Is this real life?!? Vegas Blogger Meet Up!

Tuesday night was the Vegas Blogger Meet Up and let me tell you.. it was SO much fun!!

I went a little early and met up with the amazing Kelley & Stephanie so we could meet each other for the first time and talk about how nervous we were to meet all the bloggers we look up to!!
{Kelley, Stephanie, & Me!}
It's funny when you think you know someone through a blog.... and you even call them your friend...and then you meet them in person.. and they are EXACTLY what you thought they'd be like!

Well thank goodness that happened with just about everyone there! It is funny how much you learn from someone just by reading their posts.

The BIG guns!
{Back Row, Left-Right}:
{Front Row, Left-Right}:
Fran's ear, Melissa, Michelle Oakes, Hope King, Kim Adsit, Kathleen Pederson, Crystal
Anna Brantley, Cheryl Saoud

These ladies were AMAZING!! They were so sweet and humble and down-to-earth... while the rest of us were sweatin' just getting up the nerve to go introduce ourselves. Well... I was at least!

I am sure you follow all of them already... but if not just click their name and follow! Their blogs are seriously inspirational and many of them are the very reason I blog now!
Some highlights:
- When we walked in we were greeted by some of the big guns and Michelle Oakes recognized me... ME! Can you believe it?! I couldn't! She knew I was getting married soon. I was so happy!
- Rachelle was the MC for the night and she is hilarious!!
- I spoke with Cheryl from Primary Graffiti for a bit and she was giving some tips on Donor's Choose and how to get set up! Something I must, must, must do!

- Deedee Wills was so sweet and funny! She was talking up the Silhouette CAMEO that all the bloggers have now.. sounds amazing, now I just need $250... although she did mention something about a big ole' giveaway involving the CAMEO soon... (Shhhh!)

We also won prizes!!
Me cheezin' because I won this awesome Steve Harpster book!

This book is so cool and perfect for my low students who are still working on number identification at the beginning of the year. What a fun way to do it! Each page has a number (1-20) and a step-by-step drawing tutorial to make a cute sea animal!

Here is an example page:
The number 10 and you can turn it into a super cute sea turtle!
He has some other books too {here} including one where you can make letters into monsters! Caaahute!

I should've taken more pictures but I was way too busy chatting and staring.
Check out Kelley and Stephanie's blogs as I am sure they have more pics!

Sour Apple Studio       Falling into First

 One last thing... I was about to do some laundry when BOOM! look who I found... in my dryer.
This is my cat, Jarvis. A few things about him:
-He has a huge, flamboyant tail
-We call him "The Ruiner" because... well... he ruins everything
-He is gay (note the flamboyant tail above)
-We love every inch of this little rascal!
Until next time!


  1. What a cat cutie....and in the dryer. Gotta love cat's hiding places.

    Yearn to Learn Blog

    1. I know right... he is certainly adorable.. although he drives me crazy most of the time!!

  2. Looks like you ladies had a great time!! Wish I could have gone!!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

    1. I wish you could've gone too! I would've loved to meet you! Maybe next time :)

  3. It looks like you all had SO much fun!! I may have to join you all next year. I've been to Vegas a few times & love it- a blogger meet up would make it much more fun!! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

    1. Lisa, you HAVE to join us next time... so much fun!!

  4. Love. Love. LOVE your post!!! Hugs my dear friend . . . cuz ya know that's what you are :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  5. Thanks for letting me enjoy this trip vicariously through you! I'm super jealous, but very happy that you all had a great time. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Love, love, love the one of Jarvis!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

    1. That crazy Jarvis.. the fiance had a good laugh at work when I sent him that pic too!

  6. How cool!! It looks like you all had a great time! I hope there is a New Jersey/New York/Tri-State Area blogger meet up soon! *fingers crossed* Love the pictures!

    The Resource Room Teacher

    1. I am originally from back east so an east coast meet up would just give me another reason to visit home annnddd meet more awesome bloggers!! I'm in!

  7. I am SOOO mad that I couldn't go to Vegas!! Looks like you all had an amazing time! And I love your kitty in the dryer! Thank God you checked!!!

    1. We missed you Hadar!! I would've loved to meet you! You would be up there in my big guns photo! Maybe next time :)

  8. Looks like an amazing time with such fabulous teachers/bloggers! Thanks for inspiring:)

    The Resourceful Apple

    1. It was amazing! Next time you have to come Tammy! and thank YOU for inspiring!

  9. Hi Susan!! Man, I'm so jealous-- it looks like y'all had a blast!! :) Thanks for sharing the pictures!! I'm your newest follower!!

    I'd love it if you stopped by!

    A Day in First Grade

  10. LOVE it!! It was SO great meeting you in real time- ha! I hope we can all do it again SOON and with more time to play!! :)

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

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  12. Looks like fun! SO glad I stumbled across your sweet blog- it's so cute!!

    The Learning Tree

  13. Hi Susan -
    I'm so jealous...I got to meet some of them at the CA blogger meet up and that was a blast. I'm glad you had fun and I love how sweet they are too. Blogging is the best!
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

    1. It sure is! You get to meet so many amazing people :)

  14. Isn't it funny-like meeting celebrities! :) Sounds like a really great time!


  15. So glad to have met you! You girls were way too cute! Good luck with planning that wedding of yours! :)


  16. Hi Sweet Friend! Love your post. I was nervous to meet everyone too but had a blast. Your kitty is so cute...glad he didn't go for a tumble. I'm eager to follow along as you plan your wedding and prepare your DC project! (((HUGS)))


  17. I'm so excited! You all have! Thanks Susan, for letting me in on your blog. I LOVE seeing my friends :) I'm so glad you all had such a good time.

  18. Susan! I totally got to meet you in VEGAS! I love your photos and I am excited to be following your blog! :)

    Apples and ABC's

  19. Thanks for visiting me at Lanier's Lions! I love your blog's title! Your cat in the dryer is hilarious! I have 3 and I tend to find them in some pretty crazy spots around the house!

    Newest Follower
    Lanier's Kindergarten Lions

  20. I had to come by to see kitty! I think our boys would get along well! I'm glad you found me, and I'm excited to start sharing the first grade love!

    A Series of First Grade Events


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