2.21.2013

I'M BAAAACK! Life, Hall Pass, and FLASH Giveaway!

Hello beautiful ones!! It has officially been 10 days since my last post. 10 days!! Can you believe it?! I definitly needed a little break, but I am so excited to be back. I am seriously missing all my friends in the blogging world! Like for reals you guys. Totally missed you! Here's a little breakdown of what I've been up to:

1*Going back and forth to the doctor! This leg of mine is going to drive me insane. I'm still not back in my classroom unfortunately, but next week is 100% the week I'll be back! I already have my signed note to return back to work.Woo hoo! I have to go to physical therapy 3 times per week. Yikes. In the words of my good friend Sweet Brown, "Ain't nobody got time for that!" It's not so bad really. It actually feels quite nice to move my leg after being stationary for so long. Yesterday I even drove myself there! One small step in the right direction folks. And yes, I totally went to target and bought 3 pairs of yoga pants and 2 work out shirts for the occasion. I'm not abouts to show up there in my ratty old sweats. No girl, I crutched myself in there like an Olympian. Too bad my hopes of being a track star were shot down when he asked me to do a straight leg lift, and I couldn't. Way to make a girl feel weak buddy. I did feel better with the sideways leg lifts, which I was actually capable of doing. He told me that was my "Maxim" shot! Ha!

2*House hunting. We will be moving out of our townhome in June (which I'm quite sad about) and are on the hunt for a new house! We have looked at about 3 million houses. Let me tell you, it is not that fun of a process. There's way more business involved than I ever thought possible and its more stress than excitement. You may find me in a cardboard box here in a few months. And holy crow, when did houses get so expensive? My TPT better start picking up, and by "picking up", I mean that I need to be the next self made millionaire to afford buying a house on a teachers salary.

3*Creating things for my TPT and TN stores! I could literally just do that as a job and be happy :) I have probably canceled out all the money I have made through purchasing clipart. It is a sickness. Somebody needs to stop me!! I know there are some of you out there who feel the same way. Welcome to CAA (Clipart Addicts Anonymous). The meetings start on Tuesday, we'll be offering coffee and bagels, no  laptops allowed :)
 
Here are a few of my newest creations:
 
 
 
 
FLASH GIVEAWAY! WOO HOO!
I am going to give away your choice of 1 of these newest creations. I will choose 3 winners on Saturday morning to pick one of the items listed above and email them their choice for free!
 
Here's what you have to do:
*Follow my blog!
*Follow my TPT store HERE
*Leave a comment on this post stating which item you would want to win and be sure to leave your email address!
 
And that's it! I hope you win!!
 
4*Reading!! My favorite thing to do in the entire world. I am currently in the middle of 3 books. I need to just choose one and finish it all the way through. I'm on the last book in the "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" series. So awesome, but definitely requires some thinking. I'm also reading "The Hunger Games" book number 2, also incredible. And finally, I just started the book "Beautiful Creatures", not much of an opinion about it yet, I'm only in the first few pages, but will let you know how that goes. I also just bought about 10 more kindle books. Seriously, I need to chill and stop buying more books. Sigh. There's nothing like the feeling of buying a new book though!

5*Catching up on my very favorite shows! I've watched half of the first season of The Secret Circle. Not nearly as good as Vampire Diaries, but it'll do. I'm also a weekly Bachelor, New Girl, Pretty Little Liars, Shameless, and American Idol fan. There is plenty to keep me occupied!

