it may be fictional, it's sort of like Reality TV to me.

9. Favorite restaurant
Roma D' Italia.  Oh, for the love of pasta.  It has become a treat for the hubs, his aunt and uncle, and I to go there after church on Saturday nights.   All four of us get the SAME THING - Tortellini Gustavo.  It's that good.  I only know of two locations and our "regular" one is better than the other.  We found that out the hard way when the hubs and I finally decided to order a salad and SPLIT the pasta.  The portion was way smaller than our "regular" location and we were sad.  Tho Thad.
Isn't it cute?  "Regular" location

8. Favorite new thing you tried
This is hard for me because I tend to be afraid of change and trying new things.  So I'm going to take the easy way out and say I tried blogging over the summer and it's been great.  Turns out I can do it. (unlike that time I tried to ski, hit a ball at the batting cages, hit a ball at the driving range, drive a quad, row a canoe, or rock climb)

Favorite gift you received

My kindle.  That little device has changed my life.  Except it makes me want an iPad 2.  And then I would desert the poor little thing faster than you can say Mac.
6. Favorite thing you pinned
Um, well . . . see, the thing is . . . it would have to be . . . hmmm.
People, I'm not addicted to pinning.  People are following me but I have no idea why because I can't think of the last thing I pinned.  I don't know what my deal is and I do feel odd about it.  Like that time I was the only one of my friends who didn't have baby fever.

Favorite blog post

Well, we all know that's my Halloween post.  I loved writing it.  Living through it was a whole 'nother thing but finally writing it down was therapeutic.  

Favorite accomplishment

Being invited to be an author for Teaching Blog Addict.  Yahoo!!!
3. Favorite picture
This is Kerry and me with our best friend, Caryn.  
We have been friends since childhood.  
This was taken during the summer in Oklahoma
 and we had just eaten at Teds.  
Need I say more?

PS  I would have put a picture of the hubs and me from our whirlwind trip to North and South Carolina in June, but he prefers to stay out of this blog.  I know.  Opposites attract.

2. Favorite memory
Foster, my dog.  September 9, 1999 to July 12, 2011.  We were going to put him down on July 13 but we weren't sure if we should.  We kept going back and forth - it was awful.  We just could not decide if we were doing the right thing.  On the night of July 11, I couldn't sleep.  I stayed up most of the night, crying and praying.  I was a mess.  And then Foster went on his own the next morning.  I know it's a weird favorite memory but it sums him up perfectly.  He made it easy for us.  And God was merciful.  And I never have to wonder if I did the right thing.  Foster was such a good boy - I'm not exaggerating when I say that everyone who met him loved him and more than a handful of people cried when they heard the news of his passing.  He was my big boy. 
Foster on his last day 
(before I knew it would be his last day)

1. Goal for 2012
In life:  I want to start serving at our local homeless shelter and/or going to Mexico once a month with our church to work with orphans.  I keep saying it but it's time I DO it.  (Man, does this sound serious or what?)

In school:  I want to become a better math teacher.  I should not be afraid of manipulatives.  It's not normal.  And I really want to institute wearing scrubs every day.  You know how the medical profession has cute scrubs with teddy bears and other things?  We could have sight words and math facts and continents and penguins and gingerbread men and and and . . . it would be great because they would feel like pajamas and we wouldn't have to wonder what to wear each day and/or iron or throw things in the dryer to fluff them up.  Not to mention, I would be okay if I sat in pee if I was wearing scrubs. (YES.  I sat in pee.  It was Fun Friday and one of my students was playing teacher and having way too much Fun in Fun Friday to go to the bathroom.  So she wet her pants and then kept sitting in my teacher chair, pretending to be me.  And never told me.  So when Fun Friday was over, and we were all on the carpet with our backpacks, I sat in my chair.  In pee.  Uh huh.  Yep.)  Scrubs.  Enough said.

All right.  So that's my 11 in 2011.  And if you can't tell, I'm still a little nervous that I'm hosting this party with Hadar because I don't want to let her down.  Please come to our party!  :)  THANK YOU!  Link up below!


  1. Jennifers...all of them! lol You guys are so funny! You are killing me cause now I have to link up but I have already posted once today...you are trying to get me in trouble with the blog police, aren't you!!! (as if I need any help getting in trouble! lol)
    First Grade Blue SKies

  2. I got my Kindle Nov. 2011 and it changes my life too!!!! I now have a library with me everywhere I go and I LOVE it!!!!!
    I watched The Help last night on "On Demand" and LOVED it so much! I read it back in June but never caught it in the theater.

    I'm off to write my own post & join the party!

    Also, I have a New Years Resolution linky party & a questioner on my blog that I would really love your feedback on. Please stop by and give me your opinion.


    ❤ Mor Zrihen ❤
    A Teacher's Treasure

  3. Why'd you have to go and post about your puppy and make me all sad?!?! huh, huh?!?! Don't you know it's always all about me!?! Luckily, you saved it with your sitting in pee story. That cracked me up! Love!

