Saturday, August 3, 2013

My First Award

Oh boy! Debbie over at Flip Flop Hop nominated me for my first award.
Thanks Debbie!
What is a Liebster Award?

It is an award given to "up and coming" bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

What does Liebster stand for?

Liebster is a German word that means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Wow---I feel special!

My Turn...

Random Facts:

1.  During college I was an assistant manager at my local Zaxby's restaurant. I ate chicken almost every day....AND still love a good salad from there!

2. I did the pageant thing. Yep, I competed at the state-level for the Miss America Organization for three year. Scholarships baby!

3.  I did not see myself as an "intermediate teacher" until I was moved to 5th grade math. In fact, I dreamed about teaching kindergarten for years. What was I thinking?!?!?

4. I'm a musician. I studied piano for 12 years, and continue to play as the worship leader at my church. I love singing too!

5.  My husband & I are both extreme couponers. No joke! We have a special binder that we take out shopping & an entire garage stocked with stuff that we've bought for pennies or, even better, FREE. Maybe I'll publish a post on this hobby soon...

6.  I could live on chicken nuggets from Wendy's.

7.  After nearly 5 years of owning (well kind of, she's my husband's dog) a Husky, I'm just now training her to walk on a leash. Let's just say she's a bit hyper - not aggressive, just excited!

8.  I can't cook. My husband is the chef in the house & I can't complain because he's a good one too!

9.  I stopped drinking sodas (cold turkey) about 5 years ago and now ice water is my drink of choice.

10.  I didn't know all of my multiplication facts until I started teaching 5th grade math. I was a straight A student, but just never fluently memorized those darn 7s, 8s, & 12s.

11.  My husband & I tailgate at almost every TN football home game. GO VOLS!

Questions for me:

1. Are you teaching in the state that you grew up in?
Yes, I've always lived in the same city.

2. If you were to change occupations, what would your next choice be?
Wow, I can't even imagine myself doing anything other than teaching. If I had to choose, I'd probably choose to be a neonatal nurse - one that gets to hold the *itty bitty* babies.

3. How many states have you visited?
Not many - GA, FL, VT, NC, SC, KY...I think that's all?

4. Are you a healthy eater or do you lean toward the junk food side?
Ugh...I really strive to eat healthy, especially after I lost the pageant size that I used to maintain. However I have a REALLY bad weakness for sweets.

5. How long have you been teaching?
This will be my fourth year. I've taught 1 year in 2nd grade and the last two in 5th grade math.

6. What will you miss most about summer ending?
Lounging in the pool!

7. What piece of technology is your favorite?
My classroom Ipad - I wasn't into the Apple products until my tech guru gave me one to use with the kiddos.

8. How long have you been blogging?
Less than a month...newbie here!

 9. How many hours a week do you commit to school work? (Above the normal 40)
Waaaayyyyy too many! I spend 4-5 hours each weeknight...can't even begin to count up the weekend time!

10. Do you have a favorite quote?
"Do not worry about your problems with mathematics. I assure you mine are far greater." - Albert Einstein

11. What is your favorite read-aloud book?
Oh, the Place's You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Questions for my nominees:

1. What's the scariest thing that you've ever done?
2. What's your "go-to" lunch for school (you know, the one that will help you make it through the rest of the day)?
3. If you had to teach a grade/subject other than your own, what/where would you move to?
4. Do you have any fur-babies (pets)?
5. Where would you go for a dream vacation?
6. What do you like to do at home (when you're not working on school stuff)?
7. What are you currently reading?
8. Any hidden talents that your students wouldn't know about?
9. If you had to coach a school sport, which would you choose?
10. How did you get started in the blogging world?
11. What's your favorite song?

*Now for the Nominees*

The Sally Classroom by Rachel
Making It As a Middle School Teacher by Michelle
To the Square Inch by Kate
 Flip Flops, Polka Dots, & Pre K by Jeannie
To accept this nomination, all you have to do is:
1. Link back to the blog that nominated you.
2. Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers.
3. Answer the questions posed by the nominator.
4. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Create 11 questions for your nominees.
6. Contact your nominees to let them know that you've nominated them.

- Mrs. Wiggin -


  1. Love that you participated--Thanks!

    I would love to see a post about coupons--I am horrible, but I do like to watch the show and dream that I could do it someday.

    I hope you have a wonderful year

    Flip Flop & Hop

  2. I got such a kick out of random fact #4 - that was me exactly!!! I went through college thinking I would be a kindergarten teacher... but by the time I had finished student teaching, I knew that wasn't for me! :) Good luck with your blog! ~Deb
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