And that about sums up my life the past week and a half. I've always wondered, what would I do if I wasn't a teacher, and this is it, I guess. Lets just say I'm not accomplishing many life changing things these days. What I would give just to walk again! Here's the crutch report: 8 weeks down, 5 more weeks to go. Count them - 1,2,3,4,5. Yes. 5 more weeks on crutches!!! Argh! I never realized how lucky I was to be able to walk. It literally takes me 5 minutes just to get up to get the remote across the room. It is unreal how many small things are much more complicated now. And now I have a small story to share with you, which is a perfect example of how complicated it is for me to complete a normal task.
It is titled "My First Kitchen Adventure".  It all started while I was sitting on the couch watching tv. Heard a little tummy growl and no one was home, so I decided, hmm, maybe I'll try to make something for myself! I think I was feeling overly confident from being able to drive again. It was that sneaky false confidence my friends, it'll get ya. So after a 5 minute crutch to the kitchen, I open the freezer and find my favorite Gardeins (it's the best vegetarian meat substitutes out there. They have tons of awesome flavors. This one happened to be my favorite, Terriyaki Chik'n). So I try to put a little oil in the pan when it like completely pours out of the spout and half my plan is full. I was not happy. But whatevs, I was cooking and what was a little extra oil going to hurt? Count that as mistake number one. So I turned the heat on high (yes, that was mistake number two if you're keeping count). Meanwhile, Chunky Lola is scratching on my leg. So I decided to take her out while I was waiting for the oil to heat up. Mistake number three. Sneaky Liam creeps up behind me, leashless I might add, and slips through the door before I can stop him. This dog is bananas I tell ya. I worry about him often, as he seems to hit his head on things a lot. So he's running like he has just escaped from prison. Cue the nasty old neighbors screaming that my dog is not on a leash. And I am screaming back, "I'm sorry, I can't really chase him right now but he will come back soon. He just snuck out", and she screams "WHAT?" And I repeat my whole sentence, and she screams "WHAT?" And I scream "NOTHING. OK?! NOTHING". Not my proudest moment. Then she screams, "He's running into the front yard!!" and I said, "Don't worry, he will come back in a moment."  And she said, "WHAT?" And I said nothing and just shook my head because I had just about had it at that point. So now I'm yelling at Liam, saying that I have treats and cake and cookies and anything else I could think of just to get him back in the house. Finally I pulled out the Grandma card. I said grandma was here to visit. Boy did that dog run into the house faster than lightening. I felt terrible later when he sat in front of the door for 3 hours. For being so dumb, he sure has a good memory. After he runs into the house, the neighbor gives me the death stare and screams, " He needs a leash." To which I responded, "He has a leash, I'm on crutches and he snuck past me before I could grab him, I'm sorry, it won't happen again." To which she replied (you guessed it) "WHAT?" And I screamed "NOOOOOOTHING!" and crutched myself back through the door. So by the time I got back to the kitchen, it had been about 15 minutes. The oil was definitely hot because it was smoking. I turned the heat down and let it sit. I figured it had cooled after a few minutes of waiting, and that was mistake number four.  I opened the bag of Chick'n and noticed that it was a bit freezer burned. I was determined to make it and didn't care if it had mold on it at that point because after all that had happened, I just wanted to eat the d**n Chick'n. If you are someone that cooks often, you probably know what is coming next. I clearly am not one of those someones. So I just shook all the ice covered Chick'n out of the bag into the oil and O.H. M.Y. S.T.A.R.S. it was like the fourth of fricken July in my kitchen. It was popping so loudly all over the place. Apparently the freezer burn ice was melting in the oil and if you have ever added water to hot oil, you know what this was like. I'm being splattered to death with this burning oil all over my arms and I'm trying to back up as quickly as possible, which is seriously tough to do on crutches, and that's when the worst thing of all happens. The oil had splattered all over the tile floor. And guess what happens when you use crutches on oil covered tile? Yup. You slip. And that's what I did. Went flyin backward. Thank the heavens I lifted my leg in the air as not to cause further damage. So picture this: I am laying on the kitchen floor, covered in oil, my dogs are barking obnoxiously and trying to attack the stove when: beep, beep, beep. The fire alarm goes off. You cannot make this stuff up. I had lost all hope. Eventually I dragged myself up by gripping the counter and turned off the stove. The smoke died down and the alarms finally stopped. I used a wet wipe to clean the tile. And then I just went back and sat on the couch, without my food, which was burned to a crisp.  Needless to say, I will not be attempting to make myself dinner anytime soon. I'm sticking to my pizza lunchables and applesauce.

And there you have it kids! A week in the life of a temporarily crippled, out of work teacher. You never know what could happen next! Tune in next week when I attempt to tackle the microwave! What could go wrong? One might think nothing, but never underestimate me.
 
And now for a totally awesome linky! The fabulous Reagan over at Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits is hosting a Hall Pass linky party! If you haven't done so already, click the picture below to join the fun!
 
