Saturday, November 5, 2011


Hi, Rachelle here...{and Natalie too}
Saturday afternoon we had our Salt Lake City blogger/teacher meet-up! 
Can I just say that we all had the BEST TIME! I cannot even remember eating my lunch because we talked/laughed so darn much for 3 straight hours!

Here's the group shot of all our new friends!! 

Sharon, Cindy, and Kim

Let me just tell you about these 3 ladies.  I'D DIE TO BE IN THEIR CLASSROOMS!!! 
They all teach way in California!  I'd like to say they made the trip just to come see us, but Sharon just so happens to have a condo in Park City.  These ladies kept us laughing all lunch long and I'm SO obsessed with them {do I sound like a stalker?}.

Malarie, me, and Candace

I LOVED meeting Candace! She's such a sweetie who teaches kinder. She was the perfect person to sit next to and I hope we meet-up again soon! Ok and how cute is her classroom blog?

Malarie and I grew up in the same small town and ended up going to SUU together. She posted {this} fabulous guest post on our blog about using yoga in your classroom.  I love her blog too! Thanks Malarie for making the long trek up to SLC to see us!!!!

Leah, Lindsey, and Natalie

I have been stalking Leah's Pinterest for quite some time. She's got the whole pinning-amazing-ideas-thing down!  She has a cutest blog. that I just found some amazing October things on that I stowed away for next year.  She's from Ohio {no, she didn't come to Utah for the meet-up...she lives here now!} and is SUPER fun!

I about fell over when I met THE TEACHER WIFE! We hugged each other like we were old friends! I really think we are!!!!!  Funny story....I was asking her how she was {because I feel like I know her because I read EVERY post she has ever written}. Then, I asked her how long she's been married and she said 2 1/2 years. WOW ME TOO!  I asked her when she got married....June 13, 2009. WOW ME TOO! It was meant to be. 
I'm sure Natalie and I will be getting together with her much more!

Misty, Ericka and Kasey

Misty is super sweet and she knows her stuff! She is a 1st grade teacher at Natalie's school {Natalie and I do not teach at the same school- that surprised everyone today}.  She just posted her first unit on TpT and let me tell you......IT IS IN MY CART RIGHT NOW {it's a science unit and I love that}! I know she'll do great on TpT! Go follow her now!

Ericka and Kasey {they come as a package...just like me and Natalie} are 2 of the 3 bloggers from First Grade and Fancy Free  You have to read the story about how Ericka and I actually know each other! It's crazy!!!  They have also just posted their first item on TpT and good news....I BOUGHT IT! I had nothing for November ready and I was so thankful when they posted their Harvest unit. Now I have something to be excited for this month in my class!

Here we are with the California ladies!!!!!

Natalie and I had so much fun with Leah and Lindsey

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CAME! I'm super sad that some of our friends who were traveling from up north couldn't make it because of the snow storm, but we'll do this again {maybe in the summer?}.

Two things I learned from today:
1. Teachers/bloggers/blog stalkers are the most giving, wonderful people. I love this community of teachers and bloggers who have come together to help each other out!

2. We are a total different breed! We got giddy talking about clipart, fonts, blogs, TpT and teaching!  We got heated talking about print ink prices, clipart terms of use, and copyright!

Thanks for a great day!

(And a great BIG thank you to all our bloggy friends who donated items for our fun prize drawing. Everyone who came walked away with awesome prizes!)


Liz said...

Oh Me Oh My! This looked like so much fun! Bummer I don't live in Utah. All of you ladies are amazing & I am obsessed with all of your ideas!

Dana said...

I'm glad you ladies got together! What a blast! I should do something like that with all the blogger friends who live in/near Atlanta!

3rd Grade Gridiron

Ms. Durning said...

Sounds like a fantastic day!!! Wish I didn't live all the way in NY.

Kindergarten Fever said...

Thanks for posting and thanks for hosting today, I had such a great time. Can't wait to do it again!

Tamara L. Chilver said...

So wishing I lived closer and could have been there too. You all are soooo inspirational.

E Andersen said...

