Wednesday, January 8, 2014

What a Surprise!

I came home from work last night to find that I had been nominated for an award!  Erin from Learning to Be Awesome nominated me for the Liebster Award.  How exciting!  I have never been nominated for a blog award before so I am grateful and thankful to receive and experience this.

Here are the rules (which I am copying and pasting from Erin's blog):

This award is for bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  It works like this-you start by being nominated by a fellow blogger who likes what you have been posting.  Then you tell 11 random facts about yourself; answer the 11 questions they have left for you; then nominate 11 bloggers yourself and give them 11 questions to answer.

Here goes nothing!

11 Random Facts

1.  I am the oldest child in my family.

2.  My husband and I met when I was 21 and he was 27.  My mom thought he was too old for me but my grandmother convinced her otherwise!  Everyone loves my husband and he fits right in with our whole family.

3.  I have my bachelor's degree in dance.  I wanted to open a dance studio but my dream ended when I hurt my foot and needed two surgeries my senior year of college.

4.  I thought being a teacher was the most boring job in the world when I was in high school.  I came to this conclusion because I thought you taught the same things year after year.  How wrong I was about that!

5.  I love my family so much.  I love how close my daughters are with both sets of grandparents and also love watching their close relationship with my sister and brother (my husband is an only child) and my grandparents.  It is the best feeling in the world to see everyone interacting and the joy that my girls bring!

6.  Other than traveling to Canada one time in my life and also taking a cruise down the Pacific Ocean to Mexico (but not disembarking...I was in high school traveling with my high school choir...our district would not allow us to go into Mexico), I have never traveled out of the country.

7.  The smell of the dishwasher right after it has been cleaned bothers me to no end.  I don't know if it's allergies or the warm/damp/gross smell/feeling or what, but I really dislike the smell.

8. I love the water.  Whether it's a stream, river, lake or ocean, I find something so calming and soothing about sitting near a body of water.

9.  My two-year-old daughter is named after my best friend, my grandmother.

10.  My three-month-old daughter is named after my husband's favorite hockey player.  Who is a male.  I hope she doesn't hate us one day for choosing her name! (It is a unisex name...a famous actress has her name, which I personally think she will love someday)

11.  I didn't think I would like blogging as much as I do. It's such a great way to connect with other teachers across the world.

Questions To Be Answered:

  1. What is the one thing that makes you Awesome?
    • I don't know!  I'm always happy, upbeat and positive.  One of my college friends used to tell my mom that I was a "Poptart" because I was always ready for whatever the day brought.
  2. Where have you travelled to?
    • I have traveled to Maui, Hawaii with my husband...that is the furthest away I have traveled.  I have also been to California two times and to Florida many, many times.
  3. Where would you like to travel to?
    • I would love to visit Europe; Italy to be precise.  We were supposed to go there for our honeymoon but the Euro was so high and the US dollar so low that we couldn't afford it (in 2008).  Someday we will get to go there, I just know it!
  4. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?
    • With my family.  We are moving to my hometown, which is thirty minutes from us right now, in the very near future as our house is on the market.  I can't wait!!!
  5. If money were no object, what would you do with your life?
    • That's a great question!  I think pay off my student loans, provide as many opportunities for my children as possible and travel.  I would also love to spend more time with my girls.
  6. Why do you blog?
    • I began blogging last year as I was completing my 6th year degree certificate.  My blog was more geared towards learning theories at that time.  I then stopped for a while and started up again over the summer as I became more involved in reading other teaching blogs and looking at different products through Teachers Pay Teachers.  I enjoy the collaborative opportunities that blogging has provided me as well as the new friends that I have made!!!
  7. What is your favourite color?
    • My favorite color is turquoise blue.  I love that color!
  8. What is your favourite TV show?
    • My favorite TV show is "Once Upon A Time."  Hands down one of the best shows I have ever seen!
  9. Are you still friends with anyone from when you started school?
    • Yes!  Some of my closest friends are those that I have had from preschool and elementary school.  
  10. What is your favourite summer must do?
    • I love going on long walks or visiting the beach.  
  11. Would you ever become a ninja?
    • Nope!
11 Blogs I Follow and Nominated For a Liebster Award!

I enjoy each and every one of these blogs.  These teachers are amazing women and I admire their teaching strategies and creativity that each of them write about and show in every blog post.  Thank you all in advance for participating (if you can)!

1.  Caitlin at Always Sunny In a Windowless Classroom
2.  Kelly at Apple Slices
3.  Jamie at Busy Mama & Her Boys
4.  Sandy at Elementary Expedition
5.  Tiffany at One Fab Teacher
6.  Meredith at The Big Apple Teacher
7.  Dana and Lauren at Thrills and Frills in First
8.  Marie at Beach Lovin' Teach
9.  Lisa at Before Meets After
10.  Lindsey at Forever First Grade
11.  Amanda at A Very Curious Class

Here are the questions for my nominees:

1.  What do you enjoy most about blogging?
2.  What is a favorite book that you have read for fun recently?
3.  Where do you go to relax?
4.  Share one unique classroom management strategy that you use daily.
5.  How many years have you been teaching for?
6.  Who has influenced you most in life?
7.  Have you always wanted to be a teacher?  Why or why not?
8.  Do you use an iPad or tablet device in your classroom?  If so, what are your favorite apps?
9.  What is your favorite dessert? (Share a link to the recipe if you can!)
10.  Do you have any siblings?
11.  What is your favorite blog of all time to visit?  Why? (include the link please!)

Thank you to Erin at Learning to Be Awesome for the nomination!


  1. Yay!! So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for showing me part of your world! I love Once upon a time too... Just gotta find time to watch it!!
    Learning to be awesome

  2. Hi Meredith! I stumbled to your blog through a comment left on Linsey's from Forever in First. So glad I did because I always see these blog awards and don't know what they are for! I just entered the blogging world a few weeks ago and just love it...a little obsessed! In response to one of your random facts...isn't it funny what people think about teaching when they are not in the profession...many have no clue! I am your newest follower!

    Kate :)
    McDee's Busy Bees

  3. Hello,
    Congrats on the award!! I bet that's so exciting. I just started following your blog and can't wait to catch up on reading your previous posts tonight. I recently started blogging and find it to be so fun and exciting. I know I have gotten so many great ideas over the years from blogs and hope I can share some of mine too. Happy Blogging
    Keep Calm and Love First Grade