Saturday, January 28, 2012

We're Real People!

Today, I had my first encounter with bloggy buddies in real life.  I met up with four lovely ladies in Columbus, and it was a great time!  :)  It's so crazy how you can know so much about people you have never met.  If you've had the chance to meet up with any other teacher bloggers, I am sure you know what I mean.

In related news, you all may or may not be able to infer this from my posts, but I am a talker.  A fast, very excitable talker.  A hand talker, high-pitched talker, really overly enthusiastic talker.  :)  If you already know me in real life, then you already know this, and you can probably sympathize with the four ladies I met up with.  Fortunately, my blog gives me an outlet for my compulsion to gab...errrr... type?  {My husband thanks you! } In all seriousness though, the ridiculous amount of exclamation points I abuse in posts will, in no way, prepare you for meeting me in the real world.  I apologize... I'm neurotic intense!  Hahahaha! No really. I hope they talk to me again!!!  :)  If you are going to Cincy next week for Abby and Michelle's get-together, you have been forewarned, and I look forward to talking with you!  Of course!!!

Okay, now I have to tell you.  I love meeting people with the same crazy passion about teaching!  It was soooo much fun to sit and talk about TpT, fonts, lessons, blog layouts, clipart, and all sorts of teacher talk.  It didn't even matter that we had just "officially" met, we talked pretty much non-stop for 2 1/2 hours! Now, I would be remiss if I didn't introduce you to the lovely ladies I had lunch with.

Meet Sarah from Sweet Times in 2nd.  She is a darling first grade teacher who ironically went to high school with one of my college besties.  She is a cheerleading coach, and in some ways, she made me miss both cheering and coaching, although I don't miss the insane schedule AT ALL.  She has the most adorable... most well behaved little baby boy, and she has a wonderful blog!  You have to check it out!  She just started blogging recently, and she just set up her own TpT store.  Plus, she's doing a giveaway of her super cute Mardi Gras Madness packet!  You are definitely going to want to check it out

Sarah and I!  I'm the one that looks like a twelve year old!  Ha... :)
Next, I'd like to introduce you to Katie!  I have to admit... I have been a big fan of Katie's work for about two years.  She is one of the masterminds behind Reading, which is one of my absolute favorite education websites ever.  I have used so many of her ideas with my kiddos, and I was so excited to sit down and talk shop with her!  I also appreciate that she is another Comprehension Connections fan... because that book totally changed my approach to teaching comprehension strategies... and I just love gabbing about professional literature with people who actually know what I am talking about.  I may be a tad on the nerdy side.  :) Anywhoooo.... Katie also has a collaborative blog called Two Can Do It, and it is also a must-see!  Run, don't walk!

The lovely lady in the middle of the next picture is Amanda.  Love her name! Haha!  :)  No really, she is a wonderful kindergarten teacher from my "neck of the woods".  She student taught in my previous school district with one of my favorite people in the whole entire world.  {Debbie H... I'm talking to you!}  Anyway, Amanda doesn't have a "teacher blog" per se, but she does blog with her Kinder Kiddos, and I think that's pretty amazing! :)  If she ever decides to join the teacher blog world, I just know that she's going to have a TON to contribute!

And... now we have Kim! I like Kim because she is creative, she practically lives around the corner from me, she is another intermediate teacher, and she has my natural hair color.  No really.  I think she's a super talented teacher and crafter.  I have already informed her that I need her scrapbooking assistance.  I am pretty much deficient in the craft department, and it makes me feel a little embarrassed.  I had a really amazing summer five years ago on the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Queen's Court, and I have two pages "done" in the scrapbook.  They aren't exactly anything to write home about either.  So, needless to say, I am in serious need of an intervention... Kim-tervention?! She has really great ideas on her teacher blog: The Teacher's Lane, and she has some really cute centers for sale on Teacher's Notebook.  If you need a Kim-tervention, you may want to take a peek at her crafty blog too: It's a Crafty Life.

Katie (1st grade), Amanda (K), and Kim (4th).  :)  

Ladies, thanks for getting together! :)  I really enjoyed getting to meet all of you, and I'm looking forward to meeting all of the Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana bloggers in Cincinnati this upcoming weekend!  :)   Aside from the four hour drive, I absolutely can't wait!!!


  1. OMG!! so jealous you guys all got to meet! looks so fun!

  2. Jealous!!!!!!!!!!!!! You girls couldn't have come to Michigan, now, could you!?

    Looks like you had fun and you're a bunch of hotties! :)

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  3. Looks really fun, we're going to plan a Michigan meet up soon - seeing as how all us Michigan girls are loving this post!! I tagged you come on over to my blog and check it out!

  4. jealous! i wish there were more bloggers in my area!

    Third Grade in the First State

  5. yay! I'll be a the cinci meetup...can't wai to meet you!!!

  6. I will be at the Tristate Meet up!! I look forward to meeting you. It will be nice to talk with someone who talks as much as I do!!! :)

  7. So jealous of all these meet-ups! Anyone want to come to Boston?

    ❤Jodi from...
    ★★The Clutter-Free Classroom★★
    Helping Teachers Get Organized

  8. Yay! I feel like a celebrity being mentioned on your blog! Thanks for the shout outs...I'm definitely leaning towards going to the meet-up next weekend! :)


  9. Thanks again for setting everything up, Amanda! I had a great time and it was so fun meeting you guys. :-)

  10. Looks like you had a fun meet up! Sorry I couldn't join - we had work to do on the nursery :)

  11. Wow, I had so much fun! It's so amazing to be able to sit and talk for hours about our profession with people who GET IT! :) Loved meeting you ladies. You are all so inspiring! :)


  12. how i crave to talk to other teachers that get it. I was actually thinking of changing positions from elementary teacher to reading specialist teacher. It would mean i would have to give up my class and school that i do treasure. anyway i love your blog. wish i could have come to meet up with everyone. mary at

  13. I tagged you in a post, come over and check it out!

    Twins, Teaching and Tacos.

  14. Can't wait to meet ya, girl!!! Looks like y'all had fun!

    {PS. No more concussions this week!}

  15. Aw bummer! I live just about 30 minutes away from Columbus! I wrote on your post but "gasp" didn't read the directions to email you! :-)

    Lol... I guess that I need to start practicing what I preach- "read the directions!"

    I'm glad you had a great time!!!

  16. sounds like fun! ohio teachers rock!