Sunday, December 30, 2012

Let's talk about Downtime, a Linky, and a Giveaway!

Downtime?!  Do you even have that in your life?!  Well, let's talk about how we can improve the little downtime that we actually have as teachers...


I decided to start my linky for the day like Hope did!  Teaching is just one of those jobs that is NEVER finished!  Now, I'll be the first to admit that I do NOT stay at school late hardly ever.  Often times, you will find me out the door right after the kids... that's just how I roll, haha ;)  But, I work LOTS on my computer once I'm home.  I would just rather lounge on the couch or in my bed while working :)




So, what are my resolutions for the New Year?  Well it's hard to say because I'm hoping my downtime in the New Year will look completely different than years past.  I'm hoping that I'll be spending ALL my free-time with my little 3 year old very soon!

Here's what I hope 2013 looks like for me...
Just for the record... my daughter does have a full face, BUT we are just trying to protect her until she is here.  I LOVE the picture of her holding that cup.  I remember when I first got it I would show it to my friends and say, "I bet your daughter doesn't hold her cup as cute as mine" hahaha {to the friends that don't even have children ;)}!  Seriously though, look at that nose, those cheeks, and her lips.  I die!
 I know that people normally make resolutions to eat healthier and get fit, but I'll just be honest, y'all... I don't really care anymore, ha!  Now, I'm sure once summer rolls around, I'll be hitting the gym, but for now, I just want to enjoy the finer things in life :)
I also hope to do the following things:
1.  Spend LESS time on the computer
2.  Work LESS at home
3.  Make the most of my free-time at school {you know... stop gabbing as much ;)}
4.  Cook more
5.  Read!!!


So, now it's your turn to link up!  Tell me what you hope to do with your free time in the New Year!



And, don't forget to enter for another chance to win this giveaway!  Just leave ONE comment below ON THIS POST with your email address.  A winner will be picked in 24 hours!
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199 comments:

loularkin said...

Time with family is the best. Definitely need more of that!
Happy New Year
Jennifer
loularkin@comcast.net

Erica said...

I just want to stop staying so late at work. It's not odd to find me at work at 7pm. I need to stop doing that! (And make the most of the time I have when I'm there!)

butler . erica @ gmail . com

Rachel said...

Lovely pictures! Great resolutions! I told my husband I would cook more too!

rmariemuniz@hotmail.com

jeniferstephens said...

Those are great goals for all of us! Your daughter is beautiful! So proud for you! Sped every minute you can with her. Happy new Year!

Jennifer
Jennifer.stephens@murray.k12.ga.us

Tamara Russell said...

I've gotta get on your program, Amy! I work late at school and then I work late at home, too--since the hubs works overnight! :/ Your baby's 'half face' is so precious...I don't know what we'll all do when we get to see all of it! :) I'm a total cheeks nut too! :) Her cheeks are pretty special! :) Enjoy your holiday! :)

Tamara
from Mrs. Russell's Room-First Grade

Anonymous said...

My resolution for the new year is to spend more time taking care of ME! As teachers, most of us are great nurturers....of others, but not so much of ourselves. Time for change! Have a great new year and thank you for being such an inspiration to all of us.
Rebecca
rstanley@rsu24.org

sarah said...

I want to eat healthier and spend more time with my husband!

mcreynolds.sarah@gmail.com

Sam Kelly said...

Love your resolutions. Not often do you find people vowing to eat more dessert.... I would like to get in in that!!!

Samantha
Samantha.divincenzo@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I wish you all the best in 2013! Many blessings on your health and adoption are being sent. Thanks for all you do for us that aren't able to make such wonderful items! Happy New Year!
Susan dekatt@insightbb.com

Erika said...

I love your resolutions...can't wait to see those pics of you and your gorgeous daughter! So excited for you!
Erika.roper1@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Spend more quality time with the hubby: that does not mean sitting on the same couch, me on my iPad, him watching tv. Instead, actual time with full conversations and mutual activities.
Jennifer
jenniferjsquires@gmail.com

Covered in Glitter said...

Your resolutions for downtime are very inspirational! I can't wait to hear updates on how 2013 is panning out! All the best!
Jessica
Coveredinglitterandglue@gmail.com

Christina Marie said...

J is precious! I work for the aftercare department at my school from 3 until 4:30 but usually don't leave until after 5:30. I need to try to be ready to leave as soon as I am done with my second job!

Christina :)
Check out my blog!
Apples, Books, and Crayons
applesbooksandcrayons@gmail.com

Allison Walker said...

Love your resolutions--realistic, and happy, and fulfilling! Happy New Year!

walker.allisonm@gmail.com

Kristina Grant said...

