Meet The Teacher...LINKY PARTY!!!

Time for a party!  I LOVE reading blogs…love it.  All kinds of blogs.  My blogroll on Google Reader consists of a little over 200 blogs.  Yeeks.  That’s A LOT of readin’!  You can definitely start to feel like you “know” the people you’re reading about even though you’ve never met!  I was actually blessed enough to find some of my best friends through blogland…the mommies in my boy’s playgroup!  And that eventually led me to landing the amazing job I have now.  CRAZY story.  Anyway, I’ve been obsessing over “teacher blogs” for a while now and would LOVE to get to know YOU better!  So let’s have a “Meet the Teacher Party”!!!!   First off, here’s a little bit about me…



Yep.  That’s me.  All 31 years of me. Can you see the crows feet & grey hairs?!  I’ve been married for 6 1/2 years to a crazy wonderful man {who was the PE teacher at my first school} and we have two CRAZY boys…Landon, 3 and Grant, 1. Cute, right?!



LOVE.THEM.  I’ve been teaching for 9 years {what?!}.  7 years in Kindergarten, 1 year in 2nd grade, and this is my first year in 1st.  Who knew that 1st would be my favorite?!  I’m the oldest of 4….yes, FOUR…kids. And seriously, I love my siblings like NO other.  Here we are last Easter.


I’d tell you a little about them, but that’s a WHOLE other post in itself.  I gradyated from the University of North Texas {GO EAGLES!!!!}, but I’m a Boilermaker by marriage.  Mr. Spouse graduated from Purdue and this house bleeds black and gold :) I started a little business 2 years ago…painting, blog design, and creating announcements/cards/invitations…but life has gotten crazy so the painting part of the business has sort of fallen to the wayside.  I love all things photography and I love me some blogs.  When I’m not blogging here at The First Grade Parade, you can find me posting about my family at Life With Team Carroll or all about my domestic adventures at Pearls, Handcufs, & Happy Hour.  I love iced tea, Etsy, collecting cookbooks, spending time with my family, Frank Sinatra, and I LOVE Jesus. 

Now for the Q & A

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t a teacher?                                             
A:  I should say, “stay-at-home-mom”, but I’m gonna go with photographer.  I LOVE photography!!!!! 

Q: What are your hobbies?                                                                                    
A:  Ummm…is it weird to say that teaching feels like a hobby sometimes?!  Photography, painting, cooking,reading.                                                                  

Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?                     
A:  I always said I wanted to be an "acting pediatrician”.  Ummm…the dramatics are still there, but I don’t want ANYTHING to do with the pediatrics!  Other than the kids, of course :)
   
Q: What are your guilty pleasures?                                                                   
 A: Fried cheese, COKE!, Teen Mom {1 & 2}, Real Housewives {all of them}, McMommy, US magazine, Oreos, Jersey Shore, Forever 21, thrift shopping, did I say fried cheese already?!

Q: What is your biggest fear?!                                                                        
 A: This is  EASY.  Frogs, flying, & tornadoes.  In that order.  TER.RIF.IED.

Q: When you’re on vacation, where do you like to go?                                    
 A: VEGAS, baby!  I’m not a gambler…sorta…but I LOVE Vegas!  SO much to see & do! And we’re headed there for SPRING BREAK!  Woo hoo!! 
                                                         
Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?                                                   
A:  Be yourself….it’s no fun being a watered-down version of someone else; Pray about everything, worry about nothing;  Don’t worry about what other people think about you…life is TOO short!

Q: What do you value most in others?                                                                   
A:  Honesty….whether it’s being honest abou something or being true to yourself!  Kindness and loyalty are right up there, too!!

Q: If you could choose one of your personality traits to pass down to your kids, what would it be?                                                                                                        
A: My sense of humor?!  HA!  I’m no comedian, but I sure can laugh at myself and see the comedy in most situations :)     

Q: If you could have lunch with anyone in the world….living or dead…who would it be?                                                                                                                
A:  Jesus and Reese Witherspoon.  And then I’d like to have a “teacher related” lunch with my bloggy friends Babbling Abby, Deanna Jump, and Kathleen Pedersen!  :)  HA!