Love, love, love! I have Misty's unit in my cart as well! Headed to read the yoga post....Today was awesome. Summer sounds good to me!

Kerri and Lindsay said...

OMG!! I can't believe I just looked at your pictures and saw 3 of my friends that I taught with for 10 years at my old school in Cali!! I can't believe that they got to go up there and meet up with you and I am SOOO jealous that I was not there! I can't wait to call Kim and ask her all about it!
Kerri B

First Grade and Fancy Free said...

I am SO glad I came today! It was so fun to meet everyone. You are right about everyone being so giving and wonderful. Can't wait for the next get together!


The Hall's said...

Thanks for the invite ladies! Even though I don't have a blog it was so fun to meet all of you that do blog. It was a very fun three hours. You all inspire me to try new things!!!

Lindsey (The Teacher Wife) said...

SUCH a fun lunch!!! i loved meeting all you guys for *reals*! can't wait to get together again! :)

Rachelle said...

My husband thought I was some sort of crazy person when I came home because I was going about 100 miles a minute tell him how amazing the meet-up was!!!!!!


See you all soon!

Mrs. Cole said...

I'm so glad I saw your post. Another blogger friend and I area planning a blogging get together in our area in Kentucky. We have only talked about it and have so many questions. How did you get it together and organize it? What did you all do when you met? I'm so excited to do this!!!!!


Kathy said...

Looks like so much fun!! I am just amazed by the blogging community. You have made friends for life!

First Grade a la Carte

A Teacher's Treasure said...

Sounds like you ladies had a wonderful time! I'm a little jealous!!! :)
Thanks for taking pics and keeping us all in the loop!

❤ Mor Zrihen ❤
A Teacher's Treasure

Busy Bees said...

I AM so jealous. That looks like it was a blast and so much fun. We live in Ohio and would love to find some Ohio friends!! Thanks for the great pics of your fun time together!

Kristen said...

aw, you girls are so lucky!! I'm so glad you all had a nice time together, I can just imagine the creativity and energy in that room!!

oh' boy said...

color me GREEN!! Looks like you guys had a blast!!! HOW FUN!!! I would love to know how you got it all planned out and organized. *hint hint*

Rebecca said...

I am sooo sad I missed it yesterday! Put me on the mailing list for next time! Thanks for the wonderful post!

Rebecca in Utah
Teaching First

Erica Bohrer said...

Awe! I am so jealous. Maybe when I make it big on TpT, I can fly out for your next meet-up. Or perhaps we should all go on a cruise together?!

Glad you had a great time and thanks for posting about it. I love getting to know more about my blogging buddies.

Erica Bohrer's First Grade

Rebecca said...

Let me know if you all would like to do a Utah girls blogger give away on one of our blogs! How fun would that be??


Teaching First

Kristin said...

SO fun!!!!! I love it!!!! I wish I was there!!! :)
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Gladys said...

Awww...looks like you girls had a blast! Thanks for showing us the fun pics!


Lili Garcia said...

You did have a great time!!! This make my blogger friends more real, thanks a lot for sharing your great experience with all of us!!!

Jodi said...

How fun! Wish I lived closer :)


Rachel said...

Looked like SO much fun! Stupid snow! Glad you guys had a great time though.

Ed Link - First Grade

Sharon said...

RACHELLE AND NATALIE ARE EVEN BETTER IN PERSON!!!!!! We have not stopped talking about the perfection of EVERYTHING. You all are hilarious, talented, personable, gracious, and GORGEOUS! What a day to remember. Thank you so much for all your hard work on the blog, and especially for organizing the FIRST ANNUAL TEACHER BLOG CONVENTION - UTAH!

Kim, Cindy, & Sharon

Mrs. L said...

Wish that I could have come. Next time.
Life with Mrs. L

Michelle said...

How fun! I'm super jealous. Wish I could have been there! :)

Malarie said...

I had such a great time! You ladies have inspired me so much. I even made a blog post today! Let's do this again :)

Candace said...

I had so much fun getting to know you two and all the other friends we met there! Thank you so much for putting it all together.

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