  4. you called me out...I am linking up...but I have to write it first!!!
    I loved reading yours. Did you meet up with Hadar? are you at Rubys? :( Did you wear the t shirt and cargos? I need a life.

  5. Thanks for another great linky party. I definitely broke blogging code and made two posts in one day! :)

  6. Hey the link button isn't working. I had genius son check it. He said you need to fix the HTML...All I heard was blah blah blah...Hope you can fix it. :) I had fun making mine!

  7. Omg, I almost peed myself when u saw my name!!!!! Unless there is another Jill. I will just assume it is me. I can't wait to write my post later!!!!!!!!

  8. You made me cry reading about Foster, but like Hadar, I was cheered up with the pee story. :)

  9. woohoo! Did my last linky for the year :)
    So sorry to hear about Foster :(
    Thanks for "making" me do this - it was nice to get a little shout out from you!
    The Teachers’ Cauldron

  10. Am I the Heather you wanted??!!??? I hope so because I did it even though I HATE talking about myself!

    So thad, so thad about Foster...I just looked at my fur babies and teared up. =(

    I have had one of my Firsties sitting in my lap and she peed ON me! Another favorite is wearing flip flops and having a child throw up ON my feet! Disgusting beyond words and even harder trying to not look like I was completely disgusted!

    Heather's Heart

  11. I will be linking manana, and also, I have a Kindle and an iPad and I love them equally.

  12. Also, I wear scrubs, sometimes. It's glorious.

  13. Ok, I joined (even though I didn't get the personal invite:,(((() JK....I'll get over it:) Fun linky. I have been off the computer for a few days so have lots of catching up to do:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  14. Thanks for putting on a great linky party!!! I love Parenthood, too...even though it has no parallels to my life, I still treat it like it is real. Sometimes I get so caught up that I start thinking about the character's problems during the day and think about praying for them. Then, I realize it isn't real. Sad, huh?

  15. Kristin,
    Your favorite memory about Foster brought tears to my eyes! Animals truly are special and become so much a part of your family. Thank you for sharing your picture with us.


  16. Feel kind of sad because I don't have a blog so can't join the party :( I guess I will have my own itty bitty pity party....
    liked reading yours though, you always speak to me (Parenthood, math anxiety to name a few) Maybe that should be my 2012, a blog and shout out from you !

  17. I want to say that I did not mean to write "u" before.... I meant to write "I" but I was on my phone and typing fast!!

    Also, the same sort of thing happened with my dog. We were about to put her to sleep the next day and she went on her own. It was incredibly sad but a relief also - she knew when it was her time to go.

    Also I would like to say that I am not good at sports either!!!!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  18. Yeyeah! Finally finished linking up!

  19. Love this Linky party idea and thanks for posting about your dog.

    Also the Help was very good, and the book is good too. Told from different perspectives - very interesting.

  20. Oh Kristin, I read this much earlier and had to leave and come back when I could stop myself from tearing up. As soon as I saw Foster's picture, my heart just broke again for you and your husband. I do get how that was a favorite memory for you...you can tell he was such a good dog.

    And I am so with you on number 6! I love Pinterest, but that is simply the one extra thing I cannot handle! I feel so embarrassed when I get that email that someone is following me. I think I have like 5 photos pinned right now, but feel too stupid to check!!

    Looks like your party is a smash--no surprise! I will try to join in, though I will have to think a bit on a couple of those questions so I actually sound intelligent. Right now I am filling myself with the remainder of some holiday treats and firing up the DVD player. I love this week!

  21. Thank you for stopping by!! This was a great idea for a linky party!

    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  22. This is a fun one!! Thank you.

    Grade ONEderful

  23. Thanks for giving me plenty of reading and new blogs to Follow. I am on vacation and everybody else in my household is at work or daycare. Thank goodness for daycare. :)

    Hope you link up on my itty bitty Linky party.

  24. I enjoyed reading your list. I loved The Help and my favorite show is Parenthood, too. I will add my list tomorrow...as I am too tired to write without sounding tired.

    I also found new "blog friends" thanks to this linky party. So, thanks.


    Fun in Room 4B

  25. Oh my gosh, okay - I loved reading your 11 in '11. That took me an HOUR to do..I had to think really hard. :) I'm tired.

    You mentioned me on your blog - right? That is me, right? You made me smile...shoot, you made me hoot and holler!

    I'm curious too...did you meet up with Hadar today? Was that today? I need scoop!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

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  27. hee hee....love how you called us out by name...no pressure...lol! Felt like the end of Romper Room..."and I see _________ and ________" I always waited for my name!

    Linking was fun, and Holly, you're right- it took a long time....of course, I talk a lot, so naturally, I wrote a lot too! Enjoyed doing it!
    Going Nutty! Staci

  28. Fabulous linky party.

    Your blog is one of my favorite FINDS of 2011. :D

    Thanks for sharing about Foster. Dogs are absolutely amazing.

