Monday, August 24, 2015

Summer 2015 Top Fives

VA LOVE sign, Hopewell-Prince George, VA

This week marks the last full week of my summer; school begins for teachers next week. I have mixed feelings about this. It's a good thing that I get to go back and see all my friends at school next week; to catch up, and reconnect. It's not good because my summer's going to be over very soon. 

All in all, however, it's been a stellar summer; one of my favorites by far. Actually, it was pretty AWESOME! so I thought I'd share my "Top Five" highlights in this post.

1. VA LOVE:  First of all, I spent my very first summer as a new resident of Virginia. It is a very beautiful state, and it's state slogan is "Virginia is for Lovers." To my surprise, I realized that there are lots of "LOVE" signs scattered all across the state to celebrate Virginia's LOVE theme. 

Once I discovered this, I've seen many pictures of people at the different LOVE signs. I was very excited to find and take my own picture at a LOVE sign. We found one that was not too far from my home.

The picture above shows me standing at the LOVE sign at the Hopewell-Prince George county Chamber.

2. Cruise2015: To kick off the summer, the hubby and I took a pre-anniversary cruise to Cozumel, Mexico and the Grand Caymans. We would celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary this summer. 

3. Beautiful Tampa Bay: The very next week after returning from Cozumel and Grand Caymans, we got to spend a week in beautiful Tampa Bay, Florida, to attend a conference. It was absolutely stunning.

4. Vegas2015: Another highlight of my summer was attending the TpTVegas2015 conference. I had never traveled that far before, solo, but I had such a wonderful time there I could hardly think about not being with my husband for almost a week.

This one deserves a few more photos:

Getting to attend the huge Teacher Blogger Meet Up with over 1100 TpT Teacher Authors and take photos with some of my favorite TpTers like Deanna Jump (she needs no introduction), A Peace of Africa's Laine Sutherland (who designed my logo), clip artist Krista Wallden, and one of my favorite bloggers, Christina DeCarbo of Miss DeCarbo at Sugar and Spice, was simply priceless.

Then getting to meet so many great friends and fellow TpTers the entire week was nothing less than awesome. 

I will always cherish the wealth of information and wisdom shared at the conference by Stellar TpTers who started out humble and hard working just like myself. I appreciated their humility and willingness to share how they made it as far as they have gotten. We even came home with some of their very own special perks just for attending the conference.

You can see even more of my pictures of Vegas2015 here.

5. VA Teachers Meet: Still one more great memory of my summer was getting to attend my very first VA Teacher Blogger Meet Up. 

The energy, camaraderie, and fun that these awesome Teacher-Bloggers showed the new ladies attending the meet up for the first time was toxic. We had a blast chatting, laughing, sharing and taking lots of pictures. We left with some really, really nice gifts, prizes, and giveaways in our swag bags from our awesome sponsors as well. You can read more about the VA Teacher Bloggers Meet Up here.

A Summer Farewell...

VA Love2, Cape Charles: Finally, to end my summer, I will be visiting Cape Charles, VA this coming weekend. I'm looking forward to the lovely beach, harbor, restaurants, and mostly, visiting and taking a picture at Cape Charles' beautiful LOVE sign pictured here. I'll be sure to post my picture soon.

What are some highlights of your summer? Please share with your picture posts, and comments below.



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