I have been out of town the past two weekends and wasn’t able to get organized last week to post regularly!  {sorry about that!}  But this post will be so worth the wait….  Last weekend I got to meet some of my dear blogging buddies in real life.  It’s funny (creeps people out) when I talk about my blogging friends, and they quickly realize that we haven’t met in person.  There are local blogger meet-ups that happen, but this is the first one that I have gotten to meet blogging friends from different states! I want to share pictures with you, but the first one I want to share is the embrace when we all got to finally meet…

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This picture makes me smile because you can see the joy on their faces as they all embrace!
Let me start from the beginning of our trip and share some of the highlights and people along the way…  We all met in Ohio.  Yep.  Not California or Hawaii (both options!)…but look how beautiful it is!  It was so nice to get away and be surrounded by a slower freezing pace of life.
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The amazing Jessica {Mrs. Stanford’s Class}, picked myself and Hadar 
{Miss Kindergarten} up at the airport, bright and early in the morning.  We made the mistake of taking a red-eye flight (a lesson learned…).  There was a good 3 hour drive to our hotel, and I don’t think there was a moment of silence.  I may or may not have passed out in the back seat for some of it, but Jessica was the most bubbly, LOUD, vibrant person ever.  We were all instant besties#

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We made our way to a wonderful pizza restaurant for lunch and the first group of us got to meet!  Megan was our host for the weekend and was so organized and was great at showing us around!  Here are the ladies from left to right, and then the front row:
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Here is me smelling the yummy pizza.  Gotta smell things before you eat them, right?  And this meal was one of the most entertaining conversations of my life.  

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Now, you might ask, what do teacher bloggers do when they fly across the United States to hang out??? Oh, they go to TARGET!  Yep, we all share a little passion, called the Dollar Bin.  Nicole flew out from Hawaii, and they don’t have a Target where she lives!!! We had to go for her especially…
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Next on the “To Do” list was make a quick stop at Ikea.  There are always such good decorating ideas that you can use in your classroom there!  The bottom left picture is Squirrels and Jessica.  Squirrels is twisting and setting all of the timers on the shelf…that about sums her up! lol

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Here is a group shot of us at dinner when four other ladies came and joined us!  You can see Stephanie {Falling into First} and Kelley {The Teacher Idea Factory} in the front of the left,  Katie {Queen of the First Grade Jungle} third on the right, and Susan {Thank God It’s First Grade} way in the back on the right!

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Here are the ladies walking on the street, freezing!!!!

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This is my favorite group shot of us!

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I am a fan of “jumping pictures.”  I am normally the one jumping and I send it to the girls…it was my turn to take the photo!

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I would like you to meet Betty.  This is a purse.  And she has a twitter @betty_coop.
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On our flight home, Hadar and I were having major #FOMO (fear of missing out) and we didn’t want to turn off our phones to miss the constant group texting….this is what was waiting for us when we could finally turn our phones back on!  I think we have all been texting since we landed…

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13 responses to “OHIO….bestiesforlife#”

  1. Mel D Avatar
    Mel D

    I would've totally went to this! I'm just in NW Indiana :o( It looked so fun!
    Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations

  2. Yvonne Crawford Avatar
    Yvonne Crawford

    That is so great! I wish I could've made it. Just a bit too far for me, though Nicole did go, so there is really no excuse for me. I'm so happy that you guys had such a great time!

  3. Mrs. Wheeler Avatar
    Mrs. Wheeler

    So fun!! I miss you, friend!!!

  4. Tessa Avatar

    So glad you didn't post my jump shot…..I mean straight shot to the ground.

  5. Traci Clausen Avatar
    Traci Clausen

    Looks like an absolute blast!

  6. vicky1970 Avatar

    How fun….can you say Jealous!?!? I'm glad you had a blast Michelle!

  7. ~DeAnne~ Avatar

    Maybe I will be able to see y'all at the next one 😉 (Come heck or high water! ) 😉

    First Grade and Fabulous

  8. Kristin Avatar

    I can feel the love and joy and fun throughout!!!!! 🙂

  9. Cindy Calenti Avatar
    Cindy Calenti

    Looks like you had a great time. I love the idea of meeting up with blogging buddies! We are going to have to do that in Arizona 🙂

    Granny Goes to School

  10. Elizabeth Avatar

    What a great idea! Would love to meet up with some of my bloggy buds. It's crazy how you instantly connect with people through blogland. Thanks for sharing your pics…looks like a blast!
    Kickin’ it in Kindergarten

  11. HeidiSongs Avatar

    That sure looks like you had a great time!
    Gee, when I travel, it seems like all I do is work! (Insert pouty face here!)
    Glad you had fun!
    Heidi Butkus

  12. Monica Avatar

    I had an absolute blast hanging with you! You catalogued the trip beautifully! And, to think, I got to jump Griffostyle#!

    Treasures for Teaching

  13. Molly Maloy Avatar
    Molly Maloy

    Looks like you girls had a blast!!

    Lessons with Laughter