Great resolutions, Amy! I want to leave school earlier this year. Thanks for the post and for the giveaway. Happy New Year to you!

kagrant17@gmail.com

ashleythurston said...

I am liking your resolutions! Congrats on your lil one!
ashley.e.thurston@gmail.com

Lisa Mattes said...

Love those resolutions, Amy! I'm with ya on all of them!

And, your little one?? DEEEElish!!!

Have you seen or read Jen Hatmaker? She has an amazing blog and it's so great to see her fb posts. She makes you laugh out loud, think deeply and appreciate your blessings. She has three bio kids and adopted a five and eight(ish) year old from Ethiopia. Her stories are amazing.

Hugs - Lisa
Growing Firsties

Lisa Mattes said...

Gah...growingfirsties@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Great resolutions! I always love reading your posts, you have such great ideas that I'm sure your students love and learn with each day! Happy New Year!

smileysingingchik@yahoo.com

Delani Lemons said...

I hope to be able to exercise more and eat healthier. I love your blog and your products Amy! Happy New Year!

Allyson said...

Love your resolutions!
Congrats on all the exciting things you have coming to you in 2013!

Brooke Becker said...

Amy- As always great post! I'm so impressed that most days you leave school when your kiddos do. How do you keep your classroom so organized leaving when they do? It takes me at least an hour to straighten up each night. Getting out of school earlier, is definitely on my New Year's Resolution list. Happy New Year & best wishes for you & your family in 2013!

brookebecker@cinci.rr.com

Sabrina said...

I would love to leave school earlier. I just know that I can't get work done with my 4 year old running around at home. And baby j is cuuuute!
Brinagale@yahoo.com

Keri said...

Love your resolution to eat more desserts! Your daughter is precious!

Keri

kahatos@mpsaz.org

Anonymous said...

Spending more time with my family!
chris17mike@yahoo.com

clove said...

I want to start using free time I have at school better, too! Gabbing is much more fun than work...until the bell rings! You will have an exciting year with a new little blessing! So glad you are feeling better. Continued thoughts and prayers.
Tcher7741@aol.com

Anonymous said...

My New Year's resolution is to spend more individual time or .....dates with each of our 3 kiddos. They are getting older, busier, and it is harder to carve out that individual time!
Ozfamily@bendbroadband.com

robyn said...

Hi!
So happy to see you feeling better!
I want to be more productive at school as well, and use home to relax...great idea!
Robyn
robynsnewnest@gmail.com

Treeteach said...

My resolution is to spend more quality time with my family! Amy, you have already made this easier with your creative and time-saving products! Thank you so much for all that you do! Have a wonderful new year and enjoy your precious new addition to your family!
Teresa
Teresapearce@verizon.net

lovetwoteach said...

I love all your resolutions and can't wait for you to get your little one and hear all about her! Thanks for the great post and for the awesome giveaway!

frederickjennam@gmail.com

Nicole Morris said...

My number one resolution is to SLOW DOWN and just enjoy each moment as it comes. I am so blessed to have my daughter in my class this year. We both feel like the year is flying by! I want to slow down (both at school and at home), stop stressing the small things, take several deep breaths and just live in the moment!

Nicole
nicolemorris1024@gmail.com

Miss Nelson said...

Sweet pictures. I hope to spend less time on my computer and more taking pictures.
missnelsonattpt@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see pictures of your daughter! I hope that you are able to spend lots of time with her and work less!

Lslouka said...

I need to cook more, too. We eat out wayyyy too much.
Lslouka@msn.com

anu248 said...

Love all your resolutions! Mine are to get healthy and smile more in the new year! 2012 was a tough year!

Tonges Family said...

My goal is spending more time with my boys and more time on myself....
ttonges@aol.com

Miss Cerasoli said...

I have been reading your blog for only a few days. I found out right before Christmas break that I will be moving from 5th grade (5 and a half years) to 2nd grade in mid-January! Mid-year, same school!
Anyway, I L-O-V-E your blog and ideas! I will definitely be a frequent customer at your TpT store.
I hope you heal quickly from your surgery, and that your little girl is with you soon!

~Jayna
jaynarie@yahoo.com

Heather Langley said...

I like your idea of more date nights, and a trip to Hawaii sounds great! Love your blog, I've been following you for quite some time now :)

hlangley74@gmail.com
~Heather

Melissa said...

I need to plan for better meals at school and home. Also, work smarter, not harder!
Melissa
Mandmyoung@chartermi.net

Angie said...

Great resolutions! Wish you the best of luck this upcoming new year(: angelicag1414@yahoo.com

Tami said...

I need to take better care of myself - less time at school, eat healthier, go to bed earlier - all that kinda stuff. Thanks to all who contributed to this giveaway - I LOVE ALL of your work!
tjhooyman@gmail.com

Angie Henry said...

