Just checking in...

Well this week has been hard.  First off, we had school camp - not such a hard thing for me, considering I've been on about 80 camps over the past 15 ish years.  (Not including the ones I was just a camper at).  But it was made hard by the raging fever, and horrible cold I had to endure!  Not so fun when the camp you are at (and had been looking forward to for a year) is at the beach.

Any way, I digress.  I also moved house this weekend, and that wasn't so easy when your lungs aren't working at 100%, let me tell you!

BUT this post isn't all about the woes that have held me back this week, NO it's a celebration!!
Just as I was falling asleep again on Saturday morning (after sleeping pretty much solidly through Friday), I got an email that someone had commented on a post.  The wonderful Kayla over at Rooting for Third Grade has nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award.  Oh how wonderful that was to receive when waking from a flu induced coma!!

But just before I get to that, I promised that the person who guessed my ???? from currently would win a $10 TPT voucher.  No jokes, it's not a paid award, the winner is Kayla!! My answer was 20th June ish... and she guessed a visit from a friend/family member.  That's totally close enough in my books.  My baby sister has been living in Oregon for the past 4 years.  She has been rowing for the Beavers at OSU.  Around about the 20th June this year she graduates, and then will be heading home to New Zealand.  To say that I'm excited is to say that Mount Everest is just a mountain.

Anyway, back to the Sunshine Blogger award.  I'm going to cut and paste from Kayla's blog and go from there.
The rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award are:{1} Post 11 random facts about yourself.
{2}  Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
{3} Nominate 11 bloggers you think bring sunshine to the world.
{4} Make up 11 questions for your nominations to answer.

My 11 facts

  1. I went to boarding school
  2. I can play 7 different musical instruments
  3. I have travelled to 4 different countries
  4. In the past 3 years, I have lived in 6 different houses
  5. I still have my teddy from when I was a kid
  6. That same teddy used to be my dad's when he was a kid
  7. I can't raise my eyebrows (and no I've not had botox)
  8. I'm super competitive, but normally don't have the skills to back it up
  9. I get really excited when I get a notification about someone following me, or commenting on a post (I'm a real geek that way)
  10. I hate travelling with other people, because then I can't sing along to the radio at the top of my lungs
  11. I cry at the drop of a hat, especially at sad photos or movies
My 11 Questions
  1. Decaf or caffinated - I only have coffee every now and again, and if I'm having it, there's a reason!! Caffinated all the way (but like once in a blue moon)
  2. Do you have a teacher instagram account - My instagram isn't solely teachery.  But that's more because I'm too lazy to switch between accounts everytime I want to post a new photo.  My family just ignores the posts that are teacher related.  And to be honest, I actually prefer it when teacher accounts show other things.  It shows that you are a real person! (But I also understand why some people prefer to keep them separate).  My account is @erinelizabethtaylor
  3. What makes the level you teach special - 10 year olds are just plain awesome.
  4. Where am I, and what is the weather like - New Zealand, and it's the second week of autumn, so last week was freezing, but this week is looking like it will be hot.
  5. If I won a magical field trip with my kids where would we go - well I'd probably take them to visit our penpal classes in America.
  6. Three words that describe your teaching style - Crazy, eclectic, and yet strangely structured
  7. Subject I most enjoy teaching - Art
  8. If I weren't in education what would I be doing - Piano teacher 
  9. What do you enjoy doing in your free time - depends on how tired I am!  Watch tv, play the piano, go running, or play board games.
  10. My favourite teacher - a toss up between Mr Caine (my highschool history and classics teacher), or Miss Halloran, my year 8 teacher.
  11. What's your go to snack - cheese toasties
These are my nominees.  I chose these bloggers because I LOVE reading what they have to say.  Even if there is a time where I have 100 blog posts piling up in my reading list, which has happened quite a bit over the last few weeks, these are some of my go-to bloggers that I try never to miss.  You really should check them out!  They have some really awesome ideas to use. 

  1. I teach, what's your superpower
  2. Rosie's Rambles
  3. Ideas by Jivey
  4. Hodges Herald
  5. Fifth in the middle
  6. I'm loving lit
  7. Learning with Mrs Langley
  8. Joy in the journey
  9. Lessons with coffee
  10. Sixth Grade Tales
  11. Miss Nelson's got the Camera
And because I'm still sick, and have to get to school super early tomorrow to make sure I have everything sorted, after a week of camp and Friday off sick - I'm just going to be a bit cheeky and pinch Kayla's questions.

  1. Decaf or caffinated?
  2. Do you have a teacher instagram account?
  3. What makes the level you teach special?
  4. Where are you located, and what is the weather like at the moment?
  5. If you won a magical field trip with your kids where would you go?- well I'd probably take them to visit our penpal classes in America.
  6. Three words that describe your teaching style?
  7. Subject I most enjoy teaching?
  8. If you weren't in education what would you be doing?
  9. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
  10. Who was your favourite teacher?
  11. What's your go to snack?

I will show you some snaps from camp later in the week, once things calm down a bit.


  1. I would LOVE to hear about your experiences in boarding school. My knowledge of them is limited to Harry Potter and Charles Dickens... and yes, I realize this is sad. Is this common in New Zealand?

  2. I LOVE your #5. I think that would be so cool if we could each take magical field trips with our classes to each other's countries. I showed my class your post of you opening our pen pal letter and my students are totally jealous not only of your cool classroom furniture (I told them I was very jealous about that), but they were so jealous about all the playground equipment we could see in the background since we literally have NONE at our school.

    Amy Decker (sorry I only know how to post as anonymous)


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