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Monday, April 9, 2012

Happy Easter, Award, and.....Giveaway!

Happy Easter everyone! **(Well, it was Easter when I started this post! :-/  Then it got late, and I seriously needed my bed.)  I hope it has been a blessed day with family and friends!  It was an absolutely beautiful day!  Mom came to my church today to see our Easter cantata.  The cantata went really well!  People really seemed to enjoy it and the choir got through the songs well, and the actors remembered their lines and did a great job!  Phew!  (It was a little rough the other day at practice!)  It was a great service!
So.....is it bad that I still feel the strong need to get a new dress each Easter??  I haven't seemed to grow out of that yet!  I thought this dress was too cute and was excited to wear it today!

  After church we went home, got changed, and went to my aunt and uncle's house for Easter dinner with their family.  We enjoyed some good fellowship and laughs and great food!  This was so good for mom to be able to get out and engage with people.  She seems to be less social lately, I think she is starting to struggle more with conversation and finishing sentences.  She enjoyed joking with my uncle, and he definitely got her laughing, it was great to see and hear her joke with him!  It was a wonderful day!!
Then Pamela, at First Class Teacher, was sweet enough to award me the Lovely Blog Award again.
I am so glad she found me, because I was able to find her super cute blog!! I'm really looking forward to stalking her blog more!  Thank you so much, Pamela!  The rules state that I am to pass this award on to 15 other blogs, but I know many of you already have gotten this award.  But, there are a few new blogs that I have started following that I would like to pass this on to.  I think they really deserve it, and hope it will be as much of an encouragement to them as it was to me!   Here they are:

Bekah at Mrs. Mason's Monkeys
Jessica at Learn, Play, and Have Fun
Sam at A Teacher's Looking Glass
Rachel at A-B-Seymour
Katy at Stickers and Staples
Casey at Miss Casey's Corner
Summyr at The Teachaholic
Monica at Classroom Capers
Ammie at Giggles and Squeals
Debbie at Ms. Squier's 3rd Grade Thinkers
Scholes at My Days as a Third Grader
Teacher Bug at Read and Black and Learning All Over
Sally at The Fearless 5th Grade Teacher
That's my few, I didn't realize there were that many newer ones I was following that might not have already received this reward.  Please go by and visit these blogs!  These ladies have some great ideas, and some super cute blogs!! :)  I'm sure they would appreciate some new followers and some encouraging comments, as we all do.
Now....on to the news that oddly enough I'm almost afraid to share, how weird is that??!?  But I did already give a heads up that this might be coming.  I have enjoyed taking part in many of the different giveaways that have been going on, and I wanted to have one, too.  I had planned to do it for 50 followers, but as I told you before, because of joining in with some fun linky parties, it went past that before I could do it.
So....for my 75+ follower-belated Happy Easter-looking forward to a fun weekend-so thankful for my wonderful follwers {breathe} giveaway, I am giving away a $15 Target gift card!!

I guess I'm a tad afraid, as others have said, that no one will enter, but then I think...hmm...well, then I would just get to use it for myself!  Hee hee. :)  But, I would love to give it away to one of you, my amazing teacher friends, you have encouraged my heart so much these past few months as I have embarked on this teacher blogging journey!  I have another post that I am hoping to share very soon about what this and you all have done for me as a teacher.  So, thank you, and pleeeeaaaseee enter!
I am a pretty simple girl, as you can probably tell by my blog and shops, and I'm not all creative and crafty, so I don't have fancy things for you to do to enter.  I like to be different, hee hee.
So...here are the ways to enter the giveaway:
1.  Become a follower of my blog, or tell me you already follow and leave a comment.
2.   If you feel so inclined, share my giveaway with others and leave a comment that you did.
3.  Tell me which you like better or recommend more, Random Number Generator or Rafflecopter, and why.
4.  Share any funny thing that has happened to you or in your class.  I love to get good laughs!
Oh and don't forget to leave your email address with your comments so I can contact the winner.
So, yea, that's it, the contest will end Saturday night, April 14, after I get back from seeing Fiddler on the Roof!!! :) So excited!  (And the day after Ricky Schroder's 42nd birthday! :-D)
One last thing, today was a windy day with some strong gusts.  When that happens there are screw-type things in the ceiling that move and squeak.  When my students heard it, I told them as I have with others before, that it's just the rat that lives in the ceiling.  Then they looked at the ceiling and finally noticed the slight movements of the screw-type things, which makes my story even more believable. hee hee  They look at me, and at the ceiling, and I have gotten pretty good at hiding my grin, as they try to figure out if I'm being serious or not.  Today, I actually had to laugh out loud because my little girl tried to figure it all out.  She said, "I know, she is downloading that sound from her computer, and using her X-Ray power eyes to move that thing!"  Hahaha!  I love it when they think I have powers! :)

35 comments:

Elizabeth

Of course I'm a follower. So, if I'm the only one (which I doubt) that enters...we can split it :)

Elizabeth
Fun in Room 4B

Amber

I follow your blog and would love to win!
stargirlah@embarqmail.com

✰Amber
Sparkles , Smiles, and Student Teaching

3rd Grade Thoughts

I LOVE that color blue- it's one of my favorites :)

I follow your blog!

~Stephanie
3rd Grade Thoughts

Mission Control

I'm new to blogging. Only on week two. I stalk ...um...follow you blog.
wnekola@Viking.portage.k12.oh.us

YearntoLearn

I follow your blog.


