Wednesday, 28 November 2012

It's My Birthday and I'll Cry If I Want To

It's my birthday tomorrow. Back in my younger days, age never bothered me. I remember my best friend and I were both turning 24, within 2 weeks of each other, and we would always say - Oh, 16 years to 40!! And we would laugh hysterically, knowing that milestone was so far off. Let me tell ya - I passed that milestone a while ago and now there is a new one looming in the distance. Anyway, I am trying not to dwell on it too much. I plan to just focus on the fact that, even though I have to go get my hair colored once a month to cover all the grey feel better about myself, I am lucky to be surrounded everyday by little people with so much energy and enthusiasm for learning. Honestly, it makes me feel younger. And as I get older, the kids in my class get cuter and cuter. Have you noticed this too?

So, in honor of my birthday, I wanted to share a little Christmas freebie with you. I hope you can use it. There's a little bit of addition, a little bit of subtraction and a little bit of Santa. Just give it a click and you're on your way.

As I celebrate my birthday this year, I am so grateful to have met so many amazing teachers through this blog. I thank you all for your kindness and I feel truly blessed to know you.


  1. I am glad that I am the first to wish you a very happy birthday !!!!! How nice you are to give us a gift, so cute !! I am off to print it and your Christmas writing package, adorable ! Have a great celebration :)

  2. Don't cry!! Have a very happy birthday!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  3. Hey, having passed that milestone seven years ago and moving to the half-century mark,I'm right there with you. Happy Birthday!!


  4. Happy Birthday Leslie! Thanks for the great freebie!
    Teach With Laughter

  5. Happy Birthday! Hopefully you have a great day.


  6. Happy Birthday!! Thanks for the great freebie. Can't wait to use it. :)

    Primary Teacherhood

  7. Happy Birthday, Leslie!!! And thank you so much for the super cute freebie.
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  8. Hi Leslie, today is my birthday too. I hope you had a wonderful day. Thank you so much for the freebie, what a great present.
    Primary Paradise

  9. Thanks for the freebie! I have passed the next milestone and lived to tell about it. Happy Birthday! My girlfriends and I take a fun trip each winter to celebrate going over the hump:)Love your blog.

  10. Happy Happy Birthday Leslie! The years are just going by way too fast, sometimes I actually have to think about how old I am! We are nearly at the end of the school year in Australia and can't believe I have been teaching these kiddoes for a whole year already!

    Teaching Maths with Meaning

  11. oy. I totally agree about birthdays getting more difficult! But don't you feel so young at heart? I know I do! I am your newest follower. I found you via Freebie Friday (I love freebies!) I nominated you for a Liebster Award if you haven't done one already! LOL!