Hey, remember that time I went to Vegas?

It's weird because I remember signing up for the conference back in February and turning to my fiancĂ© and saying, "Am I really going to do this? Am I doing this without you?" 

You see, that's not my style. At all. It's out of my comfort zone. Like, way out there. 

Plus, I get homesick very easily. So, I was really surprised that I actually got on the plane and went to a different state without my home (aka Paul and my pups {insert "oh gag me" here}). 

So, here's what happened. 

Wednesday morning really did come. My friend Stephanie from First Grade Bangs arrived bright and early to pick me up. We drove to the airport, parked, dutifully noted where we parked (remember that important little detail for later), and checked in. Kansas City airport is pretty smooth because it's small, which is probably my favorite thing about that airport. I got to relax and hang out with Stephanie before we boarded the plane, even though my stomach had a million butterflies fluttering around. 

We unfortunately didn't have seats next to one another, but I also had no one sitting by me which was awesome and just how I like it. 

After a layover in Minneapolis (the opposite way of Vegas and I don't understand why we were there during a layover, but I made it so I'm okay with it), we were on our way to Vegas!

Fast forward to that afternoon. I finally met my friend (and one of my roomies), Alyssa, from Just A Primary Girl. How cute is she?

And, then we went to dinner with some of my fabulously wonderful friends from The Primary Pack!

I'm not very good at taking pictures apparently because I really didn't have that many. I'm happy that I was able to pop in a bunch of other peoples' pictures though because I still have some to share :) I seriously met some amazing teachers.

 Can I just stop for a second and say how excited I was to meet Haley from My Silly Firsts? She is seriously sweet as pie and that accent, oh I love it and her!

But, let's talk about this amazing group of girls that I'm so happy to call my #bloggybesties #lifelines #mytribe: Amber from Mrs. Masters Kinder Love, Gina from Miss Peluso's Kindergarten, Kelly from Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten, and Elyse from A Is For Apples. I went to Vegas only knowing them online (insert scared, nervous, awkward me). Now, we have talked every single day since Vegas and have even made some ideas of how we can collaborate more together (with our dear friend Katie from Simply Creative in Kentucky who unfortunately couldn't attend Vegas- big BUMMER for us!). So glad to have these ladies as lifelong friends!

I mean, we even got matching Alex and Ani bracelets so that means we are best friends for life, right?

Even though I got back to good ol' Kansas City nearly a week ago, I still haven't had the right time to really sit down and soak in my notes. I feel so inspired by so many things, so I've slowly been tackling different things... Like making a schedule! I absolutely love having a schedule, so you would think that I would've had that part taken care of, but no... I didn't. So, I've been slowly taking it all in.

Oh! And remember how at the beginning of the post, I said to remember that we dutifully checked where we parked? So... We walked the entire parking lot. Parking lots are so confusing!

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8 Simple Reasons Why You Need A Teacher Bestie

My first year teaching was basically a blur. I was hired (luckily) very early on in the hiring process at my university's career day. I accepted a second grade position at a school in a town an hour north of where I lived. So, I moved to a new town- the town my parents lived in- and had a 30 minute commute to school every day. 

Being a first year teacher, I remember feeling so many different emotions. I was excited to have a job doing what I love. I was terrified of basically everything else. I mean, what if I don't make any friends? 

I was fortunate enough though to find a teacher bestie. I think having a teacher bestie definitely helps you survive enjoy each and every day even more. 

Here's why:

Disclaimer: I used the pronoun "she" in my reasons because my teacher bestie, Brooke, is female. Your teacher bestie might be male and the same reasons apply! :)

1. You will always have someone to laugh with about things that happen throughout the day. Every time something funny happened, I couldn't wait to skip down to Brooke's room to tell her. The important part was that she got it. Your teaching bestie lives this teaching life just like you do and so she gets it. She gets the humor in little Johnny tying his shoes together or Silly Sally's fun little Go Noodle dance moves. More than likely, she knows all your kids and has witnessed them do silly things too!

