14: Favorite Quote
(It was in my life planner and I ended up cutting it out and putting it above my desk.)
CPK. I had always been okay with California Pizza Kitchen. I would try pizzas and they were fine, but nothing wow. Then I tried the California Club Pizza and I was hooked. It is like a salad on top of a pizza. I get it with ranch instead of lemon-pepper mayo. Yum!!! I might need to get takeout tonight just thinking about it.
12: Favorite TV series
Saw a lot of new television shows this year (Breaking Bad, Walking Dead), but my two favs this year were Sherlock (BBC version) and Scandal. Scandal is not new to me by any means, but this year was one of my absolute favs.
11: My Team
I love my team! We get along really well and work well together. The three of us have so much fun both at school and socially. It makes going to work that much better when you enjoy the people you work with.
10: Favorite gift
My friend Christina gave me a really cool bracelet this year. I love the words on it: Beauty-Dedication-Strength
9: Favorite trip
My coworkers and I went up to Massanutten Lodge for a weekend in August. It was fabulous. Pool time, new restaurants, happy hours, friends....LOVED IT! Oh and the best part was that it was free. We won the passes for lodging from our Papa John's Teacher Delivery Night.
8: School Fun
I am blessed to work in an amazing school with fabulous educators. Not only are the people I work with great educators, they also know how to have fun. This year, we made a Back to School video for our school's WILD theme. You can check out the video at our website by clicking here.
7: Best accomplishment
I was honored to be my school's Teacher of the Year. My parents got to attend the ceremony, along with my principal and our school's New Teacher of the Year. What an honor to represent my amazing school!!!
6: Favorite picture
My sister and brother-in-law had twins in early June. There were some complications and one baby was in the NICU for about a month. The other baby had to be air-lifted to another hospital on the day he was born to have surgery. He then spent about two month in two different NICUs. We were all very worried for both babies and it was a long two months. Then one day my sister texted me a picture....BOTH babies were home together!! It is my absolute most favorite picture ever!! (The boys are doing great and I enjoyed getting to snuggle with them and play with my niece over the holidays!)
5: New Blog
I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with Lindsey at L. Paull Desgins for All. She is not only a fabulous third grade teacher and blogger (Thriving in 3rd), but she is a talented blog designer. I LOVE my blog design!
4: Professional Development
This summer I attended a professional development program with my teammates. I posted about this back in July and you can read more here. In November, we got to go to a conference (all expenses paid) and learn even more about science. It was a fun, yet sometimes stressful, experience. Some of my favorite pictures from VISTA are:
Every year, at Thanksgiving, my cousins and I pile on the stairs and take a cousin-picture. We are getting bigger and growing (cousins getting married), but we still do this. The youngest cousin (now 18) still "surfs" down the stairs...although it was a lot less painful when he was five!
2: Goal for 2015
I want to be healthier in 2015. I know that is stereotypical and everyone has that goal every year. I do though. Maybe it is walking more, maybe it is making better choices, but I need to do something. I also want to blog more and upload more resources to TpT.
1: Little Word