13 in '13

2013 is coming to a close… and this year flew by FAR too quickly!!!

I am linking up with A Teeny Tiny TeacherMiss Kindergarten, and Dragonflies in First for their annual End of Year Linky Party.
Let's get this review started!

I would like to post something cutting edge and fashionable… but I'm just not that person.  My favorite article of clothing has to be my VS Pink sweats.  They are the first thing I put on when I get home from school each day!  I love to lounge.

Last year my favorite movie was Hunger Games, so it's no surprise that this year's favorite movie was Catching Fire.  I absolutely love these books and the movies do not disappoint.  If you haven't read the books, you owe it to yourself to get reading in the new year.  Then go see both movies!

This is the same as last years - Scandal.  I have watched this show since day one.  The cast and writers of this show are absolutely brilliant.  A lot of people caught on to this show this year.  It makes it even more fun to watch when your friends are watching, too!  Thursdays nights consist of a lot of "OMG" texts, haha!

Again, this is the same as last year's too, haha!  Apparently I need to get out more.  And when I do go out, I need to frequent new restaurants.  But I just can't get enough CopperTop!  They have outstanding wood-fired pizzas, and chicken tenders with this insanely good breading.  Oh, and of course shoestring french fries.  Hmm… I may need to go out to dinner tonight.

Running.  I can NOT believe it, but I fell in love with running this year.  I started the year off a little rough with my complicated tonsillectomy (ugh).  In April a few of my friends and I joined a beginning running group.  After 10 weeks the goal of the group was to run for 30 straight minutes.  Considering I was huffing and puffing on day one, I didn't think I would meet that goal.  But each week as the run time increased, I pushed myself and was able to reach it.  I found my inner-athlete again this year and I'm so happy about it!

This one is a no-brainer… my Nikon D5100.  I have been OBSESSED with this camera since I got it for my birthday in July.  It takes AH-mazing pictures.  I don't go anywhere without it these days.  I recently bought a portrait lens (50mm/1.8g) and I'm having so much fun experimenting with it.

Even though I love my sweats, I do have to wear "real clothes" out of the house!  This year I experimented with scarves.  This pin is a great tutorial on different ways to tie scarves.

I think my favorite blog post this year was my Classroom Reveal 2013.  I LOVE to organize and set-up my classroom.  I scour other teacher blogs and Pinterest to get ideas.  It's so exciting when the classroom is ready for a new class and a new school year.  (Plus everything is super clean, haha!)

I think my best accomplishment goes right along with #9 - running.  Running a 5k this year was pretty awesome at the end of our 10 week training!  Then I tried a Run or Dye color run with my friends months after.  I'm hoping to enjoy many races as long as I keep running!

Okay I'm definitely cheating on this one, because I have two favorite pictures… of my two favorite nieces, of course!  I can't stop taking pics of these beauties, especially since I got my fancy camera.  They get cuter each day and I love watching them grow!  
Taylor's response when I said, "Show me, surprised!"

Hailey, you have the sweetest face!

My favorite memory was the week my family spent together in Chicago when Hailey was born.  It was such a special time to spend together.  My sister and brother-in-law wanted to be surprised with both of their kids, so they didn't find out the sex of either baby.  Of course, we were overjoyed when Hailey was born.  My sister and I are so close, and we were both secretly hoping for a sister for Taylor so they could share a lifetime of sister bonding.  Here is our first "big sisters / little sisters" picture!

My goal for 2014 is to continue to keep the balance that I found in 2013 (my one little word from last year!).  Being able to balance school, family, friends, and taking time to keep myself healthy has really paid off this year.  I'm hoping to carry it over to 2014.

I can certainly use more patience in my life.  I get frustrated in situations that I cannot control, but I need to have patience and remember that all things work out as they should.

What a year!  What has 2013 brought to your life?  Be sure to link up and share!


  1. Colleen it has been forever since I stopped by your blog! Glad to catch up on your year. :) I absolutely adore your classroom setup- where did you get those library bins from? They look so sturdy!

    Happy New Year!

    Fun in PreK-1 & Kinder

    1. P.S. I just realized why I have not been around your blog in forever. You should get a facebook page! :)

    2. The bins that are filled with picture books (the darker and lighter blues) are from Target - in the laundry section! They are SUPER durable. The aqua and lime ones with my leveled books are from Wal-Mart (just got them this year with the back-to-school stuff.)
      Facebook - eek! I can barely keep up with my blog hahaha
      Colleen :-)

  2. I think I pinned the same scarf picture! Love them!! Great 13!! :)

    Mrs. Thigpen's Kindergarten

    1. Thanks! Haha, don't ask me how many ways I've actually TRIED to tie the scarves… I tend to rely on the tried-and-true method ;-)

  3. I too started running with a group a few years ago. It has led me on an incredible adventure. Even though I sometimes take breaks from running I always begin again. Your nieces are adorable.

    1. It was definitely a surprise that I liked it - I never liked running before now! Timing is everything I guess, haha! Colleen :-)


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