2. When you need to vent, she is the perfect person to confide in. I know that all teachers love their jobs. However, just like any other job, there's always something. It could be something small like someone ate your yogurt from the fridge or something a bit bigger like your teammate didn't like your idea on how to teach a phonics lesson. Whatever it is, you can walk down to this teacher's room, close the door, and let it out. She will listen to you no matter what, offer you advice, give you a hug, or maybe just give you a piece of chocolate. Whatever the case may be, you'll leave her room feeling much better than when you entered. 

3. She will give you advice on whatever you need. I always loved being able to ask her advice on basically anything ranging from how to respond to a parent email, what to do when a kid did this, etc. Even if I just needed reassurance that I was doing the right thing, I trusted and valued her opinion.

4. You have someone to remind you of emails to return, deadlines, staff meetings, etc. Did you forget to sign up for the school carnival? Or that there's a staff meeting right after school? I bet your teacher bestie won't let you forget and I bet you wouldn't let her forget either!

5. You have someone to lift you up just when you need it. When you have a true teacher bestie, she will do whatever she can to make you have a great day. And, the same will go for you. You will do whatever you can to make sure she has a great day too. You will have each other's coffee orders memorized, favorite snacks down, etc. Plus, when someone has you for Secret Santa... Guess who they're going to ask these things. Duh, your teacher bestie!

6. You have someone to share fun school events with! I don't know about you guys, but I absolutely love the school carnival. And getting to volunteer with your teacher bestie makes it a thousand times better. My teacher bestie and I volunteered for the silly string booth at our last school carnival and we ended up volunteering the entire time because we had so much fun.

7. You have someone who helps you stay awake during boring very informative professional development. Professional development can be really great. I love to learn new things. However, there's that PD that you just sit there and then 10 minutes later wonder to yourself if you just fell asleep or not. And then you're thinking, "Did I snore? Is that drool on my sleeve?" However, when you have your teacher bestie by your side, she won't let you fall asleep. She may even keep you entertained with funny faces or something.

8. You have a friendship that you can use as a role model to your students. I can't tell you how many times I've referenced our friendship to kids when I'm helping two friends work out a little battle. I often say, "If I said something like that to Mrs. Kissel, how do you think she would react?" It's always great to have a friendship so strong that the kids are aware of because they can look to you two as role models for friendships in their own lives.

And there you have it! And if you're super lucky like me, then your teacher bestie turned into your real life best friend. Brooke is even my Maid Of Honor!

 During our school's buddy walk- her fifth graders walked with my first graders and so obviously, we buddied up too!

During our school carnival, volunteering the silly string area.

To teacher besties everywhere!!

Who is your teacher bestie?

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Currently {July}

July already.

Makes me cry a little bit inside. Where is my summer going? 

Le sigh.

I have linked up with the ever so fabulous Farley over at Oh Boy 4th Grade for her monthly linky party. Come in, take a seat, and enjoy knowing what is going on in my little life.

Listening: I love waking up in the morning and not turning the tv or radio or anything on. I love just sitting here in the quiet. I don't get the chance to do that much during the school year, if ever. One more reason I love summer.

Loving: We got our engagement pictures back on Monday. I love every single one of them. I can't wait to share some with you, but we have to pick our save the dates and blah blah blah first. There's so much that goes into wedding planning, le sigh.

Thinking: We have tickets to the Royals game tonight and we also have some crummy weather. I hope it gets sunny so we can enjoy some baseball!!

Wanting: I just finished Reconstructing Amelia and it was amazing. I seriously love a book that I can't stop thinking about, even when I'm not reading it. I read it in three days flat and now I am on the hunt for another amazing book. I can't waste summer on meh books. 

Needing: Vegas. I'm scared and nervous. I might forget something.

I will forget something.

Let's be honest. It's going to happen. I have a feeling I'll forget name tags for the meet-ups considering I ran out of ink in my printer and still have yet to make them. Shoot. 

But, I'm also excited to meet everyone! Eek!

Scared and excited is such a fun feeling to have. It's going to be a great time.

All Star: I love to organize so therefore, I'm good at it.

Thanks for reading, people! Go back to the link-up and read some others :)

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