Now tell us one random thing about yourself:
I auditioned for the Mickey Mouse Club when I was in the sixth grade…I “stalked” Britney Spears at her hotel one time and ended up meeting her bodyguard…I met Kurt Russell and think he’s an absolute jerk…I have to watch The Negotiator, The Hangover, Wedding Crashers, and Maid in Manhattan every.time they’re on TV.  Okay…that was a few random things, but you get the point!  HA!

Now it’s time for YOU to join the party!!!!  Here’s what you need to do:  Write a post titled “Meet The Teacher”.  Start with a brief “biography” and then copy & paste the Q&A {using your answers, of course!}  Copy the web address of your “Meet the Teacher” post and come back here & link up!  It would be GREAT if you could visit at least 3 other teachers…get to know a little bit about your fellow bloggers…and leave a comment!!!! Don't forget to grab a button when you link up!! 
                                              




The First Grade Parade






51 comments:

  1. Nice to meet you! Super cute.
    Two things.
    1. Your boys are darling!
    2. If you like a good teacher linky party you should stop by my blog on Thursday. I just started Teacher Talk Thursday and this is week two. Heck - you could even play along.

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  2. I might be even *more* obsessed with you and your blog now!
    (not in a scary way though!)
    Super cute!

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  3. I love this idea! I am not surprised to hear you love photography, your pictures are great! What kind of camera do you use? The photos of your boys are beautiful!

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  4. I came across your blog a few weeks ago and I absolutely love it! I am a fellow first grade teacher in TN and I am also going to Vegas for a couple days at the beginning of Spring Break! I'll play along with Meet the Teacher @ http://teachrunlove.blogspot.com/

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  5. Awwwww....you just made me tear up a little :) I'm joining in on the fun!!!

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  6. Yay, so fun! P.S. I'm dating the PE teacher at my school too ;)

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  7. OK, I've also decided that you need to put your "oh so spoiled" button on this site!! I have never seen it before and it is amazing! You are amazing!

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  8. Love your blog, and loved getting to know a little more about you!
    Great to hear that your husband went to Purdue, I'm a fellow Boilermaker!!

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  9. Thanks for sharing.
    Love your blog

    Cecelia
    http://ilove1stgrade.blogspot.com/

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  10. Love your super cute blog and I look forward to reading more. I am terrified of frogs too. I thought that was such a random fear, but it's nice to know I am not the only one!

    Nice to meet you! Great "Meet the Teacher" idea!

    KT

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  11. Such a fun idea! Thanks for getting us all involved and allowing a great way for us to connect with one another. Cheers!

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  12. So cute! I didn't know you did blog design. That is a very neat coincidence! I am loving this! I want to join!

    Kristen
    first-grade-teachers.blogspot.com

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  13. This is such a neat idea! Thanks for coming up with it! I too stalk blogs and yours is one of my favorites! Oh and by the way you are very pretty! :) I'm loving getting to know everyone! Thanks again!

    Elisabeth
    www.missdelk.blogspot.com

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  14. Where do you come up with these adorable ideas!?!? I so definitely followed along :)

    www.adventuresofroom129.blogspot.com

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  15. Thanks for hosting the party! It was so much fun! I can't wait to get to know more new people.

    http://edlink123.blogspot.com/

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  16. What a great idea! I love browsing new blogs, 'meeting' new people and getting new classroom ideas! I'll definitely be playing along!

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  17. Hi! I'm your newest follower- and this is my first ever teacher link up!! I have been desperately searching for one of these forever. Thank you so much for hosting!! My name's Megan and I teach full day K. I'd love to get some of your insights on K, this ism y first year teaching fullday. Yikes. :) I'd love to teach first someday (I student taught first). Hope to hear from you and thanks again!


    Megan @ http://coffeypartyof3.blogspot.com/

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  18. What a great idea!

    Now we can "know" each other even more :)

    Jennifer

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  19. Cara, I was already so impressed by The First Grade Parade! You are amazingly {is that a word?; if not, it is now!} creative and talented, not to mention organizes, to do so much so well! Thanks for all of your inspiration!

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  20. Thanks for doing this! What a great way to get to know everyone I already stalk and more! Ha. :)

    I agree, Real Housewives is so addicting!

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  21. ps I'm so glad I have the day off to spend reading everyone's posts! ;)

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  22. Love this Cara, so glad I'm off today(8th snow day YUK)this was a lot of F-U-N!!!

