Name That Kindergartner (Win a $300 Amazon Giftcard!)

Mrs. Anderson had a giant beehive hairdo. She wore crisp blouse, black thick heeled shoes, and cute, slim skirts that ended a few inches above her knee as was the style of the early 70s. She talked in a soft, welcoming and slightly ‘sing-songy’ voice and greeted her brood of five year olds each day like today was the best day of our lives. She would transition us flawlessly from stories to snack and coloring to nap. I don’t remember much of kindergarten except for feeling loved each day, all day in that very warm and inviting room.


She was a kindergarten teacher. A special breed. Someone -as a five year old- I treasured, but someone I would never be.


And honestly my only memory of kindergartner was this one…


I knew I felt sick the moment I woke up, but I could not miss school. I loved school and not hell, high water or a little vomit would keep me from going. I never let my mom know that I didn’t feel well and tried to duck from her morning goodbye kiss just in case my head would feel hot. I remember chanting quietly to myself on the bus – do not get sick, do not get sick, do not get sick..and it seemed to work as I rode the bus to school, hung my coat in the back cloak room on my labeled hook, sat on the rug for circle time, and did a little scissor practice.


But then came snack.


I carefully sipped my milk and took just a few bites of a cookie just to show the teacher that I felt perfectly fine. “Yes, only free-time, nap and stories and it would be time to go home. I could totally do this.” I thought. Proud of myself for being so strong.


For free-time I chose reading. I decided that sitting on a beanbag with a book is just what the doctor ordered, and it would be the best choice while I was determined to keep my snack down. So, I slowly made my way over to the bookshelf to grab just any book. But as I stood behind the shelves, alone, and shielded from the class – I puked. Like everywhere – all over the floor, the wall, down a shelf of of books that were so neatly arranged alphabetically.


I panicked as I saw Mrs. Anderson across the room. She heard the puke, and started rushing over to the books. I had to act fast if I wanted to save myself and stay in school that day, so I quickly grabbed Tommy from the Tonka Truck area and shoved him over by the books and said “Mrs. Anderson – Tommy just puked everywhere!”


But the vomit dripping off my long ponytails gave me away and I was sent home for the day. I cried the whole afternoon because I had to miss a day of school.


Did you love kindergarten enough to never want to miss a day?


Well it’s time to relive that precious year of school again with a fabulous bunch of bloggers (there are 23 of us!), and do something fun for you!!


We present to you:


Name That Kindergartner!

It’s very simple – just match the picture (with the assigned alphabet) to the blogger whose blog is listed below. What’s in it for you? Other than some fun (and it’s fun, promise), you can win an awesome $300 Amazon gift card. You can also get to know some of the bloggers listed here, if you don’t already. You can have a laugh at our expenses. Don’t worry, we did. Now, go forth and play!


Enter your answers on this form (


Participating bloggers, in alphabetical order:

Angela of Angela Amman

Angie of Angie Kinghorn

Deborah of Ask Doctor G

Robin of Farewell Stranger

Poppy of Funny or Snot

Leigh Ann of Genie in a Blog

Greta of Gfunkified

Jennifer of Jennifer P. Williams

Tonya of Letters for Lucas

Kiran of Masala Chica

Laura of Mommy Miracles

Natalie of Mommy of a Monster (and Twins)

Brittany of Mommy Words

Jessica of My Time as Mom

Kimberly of Reflections of Now

Tracy of Sellabit Mum

Elaine of The Miss Elaine-ous Life

Sarah of The Sunday Spill

Galit of These Little Waves

Kristin of Two Cannoli

Arnebya of What Now and Why

Kristin of What She Said

Alison of Writing, Wishing


Terms and conditions apply:

  • You must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • This contest is only open to residents of USA and Canada.
  • This contest is open from March 11 – 15, 2013 (closes at 9pm Eastern).
  • Visit the link above, where you will be able to enter your guess for each blogger pictured. (All information will be kept private.)
  • The person to correctly match all the faces with their blog will win a $300 Amazon gift card. The two other closest guesses will each win one $80 Amazon gift card.
  • If more than one person correctly matches all the faces with their blogs, we will randomly pick a winner via
  • If no one guesses all of the faces correctly, the winner will be the person who made the most correct guesses.
  • This is not a sponsored post. Prizes are paid for out of the participating bloggers’ own pockets.
  • You CAN enter more than once!
  • Winners will be announced week of March 18.


