Happy Bloggy Birthday to me + 12 in '12

Today is December 27th! I didn't EVEN realize it... but today is my one year blog BIRTHDAY! One year ago today, I ventured into the teacher blogging world, and really had no idea what I was getting into. So much inspiration, countless amazing people and bloggers, and 452+ new friends later, I've 100% become a better teacher. THANK YOU to everyone out there who takes the time to stop by my little blog, to encourage and support me, and listen to me rant and rave about how much I love my job. 

One year ago today, I linked up with Kristin and Hadar for their 11 in '11 linky. So I thought it would be fitting if I linked up with these two amazing ladies for their 12 in '12 party, although I'm quite late...

Here goes!

12. Favorite movie you watched 

I think I only went to two movies in the theater this year-


They were both really good!!!

11. Favorite TV series 

Love this show!!!

And of course, my ALL TIME fave is FRIENDS!!!!!
                                                                                      Source: Uploaded by user via Sandy on Pinterest

10. Favorite restaurant

Weekly date nights to Bahia Don Bravo...like always, I love Mexican food!!! And here's the view:

9. Favorite new thing you tried 

I'm a really picky eater so I didn't try any new food... I'm not a very adventurous person so I didn't try sky diving or anything crazy like that... I did try Teachers Pay Teachers, which was fun (and stressful at times), but it allowed me to try this: 

I love this new camera (and am so proud I was able to buy it with my TPT $$$) and am having so so so much fun playing with it and learning how to use it! 

8. Favorite gift you received 

This is going to sound cheesy but time! My mom retired this year, and she has been able to come to my classroom once a week and help out- ALL day! This is SUCH a HUGE gift and means the world to me- and the kids!!! (They love her!) 

Thanks Mom!!! 

7. Favorite thing you pinned

How can you pick JUST ONE!?!?!?!?! And because I can't pick just one, I'll just go with this: 

                                                                             Source: heygirlteacher.tumblr.com via Sandy on Pinterest

6. Favorite blog post 

Had to be this one...

I LOVE being able to share ideas and resources with other teachers (because I've gotten so many from so many amazing teacher bloggers out there!), and this one seemed to be a hit! :-) 

5. Favorite accomplishment

Finishing my Masters in Literacy AND my Reading Specialist Credential! Yipppeeeeeeeeee!!!!

4. Favorite picture

I have two! I hope that's okay!!!

My favorite school picture:

Looking for our elf before school starts!

And my favorite family picture: 

Me and my hilarious sister!!!

3. Favorite memory 

Oh no- I have two again...

#1- Our cruise to the Bahamas over the summer! This was SO much fun!!!

And #2- For my graduation, my mom got me tickets to see Wicked! We went and it was AMAZING!!!!!!! We had so much fun spending time together! 

2. Goal for 2013

Understanding that not everything happens how we plan (and you know we teachers are PLANNERS!) and to just stop and enjoy what is. :)

1. One little word

Thankful- for everything I have, big and small. 

Happy (almost New Year!!!) 

Thank you Kristin and Hadar


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  2. Happy 1 year blog birthday and cute countdown :)! I love the pink polka dots!
    Sent From My iPad

  3. Happy Blogiversary! It's mine also (on the 31st) and I'm having a HUGE Giveaway. It's been a great year hasn't it!!??

    2nd Grade Pad

  4. Oh my goodness, I haven't linked up either! Oppps! I'll put that on the to do list for tomorrow! :)

    I LOVE the picture of your kiddos looking for their elf, so cute!
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  5. I love Friends too!! And I use WAY to many Friends references in daily life. I saw Wicked a few years ago and absolutely loved it. I really want to see it again!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  6. Sandy - happy 1 year to you...I'm so glad we got to meet through the bloggy world. <3 ya!
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  7. Happy bloggy birthday!! That is so exciting!! And I just got a new Canon camera too!! I am loving it but feel like I have soooo much to learn still!!

    Lessons with Laughter