3rd day of Christmas

12 Days Daily 3
Today is a very joyful blog for me to write.  I am blogging tonight about

a very special friend, Kristin. She is my teeny tiny favorite lady!  I am

actually linking up with her blog and Hadar’s blog.  We are to discuss the

year in review! Kristen is a big part of my year. In January of 2012

a friend invited me to Pinterest for the 7th time. Finally, she called me

and said, “Listen Katie, this Pinterest thing is for you, just do it or I will

NEVER have coffee with you again.”  Well that got my attention….

So I accept her “invitation” which seems elitist and weird. I log on…

and my life changes….

right then and there…

I see snapshots of talented and amazing classrooms……

I “meet” people like Cara Carroll and Amy Lemons and Teri and Kristin.

These are some of the first blogs I read, stalk( stay up at night ). I

begin freaking out that teachers like this exist. Suddenly, I don’t feel so

alone. As silly as it sounds, I felt super alone in teaching. 

I have lots of cool talented staff friends, but I have learned to be careful of

other teachers. If your bulletin board is too good, people get pissed. 

 I had a teacher walk by one of my bulletin board and say.

 “Ugggg, you have too much time on your hands.”

How rude right!?! 

If you get too crazy, have too much fun with your students,

 and have too many parents requests,

well .....
then the POOP really hits the fan. 

So anyway, I am a little gun shy.
I cringe at times when I put up a great board, and I wanted to DIE when

my principal (MMC) talked about me in a staff meeting.

She was telling us why she honored parent requests for next year's teacher.

#1. She wants the parents to start off the year with the teacher they asked for. 
#2 If the parent "thinks" they don't want you as thier child's teacher,

then it is their loss. But she plans on sparing, us teachers, the pain of dealing with an

annoyed parent who wants their child in another class.  

......sounds great..... fine....... when is the meeting over?.......

........but then.........

she proceeded to say she “is overwhelmed with

parent requests for Katie (me). She is going to grant every single

request because she wants the parents to be happy.”
For one second…
that felt good….
awe a compliment…
and then I felt sick…
I was going to catch a “ration of __________” for this comment...

and I did.....
I became kind of introverted on my campus.  

But then pinterest was like a ray of light into my introverted little world

and these ladies made me want “to just be me”. There are hundreds of

AMAZE-BALLS (and kind of obsessed) teachers out there. Just like me.

In a bizarre way, all of this was validating.  Plus, everyone was SHaRinG!

I was beaming by February, buying a basic blog package in March, and

listing my first item on TpT in June.

I found that LOVE kindergarten blogger buddies. The stories of snot, shoe tying,

and such make me happy that I teach 1st, but confirms for me that 
I will teach kinder……
Of course, I will need to take a Valium every day….
but I know I can do it (with the help of my kinder blogging buddies.)
I send my kinder peeps Puffy Heart Love, as Farley would say!
My favorite kinder teachers are Greg and Miss Kindergarten. They
amaze me and make me laugh!  Hadar (Miss Kinder) is like a momma
hen. She plans super star stuff for her students, and is amazing with her blogger
buddies. Greg is Mr. Kinder.  He makes me smile BiG TiMe! I am
blogging all about Greg tomorrow!

Along the way in 2012 I have learned many things the
 hard way

1. I’m the typo QUEEN. This causes me endless headaches. (I "probly" have 10 in this post.)

2. I don’t understand the most basic things about blogger code.

I thank my lucky stars for Michelle the 3am Teacher!
She just sat with me on the phone for over an hour centering all my sidebar images!

3. “Google it” is beyond helpful, but often over my head.

4. You can create the BEST units in the world, but until it gets on   

Pinterest… it goes No where, fast!

5. You have to have backup. Now this brings me to a little love note to

Kristin (Teeny Tiny).

This woman has my back. She has explained the most basic of things

like properly linking up to a linky party. She has encouraged me and has

helped me grow.  I love that she is my editing eyes. See #1. She is always

the first person I think of when I log into blogger.

What did Teeny Tiny do today?

She never disappoints!


One of my favorite things about

her is that sometimes she starts her blog with a statement like,

“Nothing really happened today.”

Then 5,000 words later……..

I have laughed, cried, and had to take a potty break!

I AH-DOOR her. I really do. Thank you my sweet pal.
Kristin wants me to answer 12 questions for her linky party with Hadar.

 Here you go

1. Favorite Movie: Twilight Breaking Dawn 2 I loved freaking out during

the ending with all the other 12 year olds in the room.

2. TV Series: Real Housewives of Bev. Hills

3. Fav. Place to eat: Cafe' Allegro (Heaven & Good memories)

4. Favorite New Thing: Teachers Pay Teachers

5. Favorite gift: My ipad 2 no my laptop.... it's a tie.

6. Favorite Pin: Word Doctor by Cara Carroll

7. Favorite blog post: My current giveaway!

8. Favorite accomplishment:  Making the paper check club on TpT

9. Favorite Picture....
from {this} blog post
10.  Favorite Memory: my son! Everything about him floods my mind when you say
"favorite memory"
11. Goal for 2013: Spend less time on the computer (fixing typos).

