Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunshine Blogger Award

Hey Ya'll! I was pretty excited when my sweet friend Ashley from Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd nominated me for a Sunshine blogger award. Then, I got excited again when Angie from Lucky Little Learners nominated me too! BUT THEN, Jennifer from Songs and Stories in 2nd nominated me too so I'm finally getting around to responding to their questions. I'm on my spring break and I've tried to do as little work as possible during this break. Thank so you so much ladies for thinking of me. Get ready to learn A LOT about me! LOL

The rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award are:

1. Post 11 random facts about yourself

2. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you

3. Nominate 11 bloggers you think bring sunshine to the world

4. Make up 11 questions for your nominations to answer.

11 random facts about me:
1. I have the absolute BEST family ever! I have 2 older brothers who are my very best friends. I don't know what I would do without them. I have 4 nephews and 4 nieces who I love more than anything. I will be the proud aunt of a sweet baby boy in just a few weeks! My sister in law is due on April 5th!

2. My husband and I just bought a boat!!! We are the proud owners of a Tahoe ski boat! There will be some serious wake boarding going on around here this summer. 

3. I really enjoy working out. I try to do some sort of physical activity 4 times a week. My husband and I are trying to find a 5K to run in this summer. 

4. I have a serious online shopping addiction. Ebay and Amazon hold a special place in my heart. LOL

5. If you know a little about me you know that I am a sports FANATIC!!! Baseball season is almost here and I can't wait! The Ballpark in Arlington is calling my name! I'm a huge Texas Rangers fan! 

6. I have a 3 year old border collie who is ridiculously spoiled rotten! Her name is Dakota. She is very hyper ALL THE TIME but we love her so much! 

7. I hate "dressing up" for work. I would be perfectly happy if I could wear my nike shorts and a t-shirt all the time. 

8. I recently became a Jamberry Nails consultant and I'm really enjoying it. I've always loved to have cute nails but didn't like spending the money to get them done. When I found Jamberry, I instantly became hooked! Its also helped with my nail biting habit! 

9. Here are my top 5 favorite TV shows: 1. Grey's Anatomy, 2. The Walking Dead (I'm seriously OBSESSED) 3. Big Bang Theory 4. Elementary 5. 2 Broke Girls

10. I could eat pizza and macaroni and cheesed everyday! 

11. I have a photo obsession! Before I was an education major, I was a photography major. I love being able to capture a moment forever. Now only if I could afford a SLR camera. One of these days. 

Questions asked by Ashley

1.  What is your favorite thing about your job?
I love so many things about teaching. I love to make learning FUN. I'm a kid at heart so I love being goofy with them. And who doesn't love all that paper work (kidding).  The most rewarding part of my job is working with a student(s) who struggles but when that light bulb goes off and they finally get it, its the BEST feeling for me. I love knowing that I've helped them in some way. Getting hugs every day is fun too! 
2.  Is coffee your lifeline like it is mine?!?
Coffee…YUCK!!! My husband drinks it, my best friends think I'm crazy, I on the other and HATE it. 
3.  What is your favorite read aloud to read to your class?
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
4.  What's your favorite movie?
Lonesome Dove. I grew up watching westerns with my dad and grandparents so a lot of western classics are in my topi 10 favorite movies. 
5.  Would you rather read a book on a kindle or the hard copy?
I LOVE to read although during the school year I don't have much time. BUT, I have read 4 books so far this spring break. I started number 5 today. I love my kindle fire and my iPad. I have to drive 20 miles to purchase a book and even then, Wal-Mart may not have it, so I use my kindle to buy most of my books. I like being able to download it instantly but there is nothing like holding a real book in your hand and curling up on the couch. 
6.  What's your favorite thing about your significant other?
He holds my hand every time we are somewhere and we pray and he always knows how to put a smile on my face. 
7.  What types of things bring a ray of sunshine into your life?
My nieces and nephews! I just love being an Aunt! Dancing with my husband, curling up with a good book, spending time on the lake in the summer (YAY for buying a boat!), skiing the the winter, hour long phone conversations with my grandparents, shopping with my mom, fishing with my dad, seeing  live sporting event, the 13 smiling faces that I see everyday…I could go on and on
8.  How many different teaching jobs have you had?
I've taught in 3 different schools and 2 different grade levels. I've taught 1st grade and this is my third year in 2nd grade. 
9.  MAC or PC?
I just bought my first MacBook Pro 2 months ago and I'm hooked! 
10.  What is your favorite TV series?
I did this one earlier. Grey's Anatomy and Walking Dead
11.  If you could head to a deserted island for a week, what THREE things would you take?!?
My husband, a swim suit, and tooth brush! No technology! 

