Monday, December 31, 2012

Shout Out Linky Party - A Monthly Event

I am thrilled to be co-hosting this Linky Party each month of 2013 with the fabulous, hilarious, brilliant and adorable Katie Knight of Teacher to the Core.

The Pinter-blog-iverse is growing by leaps and bounds.

Bloggers post powerful, revolutionary stuff out there each and every day.

Let's share who inspired us.

Each month.

This Linky Party has 3 components:

1. Link a post where you have given two shout outs to two bloggers that have inspired you. One blogger with fewer followers and one  with more followers than you. This seems obvious, but please make sure you give links to those inspiring posts/blogs so others can be inspired, too!

2. Please let the two bloggers you are shouting out know that you're doing so. Leave a comment on their blog - maybe on the post that inspired you or on their post dated closest to when you link up. They'll most likely want to know what it was that inspired you to give them a shout out. :)

3. We love Farley's "Rule of Three" which means that once you link up, please comment on the posts of the two previous bloggers that linked. Then, come back later and comment on the post of the blogger after your link.

We'd love it if you came back each month to link up! :)

By the way - if you are "linky party savvy" and want to offer any suggestions, we're all ears!

P.S. Lots of people have snagged this Wintry Fun Syllable freebie go ahead and join them if you'd like. :)

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Wintry Fun Syllable Freebie

Have you heard about the Shout Out Linky I'm co-hosting each month?! If you want to learn a little more about it & link up, check it out right here.

LOVE Freebielicious!!! Here's a little wintry freebie for you.

If you do decide to download it, I would soooo appreciate it if you would please leave me a comment and/or TpT feedback. Thanks a BUNCH!

This freebie is part of my Stupendous Syllable Practice - Set 2, containing 5 different themes of printables and literacy centers. You can find  iton TpT...

You can get the freebie by clicking on any of the pictures...


Friday, December 28, 2012

Oprah Part 3 & Year End Sale

You might be stopping by to learn about the Shout Out Linky Party I'm co-hosting with Katie Knight of Teacher To The Core. If so, please check out this post.

If you are just learning about my Oprah's Favorite Things experience (back in 2004) and want to get caught's Part One and here's Part Two.

Okay...Oprah, Part Three - During the Show
So, there we were in the front row, off to the right side. We settled into our seats, marveling at where we were.

The set looked smaller in person than in real life. We so wished we could have kept our cameras. But, Harpo security didn't allow it.

There were several audience specialist people who were placing and rearranging audience members. It seemed like it was according to color. Luckily we got to stay seated together!

Katie and her husband who were a few rows back in the center of the audience. (They ended up being on the opening montage due to their adorable-ness and position.)

Jen and her sister who were directly across the studio looking fab!

Sarah was towards the back in the center section with her friend. It was hard to see her, though, because of all the cameras and lighting stuff. We exchanged thrilled smiles.

Can't believe how many people we got to experience the insanity with. So cool. It was a blast to make oh-my-goodness-is-this-for-real eye contact throughout the show!

At this time we were still under the impression that the show was about teachers and teaching. So, we just kind of hung out, thrilled to be there & quietly visiting with each other and talking to the people immediately around us.

People had come from ALL over the country. Which completely made sense. I only had to drive two hours. My guest, Cathy, used to live near and teach at my school, but she'd recently moved to Little Rock, AR, so she flew in from there.

Right before Oprah came out, some Harpo studio workers came out to get us psyched up and excited about the show. Not sure we could have been more excited, but it was really fun, knowing that Oprah would be coming out momentarily.

When she did, she was doing her normal hand shaking, high fiving and clapping. The audience was screaming and cheering and clapping and jumping up and down. Oprah was adorable, of course, graciously accepting our insanity.

Then she went into the opening statements which lead into the real topic of the show...

"I love teachers. Teachers give and give and give. That's why I wanted to give you the...hottest ticket in television." And then everyone REALLY fuh-ruh-eaked.

Oprah started going through the things we were receiving one or two items at a time.

Intense is an understatement.

I literally had a headache within the first 15 mn from all the screaming (my own and others'). Which seems like I'm complaining, but I am sooooo not.

How can one brain process all the layers of what was happening?

Don't get me wrong - I still acted like a buffoon, jumping, yelling, clapping, etc. I still had an time. And, happily adjusted to my headache. :-)

Several times during the show, Oprah took breaks from recording and chatted with the audience. That was so cool! She even hugged a few people.

In the end, it was around $17K worth of gifts. Nuts. And, Oprah personally helped out with the tax situation so we didn't get hit so hard. Amazing. Truly.

