How did I end up in Georgia, you might be thinking? Well, I had been trying to meet up with my first blog/teacher friends, Anna Brantley of Crazy for First and Cheryl Saoud of Primary Graffiti since the beginning of the school year. Anna and I started blogging around the same time and we just seemed to hit it off in the digital world right away. We even talked on the phone. She has the sweetest southern accent! Cheryl was one of my first followers. I could always count on her for a supportive comment. She and I have a lot in common, so we also hit it off right away and we also ended up talking on the phone. Cheryl and I are the same age and we both have two small dogs and two cats.
Cheryl is from Florida and was heading to Atlanta with her husband to see the UFC fights. She knew Anna and the awe-inspiring, Deanna Jump were both from Georgia. She also knew I was willing to travel. The weekend worked for all of us and I booked my flight from NY to Atlanta.
This was my awesome welcome at the Atlanta airport! How cute is Cheryl?!
After the airport Cheryl, her husband, and I checked out the amazing aquarium in Atlanta. I took these photos with Instagram, my new favorite App! At the aquarium, Cheryl and I discovered that one of us was pronouncing our sweet friend, Rachelle Smith's name wrong. I i-messaged her (we are iphone friends like that) and found out that it is pronounced Ru-Shell, not Ray-chell. Ooops, my bad. By the way, my last name is pronounced Bor-er.
I saw this beluga whale as a calf at the NY Aquarium in Coney Island when I was a little girl. Now she is 18 and expecting a calf of her own and lives at the Georgia Aquarium.
That evening Anna and Deanna arrived! I am not going to lie, I was so nervous about meeting Deanna Jump. Deanna was my inspiration to start a blog. Deanna and I knew each other through the TpT forums, emails, and such, but still, to me Deanna was a celebrity. I even asked her if she got stopped by fans. She said "No, haha it never happens." But wouldn't you know, the next day, she got stopped by a fan! Anyway, Deanna is a blast! She is so down to Earth and so darn cute and young looking in person. We hit it off and were laughing away. Once Anna arrived, it was a big old gab and laugh session for the four of us, that lasted through dinner and back! We were up past midnight talking and talking. Finally, we realized how late it was and we went to bed. Anna and I shared a hotel room, so we stayed up a bit more chatting and making Amanda, Michelle, and especially, Rachelle jealous by posting on facebook. Anna wanted to take a picture of us in our pajamas; I would have let her except that I had already taken my make-up off. I am no natural beauty and did not want to scare "y'all."
The next day, Cheryl arranged for Hope King from Second Grade Shenanigans, Ashley Nichols from The Polka Dot Patch, Jenaya Shaw from The Lesson Plan Diva, and Dana from 3rd Grade Gridiron to meet us at our hotel. All of these ladies are stunning and FABULOUS! I was so excited to meet them.
We rode together to The Cheesecake Factory in style!!
We had even more fun at lunch. Can you believe this was my first time at The CheeseCake Factory? I was impressed with their book-like menu. I even splurged and had a slice of red velvet cheese cake...so worth it!!!
Deanna, me, & Anna
Jenaya, Dana, Cheryl, & Hope
Anna and Ashley
With my roomie, Anna!
Me and Deanna Jump
Yes, she is holding money! (Haha, it is to tip the limo driver.)
Check out some of the cute swag we exchanged (nosy cat not included)! The adorable note paper set and labels are by the very talented Kacey of Doodle Bugs Paper and Doodle Bugs Teaching. I am thinking that these would make great end of the year class parent gifts. Thank you Kacey! I wish you could have been there, too.
I had a blast and I cannot wait for the next time we meet in person, again. Teachers are just awesome people, don't you agree?