Your resolutions are well said and I agree whole heartedly agree. Thanks for the fun. Happy New Year!
ahenry4443ah@gmail.com

Kate said...

Great resolutions! Thanks for the giveaway!

Kate
dancinqueenks23@aol.com

CathyG said...

Great goals - mine are to keep my desk tidier, and to use my after school time more efficiently so I can get home earlier.
cathy.d.grant@gmail.com

Kiah said...

My resolution this new year is to spend less time engrossed in school & worrying, and more time with family and friends!

Happy New Year!!

Kiah
kiah.m.berg@gmail.com

Marcy Fambro said...

I hope you get your daughter very soon! Time with your family is so important. I'm getting married in June so my resolution is to keep calm and plan on. With both wedding and school.

Marcy
marcy.fambro@gmail.com

Liz Salcido said...

My resolution is to be more efficient and leave work earlier. i get there an hour before I have to and am usually there 1-2 hours after. Of course if I would stop "networking" (talking) I would get more done. LOL!

Kay said...

My resolution would be to leave work on time as well.. its so hard!! LOL :) Love the cute photos!!

Kay
twinkletoez773@yahoo.com

Aimee V. said...

Great resolutions! I agree, I need to work smarter during my free time at school. It's so hard right after school to get down to business when all I want to do is catch up with other teachers!

Aimee
aimee@vanmiddlesworth.org
Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

Kristy said...

Your baby's cheeks and mouth are so adorable! I'm sure you can't wait to just kiss them and hold her close! I think your resolutions are perfect (especially because they're much the same as mine! LOL!) Have a very Happy New Year, and I hope your baby arrives VERY SOON!

Kristy
kristyteach@gmail.com

k.burdick12 said...

I loved your post. Hmm... my goal, I learned a couple of years ago to take for granted my family. Time flies and you don't get it back. My goal goal, embrace each moment and treasure it.

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Amy Steidinger said...

I am the same way; I would much rather work at home than at school!

asteidinger14@gmail.com

Melody Stokesberry said...

Can't wait to see more pictures of your daughter. One of my goal for this year - I do not want to stay at school till 5 or 6 every day.

Melody Stokesberry
melody.stokesberry@yahoo.com

Kelli Hartman said...

Love your post! :) I can't wait to hear the news when you get your sweet baby home!
Blessings, Kelli Hartman
Khartman215@gmail.com

Check out my new blog: mrshartmansfirsties.blogspot.com

Megan said...

I love the New Year! It is so full of hope and promise. Great resolutions! I'm working on being more efficient with my time this year.

mgnreynolds@yahoo.com

Heather Perkins said...

Need to spend less time working on my computer.
Secondgradeperk@gmail.com

Suzy Q said...

I'd like to make more free time by spending less time on the computer...good luck, right?

tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

Lauren said...

I would like to make more time by spending less time at school chit chatting :)

Lauren.chinchar@gmail.com

Lauren

Across the Hall said...

She is a pretty cute holder of the cup!

Halle
Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

Erica Jamieson said...

My resolution is to find more joy in the things that I can't change. In other words, I will work on making the most of things, and not getting frustrated when someone uses the word "alot" on a sign or writes, "there are lots of special's this week." I'm going to try to be happier and help others to be the same.

Anonymous said...

My goal is to be more organized and to put things away neatly.

Susan

Lelesu@aol.com

Raenee said...

No little beauty queen can hold a cup like that! Best of luck to your adorable family in 2013. My goal is to start a blog and trying out TPT as a seller, after a working summer getting ready.

Stephanie Ann said...

So glad you are feeling better. I have been blog stalking (not really) you for a couple of months because I love your units (I have too many to count). But most of all you have impressed me by your faith and positive attitude. My resolution is to deepen my faith and set aside some purposeful time for it. You have inspired me to do this more. I bet you are getting excited for your little girl to be home...being a mom is the best ever. You never realize how much you can love someone....especially little girls (I have two)...girls are the best! Good luck to you!

Stephanie Ann
Sparkling in Third Grade
s.ann.k1971@gmail.com

Bren P. said...

I love your baby girl's cheeks! So precious!

Bren P.
The Teacher Diaries
The.Teacher.Diaries.K4@gmail.com

Love Teach Pink said...

My goal this year is to take more time to listen to all my kids' stories! I feel like I am so busy trying to fit in activities, lessons, and interventions that I don't take the time to enjoy my kiddos!

loveteachpink@gmail.com
loveteachpink@@blogspot.com

Karen said...

