Monday, July 13, 2015

My First Trip to Vegas! {For the TpT Conference}

These past few days at the annual TpT Conference in Las Vegas has been a total mix of emotions which ranged from exciting, inspiring and empowering. Even though I was only in Vegas for 3 days, I am still wrapping my head around the love I was given and all of the important information I tried to soak in!

Today I'd like to show off all the the touching moments I had with my friends AKA my blogging buddies, and some of the teacher-bloggers that I was blown away to meet!
Here are some of my Elementary Entourage peeps. We had many girl's moments and laughed so much! All of these ladies are just so stinkin nice, funny, and I couldn't be happier to  be in a blogging group with them!
{Brittany from Tickled Pink in Primary, Alex from The Kindergarten Connection, Jessica from Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten, The Ladies of All Ya'll Need & Keri from Enchanted Kindergarden}
On the first morning, we had a meeting with our grade levels where we could get to know each other and put faces to blogging names. I was next to the kindergarten room so I kept bouncing back and forth between the two rooms. I just had to see everyone!
This is one of my favorite moments during the Keynote. We were lucky enough to sit in the front row! This was such a great kickoff to day two. I learned how TpT was founded and heard Rachel Lynette's beautiful TpT journey. 
I loved meeting these ladies because I am always living vicariously through them as I see beautiful posts on IG in California and Hawaii! This teacher can dream, right?
{Corrina from Surfin Through Second Grade, Hadar from Miss Kindergarten, Haley from My Silly Firsties}
If you are asking yourself if my cheeks were hurting by this point, the answer is YES! I was smiling so much that I felt like my heart was going to explode. 
{Kelly from Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten, Elyse from A is for Apples, Elyse from Proud to Be Primary, Ashley from One Sharp Bunch}
 I especially loved the happy hour on Friday. I made my girls run through the photo booth about 5 times because as some of you know, I am obsessed with photos!
{My girl Brittany again, Mel from Seusstastic, and my  new found love, Carol from The Super Sparkly Teacher}

The last night we had dinner at Canonita and I had the best dinner ever! I am not usually someone who takes photos of my food, but this one was well worth a shot with my camera!
And now for one of my favorite moments of my trip. Yes, I LOVED rooming with my favorite girlies and I am so glad I came to soak up some much needed TpT advice, but I also adored Rachelle. I may have cried given her the biggest hug when I saw her! Rachelle is more then a teacher to me; she is seriously an inspiration. I've been following her journey for a long time now and she reminds me how important it is to get healthy and live life to the fullest.

If you are a teacher who went to Vegas and would like to linkup to share your Vegas 2015 experiences, you can do so this week! The linkup closes on Monday, July 20th!

24 comments:

  1. Such awesome pictures! Your pictures inspire me! Can't wait to meet you next year!

    Stephanie
    The Learning Chambers

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    1. Stephanie I hope I get to meet you before next year! Just me wishing! :)

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  2. LOVED reading this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ah, cannot wait until we get to hang out again and I'm totally up for a doing NOTHING hangout. Love you girlie!

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    1. Pool days!!!! Spa days!!! I'm up for it all or nothing at all!!! :)

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  3. I loved reading this. It made my heart just as happy as it was when I was in Vegas. Don't you love that the conference was more than just learning, it was about making memories?

    Jennifer
    Jennuine Teaching

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    1. Hi Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by. I am still getting over the fact that I met so many of the bloggers that I love and follow. It was such a great time!!!

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  4. It was such a great conference! I hope next year I'll get to chat with you!!

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    1. Yes!! I would LOVE to chat with you next year!!! :)

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  5. Wasn't it the best few days ever!!! Can't wait for our next trip together! Love you!!
    Brittany
    Tickled Pink in Primary

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    1. Yes, it was the BEST! Now we've just got to finalize something else so I don't miss you too much!!! I'm about to be Tickled Pink in NYC! :)

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  6. I'm glad I am not the only one who takes pictures of food! LOL

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    1. Hey Lynn,

      I usually don't take pictures of food.... but that was so good! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  7. We LOVE us some Melissa! Hope you know that we adore you! Take care, sweet friend. And thank you for sharing some photos with us!

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    1. HEY AMY! I hope you know I love you too! I am so glad I branched out of PA to meet my blogging friends. Now I want to just travel, travel, travel! :)

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  8. Melissa, thank you so much for sharing your pictures and fun times you had in Vegas.

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    1. You're welcome, Sandy! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Holy moly, girl! I cannot tell you enough how great it was to meet you! You were so real and so genuine! And that camera!!! I. MUST. GET. ONE!

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    1. Ashley you were a serious high light of my trip. I can't wait to put your pen in my classroom. And you know what that means... I will be taking a picture of THAT moment! Can't wait to show you!!!

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  10. I love your recap and all of your pictures!

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  11. Hi Melissa! It was lovely to meet you in person. I wish we could have had more time to chat. You seem to be super sweet with such a lovely smile. Hopefully next time!
    Suzanne
    Kindergarten Planet

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    1. Aw, thanks, Suzanne! I hope we get to chat more too! I felt like I was on friend overload because there were so many fantastic bloggers there! I hope you had a great time!

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  12. I loved all of your pictures...I can't wait for next year I spending this year growing & building more relationships!!!
    Thanks,
    Nancy
    The Apple Basket Teacher

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