It's Vegas Baby!

I am speechless, breathless and exhausted from an AMAZING TpT conference over the past few days. If you are a blogger visiting here today grab this button and start your small novel of all things Vegas! 
Myself and 600 of my closest Teachers Pay Teachers friends joined up in Viva Las Vegas for an amazing couple of days of meet-ups, happy hours, sessions and good 'ole fashioned fun!
As usual I didn't take nearly as many pictures as I should have. I was too caught up in the laughs, chats, stories and getting-to-know you of the conference. It was such an awesome experience to meet the gals who I've gotten to know through the world wide web, but had never met in person. They were just as fabulous in real life as they are online. Hooray! 
Here's what I had for pictures...Everyone is still in recovery a bit so the sharing of the photos hasn't quite happened yet. Be sure to pop all around the linky party to read about what a fulfilling and worthwhile event this was!
For me I had a loooong journey to Nevada. Cape Cod isn't even close to Target never mind Las Vegas. So I spent a lot of Tuesday traveling and even though I was flying for approximately a million hours it was still only 12:45 when I arrived. What the what? Silly time zones! But it was all worth it to see the view and rest in my ultra cozy bed. My roommate was of course Molly of Lucky to be in First. I can't believe I didn't know her until just over a year ago....How did either of us survive? And this was our fantabulous view! 
Here are us crazy cats whooping it up. The picture on the left was taken by a professional photographer for the SDE conference. It would've been cool if he let me know my sign was upside down. And there's nothing like a good selfie!
After reuniting with Molly I FINALLY met these amazing blogger/Tpt-ers who I have been communicating with for a long time. I loved them just as much as I thought I would! Top left and bottom right is the amazing Aimee of Primarily Speaking. I LOVE this girl. So much I even took a late night nap on her shoulder! And she gave us all shot glasses.- what's not to love? Plus we are both covered in freckles...It's like a quiet inside club us freckled people are in. She was totally "my people". In the top right corner there you'll also see Christy of Crayons and Whimsy, Vera of The Tutu Teacher and Melissa of First Grade Smiles. These gals were an absolute delight!
Us girls in the top right corner there rocked out at New Kids on the Block!! 
I was never a NKOTB fan when I was younger, but it was Vegas and I was like "Why not?". I was so glad I went. They were a blast. I think they know it's kind of ridiculous they are doing this at 45, but they kicked in into high gear. And I'm sure they are laughing all the way to the bank!
 That guy there...Oh it's Joey!
My last night I went to Benihana with a few of the amazing gals I already met plus the hilarious and adorable Jamie from Bright Concept 4 Teachers. She's also in the freckle club! We never ran out of anything to talk about....How could you when I was drinking out of a Buddha man. I gifted him to that sweetie Vera. Regretfully that Buddha only has one arm now due to an elevator mishap. 
I hope Vera will still love him! We also spent some quality time with Jen of Teaching in the Tongass, Aris of Sailing Into Second and Sara of The Colorful Apple but I couldn't find any pics of them on my phone...weird!
I also know some hilarious sweet bloggers who teach upper grades. I had some fun selfie time with Amanda of Collaboration Cuties and Jessica of Ideas by Jivey. These girls are the cutest. We didn't get to spend nearly enough time together! 
Friday was the official Tpt conference where we had a keynote, 4 sessions and a happy hour. I am still processing everything. At this point I know I need to just keep working hard with integrity and diligence. It's like that Field of Dreams quote- 
"If you build it they will come...". 
The keynote speech brought tears to my eyes. The founder of TpT Paul Edelman was amazing. He brought a hug for everyone there! How nice of him =) My friend Melissa was doing her best to grab all the extras! Also the amazing Deanna Jump spoke. Her speech was sweet, funny, inspiring and overall amazing. She is seriously a genuine, hardworking, humble person. I was incredibly impressed. We also heard from the stupendous Amy and the super cute CEO John Yoo of TpT!
Selfie time with John Yoo!
 Here's a trio of Deanna! 
 The most inspiring part of my weekend was meeting my blog idol Cara Carroll. I started following Cara about 3 summers ago when I had just had my third child and spent a lot of time in front of the computer nursing. I was so inspired and moved by her wealth of fun and fantastic classroom ideas. I think I may have been her #1 customer!! I'm not from the South, but "y'all" she is the absolute sweetest thing ever! And she knew who I was! I feel like only my mom, husband and kids know me. Well now I can add the amazing Cara to that list. We chatted kids, wine, friends and teaching. I can't wait for next year to pick up where we left off  I look like a little bit of a stalker in this pic...whoops.
My only problem was there was not enough time!!  There were loads more bloggers who I wanted to meet, but never quite made it to seeing.  
There's always next year!