 
Here is how it works:
 
 
 
This one is super fun! Who doesn't love the chance to brag about their own creations?! I think my favorite product that I have in my store right now is my complete set of KB Fonts. I loooove making them and have had such amazing feedback. I've had about 5 or 6 people email me about logo use and it feels amazing that people are using what I have made :)
 
 
There are 49 fonts total and I am still making more each day! I started with 20 fonts and have added the other 29 in the past month!! Here are just a few of them:
 
 
 
Well they just put in my SmartBoard about a week ago and since I haven't been there to check it out yet, I cannot claim it as my favorite. However, I KNOW it will be my fave very soon :) The area of my classroom that I love the most would have to be our morning meeting/calendar area. We do so many fabulous things together there each day. I also love love love my morning check-in area. It is one of the best things I could have added to my room. It definitly gives the kids a sense of independece and responsibility, which is super important.
 
 

 
My favorite signal to use in my classrom is the music box! Mine looks a little like the one below, but it is cuter and it plays one of my favorite songs, "Clare de Lune"! I use the music box as a quiet signal. I wind it up at the beginning of each day. Every time they are getting too loud, I just open the lid and let the music play. I keep the box open until they are quiet again, then I close it. If they have music left in the box by the end of the day, we get to have recess! If they run out of music because it was opened too many times, there is no recess. Let me tell you, this seriously works. They are SILENT when I open that box!!
 
 
 
There are 3 main things in my life that keep me sane: chocolate, wine, and my fuzzy babies. Ooooh and books. You could sit me on the couch with a box of chocolates, sipping some Moscato, curled up with my puppies, reading a book and I would never move again. Without these things, I think I would be toast. (probably burnt toast, knowing me).
 
Thanks to Reagan for hosting such a SUPER fun linky :)
 
I promise I will have more important things to talk about soon, maybe even something school related!  Ooh la la! Wouldn't that be a nice change around here! I totally love you guys. Thanks for sticking with me through these crazy rough times. I'm sending you all my love and hugs from the unbearably hot and sunny Florida! Hope your day is filled with rainbow and sunshine (and no grumpy neighbors!) XO

55 comments:

  1. I follow both! I would love to win your Color Word Activity pack!

    cheriemae@gmail.com

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  2. I follow your blog and TPT store. I would love to win the 3D shapes mini book.

    idreamof1@aol.com

    Stacy
    Live Love Laugh and Teach!

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  3. Hey Khrys! OMG...what can I say to all that! You had me rollin' girl! Now don't get me wrong...I feel bad for you, I really do, but I can just visualize it all so clearly and well...you crack me up! Now if you'd have been hurt that would have been different! :) I knew you'd been gone awhile but TEN DAYS!?!?! I can't believe how fast time goes! All your ideas are fab of course but the music box idea is really creative! Oh yeah...and JEALOUS of your weather! We are in the middle of a blizzard! If I win I'd love the 2D & 3D shape booklet! I think it is already on my wishlist actually! So glad you are healing and going back to work soon!!
    xoxo Kim

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    1. You're so sweet Kim! I know, it was a total disaster! Haha thanks for your sweet comment! Don't be too jealous, this weather is way too hot! Yuck!

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  4. Khrys, you know I follow you both here and on TpT! :) I would love to win your color word activities. It would be the perfect addition to my color unit in the fall!

    Oh....my.....goodness girl. Your story about cooking had me cracking up and cringing at the same time....I could just see what was coming. Your neighbors sound like one of ours across the street. Gotta love it...or not! ;)

    I love your music box idea. I need to try something new and this would be PERFECT! Now to find a music box! I would love to know more about your check-in area. Your classroom looks adorable. And I also love all of your fonts. I try to use them every chance I get when making my products!!

    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

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    1. Thanks so much for entering my little flash giveaway girly! You know I love ya! Seriously - my neighbors are on me like white on rice. I had a little snowman flag outside the house today and they actually took the flag stand and put it on my front porch. They wanted me to replace the flag because it's not "winter" anymore. I was like, seriously?!? Ugh. I hope the music box works for your littles too :) I found mine on Amazon for pretty cheap. Thanks for your super sweet comment! XO

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  5. I follow both! It is so hard to decide which one I would love to win. I will go with....The Color Book. Thanks for the giveaway...hope I win! Amber ~ Kidnergarten Rocks Blog

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  6. I follow both your blog & TPT store. I would like your color activities. Thank you so much! dbednarsk@yahoo.com

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  7. I follow your tpt and those fonts are on my wishlist.

    Iteachkidsabc@gmail.com
    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids

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    1. Thanks so very much for following!!

