I can't even begin to describe what the Teacher Blogger Retreat means to me. This is the second year that Amy and I have attended this wonderful weekend. Not only do we get to meet AMAZING educators and bloggers, we also get to see some of our best friends!
On Friday, my cousin and I hopped on a plane at 5:30 in the morning to head to Nashville. Let me just say, getting up at 3:30 is ROUGH! I am not a morning person at all and there was lots of Diet Dr Pepper involved. We arrived around 9:00 at Nashville to be greeted by Greg from The Kindergarten Smorgasboard and Dana from Common to the Core! After lots of hugs and laughs, we got in the Smorgie Mobile and headed towards French Lick, Indiana. BEST ROAD TRIP EVER!!!
When we arrived, we were greeted by the rest of our TRIBE! The rest of our tribe includes Tracy, Michelle from Journey into TK, Chad from Male Kindergarten Teacher, and Stacy from Simpson's Superstars! Words can't express how wonderful these people are and how special they are to us. We had a fabulous evening filled with great conversation and laughter.....lots and lots of laughter.
The next morning, we made our way to the retreat. Y'all, Holly Ehle is phenomenal! I don't know how she put together everything and still had enough energy to run a fabulous retreat! Throughout the day, we heard wonderful speakers and gathered a TON of new ideas. Not to mention, we watched a very inspiring montage of teachers talking about how much they love the retreat! It was really such a tribute to Holly's hard work.
We ended a perfect day by having an 80's party! Let me just say, it's not everyday that you get to walk through the dome of West Baden with a guy wearing LED shoes and another one dressed as Richard Simmons! The black tie event and the jazz listeners didn't know what to think of us! Once we got to the 80's night, we had a fabulous night of laughing, dancing and taking TONS of pictures in the photo booth provided by GoNoodle! We also surprised everyone with a flash mob! Amanda Pauley did an amazing job of choreographing the dance!
On Sunday morning, we met everyone for breakfast at the hotel and said our goodbyes. Leaving everyone was very bittersweet, but we had a phenomenal weekend and made tons of new memories.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
This weekend wouldn't have been possible without the fabulous sponsors that love teachers! Words can't express how thankful we are for your kindness! And I just have to say "Thank you" again to Holly! I left the weekend revived and inspired. This time of year, it's not always easy to maintain your highest level of passion. This weekend helped me reignite my passion. :)
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I know not everyone was able to make it to Indiana, so we are bringing a little bit of the retreat to you! Don't forget to sign up for our giveaway!