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  23. This is so cute and fun! I'm jealous I don't have an adorable teaching blog so I can't play along. Your blog is my fave--I think I comment nearly every darn post you do!!!! You are totally spicing up my curriculum and classroom! Thank you a million times over!!!

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  24. I love this! Thanks for doing this!!!!!! I feel like we can be friends outside of the blogger world! There are so many blogs I follow that I say "wow, we could totally go get drinks together!"

    Thanks!
    -Rachelle
    www.whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com

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  25. Seriously, this was a wonderful thing to do :)

    I am on blog 30 and I have commented on almost all of them I think. I found people that were following me that I didn't even know that I was on their blog roll!

    Jennifer

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  26. I can't wait to read all these other blogs now! Like I needed more blogs to follow. ;) Great idea Cara!

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  27. Thanks for posting this linky party! As a newbie to the techer-blog-world, I have met so many awesome teachers through your party.

    Thanks!

    ~Mrs. Beck

    http://mrsbecksgotclass.blogspot.com/

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  28. Thanks for the link party! It was fun and I'm excited to check everyone's blogs out. I'm new to the blogging world and I've already met some amazing teachers through your party!

    Thanks so much!

    Ashley

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  29. Can I just say...YOU ROCK!!! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas you share. It is very inspiring.

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  30. I love this idea! So fun! Thanks for helping us find one another!

    Amanda
    http://www.oneextradegree.blogspot.com

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  31. I'm very excited about finding some new blogs and getting new followers! Thanks for hosting this. :)

    http://teachinghappilyeverafter.blogspot.com/

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  32. Oh My Goodness! How cute are you!?!
    Sooo TEACHER!!! I MESSED UP!! I am number 69 and I linked it to the wrong website :(

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  33. This is so much fun!!!! LOVE IT!!

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  34. You're so sweet to do this...Thanks!

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  35. Wow! I'm never going to sleep! So many blogs to read up on. NO, snow days here, in CA. Guess, I will have to catch up this weekend. Love this idea!

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  36. Awww I loved learning more about you!

    I would love to be a photographer too...although I would need more practice!

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  37. Great idea, and wonderful blog! I am new-ish to blogging, so not great at it yet (please advise and enjoy as I grow). Love it!

    http://lovetwolearn.blogspot.com/2011/02/meet-teacher.html

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  38. Ummmm....who's the cutie brother on the left?

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  39. I found your blog from Apples and Pencil Skirts "Meet the Teacher". I recently joined the blog world after following some fashion based blogs. I teach high school so it's hard to find secondary educator bloggers but your blog is too cute and I always look for more classroom ideas. Great Blog!

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  40. Great idea! This gave me the final "push" to start my own blog. Thanks for all your ideas! Love your blog!

    http://fantasticinfirst.blogspot.com

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  41. This is sooooo much fun!! I am ignoring my school bag and my children while I go through the list of bloggers...on #48:) Thanks for doing this!!

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  42. I get to be link #101. I'm pretty happy about that. Hehe!

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  43. I am loving this! :)

    Amber
    http://fabulousfirstgrader.blogspot.com/

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  45. It was nice to hear a little bit more about you. Your boys are adorable!

    You motivated me to finally start my own blog after endlessly stalking yours and all the other great teaching blogs so far this school year! Thanks for sharing all your awesome ideas -- it makes me a better teacher!

    http://thegradetwozoo.blogspot.com

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  46. Thanks for hosting this! I just posted my meet the teach post and I am so excited to meet the other teachers!!

    Classroom Chic

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  47. I joined the party late. I read previous post and watched as fellow bloggers write their memoir cliff notes. I am excited to finally publish my own Meet the Teacher post. Thanks!!

    www.saouds2ndgraders.blogspot.com

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  48. Am I too late for the linky party?

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  49. Love your blog! I joined the linky party. I found some new blogs because of this! Awesome!

    http://firstgradebrain.blogspot.com

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  50. I'm an idiot. I screwed up my link title and I don't know how to fix it. Also, I have NO CLUE how to add your button to my post. Please help!

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  51. Hey!
    Love your blog! Your blog is actually the blog that inspired me to create my own. I looked around and didn't find a lot of 5th grade blogs, so I thought it would be great to create one!

    The link to my blog is....
    http://propertiesoffifthgrade.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for sharing all of your ideas! :)

    - Kailey

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