    I am SO with you on the scrubs thing. I will support and promote this right a long side you.
    Dragonflies in First

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  31. Thank you for the comment and for following me! I love the linky party and I laughed so hard when you wrote "shut the front door"! My roommate and I say that all the time and all of our friends laugh at us! :)

    Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

  32. That was really fun! Thanks for hosting!! You have a darling blog. Here's hoping you have a very Happy New Year!!

  33. How fun was that!??!?! Thanks for hosting the party! I hope you and your family (and fabulous sister) had a very Merry Christmas!!

  34. I haven't partied in awhile! Love a good linky party! :)

  35. Loved it!! I linked up to on my new blog. I am still learning about blogging and hope to get a few followers! Please check my 11 in 11 too!


  36. Your dog is beautiful and had the best live ever living with you!
    No one loves you like your dog! I so enjoyed reading your 11 in '11 and linking up!
    Happy New Year,
    Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas!
    Fern Smith’s Pinterest Boards!

  37. I LOVE your blog (and Hadar is really cool too). Thanks for visiting my Kindergarten for Teachers and Parents blog.

  38. I watch your followers everytime I stop by because I know that is something you obsess, I mean reflect, about! You are almost to 1,000 and you haven't even been blogging 6 months! That is so awesome! You are such a hoot and give ALL of us a much needed laugh besides the fact that you make incredible resources!

    Are you freaking out like me about not being able to share any of DJ Inkers clipart on our activities????

    I found myself wanting to text you an OMGosh!

    Thank you for always stopping by my blog and uplifting and encouraging me! Whether you realize it or not you are a major inspiration to me and I might go on a bit more but then I might cry!

    I loved seeing the pictures of you meet up today!

    blessings to you sweet bloggy friend,

  39. I was awarded the Liebster Blog Award and I noted your wonderful blog as one of my top 5 picks.
    I love all of your wonderful ideas!



  40. Kristin, I have to admit that I wear scubs to work all the time!! Just the pants, though, and you'd NEVER know! They are the most comfy pants ever AND the pockets are awesome! Happy New Year!!
    Teaching First

  41. And p.s. I had to put my black lab down almost a year before you put down you sweet Foster....I bawled like a baby because I felt like I killed her, even though I knew she had to be put down. Making that decision was the hardest thing I ever had to do. Love your photo of your pup!
    Teaching First

  42. Ummmm, I think your linky party was successful. ; ) So I think it's safe to say that you shouldn't worry about that ever again! :) Thanks for sharing your 11 in 11! ~Heidi V.

  43. GREAT idea! Loved linking up ... thanks!

    Runde's Room

  44. KRISTEN!

    Dummy ME!

    Plewase remove my lionks.
    I did it all wrong.

  45. OMG Im so sorry about your dog! :( I can't imagine how hard that must have been for you guys!

  46. Thank you for the sweet comment on my new little blog! Seriously. It made me feel famous hahahaha (not even joking....)
    PS I got a kindle too this year and I am in love with it!!

  47. Kristin thank you for the opportunity to join in the linky party. It was a lot fun!

    My condolences on Foster. It sounds weird to say you are lucky but I am in that spot right now with my almost 15 year old dog. I need to make the appt at the vet but it is so hard to decide when the time is right. I wish my Maddie would follow in your Foster's steps and make the decision easier for me!


  48. Let's start a nationwide petition about the scrubs. I'm in...what a great way to simplify my life. :) By the way... Foster's picture is adorable and I totally get it. I've missed you (and everyone else) lately. Thanks for hosting!
    Funky First Grade Fun

  49. I love the show Parenthood. I think it has some of the best writing on TV.

    And OMG you poor thing sitting in pee. I teach Middle School and one year we took a field trip that was 2 hrs away. Apparently on the boys wet his pants on the bus ride.

  50. Kristin,

    You are so funny. I love your blog too. I find your stories hilarious and very entertaining. I can always relate. I always look forward to reading your stories. I didn't only link up for Hadar, but for you too. :)

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  51. As for the iPhone 4S. Well, in all honesty I adore my iPhone, it is one of my most prized possessions. I upgraded form a 3G so it was quite an upgrade, but I miss the pretty, & sleek-ness of my 3G. Siri, often doesn't understand me or won't do what I ask. There are several upgrades but I don't know if it was worth losing what I lost. With that said the camera is much improved which I am enjoying, and I can shoot video, which is nice.

    I would not go back, I just am missing my old baby, which is now my iPod. :)

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  52. This is the best Linky Party EVER. I put a link to the Expo on my blog. I laughed so hard at the Halloween finger story that Camille linked too. This is such FUN. Of course, I live in the boonies but I LOVE linking with the party. Thank you!

  53. FYI, there is a lovely blog I follow that participated in the linky party and I don't know if he knows to link up. So I did it for him. #141.

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  54. I broke blogging code and back posted. I just did not have enough time to get it posted before the New Year. Thanks for sharing your hilarious and sweet stories. I am so glad I got to meet you over break. I will post about it as soon as I get the chance.
    Life with Mrs. L