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  8. Welcome back. Oh My Word. Sorry but I was rolling about your crazy adventure in the kitchen. Thank goodness your leg is ok. Boy that could've been bad. And that neighbor!! LOL too funny!!!!

    Oh and the Vampire Diaries is MY show too!!! Love it!!! It's getting way intense right now though.....ugh! And the Hunger Games--read them twice and seen the first movie like 4 times.
    I love to read too unfortunately no time right now...grad school and all.

    Hilarious...still shaking my head...haha

    Mrs. Thigpen's Kindergarten

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    1. Oh girl, it was quite the event haha Isn't that show the BEST!? I cannot get enough, intense is the perfect word to describe it. I can relate to the "no time" feeling, and I'm not even in grad school! Sometimes I wonder, how on earth do we get everything done that we do!? Sigh. Days should be longer.

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  9. I don't ever enter the kitchen in my house. I married a man and made him cook. Your story is too funny! Thanks for sharing.

    Oh yeah and I follow your blog too!


    Iteachkidsabc@gmail.com
    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids

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  10. OH...MY...WORD...GIRL. Bless yo' heart!!! I'm so sorry but I was laughing at that awful ordeal with the oil and dogs and almost fire!! I know it had to have been awful when it happened (I would have cried probably) but it's funny now, right?

    I'm jealous of all of your fonts. I can make fonts but it's just one more thing to do (along with blogging and TpT and teaching and planning...). I want to make more, but then I see yours and I figure, why? I could just use yours! ;O)

    I know how bad it is on crutches. I hope the time goes fast for you (but I know it probably won't). Good luck (and maybe keep the cooking to the minimum??)

    Hugs,
    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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    1. It was suuuuper annoying at the time, but I can reflect and laugh about it now lol At least I have a good story! Thanks so much for your sweet compliment! I loooove creating the fonts and it is awesome to hear that people are able to use them.

      I cannot wait to get off these crutches! UGH! Thanks for the well wishes :) and don't worry, the cooking will not be happening again any time soon!

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  11. I would like to join you at CAA! Seriously, I have so much clipart just sitting there wanting to be used!! I am hoping your microwaving goes better too ;)

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

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    1. You are officially on the roster for CAA haha

      I'm hoping so too, good grief!

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  12. I follow both your TpT and blog. I would love to win the St. Patrick's Day mini-book. It's super cute!
    Thanks,
    Amy
    chevalier.amy76@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you so much for your following, I appreciate it :)

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  13. Glad to hear you're on the mend! I'd love your shape books. Thanks for the giveaway!
    -Andrea
    simmonsa1@sfusd.edu
    cielobella@aol.com

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    1. Thank you so much! Good luck, I hope you win :)

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  14. I follow your blog and your TpT store! :) If I won, I'd love the shape mini-book.

    Thanks,
    cathy@missversteeg.com

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  15. Can I join the clipart addiction?! It's getting pretty serious...I may need to seek professional help soon! HA!
    I follow our blog and store ;)
    I would love your shape booklets! We are starting 2D and 3D shapes in a few weeks and they would work perfectly!
    Have a great rest of the week!

    Jessica (wildaboutfirsties@gmail.com)

    Wild About Firsties

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    1. You can tooooootally join the club girl! I have been considering getting help for quite some time :)

      Thanks so much for the following! I hope you win!!

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  16. I was so happy to see you on my blog list today!! I have been wondering how you were doing. Bummer that you are still out but yay that the end is officially in sight! Your story had me cracking up, that neighbor is crazy, how about helping out instead!!! Glad that you didn't hurt yourself in that crazy adventure (who knew going to the kitchen could be an adventure!)!! Good luck with the house hunting! We are putting our house on the market AGAIN soon, hopefully this time we will get to move. Enjoy your last few days! I can't wait to hear how much you love your SMART board when you get back. Rest up! Oh and by the way I love all of the stuff you have been making!

    Sarah
    Clearly Kindergarten

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    1. Oh and I also need in on the CAA, who knew it was so addicting!

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    2. You are so sweet Sarah :) Thanks for being such a good bloggy buddy! I know, can you believe that it has been almost 1 month since I have been back at school?! I am going bonkers over here. Thank the heavens I'm going back soon!

