Saturday, July 20, 2013


I think I'm finally caught up on sleep after the Sin City shenanigans and blogger meetup this week!! This was my second year attending the event and I was so excited to spend the whole trip hanging out with a bunch of ladies that have grown to be such good friends of mine over the past year!

I arrived on Monday and met up with one of my roomies, Kelley (Teacher Idea Factory) at the airport. We met for the first time in Vegas last year and this year. I absolutely LOVE this girl!! Over the past year she's gone from being one of my favorite bloggers to one of my favorite friends and I was so looking forward to hanging out again during the trip! Our other roomie was our friend Melissa!! (She's one 1/2 of  Lesson Plan SOS ) She's a total sweetheart who keeps it real and I was looking forward to spending more than just an evening with her this year! The three of us chatted it up for about half an hour in the airport before finally deciding, perhaps we should make our way to our glorious 1,200 sq. ft. suite at the Venitian....

                                 {I may or may not have almost knocked that entire Queen Of The Desert display over. Thanks for looking our Melissa!! Haha!}

But not before we made a pit-spot for lunch at I <3 Burgers. I did indeed HEART me one of their big delicious burgers along with their dessert worthy sweet potato and cinnamon fries!


I was a little in awe of our room. Just imagine, three girls and ALL their STUFF rooming together with so much space we could each occupy our own little section of the room with plenty of space left over. There was even a color printer in the room. Don't think we didn't contemplate prepping a unit or two ;)

We were on the 11th floor - just check out our killer view that Kelley caught on Instagram! Hahaha!! 

We quickly decided that a day at the pool in a private cabana was a MUST - so bright and early the next morning we headed down to claim our little slice of poolside heaven for the day! We were joined by some more sweet friends that we'd been itchin to hang out with - Kristen (A Teeny Tiny Teacher)  Hadar (Miss Kindergarten) and Christy (Crayons and Whimsy). Kelley and I had met Hadar for dinner once a few months ago, but it was so much more fun getting to spend a whole day hanging out with her! Kristen is just as adorable and fun in real life as she is on her blog. After talking for months online it was SO NICE to be able to hang out in person!! They introduced us to Christy who is also a California blogger (Melissa and I were totally outnumbered by these Cali gals) and she is the real deal yall, you gotta check out her blog! We talked, snacked, swam, and soaked up the sun  all. day. long. 
Not sure I can ever enjoy a pool the same way again after all this fancy fun!!

We met up with another mutual friend, Tanja (Journey of a Substitute Teacher), before heading over to the meetup. Yup, big hugs all around when this lady joined up with us!

When we got upstairs the first thing I noticed was there were way more people than the year before. Bloggers and lots of fabulous blog followers all gathered together in one busy buzzing room! I got to catch up with some of my very favorite ladies- Rachelle, Cheryl, and DeeDee!

                                                                    I adore these girls!!

I'm glad somebody was remembering to take pictures since all I did was talk- ha!

 Love this lady!! Another friendship made this year!

 Even The King couldn't keep away from the Shenanigans ;)

 We also got to meet Amy and John from TPT!! I can't tell you how awesome I thought it was that they flew in from NY for this event. Like I told John that night, TPT is by nature an online business, so it's really nice to be able to shake hands with them in person and just say THANK YOU for brining this blessing that is TPT into so many lives! They went out of their way to connect with members of the TPT community which makes me even more proud to be part of the outstanding organization!!

A room FULL of bloggers!! Holla! How many do you recognize? :)

A big thank you to the uber talented photographer Natalie from What The Teacher Wants who snapped some of amazing photos from the event and was willing to share!!

{Christy, Melissa, Me, Hadar, Teeny, Kelley, Tanja}

The night ended with one last dinner with these fabulous ladies!!

Kelley, Melissa, and I still had half a day together before we had to drag our butts to the airport and say goodbye. We made the most of it by grabbing one last de-licous meal at Serendipitys (If you have a sweet tooth like me then this place is a must go in Vegas...just sayin!) and stinking a few last poses together on the strip.

Two nights was NOT enough time to play!! I miss my sweet friends already and wish they all lived much closer. This is officially my new favorite summer tradition. #Vegas2014...who's coming with!?


  1. It looks like so much fun! I am definitely going next year!!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  2. Oh my goodness!! It looks like so much fun! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  3. Looks amazing...such sweet, talented ladies! Thanks for sharing!

    What Happens in First Grade

  4. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh . . . I want to go back! Miss you so much already my friend. Great write up for sure :)

  5. I AM COMING WITH!!!!! That's who!!!

    Loved reading this... even though I was jealous the whole time!


  6. It looks like so much fun! I definitely want to go next year!

  7. Great post, roomie! My thoughts exactly!!! :) Melissa

  8. Oh my goodness! Sounds like so much fun. I've GOTTA go next year.

    Super Sparkly in Second

  9. All these posts are making me have to go next year! You are going to have to find a bigger room for all the people who are going to attend the meetup next year!

    The Polished Teacher

  10. Ahhh...Vegas! It was so fun and I loved meeting you! Hope to see you soon :)

    Crayons and Whimsy

  11. SO FUN!!! Miss you!!!!
    I really wanted to go to Serendipity's. I'm so jealous!!!!
    Love you, girl!

  12. Your pictures make look like it was so much fun!!! I want to go next year!!

    Bitty Bilinguals

  13. WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! You girls are the best!!! Love you all.

  14. It was SO MUCH FUN Stephanie!!! I just love hanging out with you! Why can't we all just buy houses together and all live on the same street?!

  15. I just moved to Vegas last Tuesday for my first teaching position. What a fun way to meet other teachers/bloggers. I definitely plan on being there next year.

  16. I had so much fun in Vegas! I agree, it wasn't enough time, so I guess I'll have to go back next year!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

  17. Sounds like a good time! Wish I knew how to create material like this!!
    I am very interested in buying your unit "Everyone is Smart" . Does that come with the story you wrote for your class?
    Great Stuff!!
    Thanks for sharing!