Monday, July 14, 2014

Let the Good Times Roll!


This is how my day started last Thursday.  I was on my way to the first Teachers Pay Teachers Conference in VEGAS!!  I have a *slight* slot machine addiction, so this trip was a no-brainer for me.   Once I saw TpTs announcement that the conference was in Vegas, I signed up, booked a room, and never looked back.  {Those are APPPLES, by the way--my husband thought they were cherries!}


You're reading my picture correctly...I hit the JACKPOT in more ways than one.  Yes, the Wheel of Fortune picture was from my slot machine frenzy {too bad it was only 1000 quarters, not dollars, huh?}  The biggest jackpot of all was meeting all of the TpT Team and sellers.  Here's a picture of the TpT founder, Paul, and two of the top TpT sellers, Deanna Jump and Dee Dee Wills!  I had to pick my jaw up off of the floor when I spotted them!!  I also had the thrill of meeting Amy, the heart and soul of our TpT sellers!  Rick and Laura were also two TpT sellers I've admired from afar, so I had to capture the moment!

The sessions were uh-mazing, as expected.  I attended the sessions by Fluttering Through First Grade, Nikki from Melonheadz, Rachel Lynette, and Erin Cobb from Lovin' Lit.  Each session was thoughtfully prepared, funny, inspirational, and packed full of bits of wisdom.  They even had some fun raffles and giveaways.   




Thanks to Erin for this CD full of clip art and organizational tools to keep us organized!  Now, if I could just have her husband talk to my husband about filling in all the stats, I'd be in heaven! :)




Lucky me!!  I won two $50 certificates--one from Nikki to use towards her adorable Melonheadz clip art.  The other was given by the Fluttering in First Grade team, which goes towards clip art from a clip artist named Sonya De Hart.  Both prizes are just what I needed to inspire more resources for my classroom and store.




The day ended with an exciting Happy Hour--photo booths, snacks, more mingling.  I finally bumped into a California seller who I've been wanting to meet for a long time.  Sarah Magallano is ALWAYS beating me in the California rankings, so I had to show her who's the boss.  Ha ha!!

All in all, this trip was one of the highlights of my life!  Yep, really it was!  And I have a pretty nice life, so that speaks volumes!  Can't wait to let the good times roll again next summer!

Until then,



14 comments:

  1. Carol!!! I loved meeting you at last! My jackpot winnings weren't nearly as sweet as yours (you lucky giveaway winner you!) But this weekend rocked!!! Will you email the pic with us and Amy above?
    Cheers!
    Laura
    Core Inspiration by Laura Santos

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    1. Laura--You were one of the highlights of the trip! Thanks for coordinating our CA lunch, and for chasing Rick down--ha ha!! Sure, I'll email it to you!
      Best Wishes on continued success,
      Carol

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  2. Love your TPT car logo! Thanks for sharing about the conference. Sure looked like fun.

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  3. Hi Carol,
    I missed meeting you in Las Vegas. There just wasn't enough time to be social! Love your car. I drove up from Phoenix maybe next year I'll add that!
    Debbie
    Crockett's Classroom...Forever in Third Grade

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    1. Debbie, would've LOVED to have met you! I was so confused with who everyone was--it felt funny trying to see the name tags and have people associate names with logos, etc. I'll see you next time for sure! :)

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  4. Loved your post Carol. I missed out on meeting you. We really needed floating logos above our heads. Would have been so much easier to spot everyone! ;)

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    1. Thank you! I agree...I'm sure next year's conference will be on top of that! :) Sorry to have missed meeting you; I was so overwhelmed! ha ha!

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  5. Love your post, thanks for sharing your experience...how did you do on the slots? Seems like you had a lucky weekend!

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    1. Hey, Christina! Slots were fun, but no big $ to take home--haha!! It was a really fun trip. I'd love to meet you at next years?

      Take care!

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  6. It was fun meeting you! Glad I could witness the fight. ;)

    Mercedes
    Surfing to Success

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    1. Ha ha!! Thanks for being our official fight photographer, Mercedes! It was really nice meeting you as well. Can't wait until next year! :)

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  7. It was fun meeting you finally!!! I'm glad our "fight" was only for fun (I think you put up quite a punch). Hopefully we can have lunch or dinner together next year and really get to talk. So many people to meet and so much to do! :^D

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    1. Sarah, my buddy! It was so much fun to finally meet. We'll have to have a re-match next year. Let's definitely meet up! :)

      Take care!

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