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  17. I will join you at CAA! I follow your blog and TPT store. I would love the 3D shapes book! ilovekdgt@gmail.com
    Sara
    Polka Dot Kinders

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    1. You are on the list girl! Thanks so much for your following :)

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  18. Wow, I just laughed out loud reading about your kitchen adventure! What a disaster! I am sorry that things are so hard right now. I can't imagine not being able to walk and get around normally. I hope that your recovery will continue to progress.

    I follow your blog and your TpT and would love to win your 2D or 3D shapes mini book.

    Thanks!

    Becky
    Compassionate Teacher
    hoffman.rebecca@att.net

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    1. I know, it was riiidiculous. Thank you so much for your sweet words and for following :) You rock!

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  19. So happy you're back! I would LOVE the 2-D and 3-D shapes books because we are working on that now! Kimberly Ann and I are having a super giveaway as well- please stop by, girl!

    xo
    Irene
    mrsleeby@gmail.com
    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

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    1. Thank you so much, you are too sweet! I can't wait to check it out, woo hoo!

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  20. Wow! You are one busy teacher. I am so happy I found you through the Hall Pass LInky Party. I can relate to the craziness of teaching. I follow both your blog and store. I would love your 3-D book. Thanks for sharing.
    Sherry Andrighetto
    Kindergarten Milestones

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    1. Thanks so much Sherry!! I'm so glad you found me :) I cannot wait to stop by your blog! Thanks for the following, good luck!!

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  21. I follow both. I would love to have the St Pat's unit.
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  22. I would love to win the St. Patrick's Day Snack Mix Leprechaun Munch. That looks like so much fun. What a great idea! I follow your blog and TPT store. You have such amazing ideas. Your story reminded me of a time I set a pan of hot oil on fire. Heated it to high and there was an inferno on my stove. Luckily I wasn't on crutches and put it out with baking soda. Soooo glad you weren't seriously hurt. Keep up the good work on your blog. I look forward to every post! Thanks ~Jill Payne jilllmarkiel@yahoo.com

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    1. Aw, Jill, you are so sweet! I appreciate your kind words more than you know!

      OH my goodness! Thank god nothing lit on fire here, I'm not sure I would have handled that as well as you did haha

      Thanks again, you are awesome!!

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  23. Wow! I'm sorry it was traumatic making your dinner! That sounds like something that would happen to me (I'm clumsy enough to have that happen without crutches, lol!)! No wonder I don't cook... hehe

    I love your new creations! The color one is my fave though!

    Good luck on one last week! :)

    Melinda
    melchase@live.com

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    1. Oh Melinda! Thanks so much, it was a total disaster. I'm just glad I didn't kill myself or the dogs (or the neighbor haha)!

      I appreciate your following! Thanks for joining my little giveaway! Hugs!

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  24. I am one of your newest followers. I just love your 2D and 3D books....so cute! Oh.my.goodness! Your little kitchen disaster reminded me of the time when I was going to make funnel cakes for my little boys and I had a little disaster of my own :(. To make a very long story short, I put a pan of oil on the stove, thought I had plenty of time tomchange the baby and came back to find I had started the kitchen on fire. Needless to say, we had to remodel our entire kitchen and I haven't made funnel cakes since. Lol! Michelle
    Mjaquillard@oregoncs.org

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    1. I am just so excited that you found me Michelle :) Thank you for your following. I am sooooo sorry to hear about your fire disaster! EEK! At least I didn't blow something up haha (PS now I am craving funnel cakes....)

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  25. Hi Khrys. I follow both your blog and your TPT store. I love reading your posts. You are hilarious! I think if you hadn't gone into teaching, journalism would have suited you just fine! I would love to win your 2D and 3D shapes booklets since we are starting 3D shapes soon.

    Ann-Marie Parisi
    mrsparisisclass.blogspot.com
    mrsparisiskclass@gmail.com

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    1. AWWW! You are so sweet Ann-Marie :) I would looove to be a writer of some kind. Words are my first passion in life! Thanks so much for the following girl! Good luck!

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  26. Thanks for a great giveaway. I follow you blog and you TPt sore. I would your fonts packet.

    Thanks
    yvonneeyrg@gmail.com

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  27. Glad your back girl! I hope that your leg feels better soon...I know your kiddos will be happy to see you :)
    Elizabeth
    Kickin’ it in Kindergarten

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    1. Thank you so much Elizabeth :) They were seriously BONKERS today!!

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