Monday, March 24, 2014

The Spectacular Indiana Blogger Meet Up!

     
     Wow!  What a weekend! I've just gotten back from the Indiana blogger meet up and let me tell you, Holly Ehle sure knows how to plan a weekend!  The laughter and fun didn't stop.  From Friday until Sunday brunch-we talked and laughed like crazy! I love meeting other teacher bloggers & stalkers and sharing ideas, tip, and tricks.  I feel like I made 50 new friends over the course of 2 days!
     Grand is the best word I can come up with to describe our hotel.  The French Lick Resort and Casino is gorgeous.  This resort was named America's Best Historic Resort by Historic Hotels of America in 2013.  There are two hotels on the property and they each have a fascinating history.  The French Lick Springs hotel was once a place where people came for cleansing from the nearby mineral springs.  You can read about its history {HERE}.  The West Baden Springs Hotel was once called the eighth wonder of the world and has an Atrium that spans 200 feet.  In 1901, the hotel burned to the ground.  It had many owners in the years after this fire and just 30 years ago, this hotel was almost completely in ruins.  You can read about its history {HERE}.  As you'll see from the following pictures, they are both absolutely gorgeous now!
French Lick Lobby
West Baden Spring Hotel
     On Friday, I quickly closed up shop at my Scholastic Book Fair and hit the road.  After about 5 hours, of mostly highways and backroads (thanks for that GPS...grrr...), I arrived in French Lick, Indiana.  I found about 12 or so bloggers at the hotel's restaurant, Power Plant.  We visited (a.k.a shouted over the extremely loud live music) for awhile then went to bed.  Saturday morning we met for lunch in one of the hotel's many conference rooms.  Melanie, from Schoolgirl Style, donated tissue poms for the room decorations and printed us the cutest name tags.  Holly and her tireless team of glue gun crazed bloggers worked on those pom flowers long into the night and the room turned out beautifully!



I am a HUGE fan of Mel D. from Suesstastic! I am so glad I had the chance to visit with her and 
her teaching partner, Stacey, for a while!
Greg {Smedley's Smorgasboard} and I always have a great time when we get together!


   Each person brought their favorite "teacher tool" and exchanged them with others through a fun story written by Amanda Pauley.  Then, the prizes began flowing!  Holly worked very hard securing SO MANY wonderful prizes!  Everyone left with a Vera Bradley bag FULL of goodies!  Companies like Crayola, Erin Condren, Jamberry, Crystal Springs Books, and Scentos were very generous!  There were also Boogie Boards {an LCD eWriter} and a document camera from Hue.  SDE even donated a certificate for a paid tuition to a national conference!!




      After all the prizes were given out, we had a round table discussion on Blogging and TpT tips and tricks.  Many bloggers shared awesome ideas and we are going to share those awesome ideas with you in the very near future!
     After dinner, we hopped on the trolley
 and headed to West Baden Springs Hotel to see the light show at the Atrium.  
Then finished the night off with a trip to the French Lick Casino!
     On Sunday, those who were still at the hotel met for a buffet breakfast.  Oh my word.  I've never seen a hotel breakfast buffet like this one!  They had everything!  So we ate to our heart's content, posed for one more picture, then hit the road!  
Have I mentioned how fabulous this meet up was?!?
To see even more pictures, go to Instagram and search for #Indianabloggermeetup.
Be on the lookout for more to come from those of us who attended! :)

9 comments:

  1. Great post! I wish I would've made the breakfast :o( It was wonderful meeting you & I hope to keep in touch! Peace!
    Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations

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    1. I looked for you at breakfast! It was amazing! I am so happy to have met you and we'll definitely have to stay in touch!

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  2. LOVE your post!!! :) And LOVE you! Dana, you are truly the best! Can't wait til our next meet-up! Thanks for all of your help this weekend...and all of your leadership on the Tips and Tricks session!

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    1. Holly, you did amazing! I can't wait until our next chance to hang out!

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