May all your dreams come true in 2013!
I would like to spend 2013 more focused on family than schoolwork by working smarter not harder.
I also want this quote to be my part of my daily prayers. ..,
The things we take for granted are the same things that someone is praying for. "
Karen.Strawser@sbcglobal.net

Teacher Mom of 3 said...

My goal for this year is to spend less time on the computer/working and to grow in my faith and relationship with the Lord. I teach in a Christian school and am blessed to be immersed in God's word all day! So glad that you are doing so well after surgery! Lauren teachermomof3@comcast.net

Arisbeth Rossi said...

Love your post! I def have to take a few pointers from you on how to enjoy life more! :)

-Arisbeth Rossi
Sailing Into Second
arisbeth.rossi@gmail.com

Bekah said...

Amy,
I really enjoy your blog! You are such an inspiration! I am so glad that you are feeling well and that God's hand was upon you during your surgery! Thanks Again for sharing your great ideas!
In Christ,
Bekah Powell
Bekahgpowell@gmail.com

Christina Bainbridge said...

I am so happy and excited for you to add your daughter to your family soon! We found out earlier this year that we cannot have children. I've given myself until midnight tomorrow to feel sorry for myself and then it's action time! I love your excitement and optimism about your new adventure and wish you only the best with your new addition!

:)
Christina
*Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge*

Miss VerSteeg said...

Amy, these sneak peeks of your daughter are adorable! Praying for your sweet J to come home soon!

Downtime... what's that? :) Hopefully, I'll find some this year to do some reading for pleasure, not for work!

Thanks,
cathy@missversteeg.com
www.missversteeg.com
My new TpT store!

Yvonnee said...

I hope to relax more in the New Year. Thanks for the great giveaway.
Yvonnee

yvonneeyrg@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Have a great student teaching experience, graduate with my degree in Elementary Education, and get a job! Go 2013!
Kara
karab@insightbb.com

Cherrie McCain said...

My goal for this year is to finally post some things on TpT. I've been working on some projects but haven't felt that they were ready to publish. My downtime is spent hanging out with friends from church who have to listen to me talk about Blog stalking, Pinterest, and TpT. Would also love to spend more time learning about photography.

cmccain@ricecisd.org

Krystal said...

My resolution is to stop taking on so many extra projects at school. I teach night classes, mentor level 1 teachers, serve on various committees at school, and work most nights til 8 pm. It needs to stop! I need to find more "me" time and have a life... Time to find a husband and focus on family! Missplott@gmail.com

Crayons and Whimsy said...

I like all your resolutions....and I like that you included eating yummy desserts...good idea!! I'm happy to hear you are feeling well and your little one will be with you soon. 2013 will be a great year!

Christy
Crayons and Whimsy
crayonsandwhimsy@gmail.com

Cynthia said...

Congratulations on your precious little girl! I am one of those who needs to get back into working out and eating right AND spending less time working late at school, and on the computer at home. Happy New Year!
cbwirfs@gmail.com

Heather's Heart said...

I know those precious cheeks are going to get lots of squeezes and kisses. What a HUGE, little blessing from God.

Thank you for being such an inspiration. I pray for God to use my blog and myself to touch hearts too. My resolution is to have God keep my ears and eyes open to all He has in His plans for me.

Heather
Heather's Heart

hpboingboingbunny@gmail.com

Kelli said...

Great resolutions! I love the pictures of your little one she will be such a sweet addition! My resolutions are to spend more time doing fun things as a family, workout at least once a week, try new recipes and do some RACKing( inspired from Cara @ the first grade parade). Thanks for sharing and glad you are on the mend:)

Alexandra said...

I want to get in shape! I spend a lot of time thinking about it but this year I'm doing it!

LS179404 said...

So excited for your new year with your new daughter! What a blessing (and thanks for being such an awesome teacher!) (:

Lauren
LaurenScotta@gmail.com

Mrs.fleming said...

I will be working on my dissertation! I am so excited about the new year with my limitless guys!
Sfleming@richland2.org
Sharon Fleming

Anonymous said...

I've gotten so much inspiration from your site and I love reading about your adoption! We have three boys and adopted our daughter almost two years ago. Praying for your complete recovery and that your little girl gets home soon!! Danielle at dlaryn@mac.com

LaSchu said...

I am planning to spend more time with family this year and to not let things that I have no control over stress me out (we shall see how that last one goes!).
laura_schumacher@yahoo.

Mrs. Phillips said...

I hope your recovery is going smoothly and I pray your little girl arrives quickly and safely! I am still contemplating my resolutions...but I do think a big one for me will be to cook more at home and need eat out as much!

Lindsey - lmburto@gmail.com

Ari and Ashlie said...

