Monday, July 14, 2014

TPT Vegas Trip

Where do I begin?  Amazing, inspiring teachers from wall to wall!  Everyone I met was so humble and so positive that I knew immediately I made the right choice to go to the conference.  The TPT team was incredibly approachable as well as the Veteran sellers!  I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to attend such a motivational workshop.  I will cherish the friendships I developed and I believe In my heart that we will keep in touch from all over the world!

What does this pic have to do with our trip?  Well, I was so crazy busy before we went to catch our flight that I had no time to do my nails!  He He.  So I picked up these glue on ones and while we were waiting in the airport, I got them all set!  Ha!

Arriving in the city of sin, we were picked up by my hubby's old high school friend.  He drove us the amazing Venetian!  HUGE!  GORGEOUS!   I sent hubby up to get us settled and I went to meet some teachers at a meet-up.  Getting there late, I didn't have much time to mingle.  Afterwards, my hubby and I had all intentions to get some dinner and drinks, but we were WORN SLAP OUT!!! We called it a night and was ready the next day.

After walking a mile to get coffee, my totally fit hubby convinced me to start off the day at the gym.  I drudged my not-so-in shape body with him.  I have to admit, I did feel good afterwards.  Then we slurped up a delicious smoothie!

On our walk back, we saw some of my daughter's favorite stores!  Hmmmmm should I surprise her?  The Venetian had everything- shops, dining, gondola, shows, everything!  We got lost constantly!

Here is my favorite part of our sweeeeeet suite!  This vanity was perfect and I took advantage of it to do my make-up each day.  


We started off the day by meeting an old friend of mine for lunch.  Michelle and I taught together years ago in Warrenton, Virginia.  We have kept in touch for all these years and it was so nice to catch up with her.  We talked about our families and our schools and our jobs, and everything and anything else we could think of!  She has been teaching in Vegas for 20 years or so.  Christmas cards don't do it justice!

                                    
Later that night, I had plans to meet a few ladies that I joined up with and formed the blog, The Lesson Deli.  We have talked online and supported each other for a few months and I finally had the change to meet them in person!  We met at I Love Burgers and we hit it off immediately!  I decided to get a little crazy and order a black bean burger for the first time and it was absolutely delish!

                                      

Afterwards, we went to the Zebra Lounge.  I met many other teachers there too!  Since I'm Rockin Resources, we had to get a pic in front of the two man band.  Woo woo!  What happens in Vegas.....!   Then, the lovely Neetu had this bright idea that we should all ride that huge Farris Wheel and my fear of heights was thinking NO, NO, NO.  Then peer pressure got the best of me after Neetu gave me her 2 free drink tickets for the following night.  Ha!  Bribery!  I was pleased when we arrived at the ride to find out there was a line as long as Rapunzel's hair!  I was as happy as a clam!  Since our conference was the next morning, we all decided to hit the hay.  Yeah for me!

Here we are!  The TPT conference!  I love these super talented ladies!  There is Krista from Teaching Momster, Dynelle from First Grade Fun with Mrs. Dunn, April from Performing in Fifth Grade , me, Debbie from Crockett's Classroom, and Jen from The Teacher Next Door, and Neetu from Cinnamon's Synonyms.  Love them love them love them!!!!!!!  You can click on their blog!!!!

 Listening to Amy, Paul, Deanna's speeches gave me chills.  They were so inspirational.  I had to go to the little girls room so bad but I didn't want to miss anything!   


                
Nicole from TPT was so down to earth.  Jen and I could hang out with her forever!

I went to four wonderful workshops.  Although I learned something from each, my favorite by far was Rachel Lynette's.  April and I got a pic with her.  She was spunky, fun, informative, and you could tell she truly wanted to help all of us.  She was so kind to feature me on her blog Minds in Bloom.  I can't wait to use all her strategies and ideas!
                 
At a workshop with Melonheadz illustrating, we had a quick activity to draw Mr. Hughes and only had a quick look at him.  Here is my version!  Ha!

Then it was time to celebrate at happy hour.  I've never been to a conference where we got two free drink tickets!  Woo woo!  I was waiting for my new friends and collected some more!  Ha!  Their drinks were already big so I didn't need them but it was fun.  While waiting in line for our photo shoot, Neetu, April and I welcomed Jen to our Lesson Deli group!  We had one opening and she was perf!  Sorry I cut off the end of some words.  I got that from my 19 year old.  It is addicting!

To keep the day rolling, we met up with hubby, his brother Derek, and Derek's girlfriend for dinner.  

Rockin Resources had to hit up the ROCKHOUSE for lunch the next day. Check out the cool pool table!  The guitar is actually a drink container!  I had to buy one.

                        
Leaving the incredible Venetian, my girlfriend Michelle took me shopping and to dinner with her hubby.  It was so nice meeting two of her sons!  Pictures don't do them justice!  Dean and I stayed at his brother's house the next two nights and got to catch up with him and his kids.  My own children were jealous that they didn't come and see their cousins.  I love these kids!  Houses are so different here! I plan to share this during my Native American study!

                                 

My last night I wore my outfit from shop hopes!  Demi got me a discount.  Isn't it adorbs?  Follow her on Instagram for a discount!  @demihopesrep   

The desert and brown mountains are extraordinary.  It is such a different atmosphere!
                             
Here we are flying away back to Charlotte!  Bye until next year!!!!!!  My new BFFs and I are planning already for next years conference!
#tptvegas14

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