Some of the gifts came right out to the audience (Movado watch, mp3 player, Dooney & Burke leather weekend bag, Sony Vaio laptop, $500 Office Max giftcard, Magellan GPS, Takashimya champagne flutes, Lollia creams and bubble bath, Bourjois roll of lipsticks in a gorgeous carrying roll) and we got to carry them home in big white Oprah's favorite things gift bags. I still have them. Can't part with them.

Some of the gifts came out in an envelope with a certificate inside (Maytag washer/dryer, Flat Panel tv, Apple Bottom jeans, Williams-Sonoma 1000-thread count sheets & wool blanket, Miraval Spa trip, Orbitz airfare for the trip, Key Lime Bundt Cake, SpecialTeas tea gift certificate, Italian Water Garden tea cup and pitcher set)

Some of the gifts we picked up on our way out of the studio so they could give us the size we needed (Burberry coat & scarf, Eileen Fischer waffle weave merino wool hoodie and pants).

She ended the show with a Bebe Winans and Rob Thomas singing a gorgeous Christmas song to us as a duet.

Still can't believe it happened to me.

Gotta say, though, that like Oprah has often said...with all the stuff you're still just who you are.

Totally agree. Got all that stuff (donated and gave several things as gifts). But I'm still the same old me.

Coming Soon: Part 4 - Meeting Oprah After The Show...

Also, I'm linking up with Khrys Bosland of Keepin' It Kool In Kinderland for a Farewell 2012 Sale.

I'll be having a 20% off sale at my TpT store through the end of the year. Some of my best sellers are:

Smiles, friends! Hope to see you back for the big Shout Out Linky on January 1st!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Texts from my daughter's 4k her!

So, my 4 year old daughter Emily is a bit of a pistol. Darling, hilarious, sweet, spunky and adorable.

Definitely a pistol. (Soooo not apple-tree, right?!)

Her 4K teacher is fanTASTic.
We love her.
For many reasons.

Her wonderful handling of Emily being one of them.

Several times this year I've brought my phone in to the lounge to read her text/email messages to my team so we could share a laugh. After today's they urged me to share them on my blog.

I thought...why not? Then, if my phone dies I will have saved them for posterity and, maybe they'll make you smile, too. ;)

Here are a few of my faves...

The first one was a typo in an email that any one of us could make (which is why I laughed so much, maybe?) and of course it went home to all the families AND it was in the first few weeks of school. It happened on a day that they had a special event first thing in the morning (can't remember what it was).

Heads up. The ____ ran long so chapel ran late so lunch ran late and rest time was short. You might have crappy kids tonight.

**crabby (oops. too cute.)

Favorite Text Message #1
T: Hey, I'm having a container of grapes mystery. Did Emily have a pink round container of grapes today?

Me: Yes. (seriously wondering what was up with the randomness...knowing Emily had been up to something.)

T (half hour later): Here's the story...I found the container under the table unopened. I asked the table who lost their grapes. Emily told me it was Ashley. Ashley hates fresh fruit. Emily denied they were hers to me, Mrs. ___ and Mrs. ___ so she visited the principal and ate her grapes.

We love that she follows through. The above example might seem a little harsh if you don't know her or Emily, but it was totally appropriate for Emily! (And, the principal - out of Em's ear shot - told me it was the highlight of her day.) And...she's so not harsh...she's awesome and hilarious and loves four year olds.

Favorite Text Message #2
T: A funny thing happened at rest time. Not really at the moment. Emily put a button up her nose. She blew it out on the third blow. There was a small bloody nose afterwards. I am texting you a pic cuz it's amazing how big it was.

(It was nearly as big as a dime! In her tiny little nose!)

Me: Oh my word.

Text #3
T: Emily had some issues in a center so I sent Santa a text and Santa asked her to be kind and nice. Emily is now having a great day.

Text #4
T (later that same day): Emily has been a rock star.


Emily has already grown so much under her! We are so blessed to have her in our lives!!!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

S.T.A.R. Readers - Study Think Ask Respond

Are you looking to raise the rigor and increase the fun with your little readers? You might want to introduce them to the S.T.A.R. Readers...

Then, you can work with them to set goals while they Build the Habits of S.T.A.R. Readers.

This pack isn't really a can be the underlying foundation/overarching umbrella to your entire reading instruction. 

Maybe you're looking to mix things up at this time of the year?

I will happily give away a copy to two Rafflecopter winners. (Scroll down for the widget.)

Click here if you'd like to take a look...

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