My new year's resolution is to start leaving school at a decent hour! As a first year teacher, I feel pretty overwhelmed and want to make sure I am doing everything right! My hubby's dinners have been so neglected, so next semester I am going to work on "letting it go"....we'll see how it works out. Your family is still in our prayers and hope for a speedy recovery! Thanks for the giveaway!

Ashlie anreader@gmail.com

Jen R. @ The Teachers' Cauldron said...

I am SOOOOOO excited for you!!!
and I love your resolutions :)
Jen
The Teacher’s Cauldron
jenross1018@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Wonderful resolutions! Happy New Year everyone.
Heather
foxesden@sbcglobal.net

Megan said...

Fabulous resolutions! Enjoy your little family!

Megan
strunk_megan@yahoo.com

Leanne said...

Happy New Year, Amy!

Leanne
mrsprinceandco@gmail.com

Khrys said...

What fantastic resolutions :) I especially love the one about your fur babies!! Happy New Year!
Khrys

Kool.in.Kinderland@gmail.com

Miss Nguyen's Class said...

Great resolutions! And your daughter is ADORABLE!

sn.nguyen19@gmail.com

Faith Wheeler said...

I just love your pictures and your resolutions :) Hope you are recovering quickly.

Faith :)
PRESRoom116@gmail.com

Susie Shafer said...

Your resolution about working less at home really resonated with me; with the advent of Common Core, I feel like I am working more from home than ever! I hope that changes in 2013!

Happy New Year!

Susie

shafersshenanigans@gmail.com

marie said...

Happy New Year all!!
stpeter2ndgrade@sbcglobal.net

Mrs. Yazzie's Classroom News said...

I definitely want to leave more work at school and keep my home time devoted to family/self. Right now, I work all day. Come home exhausted and stay up late just trying to keep up. Enough with that. I will do my best to get done the most important things at school and honor my family at home.
cryazzienj@yahoo.com

Karen Rowland said...

Your daughter is precious! I can't wait to see more pics of her with her new family! God Bless you!
~Karen Rowland
adventureswithfirsties.blogspot.com

karenrowland112677@yahoo.com

Kelly said...

Great resolutions!

Kelly
Thirsty Firsties

knpate2011@gmail.com

Vickie Miller said...

Iwould love to spend more time with my family. I too stay late at school and work until all hours at home looking for ideas to make 1st grade more fun and challenging at the same time. Thanks for sharing and making it easier for us teachers that are not as creative!

Shannon said...

Amy you are amazing! I can't tell you how much I enjoy reading your blogs and using your wonderful resources. Wishing you an amazing New Year with many blessings and a beautiful baby girl.
riddzie@mymts.net

Vickie Miller said...

I was 100-I forgot to put my email on-SORRY!
vmiller@glynn.k12.ga.us

Emma Eckert said...

I also have a goal to spend more time with by hubby and furry friends! I would also like to get out of the door before 6 pm... balance is key!

Cori Lyons said...

Happy New Year! What a precious little girl and a gift from God!
I want to spend more time with my husband and son.

lyons.cori@gmail.com

Carla said...

I love your post and I too spend quite a bit of my time at night working on things for school. It never seems to end! Hope you have a great new year with your little one!

Carla
bcc_carla@yahoo.com

podmember said...

My downtime...read more for pleasure! I love to read but during the school year don't take the time to do it. I spend all my time grading papers or writing lesson plans. I'm retiring in June so I'm planning on reading more starting now!

Jennifer said...

I just started teaching Pre-K this year and I am in love! Found your blog and it has been so helpful. Thank you for all you do!

Happy New Year! :0)

- Jennifer

Jenn said...

I love reading your blog! You will have such a great time being with your little girl! I know my baby girl has changed my life! I thank God everyday for sending her to me! Jenb1874@hotmail.com

Emelie said...

To a happy and healthy new year!
emelie.larson7@hotmail.com

Mary Lirette said...

Love your resolutions! Your daughter is absolutely adorable! Happy (almost) New Year, Amy!

Mary
Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives
mary.lirette@yahoo.com

Heather Bryan said...

Love your resolutions! I need to leave school earlier and quit working at home so much.

Hetbry@Yahoo.com

Hayleyy said...

Love the sweet pics of your little girl! I hope to enjoy lots of snuggle time with my little girl in the new year!

Hayleyyarbrough@hotmail.com

Cindy said...

Congrats on your new daughter! Spending time with family is a must!! :o)
Cindy
ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

Miss Sara said...

Your daughter looks so sweet :) congrats on the new family :)
Sara
Misselementary@gmail.com

Tori said...

Your little girl is beautiful!
treb21@comcast.net

Gina Coniglio said...

