11 in 11!

Joining in for this fun end of the year Linky Party!

11. Favorite movie you watched:

I am a huge Harry Potter fan and this was the first time I went to the midnight show on opening night. My son, daughter (armed with their wands), and I attended a show where they showed Part 1 at 9 PM and then went right into Part 2 at midnight. It was so much fun to be surrounded by all the Harry Potter fans and the energy. We really enjoyed all the costumes various people wore. Loved the Harry Potter 3D glasses we got to bring home as a souvenir!

10. Favorite TV series:
Well TV is just not the same since LOST went off the air. I guess the show I would pick as my favorite this year was Mad Men. I had never watched it before so last summer I rented the Season 1-4 DVD's and found out what all the hype was about. It is a great show and I can't wait for it to return in March!

9. Favorite restaurant:
My tried and true favorite is Charlestons here in Omaha. Get to go for every birthday and Mother's Day!

My favorite restaurant on vacation this year was  The Dolphin View in New Smyrna Beach. It was so nice to sit outside eating the fantastic blackened Mahi Mahi while watching the dolphins swim in the bay as the sun set!

8. Favorite new thing you tried:
While vacationing in New Smyrna we tried boogie boarding. My son especially loved it! It was great fun and kind of tiring!

7. Favorite gift you received:
Well it wasn't exactly a gift in the traditional sense but my Senator, Senator Mike Johanns, was able to get tickets for my family to attend not just 1, but 2 space shuttle launches! Sadly the first launch in April of Endeavour was scrubbed as we boarded the bus to the viewing sight so we missed it, BUT we returned on July 8th for the final shuttle launch ever of Atlantis. After an almost scrub at 30 seconds on the clock and questionable weather it was a go and my dream was realized!

6. Favorite thing you pinned:
Well I am just getting into Pinterest. I have been pinning for The Teaching Bank products and have pinned a few things personally but not a ton. Actually I have tried to stay away from it on a personal level because I just know it will zap away so much time!

5. Favorite blog post:
Going back to number 7, it would have to be my post about our successful shuttle trip:
The Space Shuttle Experience Part 2! It's a GO!

4. Favorite accomplishment:
See Number 5 & 7!

3. Favorite picture:
Need I say more?

2. Favorite memory: I think you can guess!

1. Goal for 2012:
I have many goals for 2012. I even started today in fact! I opened 529 college savings plans for my kids and an IRA for me! Planning to pay off the cars and use that money for future investing!

For The Teaching Bank my goal is to update all of my novel units with additional activities and align them to the Common Core Standards. I also hope to add some new products and expand on my blogging and collaborative networking with my colleagues at TpT.

On a personal level I hope to lose this blasted 15 lbs that have snuck up on me! I want to look good for our family vacation in May! We are headed to Disney World for a couple days and then taking a Disney Cruise to celebrate our 20th anniversary! I enjoy the planning of a vacation almost as much as going on them so I have some fun to look forward to in the next 5 months!

So that sums up my 11 in 11! Thanks Kristin for the opportunity to join in the linky party. It was fun to look back on the year!

Happy New Year everyone!


  1. Thanks so much for linking up!
    Wow - so cool to see the launch. That is AWESOME!
    And how exciting for a Disney trip this summer. I am JEALOUS!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  2. I would love to see a shuttle take off!!! Soooo cool!


  3. That is truly amazing you saw a launch. Your pictures are wonderful. I'm following you from the linky party and hope you'll visit me.

  4. I awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award! Pop on over to my blog so that you can pick it up.
    Thanks for all that you blog!


  5. I have nominated you for The Liebster award. See more about it here. http://kimberlycollingwood.blogspot.com/2012/01/liebster-award.html