2012 Bloggy Best and Brightest Linky

Merry Christmas Eve to you!  

I'm still in my pjs.  I also just got a text from my older sister, Lisa, asking if I'm wearing pjs to my mom's tomorrow.  

I had to take a moment and think about it for a second.

Ha ha!  Yeah, right!

If she is, I am.  The End.  And if we end up taking a family photo, and we are the only two in pajamas, at least we'll be comfortable.

Tonight, I am off to church followed by a Mexican feast with the hubby's family.  It's tradition.  Tacos, enchiladas, tamales, chips and salsa, guacamole, and apple pie.

My twin and her kids arrive tomorrow!  I can't wait!  Her hubby is staying home to work so I feel a little bit bad for my hubby . . . I am trying to think of a toy that I can get him to keep him busy . . . 

As for right now, I'm linking up with Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge for a fun little linky.

My 3 most viewed posts in 2012 were:

1.  I Don't Use a Clipchart.  Please Don't Throw Rotten Tomatoes.

No one threw a tomato, thank goodness.  The only way I'd appreciate that, ever, is if you whipped it up into salsa or bruschetta first.  And then, also, you'd need to throw a chip or a slice of toasted baguette my way.

I was really happy that a lot of teachers were interested in this "gold tags" behavior system and adapted it to fit their needs.  If you're trying it out, is it working for you?  Or are you ready to throw a tomato?

Well, seeing as how I just re-ran this post last week, I'd say we're all a little sick of it.  Not to mention, the hubs was super excited because they just released a new game or version or points or birds or towers or who knows and he won't stop playing it.  

It's another post on a management tool that I use in my classroom.

I'm beginning to wonder if you think I have control issues?

This post was all about having a Mystery Student to maintain order in your classroom.

Um, yes, it's official, I have control issues.

Or I am super concerned about control and management in my classroom rather than curriculum . . . 

Do you think this has anything to do with the dreams I have in which I have lost all control of my class, and an administrator or curriculum cop comes in at exactly that moment, and I start crying because my first graders have revolted, and I can't find the pause button on the remote control?

Or is that a normal dream for a teacher?

One of my coolest blog things this year was that I hit over 1 million page views on my blog.  


I'm sure I account for 500,000 or so and my family accounts for about 250,000 or so, but STILL.  

Insert beaming face and puffed out chest (which has nothing to do with my actual chest size) here.

I always thank God for this blog.  I am so thankful for all of my followers and new (and old) bloggy friends and just the whole dang experience all together.  God is good.

So . . . with that being said, I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday with family and friends!


  1. I thank God for your blog!! You always put a smile on my face every time I read your blog. Keep writing!!! Happy Holidays, Kristin!!
    Connie Anderson

  2. Have a great time with your family! I love hearing all your family stories!! I have loved reading your blog! Have a great holiday!

  3. I love your classroom management posts! They are very important because that's the biggest challenge I have. You always have the best ideas!

    Congrats on 1 million pageviews! Here's to a million more!

    Have a very merry Christmas in your PJ's!

    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

  4. Can't wait to see you tomorrow!!! :)

  5. A Mexican feast sounds like my kind of Christmas Eve! Cheers Kristin! :)


  6. Happy Holidays my hilarious friend!! My resolution is to get back on here talking to you more in the new year! :) :)

  7. Merry Christmas my fabulous & funny friend! Yes, God is good, & He has blessed me with a bloggy friendship with you!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  8. Merry Christmas! I tried to stay in my pj's too.. But I had to do my Christmas shopping..

  9. Merry Christmas to one of my sweetest, funniest bloggy buddies!!!!!


    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  10. Great post! Did you stay in your PJs for Christmas?? I did! LOL! Enjoy the rest of your break!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  11. Thanks for linking up! I use "mystery kids" all the time too... and sometimes I even fib about who it was (or wasn't!)!

    *Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge*

  12. Those were some terrific posts my friend! Looking forward to more hilarity this year :-)
    Finally in First

  13. Your blog is the funniest! I love your posts! You always make me smile and chuckle! My husband will often ask what's so funny! (Even when I explain he doesn't often "get it"! He just doesn't understand teacher humor!)
    I use your Mystery Kid quite often! My winner gets to choose a book to keep! Thank you for your blog and PLEASE keep the funny posts coming!!

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  15. Love your blog! So happy I found it through the linky party! I also love all the owls, I'm also an owl lover and my classroom is all decorated with owls. :) Looking forward to reading your post!


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