Yearn to Learn Blog

taskcard123@yahoo.com

YearntoLearn

I've only used the Random Generator for giveaways, but have seen a few use Rafflecopter.


Yearn to Learn Blog

YearntoLearn

A recent funny in my class. I have a student who is an avid word search expert. He loves them. So for April Fool's I created a unsolvable one, and it drove this student nuts!
Cute to watch, but for him...frustration!


Yearn to Learn Blog

taskcard123@yahoo.com

Rachel Seymour

Thanks for the Lovely Blog Award! I'm your newest follower!

Anytime you give away a gift card you are going to have lots of teachers trying to win...no worries! :)

Rachel
rms273@gmail.com
A-B-Seymour

Michelle

Hi Stacey! Thanks so much for "finding" me. :-) So happy you were able to enter my giveaway. NOW I'm here to enter yours! I am your newest follower so count me in. I LOVE TARGET!
A funny thing recently was that I overheard my students trying to guess how old I was. One girl "No, she's WAY older than that." (I was terrified to hear the number) The other girl..."Yea, I think you're right...she's at least in her late 20s." Of course being 44, I wanted to hug them both right there!!!
As for Rafflecopter vs. Random Number, I am NEW to blogging, but really liked the Rafflecopter set up, so chose it. I'll let you know how it ends up when my giveaway ends this week! :-) LOVE your COLORFUL blog! Michelle nomonkeybusinessmichelle.blogspot.com Email: nomonkeybusinessmichelle@gmail.com

Rachel Seymour

I've only ever used Random Number Generator on my blog...but I've used Rafflecopter on other blogs. I think I like RNG better, but maybe I just don't enough about Rafflecopter yet. :)

Rachel
rms273@gmail.com
A-B-Seymour

Courtney

I follow your blog! AND that is hilarious and awesome at the same time your student thinks you have X-ray powers :P

cmizufuka@gmail.com
Courtney
Teaching in Paradise

luckeyfrog

Your dress is so cute! I already follow your blog :)

Jenny
Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

Casey Shreve

I already follow your blog, of course! Thank you so much for my award! I love it!!

3rd Grade Thoughts

Hi Stacey- Stopping by again to say that I've tagged you :)
http://3rd-grade-thoughts.blogspot.com/2012/04/tagged-thrice.html

~Stephanie
3rd Grade Thoughts

Marcia

I am a new follower of your blog.
marciahoj@gmail.com

Marcia

I like RNG, but have used both on blogs. Never set one up for give away on a blog, but use RNG in class all the time.
marciahoj@gmail.com

Marcia

First day back from vacation today. A student was sneaking jelly beans, not his approved snack. He choked and puked in his hands. Shrugged his shoulders, and proceeded to pick out the whole beans. He ate them! He did wash the rest of the puke off his hands and desk, while the rest of the kids gagged. I missed the whole thing with a parent visitor and phone call from the office.
marciahoj@gmail.com

TeacherBug

Thank you so much for the award! I'm now your newest follower :)

Miss Foote

Just found your blog. Great ideas!

Laurie
Chickadee Jubilee
The Best Endings

The Teachaholic

THANK YOU Stacey! I'm so honored to be included in your award *huge grin*

I'll be sure to enter you giveaway!

Summyr

Monica

Thanks for the award Stacey! It was definitely a 'warm fuzzy' :)

Amber P.

I follow your blog!

adventuresinthird@gmail.com
Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

Amber P.

I've always used Random Generator. I think I want to try RaffleCopter next time!

adventuresinthird@gmail.com
Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

Amber P.

Last week one of my students told me they had to give their pet pig beer. It was so they could cut his toenails. haha.

adventuresinthird@gmail.com
Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

luckeyfrog

I tagged you! :) If you want to play, check it out here! http://luckeyfrogslilypad.blogspot.com/2012/04/tag-im-it.html

stickers and staples

Hey girl! Thanks so much for the award! So honored you thought of me!! katy
stickersandstaples.blogspot.com

Pamela Fulk

I follow and love your blog :)
Pamela
First Class Teacher

Pamela Fulk

I don't know which message selection generator I like best but I will be checking back to see so I know which one to use for my upcoming giveaway!
Pamela
First Class Teacher

Pamela Fulk

One-liner...
We are growing silkworm and they hatched yesterday. We were doing our first observation today and the little bugs are in a small CUP and we are looking at them through a magnifying glass. One little boy said, "I use a CUP in baseball!"
Pamela
First Class Teacher

Pamela Fulk

I linked your giveaway post to my First Class Teacher FB page.
Pamela
First Class Teacher

Darleen Dufour

I am your newest follower! Stop by my blog and become a follower too! I love your blog---it is precious!!!
Darleen
Third Grade Love
http://thirdgradelove.blogspot.com/

Jessica

I am a follower. Thank You for listing my blog!

learnplayandhavefun.blogspot.com

Jessica

Jessica

Mentioned your giveaway on my blog. Thanks for the blog award!!!

learnplayandhavefun.blogspot.com

spencerjb0711@gmail.com

Jessica

meghan

I follow your blog! & I was equally nervous that no one would enter my giveaway haha.

Meg
Third Grade in the First State

Scholes

Thanks for the award.....a first for me.
Love your blog and I'm now following you too!
BJ Scholes

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