YOU GUYS! If you've never been to a meetup, this is one that was AMAZING. I've been to a few different ones over the years, but this is by far the BEST one yet. Let me start off by saying, I drove. WHAT was I thinking? I live at the very bottom of Alabama and this retreat is in Indiana. So yeah, about a 9 hour and some change of a drive.
Well, I drove about 5 hours one night to a friend's house and drove the rest Friday morning. It gave me A LOT of time to reflect on my current work situation. It also gave me a much needed break away from my kiddos, which I desperately needed.
When I got there, I was a few hours early so I hit the casino. My roomies finally arrived and I was thrilled! We went to the Power Plant and ate and then headed over to the "light show" at West Baden. The lobby is beautiful there. We hung out for a while with some other friends and then headed back over to our hotel.
The next day was PURE awesomeness from start to finish.
These ladies are the reason we had such a great weekend! Holly Ehle is a phenomenal person and so giving! It showed when she spoke, when she came around to talk to us and in the entire weekend. I am so thankful to have been able to make this meet-up and it's because of her that it was possible! KUDOS to all of you.
I roomed with Kim Coker from I Teach Stem, Brittany from Tickled Pink in Primary and Maja from Kooky Kinders, but she was at another table with her coworkers! Love these ladies!
After making the "theme" letters for the weekend, we had a teacher tool gift swap by grade level and round table sessions.
I was lucky enough that I got to host a round table with Brittany. :-( My blogging bestie Melissa was supposed to come and couldn't so I got to fill in for her. We talked about collab blogging. We have an AMAZING blog over at The Elementary Entourage. I heard there were some really great discussions happening at other tables as well.
There was TONS of swag that we got to take home. Here's a few pics of them.
I saw Katie post this picture earlier in the day and thought, "OOOOOH, I want that Osmo!" GUESS WHO TOOK IT HOME? ME! I was so excited to win it.
Saturday night is where all the memories happened. Some I won't ever share or I'll be in a lot of trouble... hehehe.
There was a flash mob which was AWESOME.
GREG is still cracking with UP with that outfit. So flipping funny!
Two of my favorite people, Vera and Erica! Love them so and I can't wait to see them in Orlando this summer.
HAHAHAHA! I swear I have a picture just like this from Vegas of Chad looking at me like this. He probably thinks I am CRAZY! There is no telling what I was saying.
And our goodbye picture! Sadness, but such a great weekend.
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