Hearty Heart Heart

I've been tagged a lot today.  Which is really weird because we are a no tag school.  It's just not allowed.  But I'll play along because, as I've said before, my halo has been known to get a little crooked every now and again.  I was a little worried that I wouldn't be able to catch anyone to actually tag them, but thank goodness this is a virtual game.  I can be really fast in a fake world.  Like superhero fast!  I'll be back later in the week to continue this game. But not yet.  I have to get into training mode and get the Rocky theme song in my head and eat some raw eggs first.  So hold your horses.  And keep your panties on.  :)

It's about to be all about hearts in my neck of the woods.

We started with our Jump Rope for Heart Kick-off Assemblies on Friday.  One of my good teacher friends is the chairperson every year.  She asked me if I would speak at the assemblies to make it more meaningful for the students and/or so they could make a connection.  Hmmmmm.

It was a conundrum, that one.

Not even all of the teachers at school know about my heart condition . . . now I was just going to get up and pour it all out??  Yikes.  And yes, the entire virtual world of bloggers and strangers knows about my heart condition but not real life people.  I never said I was normal.  If that was your assumption, you have been led down the wrong path, people.

But I decided to do it.  I think I did it in a way that didn't scare the kids . . . I guess I'll find out tomorrow at school.  If parents bring me food and casseroles, then I'll know the kids went home and told them I was dying.  Which I'm not.  And I never said I was.  But I'll take the food.  Especially the desserts.  

I did get about 1000 students who said they would jump for me since I can't.  A little known fact about me is that I used to be on a jump roping team.  That's right.  Uh huh.  Go Skippers!  My school in Texas had a team and they were called the Skippers (not to be confused with Barbie's little sister.  Or was that her cousin?) and I tried out for the team in second grade and I made it.  I went to practices before school and everything.  I may not be very athletic but I can jump over a rope over and over and over again.  I also learned some cool tricks, if I do say so myself.  So I told the kids all about that and how I was sort of sad that I couldn't jump and they all said they'd jump for me.  They also said they'd bring in $1 for the American Heart Association so that one day, maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to jump rope again.  I'm secretly hoping this will be our biggest year to date in the fundraising department.  But you didn't hear that from me (insert violin music here).

I will also introduce some new Heart Poems.  Like this one.
To My Valentine Color
To My Valentine Word Cards ColorTo My Valentine Fill in the Blank

I think it's so cute.  If fingers were thumbs . . . well, I doubt I'd be typing this, that's for sure.

You can get the black and white poem {HERE} and the black and white word cards {HERE}.

I am off to catch up on some TV.  A crisis was just averted when I happened upon MTV's The Challenge:  Battle of the Exes.  I forgot it was premiering and I didn't Tivo it.  Panic!  Sweat!  Tears!  Say it isn't so!  I caught it just by chance and recorded it immediately. I'm dying to see if CT and Diem will reunite.  I know CT is a bad boy and all that but I like him.  I can't explain.  Does anyone else watch these Challenge shows?  Am I the only one?  

I hope you like the poem -- fingers and all.  Please leave me some bloggy or stranger love if you grab them!  :)  

And don't forget to enter the Good Old Giveaway!  Just click.  :)

Thanks for all the Reality TV comments on my last post.  I think I'm going to be a Dance Moms watcher.  :)  At this point, why not?  I lost my dignity somewhere between Big Brother and The Challenge:  Battle of the Exes, so why not?


  1. Yeah for your fundraiser and your part in it. I'm sure it will be a great success!

    Yearn to Learn Blog

  2. I love watching Dance Moms!! They are all such wrecks and it is totally addicting! Have a super week!

  3. Yes, you need to jump on the Dance Mom's bandwagon! It is hilarious! Where do they find these people? Kathy beats all I've ever seen! :)

    Congrats on the fundraiser!


  4. aw - how wonderful for you to share, though I know it's hard to "out" yourself to a whole crowd!!

    P.s...ummm...jump roper??? Did you SEE America's Got talent??

    check out this audition clip

    they actually went pretty far it the competition :)

    ♥ Jen
    The Teachers' Cauldron

  5. You can only watch Dance Moms if you'll "harp"/bash on that leader....she's nuts!!!!! Don't know why those moms put their kids through that......oh yeah...they get to be on TV....right.....
    Heart your poem! We had Jump Rope for Heart kick off too:))) Your school will do awesome and I'm betting since you shared....super awesome:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  6. Hahahaha I laughed so hard about the fingers being thumbs. That's so funny. And this is the only time I've managed to catch anyone in tag, too, so yay for us.

    I hope your fundraiser goes GREAT!

    Buzzing with Ms. B

  7. Kristin,
    Just in time! My withdrawal pains from not reading a new post from you in F.O.R.E.V.E.R. were getting really, really bad. (Okay, it hasn't been forever and yes, I could have reread old posts, but we all have our addictions, don't we?) So glad that you are well!
    An Open Door

  8. Me again.

    Skipper was Barbie's little sister. Midge was her cousin. Just me bringing you super important facts.

