11. Favourite Movie You Watched:
I can barely remember what I watched yesterday (although I'm sure it had something to do with Dora or Strawberry Shortcake), but I recently watched two great movies that I had been wanting to see - I put off watching them because I'm a good girl, and must read the books before I watch the movies (even if I end up disappointed in the end).
This week I watched Water For Elephants and The Help. I did find I enjoyed the book Water For Elephants more than the movie, but I thoroughly enjoyed both the book and the movie for The Help.
10. Favourite TV Series:
I have to admit it - I'm a total Gleek (much to my husband's chagrin). LOVE it, and yes, I totally sing along. I also love The Big Bang Theory and Raising Hope - of course, with hockey season on, my husband has taken over the TV, and I'm watching my shows from the PVR.
9. Favourite Restaurant:
I love great Italian food, and we have a wonderful little Italian restaurant in town that I don't get to visit nearly enough. If you asked my kids, they'd say their favourite restaurant is Boston Pizza or Wacky Wings, so that's where we usually end up going.
8. Favourite New Thing I've Tried:
Hmmmm ... well, my new iPad, definitely ... and setting up my ereader under the ELMO for read alouds ... and blogging ... and Pinterest ... it's been a year of technology for me. I've also really excited about the foldable math journals I started with my students this year - it's the first time we've all been really excited doing math journals.
7. Favourite Gift I Received:
I'm going to have to say my remote car starter - it's not installed yet, but I can't wait. I'm looking forward to getting into a toasty warm van even when it's 30 below outside (yes, I said 30 below - I'm in Northern Ontario, remember?). I think it will soon become a favourite of my husband's too, when I don't send him out to start my van when it's 30 below outside. ;)
6. Favourite Thing I Pinned:
Oh my - I have over 1200 pins, and LOVE all of them. I think one of my early favourites were the crate stools I ended up making for the classroom. My students LOVE them, and I have the coolest portfolio storage in the whole school! Oh wait - I also LOVED the melted crayon art ... and the rolo cookies ... and the cheddar ranch bread ... and the foldable ideas ... YIKES! It's just too hard to choose.
5. Favourite Blog Post:
I really enjoyed the week of pinterest-inspired crafts I did this summer. SO.MUCH.FUN!!! I also really like the response I get from my Math Journal Sundays and Friday Art Features. My students really love that I showcase their work, and get so excited to see whose work I chose for the posts. My personal favourite has to be "The Perfect Gift" and "The Perfect Gift - Part 2" - (my last two posts) - Elizabeth is still proudly carrying her book around.
4. Favourite Accomplishment:
Well, blogging would definitely be on this list. I didn't think I'd have the time, and I didn't think I'd have the computer expertise, but I'm managing both and have learned so much through this process. I was also so proud to be asked to join Teaching Blog Addicts (definitely a happy dance moment for me). I was also so very excited to completely surpass the TeachersPayTeachers goals I set for myself. Oh - and I'm not sure if many of you remember this, but way back last spring I confessed that I had never read a Harry Potter book - your responses convinced me to give them a try, and I'm happy to announce I bought the set for my oldest daughter, we read a chapter every night, and we are now half way through the third book ... and I am hooked!
3. Favourite Picture:
Again - so many to choose from ... I would love to get a DSLR camera this year, so I can keep taking more pictures. My sister took our family portraits this fall and she did a fabulous job - my absolute favourite would have to be this one:
2. Favourite Memory:
Well, it's only from a few days ago, but I'll always remember giving Elizabeth the copy of the book I made for her - her reaction was priceless! I also loved the family trip we took this summer and our visits to the science museums. Our annual summer trips to Pebble Beach are also a favourite - the kids have such a blast! (OK - this is one of my favourite pics, too).
1. Goals for 2012:
Well, the big one is a healthier me. I've got to lose a bit (a lot) of weight in order to keep my back healthy (I DO NOT want to go off work with another back issue this year). My goal for my classroom is to limit my classroom "piles". I WILL clean off my desk and reshelve all books and supplies once a week. And my goal for my family is to continue to make and share wonderful memories - planning a trip to Disneyland once school is out this summer.
I hope all of you have a fabulous and rewarding New Year. Best wishes to all!