Thursday, January 3, 2013

and the Liebster Award goes to ... ME :)

I would sincerely like to thank the following bloggers who nominated me for the Liebster Award (eeeek way back in November) and thank them for their patience in my length of time in responding! Ya'll know how life sometimes gets in the way right? Anyway, thank you to:

Making the Basics Fun
Learning with Leah
Teacher's Take-Out
Fun in ECSE

The Liebster Award is given by bloggers to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. It’s to show new bloggers that they are being noticed and help spread the word about our little pieces of cyberspace.

Here are the rules:
1. You must post 11 random things about yourself.
2. Answer the questions that the nominator set for you.
3. Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.
4. Choose 11 other blogs with fewer than 200 followers to nominate and link them in your post.
5. You cannot “tag back” the other blog, but leave a comment on this post with the URL of your Liebster post so I can learn more about you & see who you nominate.

SO, 11 Random Things About Me ~
1. I have been happily married for 29 years to my college sweetheart, The Accountant!
2. We have 4 beautiful daughters ranging in age from 11 to 22 ~ middle school, college and married!  You can see them here!
3. I was blessed to stay home with my girlies, for the most part for 19 years.
4. I taught Kindermusik for 16 of those years and ended my Kindermusik career at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
5. Ella Jenkins once walked into my classroom in Chicago and randomly pulled out her kazoo and started singing with us!
6. I got to be onstage with Yo Yo Ma as an Asst. Stage Mgr as part of his Silk Road Project.
7. I went to school in Arkansas at John Brown University.
8. I have lived in 5 states.
9. I am a "clean" eating enthusiast, although NOT the raw foods kind ~ just healthy!
10. During late grade school and middle school I memorized 4 whole books of the Bible.
11. I am a Christ-follower!!

OK this is going to be tricky.  I'm going to have to try and consolidate the questions I was asked by 4 different nominators.  Here goes: 

Who was your favorite teacher growing up? 
Mrs. Jackson, Senior Year English 
If you could trade places with one person for a day who would it be? 
David Tutera on the set of My Fair Wedding 
What is your favorite condiment? 
If you could yell anything from the mountain top what would it be? 
The sky is falling! 
Share one of your blogging goals for the new year. 
I want to have at least 500 followers! 
What is a favorite educational app, youtube video or web resource? 
Smartboard Dice 
Salt or sugar? What do you crave? 
Suggah Darlin'
Favorite Holiday Tradition? 
Camp, Cruise or Roadtrip? What kind of vacation would you pick? 
definitely Cruise but Roadtrip would be a close second
What is your favorite classroom tool? 
the paddle ~ lol, no it would have to be my Smartboard 
Who would you like to say "Thank You" to? 
Mother Teresa 
What is your destressor at the end of the week? 
Tacos el Norte with my husband, Mariachi Band playing, something frozen in my glass 
When did you start blogging? 
November of 2012 
Why did you begin blogging? 
curiosity really and the intrigue of gaining a following 
What grades have you taught? 
Babies through 7 year olds Kindermusik, PreK, Music for PreK through 6th, and Kindergarten 
How long have you been teaching? 
about 22 years 
What is your favorite holiday? 
What is your favorite dessert? 
Strawberry Shortcake 
Do you have any children? 
Yep, 4 girls ~ 6th grade, 8th grade, Freshman in College, and Married 
What is your favorite book? 
Firefly Lane 
Are you right or left handed? 
PC or Apple? 
PC but I REALLY wanna answer Apple :/ 
Desktop, laptop or tablet? 
I guess all 3? I have 2 desktops (home and work) 2 laptops (home and work) and an iPad 
Where were you born? 
Long Beach, CA
Where are you living now? 
about an hour north of State Street that great Street (hint hint) 
What is your favorite subject to teach? 
What is your favorite movie? 
Little Women with Winona Ryder or Legends of the Fall 
What is your favorite story to read to students? 
Junie B Jones anything 
What is your TPT link? 
I don't have one ~ YET!! 
What is your favorite color? 
Do you have any pets? 
one sweet Silky Bichon named Sophie 
Favorite source for Clipart. 
DJ Inkers 
Favorite Web 2.0 tool. 
I didn't know what it was until just this minute but Ahead and TubeChop look like 2 that I would love to explore. 
Tell something about your most memorable student. 
his name was Cory and he taught me a lot about love and how it can change someone 
What position would you like to retire in? 
right where I am ~ teaching Kindergarten 
What technology do you have in your classroom? 
Smartboard, 5 iPods, 1 iPad and I'm very thankful!!! 
What piece of technology would you like to have? 
5 iPads for my classroom  
Do you have a classroom theme? 
Yes! Bluebird of Happiness and you can see it here
What is your number one selling item on TPT if you sell? 
I don't sell anything on TPT ~ YET! 
What is your favorite freebie you have found on TPT? 

Mrs. M's Kinders

11 Questions for you:
Where do you live?
When did you begin blogging?
What is one of your blogging goals for the New Year?
Favorite teacher book.
Favorite free-time reading book.
Favorite story book to read to your class.
Favorite movie.
Do you sell on Teachers Pay Teachers and if so what is your link?
Could you share a link to your Pinterest boards?
Favorite Smartboard activity.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

WHEW!! Hope you were able to hang in there and read all the way to the end!  I enjoyed sharing a little bit of my corner of the world with you!

Happy Blogging!


  1. Congrats, again. Just loved reading your answers to your questions. Keep on Keepin' on, you're doing great.
    Angie K
    Making The Basics Fun

  2. Congratulations!! :0) Thanks for the nomination! I love learning about everyone! :0)
    Kindergarten Faith

  3. Way to go, you are making it to the big time!

  4. Thank you Jill! Thanks for following! And you deserve it Faith, your blog is very well done!!

  5. Thanks for the nomination! I enjoyed reading your responses! Also, thanks for visiting my blog The Extra Energetic Educator. You left a comment about the snow on my page! I love to see the snow on my blog especially since we don't get much in Georgia. Email me at and I will send you the html for snow.

  6. Could you tell me what brand the tree that you put the Krinkles on is or where you got it please?