Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What Happens in Vegas... Ends Up on My Blog!

*Exhale* Oh, my! It has been quite the crazy last 6 weeks! My school year ended mid-June, and as soon as the school year was over, I packed-up my classroom and house, and moved about 4 hours from my home! Moving my classroom was pretty much like moving my house... or worse! I don't know about you all, but OH MY GOODNESS did I have a lot of stuff! I had a HUGE garage sale and sold what seemed like a million things! 

I'm still not settled! I had to give-up my computer and purchase a new one. I am trying to get used to Windows 8. I can't handle it so far! My new computer is supposed to be awesome, but it is driving me a little crazy! The touch pad is overly sensitive. I thought I was going to throw my new computer out the window the first few days! I'm also navigate the new Word programs... Why did they have to go and change things on me!! Good thing I learn quickly! Windows 8 users... are you going insane? Or, have you adjusted?

Let's Get to the Vegas Adventures...

With all of this craziness going on, I was so very excited for my trip to the TPT conference in Vegas! I had made so many new friends since I began blogging a year ago and was so excited to FINALLY meet them! I met some of the sweetest people. I was so grateful to share stories with fellow bloggers, and so grateful that my new friends were accepting to my major shyness problem! 

I stayed in Vegas for 5 days, which is a long time in Vegas standards. By day 5, I was exhausted after late nights, early mornings, and a ton of walking. I was a lucky-duck to be able to go to the conference with my good friend, Erin. She is a fellow first grade teacher and is starting a blog soon! She was definitely my partner in crime, and I was lucky to spend time with someone who wanted to go on the same adventures I wanted to go on. 

I was able to attend a couple blogger meet-ups. I was an introvert in a sea of teachers! I was so timid to go up to my blogging idols, but when I finally conquered my nerves, I introduced myself to some wonderful people! I could not believe the kindness! So many of them told me, "Let me know if you need anything." What!?! These amazing teachers are willing to help ME!! I felt so blessed!

I met Deanna Jump from Mrs. Jump's Class...
My blogging idol Hope King from Second Grade Shenanigans...
Molly from Lucky to be in First....
Emily Hutchison from Curious Firsties (she is just the sweetest person!)

To top off the trip, I was able to have dinner with these lovely teachers (and many more who are not pictured). 

Jenny from Luckeyfrog's Lilypad (another sweetheart)...
Krystal from Good Enough Teacher...
and Lory from Lory's Page

The conference was wonderful and I left ready to create more resources for my future firsties! I have so many ideas... I'm not sure which to start with first!! 

I met so many wonderful people that I didn't snap photos of! I wish I would've snapped a photo of every wonderful person I met!! 

I'm linking up with A Burst of First to share what happened in Vegas! Several other bloggers linked-up, so take a look!

Did you attend the TPT conference in Vegas? I'd love to see your photos! Leave the link in the comments below :-)


  1. Hi Elizabeth! I stayed in Vegas for 5 days as well. I had a ton of fun, but by Saturday I was ready to come back home. I seem to be the only blogger who didn't get to meet Mrs. Jump! I have to get my life together so I can attend the conference next year. I was actually at a different conference there that week. I did attend the blogger meet ups, however, and met some great people. I wish we would have bumped into one another; maybe next year! Stop by and visit me some time...I'd love to have you!


  2. It looks like you had a blast! I can't wait to hear about everything!!!

    Searching for Teacher Balance

  3. It was great to have a friend to walk around and talk with! Great post
    Curious Firsties

  4. What an awesome recap of your trip, Elizabeth! Love all your pictures! Can't wait to do it all over again next year!

    Lucky to Be in First

  5. I was only there for three nights and I'm still tired. I can't imagine 5! We got new laptops with windows 8 at school. I hate it. It crashed when I installed my Dropbox showed the blue screen of doom for days. I've turned it in once since then and it worked. I'm still a Mac girl 100%.

    Surfing to Success

  6. Hi Lizz! I've seen your name on the Oregon Blogger FB group but wanted to officially stop by and say hi! I hope to meet you at the August meet up if it works out. :) I'm a new follower, too!
    Mrs. Renz Class

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