Monday, January 2, 2012

My First Blogging Award

So, I nonchalantly headed over to check on my blog tonight after dinner only to find something so exciting! I won a blog award!!! :) I'm so excited! Sally, over at Elementary Matters, nominated me for the Liebester Blog Award! Basically, its for new bloggers with less than 200 followers! Which is ME!!!! :) Thank you oh so very much, Sally! :) You made my day!

Liebester is a German word meaning "favorite" or "beloved" and the award goes to up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers. The rules are:
1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
2. Thank the giver and link back to them.
3. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

Here are my top 5 picks for the Liebster Blog Award:

1. Allison over at Climbing the Monkey Bars
2. Mrs. Davis at Carried Away in Kindergarten
Carried Away In Kindergarten
3. Megan at Kindergarten Teacher Tales
4. one of my besties, Amy at Over-Caffeinated and Optimistic
5. Mrs. Huffman at Total Teacholic!
Total Teachaholic

In other news, school starts again tomorrow! Christmas vacation was way too short! I feel like there were about a thousand other things that I wanted to accomplish....but that being said, we did get a few things done that were on my list.
our crib!! can't wait for it to arrive next week!!Yesterday, we did a little baby shopping and purchased our crib, mattress, breast pump, and bottle insulated tote (it was half off w/ the pump so....). It was quite an event. Overall, our purchase should have totaled almost $700 HOWEVER because of some generous families at school (thank you for gift cards) and coupons and sales, our total was only about $400. We were pretty excited, especially given the fact that the crib was the more expensive one we wanted and normally would've been about $350! Here's a picture of the crib.... it'll arrive next week or the week after. Can't wait to set it up in our little one's room!! It's gorgeous and easy for me to reach into. Originally, we had selected a different crib but we decided that it was worth a little more money to find a crib that was more sturdy. Also, my parents ordered us a rocker for the baby's room. I'm so excited for that one to get here, too. Should be here the middle of Feb. It was such a generous gift... and we definitely wouldn't have been able to get the one that we wanted! They spoil us!!
Charleston Upholstered Convertible Rocker, Cream Twill The other thing that I've been wanting to do is to make a chart of freezer meals for when the baby comes. I think that it'll help me decide what to make ahead of time and to be prepared. So, that's what I worked on today. I used a lot of recipes that I've already made before, along with some that I found online. Being slightly OCD about things, I created a color coded chart along with a listing of things that I'll need to cook up ahead of time. I'm thinking that towards the end of February, I'll pick a Saturday and cook/prep away! Here's my chart....what do yall think? Any suggestions for other things to prep up ahead of time...? I wanted to leave a few blank spots on my calendar for fresh food and for takeout.

It's starting to sink in that the baby will be here in 11 weeks... I'm really hoping that we'll be all set and prepared for it! Plus, I have to work on getting sub plans ready and preparing my little kinders for the fact that I won't be with them for several weeks.
Any other teachers out there have tips for preparing for maternity leave?

For all those headed back to school tomorrow, good luck! I know I'll be wishing I could have some extra caffeine but I'm know we'll all be okay!

Also, a baby bump picture (28 weeks) for your viewing pleasure!!! :)

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