  1. Looks like you had a great time, too! Can't wait until next year!
    First Grade Blue SKies

  2. Had a blast! I can't wait till next year to do it all again!

    Buzzing with Ms. B

  3. I felt the same, so many people and not enough time!!! Truly one of the best times I have ever had!! Thanks so much for the fun link up!!

    Corinna (✿◠‿◠)
    Surfin' Through Second

  4. What an inspirational few days with you all!
    Easy Teaching Tools

  5. It looks like you had a blast!!! :) You look so happy in all of your pictures!

    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  6. It was so much fun! The NKOTB concert had to be a blast! Thank you for the linky!

  7. Best weekend ever! I am so glad we got to finally meet in person and hang out together. The countdown has already begun for next summer...
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

  8. Looks like you have a great time! Looking forward to next year already!

    -Elissa Jones
    Mrs. Jones Creation Station

  9. I'm not sure how I managed to NOT see you this week! I guess I'll have to wait until next year, or at least the next New England Blogger meet up! Thanks for sponsoring the linky!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

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  11. Thanks for the link-up. I'm so sad we didn't get to meet. There were so many people.

  12. Great link up! It was such an amazing time. I wish it never would've ended! Hope to meet you next year!

  13. Looks like a wonderful time!! I have to make it a priority next year!! I only live 45 minutes from Cara and have never even met her haha!
    The Blessed OCDiva

  14. Ahhh Deirdre, how did we not meet?!? I'm SO so glad that we were able to at least virtually connect through this linky of yours that I was looking forward to all week long!! THANK YOU for putting this together for us to share what was the best week of my life! :) :)

    Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd

  15. It went wayyyy too fast! I didn't meet you but want to next year! Great idea for the linky!

  16. Hi Deirdre!
    Thanks so much for hosting this linky. WOW! Is all I can say about Vegas. What an experience that I will never forget. It's already on my calendar for next year!

    :) Shelley
    The Write Stuff Teaching

  17. This is such a fun linky!!! It's like living Vegas all over again!

  18. I am bummin I didn't get to meet EVERYONE! Ha! I love all your pics!
    Rockin Resources Blog

  19. Such an amazing time!!! I can't wait until next year!

    Amanda Bryant
    A Traveled Teacher

  20. Thank you for hosting this linky! I've still got so much to tell!
    Learning at the Teacher Table

  21. The conference was amazing! I'm already excited for next year!
    Kindergarten Blog | Green Apple Lessons

  22. OH NO ! Poor buddha and the elevator mishap! LOL this was a great post! Thanks for hosting this linkup-it is amazing to read everyone else's posts! Thanks and let's keep running into each other!
    Reading and Writing Redhead

  23. Thanks for hosting this great linky. I got to meet you and Molly for like 30 seconds at the meet up. It was so crazy and loud in Hopefully next time we will get a chance to really talk. Looks like you had a fabulous time!

    Luv My Kinders

  24. I LOVED your post. You are so right, Vegas was AMAZING!!! Thanks so much for hosting this party, I just linked up. I can't wait to go back and read all of the posts.
    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

  25. It looks like you had a really great time there. Maybe next time I would join. In September I am going there with some friends of mine for a quick trip. We have booked a hotel with Reservation Counter for quite a cheap price for a city like Vegas. I can't wait for that trip!


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