Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Another Liebster Award! Wow!

I feel so loved!  Britt over in Easing into Room 100 nominated for me a Liebster Award!  If you haven't heard of it, it is to get blogs with less than 200 followers some exposure out there in that big blog world!  A Liebster is a German word that means sweetest, kindest, dearest, cute, endearing, etc.  It's so nice to spread some love!

Here are the rules to accept this award:
1. Link back to the person who nominated you (Britt).

2.  Answer the questions you were asked.  So here it goes!

How did you come up with the name for your blog?
Well... I struggled with this for a long time.  Everyone had really catchy names and some that I had thought of were already taken. My husband and I were throwing around ideas and Fifth Grade Ramblings came up, and the rest is history.

How many days this summer did you think about school for the upcoming year?'s always on my mind. It's like this annoying itch I can't scratch and I can never completely turn my brain off.  I see things, I pin things, and I read blogs so I'm always brainstorming. There was one week of bliss where I was on vacation at the beach where I truly stopped thinking, and it was wonderful.

How many students is your ideal number?
I've had 23, 22, 21, 17, and this year 18 fifth graders.  I like even numbers because it's easy to split into groups, and I just like everything to match; to have a partner.  I do have to say though, one of my 22 kiddo groups seemed like 10 compared to my rowdiest bunch of 17, who felt like 34 kids.  It depends on the groups.

What new and upcoming styles do you love/hate.
Let me start with the loves, because I always say the positives first.  I love maxi dresses.  Let me follow that up with my hate. I hate that they don't make maxi dresses in petites (that are easy to find). Ugh. I mean, come on.  I can't be the only shortie around.. I also don't like the ombre (sp?) hair coloring. I spent years trying to cover up the ombre and now it's back in style. coulda saved some money on that one!

What is the last movie you saw in the theaters/ rate it!
I saw The Heat with Megan McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. Oh man, was it funny! I went with my husband, brother in law, and his fiancé.  The girls (us) loved it because there is just so many funny girl moments (I think the boys didn't get it...)  If you want to just laugh at inappropriate humor, this movie is for you!

If you could teach anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Oooooh....good question....Why not somewhere tropical? I could do my lesson plans on the beach, sip margaritas.. this is sounding better by the second!

How did becoming a teacher change your life?
Well it certainly made it a lot busier, and more organized.  I love teaching, I truly do.  I don't like all the meetings, data collecting, meetings, new initiatives every time I turn around, but it all balances when I get to just shut the door and do my thing.  Moments like that when it's just you and your kids are my favorite, and it's those intimate times where you make the best connections with your students.  Teaching changed my life for the better; I get to learn from them, and I get to do what I am passionate about.

Did you have a student who impacted your life? If so, how?
I don't have one student in particular, but I certainly have those students who stick out.  They say you're not supposed to have favorites, but come on, there are those certain ones who you just gel with and leave some footprints on your heart.  

What is the best/worst part of the school day for you?
Best part: Read aloud.  I love falling in love with characters with my students, because we can continue to talk about them all year round.

Worst part: Correcting the Daily Oral Language together. I just hate it.. and it's such a small minute part of my morning.. but if I have to ask "what goes at the end of a sentence?" one more time....gah! I really need to get over it :)

When do you start school?
The kids come on August 28th. I've got a couple precious weeks more of summer, but most of those will be filled with prepping the room, going to PD's, but I am going to make the most out of it!

3) Give 11 Random facts about yourself.

Ok here it goes...

1. If I could live in yoga pants, I would.  They are just so comfy.
2. I have a minor addiction to the Loft.  I love it... and don't get me started on the outlets. It could be dangerous.
3.  I have 54 pairs of shoes.  My husband says I have a serious problem.
4. I looove coffee.  Any kind.  Well, mostly medium and dark roasts, so I guess not every kind. I'm loving Breakfast in Bed and Jamaican Me Crazy right now (Keurig).
5. I started watching Lost this summer and i.can't.stop.watching.  I know I'm way behind the times but I'm on season 3 and loving it.  Who are these people, the Others, and what is their deal?! So creepy...
6.  I will celebrate my 5th year of marriage this year.  Time flies!  I'm hoping to get away for a weekend to Newport this fall. I'm dying to go through the old mansions.
7. I like to collect things.  I like interesting coffee mugs, and I love elephants! It is my goal to have one unique elephant in each room of my house.
8. My husband and I bought a house this summer.  After living with my parents for a year, WE ARE SO EXCITED!  
9. My favorite flavor of ice cream is mint chocolate chip.
10. I wear glasses, but only one lens is prescription  The other is clear.  I used to wear one contact, but I didn't like the "unevenness" of it.  I'll stick with glasses.

4) Nominate five more blogs with less than 200 followers.

5) Pose questions for your nominees.

1.  What is the best book you've read this summer?
2.  What is playing on your iPod right now?
3.  Do you go to the gym or stay far, far away?
4. What is your favorite subject to teach and why?
5.  If you could eliminate one aspect of your job, what would it be and why?
6.  What are some quick go-to lunches for school?
7.  Do you have a favorite sport or favorite team?
8.  What is something new that you are adding to your classroom this year?
9.  What is something you ALWAYS do on the first day of school?
10.  What are some "must haves" for stressful days?

That's all folks!


  1. 18?! You are so lucky! I had 33 when I taught 5th, and this past year I had 33 first graders. Enjoy your last few weeks of summer.


  2. I enjoyed reading about you (...and if I could wear yoga pants 24/7, I think I would, too!)...I've just signed up to follow you on BlogLovin. Have a great year! ~Deb
    Crafting Connections


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