I must say, when we pulled into town, I was um, unimpressed with the whole area. As a matter of fact, I posted in our little network group something like "I'm here and ....ick!" To be fair, it was nasty and rainy and too late to really go to the beach and way too early to go to sleep. Our hotel was farther away from the "action" than I thought and I was just feeling generally bummed. We explored a bit and decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner. Thanks to Yelp, we found the most incredible restaurant EV-ER! If you're ever in the area do not miss The Fat Snook. whoa. Even though the hubs stepped in a puddle up to his ankles on the way in, we had a great dinner and things started to turn around.
We scoped out the area a bit more and then headed back to the room, praying for some sunshine the next day for the meet-up - and guess what? It worked and it was a BEAUTIFUL sunny day! I will be the first to admit that town looks a heck of a lot better bathed in sunshine!
So we all met at a fun little restaurant on the pier and had a blast getting to know each other. It felt very official with the sign that Penny from Penniless teacher made for the event.
We took some shots in inside at the table...
Then we were supposed to take a "silly" shot, but Jen in the front got into it a bit more than the rest of us. Except Caitlin back there, she got into it. I'm pretty sure I crossed my eyes...but I guess it wasn't really captured on film. Sorry Jen!
Then of course, we had to actually head out to the beach to get our toes in the sand for a true Floridan shot!
Starting in the back is Caitlin from Kindergarten Smiles (who also happens to teach at my school and is as nice as she is ridiculously adorable), Me, Tara from 4th Grade Frolics, Mor from A Teacher's Treasure, Jen from The Teacher's Cauldron with adorable Baby B, Stacy from Simpson's Superstars, Brittany from Sweet Seconds and finishing the back row are some faithful followers.
Down in front we have Andi from Pencil, Glue and Tying Shoes, Penny from Penniless Teacher and Fern from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas.
Then as we were leaving I found the most awesome photo op that I wished I had seen before everyone was gone. So, I couldn't resist and the hubs and I got on and gave it a go anyway. That will for sure be the one and only time I will actually be upright on a surfboard!
It was amazing to put faces to the blogs that I stalk regularly and to meet some new friends too. Can't wait to do it again!