Along my blogging and TpT journey I have meet so many wonderful teachers and the number of Aussie bloggers is increasing all the time! We have a great group of Aussie gals, some of who I have meet before, but there are also some very special ones that I have "known" since the start of my journey.
When I started on my journey (2 and a half years ago), I meet Shanyn first. I remember finding one of her activities (Cupcake Contractions) and then finding out she was Australia and I was excited! I remember sending her ridiculous emails because I was just so excited!
Mel was next, I was starting my TpT journey and wasn't really sure what to do about clipart. I found her store Graphics From The Pond and remember downloading every freebie she had! Then I ventured into the brave world of buying clipart. I think I probably have about 80% of her clipart store on my computer - I love everything she creates!
I soon found Brooke from Teachable Moments next, she had been switching around year levels (like we often do in Australia and like I had been doing too). I remember reading her blog posts in awe, I loved looking at her photos and reading what her class had been up to. At the time, I had a VERY boring blog, I think the font was Times New Roman and it was blue and green. Brooke had a bright and colourful blog and I loved it! I remember buying my first template, just so it could be colourful too!
I had always thought Emma from Clever Classrooms was in a total different league to me. She creates amazing resources and I love her style. She was the top seller in Australia at the time and she was like an idol to me I guess - I can't believe we are now friends!
I don't remember who came next out of Tania and Stef. Stef, from Miss Galvin Learns, I loved because she was the first Victorian blogger I came across (she lives in the same state I do) and I could email her with questions about our curriculum and she always had the answers for me! Stef has that natural creativity and eye for detail I would love! Oh to be a fly on the wall in her classroom - she knows her stuff and has such a caring nature. I wonder if she will do that great spider web on her carpet for Halloween again this year?
Tania is amazing! She is a military wife so has moved around a lot. When I first met Tania she lived in Wagga Wagga (I love some Australian names) and she actually knew about the place I was visiting to see my in-laws. Nobody had heard of Hay! Tania and I have taught similar year levels throughout the last few years so have been able to use each other's resources - it's all about sharing! Tania is a hoot! If you are having a bad day, she will turn it around in no time!
Here are some happy snaps from our trip!
On our way to dinner - there just happened to be some fireworks on the way!
We went for a ferry ride the next morning! Sydney is a beautiful place to visit!
Lovely Brooke organised us some Go Noodle bags and lanyards! She even put our blog button on the bottom! I love it! Definitely changing my school keys over to this lanyard today before school starts again tomorrow. My class are going to love it - I get asked so many times a day "Can we play Go Noodle?" Thanks Brooke!
The lovely Mel gave us each a block of chocolate with this cutie wrap around it! The chocolate did not last long! Thanks Mel!