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Sunday, April 7, 2013

It's a Partaaay!

The Ultimate Blog Party 2013...that is! This is another bloggy first for me, and it sounds like lots of fun! The party is hosted by Janice and Susan of 5 Minutes for Mom. Come on and just click the banner below to join the fun. 

Ultimate Blog Party 2013

For those of you who are here because you've already joined the party, here's a little intro to me and my blog:

Hi! My name is Wendy. First and foremost, I am mother to Skylar and Weston, ages 21 (this week) and 17 who I've raised on my own from the time they were 3 and 4 weeks. I feel that I have done an amazing job as they have both grown into grounded, genuine, witty, and respectful young men. 




I'm also a 14 year veteran teacher in a small town just north of Memphis, TN...with every last one of them in second grade and even the same classroom. How lucky am I! With all the materials and resources I've collected over the years, it would take more than a few rolling chairs and shopping carts to move me. I'd, at least, have to borrow a couple of golf carts.

My blog (not yet even 2 months old) and I (not yet even 50 years old) haven't really found our niche in the blogosphere quite yet. Initially, I intended to showcase teaching ideas, resources, and funny instances. However at the moment, it's more of a hodgepodge of social, personal, and professional experiences and think-alouds. I'd absolutely love for you to follow my journey on bloglovin' or GFC and share your impressions and suggestions.

*Thanks for dropping by!




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33 comments:

  1. Hi,

    I come for the party ^___*. I like to "meet" new blogger friends. I am sure, You are amazing mom...

    Pls return to see my UBP blog post too in here: http://bit.ly/14IvDly See you at my blog ;)

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    1. Juliana...I'm so glad you stopped by! It may have sounded like I was tootin' my own horn regarding my sons, but I was actually tooting theirs. I'm very proud of them! OMGoodness, your two little boys are so adorable. I love your products. You are a talented lady! I'm following you on Google now.

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  2. Visiting from the UBP! It is so nice to meet you.

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    1. Jennifer...thanks so much for dropping by, and it's also nice to meet you! I hopped on over to your blog to learn a little about you. I hope all is well with your husband, Rickey.

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  3. Wow! So many years in the same grade and even room.... That IS lucky!
    I taught for 11 years, 2 different schools, last 8 years in 8th grade. Then I took a few years off for my new journey as SAHM...

    Have a great time at the party! Hope you get to stop by http://theresjustonemommy.com

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    1. Hi OneMommy. Loved your partaaay pic; and like Juliana, you have some adorable children too! Seeing all these little ones on different blogs is sorta making me feel like an empty nester already. I'm so glad you visited. Hope you enjoy the rest of the party.

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  4. Nice to "meet" you! I am also visiting from the ultimate blog party! Love to stay connected!
    www.musicteachingandparenting.com

    Maria

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    1. Maria...Hi! Thanks for visiting. I went to your blog and was impressed by your level of devotion to your profession and the children with whom you work. I also appreciate the concern you have for developing their character and academics. I would love to stay connected and started following you on GFC.

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  5. Visiting from the UBP and stopping for a moment to link up and say hi!
    Nicky
    www.feelingtheemptynest.com

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    1. Nicky...thanks for taking a moment to drop by. I visited your blog, and it seems we're in very similar places. I followed you on bloglovin' and hope we can stay connected. Hope you're enjoying the UBP so far.

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  6. Hi! New follower here! I found you on UBP13 and I love your blog! Especially since I have a second grader right now! :D I'm a new blogger and hope you will come by and follow me on my blog at mybutterflyhaus.blogspot.com! I look forward to cruising through your posts! Have a blessed day!

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    1. Elizabeth...I'm glad you found me and truly appreciate the encouraging remarks since my blog is still so new. I did hop on over to yours which is right down my alley since I love DIY crafts and projects.

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  7. Hi! I hope you are enjoying the party. This is my 2nd year partying and it's great to discover so many new and interesting bloggers. :)

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    1. Jessica...I really am enjoying the UBP. I'm so glad that I decided to join in because I have discovered lots of wonderful blogs and bloggers. Thanks for taking a look at my blog and leaving a comment.

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  8. Hi! Your blog is adorable and sounds interesting! I like blogs that are a hodgepodge of thoughts and ideas. I think it helps me connect to the author which is important in engaging your readers and bringing them back to your site.
    My background is in elementary education as well-- although I've never taught 2nd grade! I've taught fourth and fifth grade in the general education classroom and then worked as a reading specialist. My blog focuses on early literacy. Come check it out.
    http://ready-set-read.com

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    1. Jackie...I did check out your blog and am now following with GFC. I loved your blog and can definitely see it being a go to resource for me. I'm so glad that you visited my blog! Thanks so much for your encouraging remarks.

