13 in 13

I'm linking up with three lovely blogging ladies today to reflect on 2013!
are hosting this for everyone to share 13 things about 2013. 
If you are a blogger this linky in super fun!

13. Favorite article of clothing
These boots from Keen.
You can wear them dress up or dress down!
And no matter what my husband will always
crack a joke about horse back riding lessons.

12. Favorite movie you watched
I have a hard time retaining a
favorite movie all year.
Whatever I just saw tends
to be my favorite.
I used to go to movies all the time.
Then I had three children.
So here are my most recent favorites.
I did see a few movies in 2013.

We're the Millers

Catching Fire
I loved it!
I can't wait for the next one.

11. Favorite TV series
Hands down...
Orange is the New Black
I watched it in 3 days!

I am also so excited for Shameless to return next week.
Can you tell from my taste in shows that
I may not be the most lady like gal?
he! he!

10. Favorite restaurant
The Ocean House
Dennis, Ma

If you ever visit Cape Cod this is the must try spot.
It's beautiful, right on the water.
The food makes me drool.
Actually as I write this post there is a little tiny drool
coming out of the corner of my mouth.

9. Favorite new thing you tried
Blogging and TpT
Seriously this has been life changing.
Not only have I met some amazing people, 
but it has also helped focus me as a teacher.
Honestly, it's the best professional development out there!

8. Favorite gift you got
The Teachers Pay Teachers I recently got 
from a student was pretty sweet!
My best gift was to myself through...
my very own MacBook Pro!
So nice to have a computer that is all mine.
I also am going to go mush here for a sec...
I love those picture I get all day that are
taking over the doors of my back closet.
I wish I had a picture of the pictures.
First graders really are so sweet.
Even if you have to speak to them in the morning
by lunch they love you to pieces again!

7. Favorite thing you pinned
Pinterest is the black hole to nowhere.
I just popped over there to find my fave pin.
There are a million pins there that 
I don't ever remember pinning.

There is one pin I always go back to.
Check out this pin for a yummy pasta salad!

6. Favorite blog post
This blog post has a freebie of mine
that was featured in the tpt newsletter {blush}.
Hope you enjoy it too!

5. Best accomplishment
Can I say keeping my children 
fed, dressed and mostly happy?
I spend A LOT of time doing this and
I think it's going pretty well so far. 
I also am really happy that 
I took the leap of faith to be a blogger. 
I read and read and read blogs and thought 
"I can do that" & "I should do that". 
I'm pleased as punch that I finally decided 
to be like Nike and JUST DO IT!

4. Favorite picture
Going to go with our family photo!
Love this one too!

3. Favorite memory
Summer...every last bit of it!
I love love love summertime.
I miss seeing it go and I long for it all year.
These New England winters are for the birds!
I could do shorts and flip flops all year.
You southern warm climate people have no idea
how jealous I am!

2. Goal for 2014
My goal is to get my little tpt shop cranking!
I have a list a mile long of products to create.
I love the creating process, 
but have no timeat my nuthouse.
That's my loving term for our happy home!
I need to squeeze an extra day or two 
into every week and I'll be all set.
Any tips on this?

1. One Little Word
I feel so blessed for my family and our health.
Everything else is just sauce on top!
I'd say gravy, but I think it's gross.


  1. We just watched Orange is the New Black and finished it all in two nights! My favorite character was Crazy Eyes...no lie! Happy New Year!

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  2. Your little family is beautiful! Thank you for sharing their adorable faces with us! Finding time to make those TpT products with 3 little ones is most likely next to impossible. My two boys are little older but I usually work best early in the morning (before anyone is awake) and at night when they are in bed, before I pass out from exhaustion-HA! I hope 2014 is a fantastic year for you!
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

  3. Deirdre~
    I forgot about Orange is the New Black when I was writing my 13 in 13 post. I loved watching that show in the summer. I can't wait for it to be back on!
    Happy New Year!

    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  4. thank you for writing about starting a new blog. I have been debating this for years and I think I might be taking the plunge soon. Any advice?? Maybe it could be a future post!

  5. Deirdre,
    I loved Catching Fire as well! Did you read the books? Have you heard that the next one won't be out til November 2014?! I can't wait that long! :)
    Thanks for sharing your 13! Have a very happy new year! :)
    Mrs. Thompson
    Adventures in Teaching (A First Grade Blog)
    My TpT Store

  6. Hi Deirdre!
    I too watched Orange is the New Black in a few days :) It was so interesting!
    I used your phonics printables earlier in the year...thanks for those!!
    Your family is adorable!!
    Happy New Year!
    Proud to be Primary


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