Questions from Angie:
1.  What is your favorite quote?
I can do ALL things through CHRIST who strengthens me. Phil 4:13

2.  What grade do you teach and how many students do you have in your class?
2nd grade. I have 13 students. 

3.  Where is your favorite vacation destination?
Jamaica!! We went there for our honeymoon and I can't wait to go back. 
4.  What kinds of things bring you happiness?
I answered this one earlier. 

5.  What has been your biggest accomplishment?
Graduating from college debt free. 

6.  What is your favorite drink of choice?
Dr. Pepper

7.  What are your summer plans?
Nashville in June for my 1 year anniversary, Vegas in July for the TPT conference, and spending lots of time at the lake! 

8.  What is your biggest fear?
 Being alone and letting my loved ones down. 

9.  What subject do you enjoy teaching the most?

10.  Do you have a theme in your classroom?
Zebra and bright colors
11.  MAC or PC?

Questions from Jennifer: 
1.  Who is your favorite children's author?  
Mo Willems and Kevin Henkes

2.  What book character are you most like and why?
Oh gosh, I honestly have no idea. Can I say Annie from Magic Tree House? I love a good adventure! 

3.  What is your favorite song and/or musical group?
Music is a big part of my life even though I can't sing to save my life. It seriously gets me through my day. 
Wade Bowen is my favorite. 
4.  What is your most guilty pleasure or indulgence?
A Dr. Pepper every day and ice cream! 

5.  What is the hardest part of your work as an educator?
Having to send a child home when you know they aren't going to eat until they get to school the next morning. 

6.  What is the best part of your job as an educator?
I did this one earlier. Having the light bulb click! 

7.  What is your favorite snack?
Cheez-its and yogurt! 

8.  If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Ireland, Italy and Hawaii

9.  What are your hobbies?
running, crafts of all kinds, reading, and TPT! 

10.  Who has been your most important and influential mentor?
My dad. He is the most Christ centered, loving, hardworking, dedicated person I have ever know. I hope to be half the person he is one day. 

11.  How would your students describe you?
AWESOME! They would probably say I'm goofy. 

I told you you'd learn a lot about me! 

Here are my nominees: 

Here are the 11 questions for my nominees:
1. If you could  travel anywhere in the world FREE for a week, where would you go? 
2. If you could be an olympic athlete, what sport would you chose? Winter or summer?
3. What is your favorite part about your job?
4. What is the hardest part about your job?
5. Facebook or instagram?
6. Do you prefer a book or ereader?
7. Are you going to the TPT conference in July?
8. Do you have any pets?
9. What is your favorite childhood memory?
10. Would you rather visit the beach or the mountains?
11. Do you want to become an educational administrator or do you want teach in the classroom?

Now that you know so much more about me, I'm off to enjoy the last 2 day of spring break. We are lucky enough to have a bad weather day tomorrow so I get to enjoy a short week. Happy Sunday ya'll! 


  1. Loved reading your responses! I think we have tons in common! :) Thank you for nominating me! I can't wait to meet up in Vegas at the TpT Conference!!

    Sailing into Second

  2. I LOVED reading this :) :) I, too, LOVEEE Greys, Walking Dead, and The Big Bang Theory!! ANNND would be so happy to teach in my sweats, too! Oh, did I mention, that I'm also going to the TPT conference in July?!?!? ;) AHHHH cannot WAITTT <3

    Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd

  3. I'm a Walking Dead convert too!! Seriously obsessed! Lurve Glenn & Maggie <3


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