12 in 12

Miss Kindergarten and I are throwing our 
second annual linky party!  

We hope you'll join us!  

12.  Favorite movie you watched
The Hunger Games.  Duh.  I loved the books, loved the movie, loved the shoes, love, love, love.  (I don't know where the shoes came from, but I think I'm channeling Rupert Everett in My Best's Friend's Wedding.)

I saw it two days in a row at the theater and then once again a week later.  Yep.  That'd be me.  Crazy.  Of course I own it now.  Along with a bow and arrow.

11.  Favorite TV Series
Last year, I said Parenthood.  I still love Parenthood.  But I'm two episodes behind.  So I think it's slipped a little in my own ratings.  Meanwhile, I stop whatever I'm doing to make time for the Beverly Hills Housewives.  

No.  I don't know what wrong's with me.  Hubby asks this almost every week when I watch it.

10.  Favorite Restaurant
Well, as you know, I don't get out much.  But my new favorite place (I've only been there once, but I'm dying to go back) is Bru.

My parents told me about this place.  And then told me what to order.  Let me tell you, they have a pretzel appetizer that comes with fondue dipping sauce.  

Fondue dipping sauce, I said.

And then the hubby's uncle ordered mussels.  I was brave and tried one.

Then I couldn't stop eating them because the sauce those guys were in was TO DIE FOR.  

I ate it like it was soup.

My mouth is watering.  Pardon me while I go look for something in the pantry.

9.  Favorite new thing you tried
Well, gee.  I'm such a daredevil that I can't think of which new stunt I tried to tell you about.

Skydiving?  Bungee jumping?  

Riding a roller coaster?

Hiking in the forest with bugs and snakes and spiders?


Well, I'll go with TpT.  That was definitely the scariest one.   I finally tried to sell something on TpT back in July.

It was a nail biter, I tell you.  But I sold something!  And then I made another product and people bought that, too.  I'm still in awe with every sale I make.  I took a picture of my first paycheck because I was so proud of it.  (And then I promptly set aside money for taxes because hubby is sort of freaking out about that, as if I spend money willy nilly or something, and I also tithed it, too.)

If you have ever purchased anything from me, I can't thank you enough.  Seriously.  It's amazing that you like what I've created and then you spend money on it.

8.  Favorite gift you received
Last year, I said my Kindle.  But I also mentioned that if I ever got an Ipad that I would drop that Kindle faster than you can say Mac.

Well, bye bye Kindle.  Hello, new best friend.

This was a gift from my class at the end of the year.  I know.  You can read about that {HERE}.

I pretty much gave my Kindle to my twin.  I say pretty much because last summer when she was visiting, she somehow put it in her suitcase when I wasn't looking . . . 

7.  Favorite thing you pinned
I am becoming a better pinner.  I am.  I'm still not obsessed and it's not the first thing I do.  It's usually the last thing I do.  After I feel like I've read every blog, every facebook post, circled around and re-read them, and then read some Yahoo articles, I'll wander over to Pinterest.

Sadly, I don't have a favorite pin, though.  I just went to look, and it's pretty piddly.

I still don't know why people are following me.  

6.  Favorite blog post
The first one that comes to mind is I Don't Use a Clipchart.  Please Don't Throw Rotten Tomatoes.  I was afraid teachers everywhere were going to lynch me.  But you didn't.  In fact, I think a lot of people are trying the behavior system I use (that is not mine and I do not take credit for it).  

There are 114 comments.  Holy cow!

I have to mention the next post that came to mind because it cracked me up.  The Mole is the title of that one.

There are 68 comments.  WHAT?

5.  Favorite accomplishment
I've thought and thought and thought about this.  And all I'm coming up with is actually selling my first item on TpT.  It was so exciting, even though Rachelle at What the Teacher Wants was my first customer and I think she just did it to be nice, but still . . . it was a MAJOR BIG DEAL in this household.  And I might have told every person I knew about it including the mailman and the bank teller and our school custodian.

4.  Favorite picture
I have no clue how to blur out faces so I apologize for all the peach  balloons behind me, especially if you're allergic to latex. (And I was wearing a school sweatshirt and I decided to err on the side of caution in case you're an actual stalker who is out to get me for my too-long blog posts.)

Anyways, this pic was taken at school during a walk-a-thon for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  I had no idea anyone was taking my picture until it showed up on Facebook.  And I got an email that said my twin had commented on the picture that I was tagged in.  I instantly thought:  I'm sure I look dumb, what picture is this, and I hate Facebook.

But this is why I like it:  Number one, I'm not making a face.  Number two, I think it clearly shows how happy I am to be with kids at school outside of the classroom  in the fresh air.  I love what I do and I think this picture candidly shows that.  I wish you could see all the kids' faces, too.  They're all smiling and we all just look really happy.  

Anyways, I call this picture Happy Teacher.

3.  Favorite memory
Well, that has to be my big ole birthday in June.  It just so happened to be the 19th anniversary of my 21st birthday so it was cause for a celebration.  I got to spend it with my twin, Kerry, in Texas and Oklahoma.  And we had a fun girl's night with our childhood-now-into-adulthood best friend, Caryn.  We went out to eat, had a drink, laughed a lot, talked a lot, stayed up late, spent the night in a hotel, slept in, and then had breakfast/lunch the next day.  It was exactly how I wanted to spend my birthday.