“Name That Kindergartner” was inspired by the “Name That DIY Blogger” contest, over at My Blessed Life

And if you see a little vomit over by the bookshelf – it like totally wasn’t me…it was that dang Tommy again.


About Tracy

My name is Tracy Morrison and I live in sunny Minnesota. I'm neither British nor a nun - I'm just a Midwesterner with a headache. This is mainly a humor and lifestyle blog that documents the lighter side of parenting. I am an ex-corporate ladder climber turned freelance writer, social media manager, world traveler, and marathon runner. I would love for you to contact me at

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  1. says

    I peed in my chair in second grade and totally tried to blame it on the girl sitting next to me. Whatever. My teacher wouldn’t let me go to the bathroom. GAH!

    Sorry ’bout the puke in your pony tails. That’s no love right there. But the rest of your K experience sounds fab! 🙂
    Elaine recently posted..Name That Kindergartener

  2. says

    I can’t stop giggling thinking about the shocked, and totally befuddled look on Tommy’s face. Boys just aren’t as quick as girls about this kind of stuff, I swear!

  3. says

    My Kindergarten teacher rode a motorcycle, played The Beatles for us and hugged everyone of us as we left in the afternoon- like gigantic rib-crushing bear hugs, enveloping us in her enormity. Her name was Miss Griffin. I named my son after her.

    You are totally under the letter ‘V’ because that’s Esther.
    Kate recently posted..roasted orange marmalade for late winter

  4. says

    I distinctly remember a time a kid in my K class puked just like you described. It was all pink if you must know and I wondered what in the world that child had eaten. funny how those things stick out in our minds 🙂 love your pony tails!
    Sarah @sundayspill recently posted..Name That Kindergartner

  5. says

    I wish I could “play” but since I’ve never seen any of those bloggers in person, it would be a complete guessing game! However, I did want to say that I too remember puking in kindegarten too…for some reason those vomit memories stand out for all of us. 🙂
    Emily recently posted..I Tried To Cook…

  6. @somerskys says

    i can only guess one bcause that one looks like one of ur kids soooo V looks like u tracy

  7. Karen says

    Oh my…what a story! I picked you out as letter V right away….looks just like Esther!!

  8. says

    Poor Tommy – he was probably like, why is this girl with throw up manhandling me? I remember being so sad about getting sick the day that I was supposed to be the line leader in class. You see, we all rotated turns and it only came twice a year – so it was super special. I remember mourning the loss of that day when my parents insisted I couldn’t go to school.

    I would have been the best line leader. EVER.

    Love this. Not that you got sick, but. You know.
    Kiran recently posted..Kindergarten Rules

  9. says

    I was determined to get my Perfect Attendance Award in 6th grade despite a massive migraine & other issues. There’s a photo of me clutching my stomach in 2 hand and the certificate in the other. I walked straight out the door and puked all over the pavement.
    Robbie recently posted..Last Book

  10. says

    Oh, poor you – you were that girl! The one who puked in front of the whole class.

    It was a little boy who did that in my kindergarten class (my one vivid memory from kindergarten besides getting off the bus at the wrong stop on the first day of school). I even remember his name – Jamie Cogbill. I hope he doesn’t Google his name one day and come across this post. But if he does… Hi Jamie! I still remember the day you puked in kindergarten! I hid behind an easel with some other kids and told them it had “beech nuts” in it. WTF?
    Kristin @ What She Said recently posted..All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

  11. says

    Hilarious. Poor Tommy. And poor you for having to miss a day of school. I live how we all remember the warmth and love of the kindergarten classroom and teachers.

  12. says

    Poor Tommy!

    Between college and his first engineering job, my husband subbed for a couple of months. He had a kindergarten class one day, and a little boy cried after hitting himself in the head with his own backpack. I think that day is the reason we waited a while to have kids…
    angela recently posted..Name That Kindergartner

  13. says

    Wow. Definitely a story to remember. (And one to not read while eating morning breakfast, just so you know). Kids are so earnest. I can’t believe you did so much to avoid NOT going to school.
    Laura recently posted..Extra Qualified


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