12. One little word to sum up the year: Faith
Good questions Kristin and Hadar!
Link back up with them (here) after you enter a few giveaways!
The BIG Giveaway is (here).
Today's giveaway is Mammals of the Woods.
Kristen spend days editing my Mammals of the Woods Pack. That is what
you win today if you comment below.  Her Eagle Eyes caught, every, little,
extra, comma. I, really, like, commas!

Read more{here}
This unit has differentiated fluency passages, art, activities, and 5 science tests!

Follow my blog and leave a Comment
1. Leave me the name you follow under
2. Email address (so I can email you if you win)
3. Tell me your favorite blogger


  1. Wow, that was a GREAT post! I read each word, each comma and each full stop! Haha! I follow you as Cherie Mae Ong. My favorite blogger is Katie King (Queen of the First Grade Jungle)!

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  3. I am a follower. lraines78 You are one of my favorite bloggers! Your packet looks really cute.
    (I forgot to leave my name above.)

  4. I am a follower (divingintolearning). I have so many favorite bloggers, including Learning is Something to Treasure, Miss V Busy Bees, and A Day in First Grade.

  5. You are rivaling Teeny Tiny, blogger friend! I laughed, cried and took a potty break! Favorite bloggers....Teeny Tiny and Smedley's Smorgasboard. I love so many others, too. But theirs top my list for making me laugh...out loud...every single post, their creativity, and their teacher rockstarness.
    Growing Firsties is having a giveaway!

  6. Hello, I am Brenda ... reading through your post made me feel exactly like you...I don't know if I have many requests but I do do my best with the clss I get and think I'm Lucky to get the kids I get...then I make it a great year...
    we have fun while we learn and knowing that the kids are happy learning makes me happy....I already have your animals unit...I would love to win the Christmas
    Music..Cara Carroll's and Deanna Jump

  7. Why do I just discover you and this adorable blog/ Kristen and Hadar live near me and I adore both of them. They have so much talent and personality. When we get together we spend hours talking and laughing. I need to follow you and read this blog often. I love that your focus is on the Common Core since my job has to do with implementing it. I am hoping you give me brilliant ideas that will make me look so talented!
    Thank you for such a great post from your heart.
    Have a wonderful holiday,

  8. I just loved this post. Kristin is my favorite blogger too! She is hilarious! I can't wait to log in and read what she wrote each day. My username is gobstoppersrock and my e-mail is Thanks for making me smile on this dreary rainy day!
    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

  9. I follow your blog as Miss V's Busy Bees (otherwise known as Sara), my e-mail address is, and I honestly cannot name my favorite blogger. I have wayyyy too many to list. Every single person's blog I read is my favorite. Each person has their own talents, interests, and ideas, all of which I love and enjoy to follow :)

    Miss V's Busy Bees

  10. I follow you under Special Teacher for Special Kids.
    My email is
    My favorite blogger is 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemon's
    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids

  11. Hi there! So happy to stumble across a great post, giveaway and new friends! I have been slowly getting my feet wet with blogging since July. A Turn to Learn has a weekly tech tip that is AWESOME! My Friend Tammy at Forever in First has GREAT words of Wisdom every Saturday! So nice to meet you and follow along! Hope you can stop by the Critter Cafe and link up!
    Julie Marciniak
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  12. I follow your blog. I don't have ONE favorite blogger...I have MANY! Kristin, Farley, Cara, Abby, Heather, goes on and on. Loved your post!

    A is for Apple B is for Blog

  13. You're way too sweet. Seriously. I don't deserve any of that. But thank you.

  14. I've had my little eye on this unit! I follow you (Inspired in Second) and we're opposites - I M.U.S.T. correct typos. I feel it's more of a problem than yours...
    I'm not sure I have just one favourite blogger - I love all y'all! I must must must send some love to Barbara at Grade Onederful as she is one of the first blogs I ever followed,though.
    - Amanda {}
    Inspired in Second

  15. I love reading so many blogs! I follow The First Grade Parade, a year of many firsts, Teaching in High Heels, and of course yours! Love your work! I follow under rmariemuniz.

  16. Follow under lagmom9906. The first blog I fell in love with was first Grader at last.

  17. I follow your blog under Cindy Del Valle and my email is My favorite blogger is Lori from "Teaching With Love and Laughter" because her and I used to teach together for four years and she's a good friend of mine. <3

    Primary Reading Party

  18. littlelori0411

    One of my favotire bloggers is:

    Deedee Wills
    Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

  19. I'm your newest follower...LOVE your blog! I laughed at your comment about Valium. I am a K/1st looping teacher. This year I'm in 1st, thank goodness! At the beginning of each year I teach Kindergarten, I have to refill my Celexa for a couple months. Ha! Oh well. I guess we do what we have to do!
    Mrs. Christy’s Leaping Loopers


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