Laughing and Tagged

It has been a fun Easter weekend at my house. My brother and his family are here from Montana and when either one of my brothers are here all chaos breaks loose in my house. My kids laugh so much they turn purple.
You have to picture my brother he is a big guy with a big black cowboy hat, an even bigger handlebar mustache, and an even bigger heart and ability to make people laugh. The stories and jokes that bounced around our dinner table had the sons' girlfriend in stitches and the grandma’s in tears (from laughter). My sister in law, hubby and kids feed off of him and there is not a moment of peace at our table. 
Simply, it is heaven, and I am exhausted just from the pure joy of it all.   
Tomorrow it is back to school and ready for testing. Testing in first grade is THREE WEEKS LONG in my school. THREE WEEKS people. We don’t test on Monday and Friday but the rest of the week we spend each morning testing. I tend to get a little cranky when I hear the upper grades talk about how important their testing is, and it lasts THREE days. THREE DAYS. We test 6 and 7 year olds THREE WEEKS!! Ok enough of that, I think you now understand my angst.  
Speaking of angst I have been tagged by Jillian at Just Tinkerin' Around. OWWWW you tagged too rough. Just kidding.
 One of my new buddies has tagged me and because I am not a rude new friend I will play even though  am exhausted from all that laughing I’ve been doing.
So thank you Jillian here we go. 
 AND while over taking a peek at her tagging questions I noticed it was none other than that teachy buddy of mine who tagged HER.
AHEM Miss Delighted will NOT be Delighted to talk to me in the morning! Good thing she stocked her fridge with Diet Pepsi last week.
1.      You must post the rules.  (Done)
2.   Answer the 10 questions the tagger posted for you. (fine)
3.   Create 10 questions of your own to ask the people you are going to tag. (Good thing I’m nosey)
4.   Tag 10 people and link them with your post.  Let them know they've been tagged!
Here we go.catch me if you can!
1.      Where/What do you teach?
I teach first grade in a small rural school in northern Oklahoma.
2.   What is your favorite font? (I know we all have one!)
“Tammy” of Course, that and “Apple Butter” but I’m not sure where I snagged them.
3.   Do you have a favorite grading pen?  Or stamp?  Or stickers?
Nope I just grab whatever is close.
4.   When does your school get out for Summer?
May 17th waaaayyy too soon because my daughter graduates the next day and I. am. Not. Ready.
5.   What is your all time favorite lesson/unit to teach?  Why?
I like doing author studies but this year I am doing a Fairy Tale unit and the kiddos and I have really enjoyed it.
6.   Any guilty pleasures on the weekend? (you read about my embarrassing TV shows....)
Time on my patiojust... being.
7.  What one thing could you not live without in your classroom?
The shelves my hubby built me the first year I started teaching.
8.   Favorite piece of technology?
The smartboard, but I would like it more if I had an iPad 2 to connect to it!
9.    Body wash or soap? (yes, I'm getting desperate for questions here...I told y'all this would be the hardest part!)
Oh soap, Dove .
10.  What does your classroom smell like?  Candles?  Diffusers?  Plug-ins?
Clorox Wipes we clean desks daily I do not like to be sick!

Here’s my ten:
1.      Do you do writers workshop in your classroom?
2.   How do you feel about teaching spelling?
3.   Who would you most like to see at a conference or workshop?
4.   What kind of grades do you take (A, B, C, D, F etc)
5.   How many days/weeks do you test?
6.   What is your favorite way to spend your summer vacation?
7.  Do you have a bestest teacher buddy?
8.   What should I get my 22 year old son for graduating college, and 18 year old daughter for graduating high school two weeks later? (ha ha this one is trick but very important!)
9.    Are you a mountain, plains, or ocean person?
10.  Do you ever feel like you’re talking to air when you are teaching?
And now to find 10 people that have not already been tagged.


  1. Three weeks? Seriously?! Yikes.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. Wow, I feel for you testing for 3 weeks! That's crazy! I have a cute little testing song I'm going to post tomorrow if your kids need some inspiration.

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your teacher.

  3. Sorry about the testing-too too bad for the little ones! I liked that you had such fun around the table-sounds terrific, Tammy. Hard to believe you're out so early. We go until June 6th. Take care!

  4. That is an awfully long time for testing. I've answered your tagged questions! (I cheated a bit on the rules...but I did it!) The hardest question was what to get your kids. :)Click below to see my response.
    The Teacher Tattles

  5. Our Kindergarten testing it 6 days and I thought that was bad! 3 weeks is crazy! Poor babies!!!
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