Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Vegas! Vegas! Vegas!

I'm back and {almost a week later} still trying to recover from an amazing trip in Vegas & a bit of SUN POISONING!!! Apparently,  my sensitive GA skin couldn't take the Sin City sun!!! Hives or no hives, I feel beyond blessed to have been able to meet and hang out with such inspiring teachers!!!

I met up and flew with my sweet friend, Hope. We were SO excited and chatted up a storm during the *entire* flight. The poor people who sat around us were probably dying for some ear plugs!!
 
Once we landed in Vegas, we met up with Rachelle from What the Teacher Wants!!! I made her a special sign....with flashing lights, of course. If y'all could have only been there to see the reaction when I pulled that baby out of my bag and turned it on. 
 But Rachelle's reaction was the BEST!!! LOVE HER!!
 Once we arrived to our hotel {The Palazzo} and met up with all of our other blogging buddies, we shared lots of laugher, food, and the best chit chatting that's ever hit Vegas!!! I love these ladies and already miss them sooooo much!!!
Kim and Megan (KinderGals), Melissa (Lesson Plan SoS), Michelle (Fabulous in First), Rachelle & Natalie {there in spirit} (What the Teacher Wants), me , Hope (Second Grade Shenanigans), Cheryl (Primary Graffiti), Deedee (Mrs. Wills Kindergarten), Shari (Shari Sloane from KidsCount1234.com), Deanna (Mrs. Jump's Class), and Kathleen (Growing Kinders).

When I wasn't at the conference, I relaxed "cabana style" by the pool with my 85 SPF {Parker's sunscreen was all I had with me}. Did you know that you can get sun poisoning even if you wear sunscreen...85 SPF baby sunscreen?? Nope, not me! I swear!

 On Tuesday night, we had a BLAST at the Vegas blogger meet up!!! Fun! Fun! Fun!
{the hostesses}

It was an incredible experience to meet so many fabulous, inspiring, dedicated, funny, sweet {I could go on & on} teachers!!! 

I adore my newest friends, Stephanie, Kelley, and Susan! Seriously, I wanted to move them all to Georgia to teach with me!!! I just couldn't get enough of their enthusiasm and energy!!
 
 
I was also super fortunate to be able to attend 2 days of the "I Teach K" conference! Although I obviously don't teach kinders, I learned so many new things & most importantly, I was inspired and ready to go try them out in my classroom!!

Before I left Vegas, I had to gamble for the first time. I was pumped up and ready to win some $$$ until I realized quickly that gambling is not what I thought it would be like! Luckily, I got out of there FAST with a big frown on my face !!!

Here are a few other pictures of the Vegas scenery!!






And a precious video that Cheryl from Primary Graffiti made to thank our sponsors for all of the giveaway prizes!!!

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Can't wait for our next blogger meet up!!! I hope you will be there!!!!

14 comments:

Ashley Kathleen said...

I keep seeing all these pictures from the blogger meet ups & I'm so jealous! They seem like so much fun! I'm glad you had a great time =)

Ashley
I'm having a linky party!
The Resource Room Teacher

FirstGradeBlueSkies (Jennifer) said...

Looks like SO much fun!!
Jennifer
First Grade Blue Skies

Stephanie said...

Anna!! Meeting you was such a treat! I loved making friends with some of my favorite bloggers in real time and would happily teach with you anytime, anywhere :) Sun poisoning- yikes! I wouldn't have thought that was possible with SPF 85 either. At least you soaked in your sun in style! I'm thinking a cabana is a deff. must do the next time I'm in Vegas. My fingers are crossed for Vegas 2013 and the chance to do it all again!!

❤ -Stephanie
Falling Into First

Kelley Dolling said...

Hello friend! What a great post (well, except for that sun poisoning stuff - yuck). I still get all excited when I tell people about the BIG Vegas trip. I told my Super all about it yesterday and started speaking like that girl on the Cosby show - way too fast! He got this silly look on his face and you could tell he didn't know quite what to make of me. What can I say?? I don't think I'll ever quite come off of this "blogger high." Thanks for everything, Anna. You are an inspiration :)


Kelley Dolling
Teacher Idea Factory

Dana Lester said...

Looks like you had so much fun!!
Dana
www.funin1stgrade.blogspot.com

S. Simpson said...

After reading Kelley's post I started saving money for next year. Now after reading your post I'm going to have to figure out a way to stay for even longer. Thanks for posting all the great pictures and the cute slide show. See you next year.
✰ Stacy

Simpson Superstars

mrs. mindy said...

Living only 2 hours from sin city made me want to go to the I Teach K conference SO BADLY and now seeing all these pictures is just killing me! Next year.... I am saving my $$$ now! (or maybe after I finish back to school shopping!)

Primary Paradise said...

Looks like so much fun. Sun poisoning...so painful. This southern girl doesn't do well in the sun either. Would love to see Vegas, especially with blogging buddies. Stop by my blog if you get a chance.
Tammy
primaryparadise.blogspot

Susan Moran said...

Sun poisoning - Oh no!! I'm sorry!

It was SO great meeting you and I'm glad you ladies had fun here in my city of sin!! Can't wait til next time!

Susan
T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

Kimberly Santana said...

How fun! I hate that I missed it!

Kimberly
The Learning Tree

Lisa R. said...

It looks like you all had a blast!! I love Vegas & having a blogger meet up would be even better! I may have to join you next year! :)
Lisa
Learning Is Something to Treasure

Kreative in Kinder said...

Anna! It was so great meeting you. You are so sweet and made me laugh. I love your blog and it was great to meet the person behind all of your fabulous ideas. I had a blast at I Teach K and appreciate y'all adopting me since I was flying solo. I hope to catch up again in the future!
<>< Crystal

Lisa said...

Hi! I just found your blog and love your pictures from Vegas! It looks like you had a great time!
I'm your newest follower! Visit my blog sometime. :)

~ Lisa
Teaching Kindergarten Kiddos

Tracy Tegeler said...

It looks like you had an AMAZING time in Vegas! I am brand spanking new to the blogging world, so hopefully one day I will be able to attend a Blogger Meet Up :)

Drop by anytime :)
Tracy
Creekside Teacher Tales