Saturday, June 28, 2014


Each week on Saturday 
bloggers celebrate at Ruth Ayres Writes
Won't you join us? 

Last week I celebrated the meandering days of summer...and then lived one of the busiest weeks of the year! Camp was amazing... better than I expected! You can read my posts from this week right here on my blog. We learned and laughed and stretched ourselves and shared our experiences. 

I'd been feeling a bit jealous about all of the amazing conferences around the country that I wanted to attend, but couldn't...All Write, Boothbay, Choice Literacy, Teachers College...this week I realized how lucky I am! Here in my very own county, we have so many opportunities! Our technology conference ActivLoudoun, where I got to present and see awesome presenters like Steven Anderson! I even won a Google Chromebook at that conference too. And then there's camp. We planned and presented it, but as always, I feel like I learned as much as those who attended. I'm leaving this experience exhausted but exhilarated! 

I celebrate kinetic sand! What fun these table sand boxes added to our week of camp!

I celebrate Holly Mueller and her new Thursday link-up Spiritual Journey ThursdayIt's something that I needed and I feel like it's an answer to prayer. Please join us there next week! 

I celebrate rainbows appearing just when I needed to see one...

I celebrate scrumptious s'mores cupcakes! Chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker crust...Oh my!

I celebrate trips to the dog park too. Bella made some new friends and tired herself out!

I celebrate impending pool time with lots of fun reading this weekend! Relaxing and just being sounds heavenly. Wishing you a wonderful summer weekend!


  1. Sounds like you had a great week. I hadn't heard about Holly's Spiritual Journey posts, but I'm definitely going to check it out next week. And I really want one of those cupcakes! YUM! Happy pool time!

  2. That cupcake looks amazing! It sounds like you had a great week of camp. I can definitely relate to the feeling jealous of people at the conferences around the country. I had plans to attend a couple things, but had to cancel them and really wish I hadn't. It sounds like your local conference was a good one. Congratulations on winning a Chromebook! Have a great week!

  3. How wonderful to have won a Chromebook! I'm hoping to make a trip to the dog park myself this weekend. Such a fun time for the pooches!!

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  4. I have been reading your camp posts this week. It sounds like you had a great week even if it was a lot of work. I am sure the teachers appreciated the time you put it to make learning happen! Have a great weekend - hope you get some pool time!

  5. What a fantastic week! I want to play in the kinetic sand, that looks great! I am missed your summer camp posts so I'll go back and read them now. Writing is hard for me and Holly's challenge is one I'll have to try. I think it would be another way for me to challenge myself! Have a great week and enjoy summer!

  6. Thank you Michelle because today you provided me with a rich soul feast. I gobbled up this post and gulped all you shared about camp. I watched the videos and viewed the slides. Now I am deeply satisfied by all the beauty you brought to my life this morning. God used you to show me His beauty. Blessings.

  7. An awesome week. I like how you move away form the bit of jealousy to look at the great learning opportunities that you have had, Your pics make your celebration festive. The cupcake is the queen of the show.

  8. Such a positive post. And what a rainbow! Thank you for sharing!

  9. Love the photos of your week all the way through. I didn't make any of those conferences either. There is a time... I am going to NCTE. I hope there will be a big gathering of bloggers there to meet in person.

    1. YAY, Margaret!!! I'll be at NCTE!! Woo Hoo!! We can finally meet in real life! I'm so excited! :)

  10. Great post, Michelle! I loved camp this week and I hope you can relax a bit this summer! Hope to see you before August!

  11. Your cupcake looks amazing!

    I will have to look back at your other posts about the conference you presented at. I wasn't on last week, so I missed it.

    I may have to pick your brain- the school I'm moving to has more technology than I've had in the past and all the kids will have a google chrome book. I'm so excited, but I have a lot to learn.

    Hope you have some relaxing pool days.

  12. Lots to celebrate here, but I'm just going to pause and breathe in the cold air of Holly's picture of snow for her new roundup/linkin. It's just way too hot for me...


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