The last five weeks is kinda a blur. I loved every minute of it...well, not being stuck in airports so much, but most of it was amazing. I consider the last five weeks my amazing race! I've always wanted to go on the Amazing Race show but I think I would crap my pants if I had to do something really high. I will ride a roller coaster all day long but I am terrified of heights. Real talk people.
And, remember that one time when I embarrassingly admitted to gaining twenty pounds last semester? Well, even with all of my adventures I've managed to destroy 18 of those dreadful pounds. Two more to go and then beyond! *I will not eat Easter candy. I will not eat Easter candy.*
My first stop was Atlanta. I was beyond thrilled to attend the Ron Clark Academy. I went solely for selfish reasons. I’ve had a hard year. As a teacher, I needed someone to shake me and light my fire again. I think for the first time in my little career, I was desperate for an experience such as RCA. Guess what? It worked! I was totally inspired to the point of tears. I left feeling like I could conquer the world. I needed to be slapped around a little and given a new prospective and I was and I have one. Seriously, all teachers so go. It really is life changing and worth every penny. Shout out to hubs for paying for my day at RCA with his play money. Love a man who knows you are crazy enough to send you somewhere that will set you straight. Ha!
While in Atlanta, I was able to go to the EdExpo 2015. It was ah-mazing! I learned about so many great new up and coming products for education. You can check out my post here and make sure you follow me on instagram to see all of the pics and videos I posted of that weekend.
The next weekend I headed to California. I worked Mon-Thurs and then hopped on a plane Thurs night and flew back late Sunday night. It made for a long month but I made it work. In California, I taught a session on Writer’s Workshop (my absolute FAV) at the SouthernCalifornia Kindergarten Conference. I had such a great time. It was such a well put together and organized conference. If you live in CA, you should totally try and attend it. I was super impressed and love spending time with educators that are near and dear to my heart.
The next weekend I was home, but my besties and I threw together a huge event to benefit one of our friend’s four year old son, Gavin. He is four years old and will undergo heart surgery THIS THURSDAY. Please, please add him to your prayers. We put together and hosted a Superhero Family Fun Day & Walk. We raised a ton of money for this sweet family. It’s probably not enough, but surely it will help. It was covered by the local news and paper and we had a few hundred people attend. Not too shabby for six weeks of planning with three of my best friends. #teamgavin
Then, off to Indiana. I went for the teacher/blogger meet up put together by Holly. I want to be Holly when I grow up. She is an amazing teacher. You can check out her blog by clicking here. We were given the coolest swag from VeraBradley, Lakeshore Learning, Erin Condren, Scentos, GoNoodle, TeachersPayTeachers and I’m sure there were more lol. I won a beautiful bracelet and gift certificate from Origami Owl. I never win anything. For real and truly. I was so excited!!
I had a blast spending time with my bloggy buds and meeting new friends. I hosted a table talk on my experience at RCA and ways to be encouraged for the rest of the year. It was really fun sharing my experiences at RCA and what I have experienced in my own classroom…making connections people!
Upon returning home, I have spent time with my friends at Easter Egg hunts and going to the zoo. It’s been a whirlwind of craziness but my family survived and I made some pretty sweet memories. To say I’m blessed is an understatement and you better believe I thank God every day for this journey and pray for all of the sweet people I meet along the way.
I know this is going to be shocking, but I have THREE posts already scheduled for the next week so hold on to your seats people because this week I am going to be a for real and truly BLOGGER. Bwhahaha!
Love and virtual hugs!