Oh my goodness! What a vacation!! First of all, let me start by saying that my body never got used to the three hour time difference… I need my sleep, y’all!! 😛 But meeting so many of my virtual friends IRL (in real life) totally made up for it!
You know it’s true… but I actually got to meet them OUT of the computer! EEK!!!! Here are some highlights:
The Wednesday night blogger meet-up was the first time I got to meet many of my virtual friends! We also got some amazing swag- hello SCENTOS!! Amanda from Collaboration Cuties and I traveled to Vegas together, so we kind of stuck together (with our guys too) and then Christy from Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road arrived, and her hubby hit it off with our guys, so we hung together a lot! We met up with Deirdre from A Burst of First and Molly from Lucky to Be In First (Yes, we associate with lower grades too! Hee hee!!) which was so exciting after chatting online (and even exchanging “care packages”) for the last year or so! I also finally got to meet my sweet friend Catherine from The Brown Bag Teacher! After so many emails, it was cool to talk in person!
The next day (Thursday), Amanda, Christy, all our boys, and I went to Hoover Dam. WOW! Pictures don’t even do it justice. It’s huge! And so high up…! We had a lot of fun learning about how it was built and how it works!
Thursday night was “date night,” but when I found out Joanne from Head Over Heels for Teaching and Holly from Fourth Grade Flipper had just gotten in, I had to run over and meet up with them for a few minutes. I just LOVE those ladies!!
Friday was finally THE day! The TPT conference!
We saved a table so all our BBBs could come sit together for the (emotional) keynote! It was so awesome to have almost all of my faves in one place: Michele from Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans, Holly from Fourth Grade Flipper, Christy from Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road, Amanda from Collaboration Cuties, Diane from Fifth in the Middle, Erin from I’m Lovin Lit, Joanne from Head Over Heels for Teaching, Jessica from Joy in the Journey, Molly from Lucky to Be in First, Deirdre from A Burst of First, and Rosie from Rosie’s Rambles!
I learned some great tips during the sessions that I will be adding to my list of things to do – but I’m really hoping next year’s conference offers more sessions for sellers who have been on TPT for a while! There was some great information given in all of the sessions I attended, some of it was just very basic (great for new sellers). I think Rachel Lynette and Erin Cobb provided the most tips I could take and use right away!
After the sessions were over, it was time for Happy Hour!
Super excited to finally get to talk to Molly from Lessons with Laughter! She is the sweetest thing! I have followed her blog since I started blogging a year and a half ago- she’s so wonderful! And of course, Amanda, Catherine, Joanne, and Christy. :o) I also got to meet and talk to so many other great bloggers that day but never got pics with them. *sad face!*
Saturday was really exciting for me- not only because I was in Vegas, but because my BBBs threw me my very first wedding shower! We met in Joanne and Holly’s room for some GREAT fun with just the girls first, then we met up with the guys and went to lunch! (Sorry- I cut Erin’s hubby out in this pic, but I didn’t think he’d mind since his eyes were closed. LOL!)
Diane, Amanda, Christy, and I had to go hit the High Roller before the trip ended- it’s a HUGE Observation Wheel, kind of like the London Eye (but bigger) that goes 550 feet in the air!