    An Open Door

  9. I love all the MTV challenge shows!! They are my favorite!! I love CT, too. It cracked me up last season how he was so hell bent on getting Adam to like him and be his friend again. Such mindless entertainment haha!

  10. I had Dance Mom's on the other day when hubs got home, he was pretty much in shock. I told him he needed to diversify his TV watching so sit down and enjoy, pretty sure he was like, why did I sign up for this? LOL.

    Im glad the kiddos were super supportive, you motivated them! Way to go!!! Im sure you did an amazing job!

    PS- i posted about wearing yoga pants to school today, thought you might be jeal because they are "scrub-esqe" and I know you really want to wear scrubs!

  11. Love the poem! I think it is awesome you spoke and inspired all those kids!=)
    First Grade Blue SKies

  12. I'm sure you had a huge impact on everyone at your school by telling them your story.

    Fun In First

  13. Thanks for the new poem. My firsties love them every month:-) I'm not much for most reality shows- but do enjoy Dance Moms. They're all crazy!

  14. Although it's tough being the center of attention for something you cannot control - I am so impressed by your willingness to speak. What an inspiration!

    How sweet of those kiddos to jump for you! In the end, the reason why we all deal with what we deal with in education is because we LOVE kids. This is such a perfect example of why they are just so awesome. I'm sure this will be your biggest/best fundraiser.

    This is a cutie of a poem.
    Dragonflies in First

  15. love-ity love love.
    do you feel the love back? !!!

    I made my mom watch dance moms today. She was pleasantly uncomfortable. We stopped it for dinner. Then she politely asked if we could see the end of it. mission accomplished.

    adore ya.

  16. I just started following your adorable blog! Thanks for the heart poem..we do poetry journals in my classroom so I can definitely use it.

    If you get a chance, I hope you'll stop by my new blog and check out the give away I have going on right now along with my other posts.

    Thanks so much!
    "Kindergarten Kel

  17. How sweet of you to make that connection for them. We had a few students with insulin pumps speak at teh JDRF assembly- they really wanted to participate for their friends- it made it real.

    What about Vinny's new tattoo!?!!?! It was pretty extreme....did you catch that he had only been gone for one week?!?! Nutty- he's pretty cut though!

    Off to play some tag!

    Going Nutty!


  18. C.T. is my guilty pleasure haha. I feel kinda guilty watching it with my hubby, lusting over him! HA

  19. I totally love The Challenges! I can't believe I forgot to DVR it!! Diem and CT back together would be awesome! I have always liked CT! I need to DVR it right now!


  20. (My hand is raised really high!!) Oh, guess what?! The Dance Moms episode for this Tuesday, 1/31 was filmed in my city! And our dance team was at the competition! And my daughter is Facebook friends with some of the girls!!! And the moms are so nice....and Abbey is totally herself IRL!

    So, look for me! I signed a release paper and everything!
    Can you tell that we are all just super duper excited?!

    And, thanks for the poems! I look forward to these every month. :-)

  21. We're running our Jump for Heart fundraiser right now too! I think I'll jump for you ;) p.s. you're going to get a lot of creepers viewing your blog now that they can find you googling the word "panties"...good one! haha!

  22. Kristin, I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE reading your posts! I feel like I know you that much better and can't wait to meet up again! Apparently everyone else loves your popular blog too, judging my the number of quotes. I think you should change your blog name to The Cute Teeny Tiny Teacher:) We all love you:)

  23. Wow...I bet you really inspired the students at your school....1000 kids? If each one of them brings a dollar, how wonderful for the American Heart Association!

    I used to watch the MTV Challenge shows, but I kind of forgot about them. That will be very interesting seeing Diem and CT reunite.

    First Grade Magic

  24. I am an Investigative discovery addict and just found out they have a website for us. yea! I hope your reality tv watching and school go well this week. Thanks for the fun posts.

  25. I'm pretty sure we watch most of the same shows! I LOVE Teen Mom. Although sometimes I want to grab them and shake them! And the challenges are always VERY entertaining as well! And soon Survivor and The Amazing Race come on. I might have to quit teaching to just stay home and watch them all! JK I wish! Hope you have a great week!

  26. You're IT! Check out my post here- http://frogsbeesundertheseas.blogspot.com/2012/01/im-it.html

  27. I love reading your blog too funny! I am proud you got up and talked. I would jump for you too! Thanks for the poem loved using your snow one!

    Apples and Papers

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  29. Thank you for the laughs, poems and most of all for sharing your heart with the kiddos and us! I {heart} you dearly sweet friend.

    Have you seen the movie Return to Me? I love the movie and it made me think of you!