I love this post! So honest!! I do not stay late at work either. I try to make the most of my planning time. Actually this year we (hubby and I) stay about 45 minutes late because our son is in middle school and gets dismissed later. You baby is super precious!! I can't wait to read more about her! I do not make resolutions to eat right! I eat ok now and I'm not going to fool myself into exercise! LOL! Thanks for sharing!
Gina
Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

Cindy said...

I hope you accomplish all your 2013 resolutions. Spending quality time with the family is a must!!!

Julie said...

you leave shortly after the students? seriously?! i'm like someone else who posted... it's not unusual to find me me at school until 6 and on fridays i will take my own kids home for dinner, leave 'em with the hubs, and go back until 9. it's crazy! but... i don't work much from home. so i guess it evens out? i don't know!

honeybuckit@hotmail.com

Cindy said...

I hope you get to spend more time with your family. I know that leaving your work in the classroom is hard to do but that is my resolution this year. My three kids need to come first:)
lievanosl@yahoo.com

Down Under Teacher said...
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Mrs. T. said...

Spend quality time with my family while not trying to do a million other things! Your daughter is beautiful. I will be praying for you to continue to heal from your surgery and while you begin your new family with your daughter!

Abby
aetuckner@gmail.com

Down Under Teacher said...

Eat more yummy desserts? That sounds like a resolution I can keep!

I also leave early, about 45 mins after the kids so I can pick up my boy. I'm going to try and do more planning from school so that I don't have to take as much home with me - a resolution worth keeping!

Kylie
downunderteacherblog@gmail.com
Down Under Teacher

Colleen said...

Great resolutions! I leave shortly after school is done... but then I work on the couch all night. UGH!! Need more balance this year for sure.
Colleen :-)
colleendembs@yahoo.com
<a href="http://fun-and-fearless-in-first.blogspot.com>Fun and Fearless in First</a>

mmnielsen said...

My resolution is to leave school earlier so I can spend more time with my family and house! Which means I'm going to have to make my "school time" more productive!
Melissa
kemenielsen@yahoo.com

The Schuetz Four said...

My resolution is to keep things more organized at home and at school. ashley.schuetz@yahoo.com

Tiffany Ellis said...

Great ideas! I spend a lot of time late at work but most of the time it is just talking with my Second Grade Team! :) My Resolution this year is to stop procrastinating on all the things I want to do: for school, home decorating, cooking etc. Let's hope I can do it, I am off to a good start!
tiff31ellis@yahoo.com

ddelano8 said...

Happy almost 2013!
ddelano8@gmail.com

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Emily said...

What a sweet baby girl! My resolution is to get a new teaching job in my new city and new state! I'm a little nervous about leaving my first job after 4 wonderful years!

emilybeththompson@gmail.com

Kathy D. said...

I must go back thru your blog and read about your sweetie. I have a little guy in my class who was adopted from Rawanda (along w/his brother) and he is just a ball of happiness and joy!! Good luck to you! My goal is to spend less time at school AND less time doing school work at home.
~Kathy

Becky said...

This year I am going to work on getting my classroom completely organized and have more fun teaching! I want all the cute stuff I see on the blogs! Happy New Year.

Becky Lewis
gafireman@bellsouth.net

Carrie said...

I love all of your resolutions!! One of mine is to hike the Grand Canyon this year and start a side business for fund raisers. Wishing you all the best!!!

From a fellow Texan
Carrie
Selkirk5@msn.com

Anonymous said...

This year I am going to enjoy the moment.

Mrs. Wathen said...

My downtime resolution is to have Saturday night family time.

Tammy
The Resourceful Apple

Kim said...

I wish my resolution could be to eat more sweets :)

kkish1110@gmail.com

Primary Paradise said...

My resolution is to spend quality "unplugged" time with my family. I hope you will get to spend time with your sweet little girl soon.
Tammy
primaryparadise@gmail.com
Primary Paradise

Caitlin Spurry said...

Love, love, love this idea! So great to be able to come together and hold each other accountable.
God Bless!
-Cait

cspurr1@gmail.com

Julie Lewis said...

I HOPE to spend more time with my family instead of working! I also hope to spend more time focusing on JESUS and less on me. One last HOPE is to take better care of myself by eating healthier and getting more exercise! I want to be around a long time for future grandkids!!!

Sara said...

Dessert should always be eaten first ;)

Sara
Miss V's Busy Bees
ventrellasara@gmail.com

kteacher said...

I am going to replace stress with joy and frustration with fun. This will make me a better teacher, wife, mom, and grandma.

Cherie said...

Spending more time with my family will definitely be on top of my list.

cheriemae@gmail.com

Nuts in a Tree said...