My hubby also designed this necklace for me and surprised me with it.   


2.  Goal for 2013
I'm embarassed to say that I did not accomplish either goal that I set last year.  

What a loser.

Anywho, going to Mexico once a month never happened because our church never got back to me about it, even after I emailed them 3 times.

And the soup kitchen thing?  Guess what?  I was turned away.  Turned away, I tell you.  They had too many volunteers.  I didn't know there was such a thing.

So . . . instead, the hubs and I volunteer our time once a month at our church for baptisms.  He helps set up and tear down (we meet at a temporary location) while I take care of paperwork, pictures, and laundry.  

At least we're needed, right?

I'd say this year's goal is to add something else to my calendar where I can be of use.  I don't know what that is.  I emailed my church and said that I'm a really fast typist and that I love to write -- could I help with any clerical or weekly bulletin things?

Guess what?

Nope.  They're fine.

I checked my deodorant and everything.  I honestly don't think it's me, but I think I'm switching to the clinical deodorant . . . 

I'll be praying about what I should be doing in the meantime . . .

1.  One little word (ala Farley)
My one little word for 2013 is going to be Thankful.  It was easy to come up with.  

Simple enough, right?

Not really.

I think I tend to focus on more of the "I can't believe this parent said that!"  Or "We have another staff meeting?  Didn't we just have one?"  Or "This kid is on my last nerve!"

My goal is to be thankful instead.  To think, "I am so thankful to have a classroom full of involved parents."  "I am so thankful I have a principal that wants to make sure we all know what's going on."  "I am so thankful I can make a difference in this kid's life."

It's going to be hard.  

Especially that last one because, man, this kid never stops!!!!  Seriously.  He really is on my last nerve.

But I'm thankful that I have a class in which to have a kid who gets on my last nerve.

See how that works?  Positive Polly.  Thankful Thelma.  Optimistic Ollie.

And that's my 12 in 12.

Now it's your turn to tell me about your top 12 of 2012.   

How to link up:
Create a blog post sharing your favorite 12 things in 2012. Add the button to your post and link it to this blog post. Then link up below, making sure to link directly to your post, not just your blog.


  1. Can I just copy and paste your post. Seriously...it's SCARY how identical our posts will be!!

    I would never stalk you for your long posts! I LOVE reading your posts!
    They make me laugh!


  2. Love that picture of you, beautiful ! I usually look like a loon in candid shots......

  3. Love your post Kristin!! And I would be proud of that picture too! It rocks!
    Rowdy in Room 300

  4. Love your long posts...I regularly read them as a read aloud to teacher friends in my hall! Going to work on a blog post for this party!

    Chickadee Jubilee

  5. My daughter has Type 1 diabetes, she was diagnosed at age 14, and I think it is awesome when schools participate in JDRF walks! Your school rocks! In keeping with the thankful theme, I am thankful for your wonderful blog!

  6. That picture of you is super super cute!

    Thank you for hosting. You make me happy!!

    Marvelous Multiagers!


  7. So excited to see that my newly made blog button came up on this linky. It has only taken me a YEAR to figure out how to make one!!
    And THANKFUL for the kid who is driving me nuts?? OK -- I will try...thank you for the reminder.

  8. You're too funny- love reading your blog. I laughed about your husband wondering what is wrong with you because you watch Beverly Hills Housewives (I need to try that one)- mine wonders because I watch Sister Wives- can't miss an episode.

  9. I enjoyed reading your 12 in 12! I too loved The Hunger Games.

    I have really enjoyed following your blog this year.

    I actually just started my own blog and would love for you to stop by. Thanks!

  10. What a great idea! And I love your word for 2013. I can so relate :)

    Carolina Teacher

  11. I super duper Thankful for you, the many years of our friendship, the awesome teaching memories and the way you can make me laugh out loud while reading your blog posts 3000 miles away!!! xoxo, Christina

  12. Hi there! Thanks for inviting me to link up for this fabulous linky party! I love your word THANKFUL. I am too this year! The photo of the walk-a-thon definitely earns 2 thumbs up!
    So happy to meet you and look forward to following your blog!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  13. Fondue dipping sauce? How have you not gone back yet?!

    Fabulous OLW. Way to go Optimistic Ollie.

    Oh.... and I love that pic of you and the kids... fabulous - happy teacher AND KIDS, indeed!

  14. Thanks for posting and hosting! I had to do one, too :) Love it all!

  15. A very fun post and a very fun linky!! Hopefully we will link up soon too! I am just having too much fun reading everyone else's favorites though! We are your newest followers and can not wait to read more. If you have some time, hop on over and visit us too! http://kellyandkimskindergarten.blogspot.com

  16. I'm thrilled to be a part of your linky party, thank you for hosting it :) I am your newest follower!

  17. Thanks for hosting such a great linky! :)


  18. I sing the same contraction song with my class. I copied it from a phonics book and it has several verses but the first two are definitely the best!
    love your blog!

  19. Have I mentioned you crack me up?! And I sold my first product on TpT recently, too! And let me tell ya, everytime I get an email telling me I sold another copy, I run down to my teamies to tell them I'm another $2.00 richer. LOL.

    Teach On.

  20. Haha!! "19th anniversary of my 21st birthday." What a sweet hubby you have there.

    Thanks for hosting such a fun linky party. I'm a new follower

    Emmy xx
    Daydreams with Miss D