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  9. Congratulations on starting your blog. You'll find your niche but a hodgepodge is good as well because that's pretty much what motherhood is. Fellow Tennessean here -- Nashville. Visiting you from UBP13.
    http://www.twoloonsandabook.com

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    1. OMGoodness! Pam...I absolutely love your blog. It contains so much wonderful and insightful information and has got to be the most visually unique and interesting that I've seen. And...you're a fellow Tennessean to boot! I am so happy that you found your way to my blog. I will be a new follower for sure!

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  10. I look forward to reading more! You're going in my Feedly.

    Also, would you be interested in guest blogging on my site? Let me know!

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    1. Yay Coach! So glad you hopped on over here to my little corner of the blogosphere. I would be honored to guest blog for you. You'll just have to let me know when and whether or not there's a particular topic you'd like for me to address. Thanks for putting me in your Feedly!

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  11. Hiya Sweet Life! This is such a cute blog. I've learned from my experience thus far, and The Wife's, to just keep writing and sharing. Most importantly is to write what excites and inspires YOU. If you try to hard to please others, you'll get jaded. So keep it up and remember, one of my most memorable teachers was in the 2nd grade. Ahhhh,...Mrs. Zwuakenburg....

    Jason
    The Cheeky Daddy

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    1. Jason...Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by and offering some encouraging words. I hope my students have fond memories of me as you do Mrs. Zwuakenburg. Hope you enjoy the rest of the UBP13.

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  12. Love the design of your blog so cute!! Welcome to the bloggy world. =) I'm your newest follower, drop by!

    Just Wild About Teaching

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    1. Hi Just Wild. I'm so glad you decided to pay my blog a visit and even happier that you chose to continue following! I so appreciate your encouraging remark about the design because I read someone's post a few days ago saying that, when she first started her blog, it looked like a scrapbook threw up all over her screen. Ever since, I've been a little worried that mine might look somewhat like that. Once I start placing more teaching content on here, I might call on you from time to time for a little advice. By the way, I followed you on GFC. Hope you enjoy the rest of the UBP13.

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  13. I'm glad to have found this through UBP13! I'm kind of a newb to blogging, but I'm loving it so far. I'm an educator, former foster parent (for kids with emotional, physical, and mental disabilities) and adoptive dad of two kiddos with special needs. It's been great reaching out, talking to, and hopefully helping other families! My whole blog is all about learning to learn and helping families succeed using brain-based practices. Come check it out. I think you will like it! www.wiselearners.com

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    1. Hi Angel. Thanks for visiting my blog. I've so enjoyed the UBP. It's such a great way to easily mingle with other bloggers and make new acquaintances. I did check out your blog and followed on GFC. I'm sure your blog and its content will be a go to resource. Again...thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  14. Hopping over from UBP13. I was a public school teacher for 6 years. Then ...I homeschooled for 10 yrs, but now mine are all grown up. I also like to cook, craft & write.

    I'll definitely be back to see what activities you are sharing. My daughter teaches 1st grade & I'm always on the lookout for her, as well as my homeschool moms. You might like to use some of our fun activities with your kids like Oreo Moon Phases or our Lucky Charms Graph.

    Kerry Beck
    http://HowToHomeschoolMyChild.com

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    1. Hello Kerry...thanks so much for dropping by and commenting! I've been so excited to connect with all the wonderful blogs and bloggers that I have during the UBP13. I visited your site and looked at your blog, and I love it. I'm sure I will be referencing it in the future for classroom ideas. I tried following you on Facebook but received a message that the link was broken. Are you on Google Friend Connect or bloglovin'?

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  15. Here from the party and easy-peasy recipes sounds great to me!!! I'm following via GFC and I hope you'll stop by my page too! http://www.parentwin.com/2013/04/ultimate-blog-party-2013.html

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    1. Darlena...I'm so glad you found my blog and commented. I did hop on over to yours, and I think it's fabulous. I will be a "Tales" follower for sure! Thanks again for visiting.

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  16. Hi! Sorry I am late to your blog post. I am a former teacher (about 8 years only though). I quit last year to concentrate on other areas of my life! I look forward to getting to know you! My blog is http://pixiedustsavings.com

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    1. April...better late than never! I'm glad you stopped by, and I will definitely hop on over and take a look at your blog.

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  17. I’m late! I’m late! I’m stopping by from the UBP13. Handsome boys!! I too have two boys. I hope you stop by our party for a slice of warm banana bread and cold milk.
    Hugs,
    Cathi
    http://simplesojourns.com/2013/04/ultimate-blog-party-2013.html

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