Hope your Christmas was wonderful and your New Year is filled with love and laughter. Just stopping by to check-up...that's what I love about break..time to just relax with the kids and I enjoy having time to read some fave blogs. :)

Rhonda :)

Sarah said...

I need to start spending more quality time with my future hubby! :)

Sarah
scoatoam@gmail.com

Mrs. McHaffie said...

Liking how your downtime is shaping up!

Looks fun!

kellymchaffie@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your beautiful daughter! Yes I would love to spend less time working on school stuff! I love your blog! Sage321lss@hotmail.com

Jenny Kime said...

Always lots to do as a teacher! Sometimes I need to just stop & make do with what I already have. Instead, I always want to do more!!!!
rjkime@juno.com

Christie Barris said...

I love all your resources. Thanks for all your hard work
cebarris@cox.net

sidquince said...

Love your resolutions.... I plan to not to have resolutions...too hard to keep up

Carrie sidquince@aol.com

alex alford said...

I am resolving to spend more time with my husband at home!

Thanks!
Alex

rtwigg@g.clemson.edu

Anonymous said...

My resolution is to make each the best that I can make it for my students and myself.
Laura
purosalylimon@yahoo.com

Molly said...

I need to spend less time on the computer and more time with the hubby too!! And I love your adorable pictures!

Molly
Lessons with Laughter
lessonswithlaughter@yahoo.com

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Special Teacher for Special Kids said...

Seems like 2013 is going to be a wonderful year for you and the Mr.

Wishing you a wonderful and HEALTHY new year. I enjoy following your blog.

Iteachkidsabc@gmail.com

Angela Nouryeh said...

I have pledged to spend more time with my husband. I have planned a year of dates with my husband! Great units!
Thanks,
Angela
anouryeh@summergrove.net

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Mrs. Patton said...

I want to spend more time at home NOT working! Love you girl! I am so glad you are feeling better. God is bringing that sweet baby girl closer to you everyday!
pattonkf@troup.org

KinderKapers said...

I missed the chance to buy a mug that would surely become one of my favorites, I have never forgotten its saying....Three reason why I teach, June, July, August.

I love being outside in the summer.

Terri Izatt
KinderKapers

Lori said...

Your daughter has sweet cheeks! Congratulations and I hope your wait is about over. I will keep working on my resolution to leave work earlier, I haven't done a very good job of that so far this year but I will keep trying!
Lori
Lvanhove@comcast.net

KinderKapers said...

Forgot my email address...
tizatt@ecsdnv.net

KWintuska said...

Your daughter is beautiful! Sending prayers your way :)

Kate
katewintuska@insightbb.com

Maria Eshman said...

I can agree with you on everything! I'm in for MORE dessert too!!!! :) Your baby is beautiful. I will pray that God safely delivers her into your loving arms.

Maria
eshman.m@norwoodschools.org

http://curiousfirsties.blogspot.com

Cecilia said...

What a cutie! I prefer to work at home as well. I think better when I am relaxed and away from school. Happy New Year!
cbartram@kitcarsonschool.com

Mandi Canter said...

Your blog has inspired me and has blessed my class more than you will ever know! I am so happy for you and your husband to be welcoming such a beautiful healthy girl.

Mandi
mandicanter@gmail.com

If I could find an inch of down time I would love to have a blog but I just don't know how...bless you and your talents but honestly I don't know how you do it! :)

Leslie said...

Nice resolutions! Praying for your growing family!
Leslie
lilikoilekili@gmail.com

Julie Lochen said...

Great resolutions! I wish I could resolve to leave work earlier, but with two kids, I actually get more done at school where it is relatively quiet at the end of the day. Once I pick up my girls, it's a whirlwind of activities, homework, dinner, etc! =) Happy New Year!

Julie
The Learning Lodge
mylearninglodge@gmail.com

Karyn said...

I have lots of goals for this new year but I trying to keep them realistic. I want to blog more regularly and find time to create more. And of course I need to work on wedding plans! Only 10 months to go!

So excited for you that you are even closer to having your beautiful baby girl in your arms!
Karyn
Kideducator@comcast.net

Miss Williams said...

You are such an inspiration to me. I am a first year teacher and you are helping me so much! Have a great new year!!

jtrtmuma said...

i am truly excited for you and hubby as you wait for your little girl. she is so blessed.
have a happy new year!
grace
ggrace_y@hotmail.com

Christa Kauble said...

I love not only your resolutions, but your outlook on life. You continually inspire me. My resolution is to find the time to learn how to interact with blogs and linky parties. This is all new to me and I can never seem to find the time to fumble through and figure out even the simple things.
Thanks!

Mrs. Sheehan said...

Wow! This is an awesome giveaway! I love the idea of setting some new goals for the year. Congrats on the adoption! Your little girl is beautiful!
Maribel
maribel dot sheehan at gmail dot com

Mrs. G said...

