Monday, August 12, 2013

Blog Hoppin' ~ Meet the Teacher

Oh my goodness...I am about to do the dreaded double-post...but I so want to hook up with the cute teachers at Blog Hoppin' for their Teacher Week! 

Today is Meet the Teacher Monday! Now...those of you that have been following me for a while, will know most of these. Hopefully some of my new kiddos will learn what makes their crazy teacher tick before school starts.

1. I have been married to the wild and crazy Mr. Dunn for 20 years. This crazy guy keeps me on my toes, but I sure do love him. We have four kiddos of our own...3 boys and 1 girl! It makes me very sad that they are growing up... the house is way too quiet these days! 

My crazy husband!

Joshua, Justin, Katie, Derrick

2. Before I became a teacher, I was in the Air Force. Can you believe that? It seems like a whole separate lifetime ago...look how young I was.

3. I LOVE watching my boys play football. I am probably that loud crazy momma you hear yelling in the stands. I couldn't tell you what was going on half the time, but boy do I love to watch them do what they love!

Josh and I LOVE watching our boys play football!

Derrick #72
Joshua #47
Justin #3

4. I am slightly obsessed with books, picture books in particular. I cannot pass a stack of books without stopping to look through them...I just CAN'T. You can bet, if it is a stack of brand-spankin'-new books, I WILL pick one up and smell it. I just love that new book smell. Ahhhhh....This obsession will one day make me go broke (more than I am now) I know.  But I am who I am and you have to love me anyway. LOL...Books-a-million will one day be the death of me, but oh how I adore that store!

There are over 10,000 books in this room, and I don't know if I can stop... name is Tina, and I am a book hoarder. LOL

5.  I love zombies...yes, I said ZOMBIES! The Walking Dead is probably the best show ever! One year our entire family dressed as zombies and traveled as a hoard throughout the neighborhood...even my mother! It was so much fun! October cannot come quick enough for the season premiere of Walking Dead. 

Our own little herd of walking dead for Halloween

6. My favorite restaurant is Kan Pai! I could eat there every week...oh wait...Katie and I have done that before...LOL...they know our orders as soon as we walk in. :) 

7. I have way too many fur sweet dogs. 



8. I love purses. Purses are the best one size fits all accessory, EVER. The bigger the better! I have probably way too many, and whenever I manage a chance to go shopping, you can usually find me in the purse section. Most of the time simply daydreaming...

9. I used to LOVE to paint...I would say I love to paint without the "used to" part, if I could ever find the time to do it. It is such a zen moment to play with color. One of these days... I will find all of the time in the world to read and paint all I want on some sandy beach with a fruity drink in my hands..we can all dream. :)

One of my most favorite murals..painted by ME!
Do you recognize it? It's The Great Kapok Tree!

10. My most favorite book series in now being made into a series on Starz, and oh my goodness...they CANNOT get it finished soon enough. I mean, like seriously...I have been reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon for over 17 years now....almost as long as I have been married. The wait between books and the wait for this series is almost more than I can bear. One day...if I am not on a beach with a fruity drink in one hand and a book or paint brush in the other, I will be in Scotland because of this series. LOL...


Welp....that's it...10 maybe-not-so random facts about me!

For those of you that know way too much about me anyway...thanks for sticking with me even if it was a double post kinda day. :)

Happy reading, friends!


  1. I love Walking Dead too! My husband and I cannot wait until the new season!

    Hunter's Teaching Tales
    Follow me on Facebook

  2. are an interesting and creative person! Much love to your fur babies :-) Smiles and stop by anytime!

  3. Tina,
    I always enjoy your posts. My girls are 17 and almost 15..this summer I feel like I am single again especially the nights my husband works the night shift and the girls are sleeping over someone's house. It is lonely sometimes. I know what you mean about it being too quiet.


    1. Thanks, Debbie! I am glad you enjoy my little part of the blogging world!

      I definitely spend more time at school when the hubby is working shift work and the kids are all out doing their own things...way to quiet otherwise.


  4. I am still so jealous about all the books in your classroom! :)
    I will have to check out that book series. I LOVE to read and am always looking for my next book.
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

    1. Thanks, Jean.

      Let me know if you like it. It's kind of different, lol, so be sure to check into it before you buy it. ;)


  5. Your painting is beautiful! You are very talented! And, your daughter looks just like you! Beautiful family!

    1. Thanks, Susan.

      My daughter used to cringe when she heard that, lol, but not so much any more. Haha...thanks again.


  6. You totally inspire me when it comes to literacy and books Mrs. Dunn!!!! Your room looks AWESOME!!!! I love the pictures of your family!!!