Congratulations on your adoptions! The little ones are so much fun. It is my goal to take time to just play with my son. I see many hot wheel races and knight battles in my future ;)
owlshookup@yahoo.com

Rebecca Young said...

Hi Amy ,
Love your blog. I've been a follower for yonks right after I discovered the teaching world in blog land .
I am a teacher in Australia and I look forward to reading your posts. I have used a lot of your activities in my classroom.
My down time is going to involve reading and discovering new teaching blogs.
All the best for 2013.
Xx
Young_ba@hotmail.com

Lori said...

Love your resolutions. I want to do more reading this year and get better organized.
lraines78@gmail.com

alawson said...

Love your resolutions! Mine are to spend more time with my family and to get better organized. amandalawson4@gmail.com

Suzanne Grisham said...

I LOVE all your resolutions!! My favorite- Sweet tea and desserts!! :) My resolutions: I want to get better organized. (Get rid of things I no longer use, etc.) I need to exercise more and eat less. Less time at school in the evenings and more time at home with my family.

Ellen said...

Your resolutions are great....and inspired mine. I hope to focus less of the "getting it done" and focus more on the process and making it into a memory.

Suzanne Grisham said...

I'm new to this. (Sorry-I forgot to leave my email.)

Maybe I should add technology to my list of resolutions too!

sgrisham@white.k12.ga.us

katieneu said...

Happy new year!
Katie.neustadter@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Happy new year! Love reading your posts. My plan for 2013 is to also become a blogger.

eileen30582@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

All the best in 2013! Your daughter is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your ideas...you are amazing! Julie

chappellteach@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I will leave work by 4 and go walking.

kmyers@etusd.org

Kasey

Crayons and Curls said...

What sweet pictures! I need to resolve to spend more time with my own babies! Time goes by too fast!
Cheryl
crayonsandcurls@gmail.com
Crayons & Curls

Kristen Breeding said...

To spend more quality time with my family and be more active!
rykrbr@yahoo.com

Ms D. said...

Spend more time with family and friends ! Get out of work sooner and get active ! :)

Wendy
wendydarcy@k12.waltham.ma.us

Elizabeth P said...

It's so true! Making family priority is the best way to go! My resolution is to keep working hard but to be home way more. Wishing you a wonderful new year and praying your little one arrives soon!

Erin

cpieterman@rogers.com

Anonymous said...

I love to work at home but need to make sure I make room for my kids and some fun time for me. i.e. reading and going on dates with "my guy."
Love,
C
cyndiklum@yahoo.com

Alyssa MacIsaac said...

I find you very inspiring Amy! I always look forward to the email that says you've posted to your blog. I'm going to try and spend less time at school this next term. Let's see how that goes!
alyssamacisaac@gmail.com

Leah said...

Read my bible every day. Play with my kids more. Laundry- not sure what about laundry but I hate being behind - but with all 5 of us I don't know that I ever will!

Rachel Brown said...

Love your blog Amy! I plan to read more, including a daily devotional each morning for my "me time" and becoming more organized which hopefully = less stress! May you be blessed beyond measure in the coming year.
rachlw79@yahoo.com

Mme Chantal said...

I hope to be more productive this year as I can hardly work when the students are in the class this year. Makes for very long days at school as I cannot prepare anything during school time!

Jenny said...

Your resolutions are great!!

Have a great New Year!! :)

jennyalarson@gmail.com

Karen Gordenier said...

I need to spend more time with God by reading my Bible every day, and then everything else I want will fall into place.

Anonymous said...

Ditto on so many of your resolutions! The best to you for the new year!

my email: nahmfam@comcast.net

Mrs. G said...

More time with the family and friends is definitely a must for 2013! :o)

Happy new year!

Ashlynn
aewipf@gmail.com

Conchy said...

Amy, I wish you and your hubby the best with your daughter! We adopted too and he is the love if my life!!!!
My resolution is to go walking EVERY day and get my blood sugar under control!

Conchy

Conchy.Marcano@gmail.com

Ali said...

Time with your family is so important....something I wish I could do if I lived closer.

Happy New Year!!

Ali
alischepis(at)gmail.com

Deb said...

Happy New Year!

Deb
luv2teach77@yahoo.com

k said...

Congrats on all your exciting changes for 2013! Happy New Years and thanks for the giveaway!!

Kristin :)
kristinbrehm@gmail.com

Mary said...

I agree... I need more date nights with my Mr. Wonderful and more snuggle time with my fur baby. Can't wait to see full pictures of your precious little sweetie... she looks gorgeous!

Mary
adventures.in.k.blog@gmail.com