I know you're dying to know what I wore. I did it. I went with my gut. I wore cargo pants, a t-shirt, and my converse. I wore my hair down and it went flat. You'll see. Stick around.
Hadar (do I really have to say Miss Kindergarten?) and I carpooled! I almost didn't make it because there was an accident right in front of me on Fastrak. If you don't know what Fastrak is, all I can say is that you also have no idea what the 91 freeway is and what it does to me when I travel on it. You pay a lot of money for Fastrak to avoid traffic and speed past the other poor
It all worked out - I lived to tell about it and I was only about 7 minutes late to Hadar.
I think I may have scared Hadar because I talked her ear off and she couldn't get a word in edgewise unless I asked her a question and then I usually interrupted her when she answered. I may never hear from her again. I have this effect on people.
When we got to the beach, it was beautiful and we got to see surfers take off their wetsuits while we waited for their parking space. My oh my. I could do a WHOLE POST on that. Cowabunga. Holy tan.
I'd love to show you all my pics from the pier and the beach and the sun . . . it was a gorgeous day and I was actually sweating while we waited for our table but alas, I didn't take any. I know! I'm sorry! I brought my camera and I was all set to take pictures and then I got too busy talking or something and then we were going home. It happened so fast!
So I am "borrowing" pictures from Annie of The Moffat Girls and you can also go see some more from Fran at Kindergarten Crayons.
Here's Hadar - how cute is she?
And she is holding her little gift that Fran gave each of us.
Fran is an over achiever. More on that later.
Here's the whole group (minus Nancy)
If you want to know who everyone is, go to Fran's blog
because she is good at labeling.
Hadar and me. LOVE THIS PICTURE!
(although my hair is very limp
and this is not what it looked like when I left my house)
Hadar, Fran, and Annie
Three totally different personalities! So much fun!
Ruby's gave us Breakfast menus (yuck) so I reached for a Lunch menu and as I did, I thought I heard Hadar say she didn't like breakfast. One more reason we're BBFF! But just as I was about to say, "I don't like breakfast, either!" she told me that she knows I don't like breakfast because I blogged about it. See? Even if I'm not talking your ear off, I get through in other ways. Hadar had waffles and I had grilled cheese.
Hadar is fantastic - she is so sweet and personable. I am so glad she arranged this for us! She was so quick to introduce herself every single time someone new walked in, whereas I may have waited to finish
my story . . .
Kathy from Coloring Outside the Lines was a doll. She sat across from me and told me that she used to teach a multi class of K, 1, 2. YIKES - in a public school!!! Anyways, she didn't think she would ever want to teach kinder by itself but she said she did like the kinders in the multi. Here's my brilliant response:
"In the multi? Like at assemblies? I like the kinders in our multi, too, when I see them in there."
Um . . . she meant in the MULTI AGE CLASS that she taught.
Fran from Kindergarten Crayons is a riot. I loved her. She cracked me up and her energy is amazing. She knows EVERYBODY. She works out (I know - I had to look that up, too. Work out? Huh?) with the principal of the school I did my student teaching in. AND she taught my friend's son -- although my friend was actually my aide for four years and her name is FRANcine which is just a crazy coincidence. But they know each other and now I'm having lunch with FRANcine next week because I had to come home and email her right away. Fran also made us these cute personalized tags for luggage . . . and her husband cut them out. :)
Annie from The Moffat Girls is exactly what I expected. A doll. A living doll. Sooooo sweet!!
Kerri and Lindsay from Teacher Bits and Bobs were adorable! They look JUST like their pictures and now that I know which one is which, I will never mix them up in my mind again. Lindsay brought her little guy and he was so good. Fran joked that he could be in her class and I agree - he was the strong but silent type. Either that, or he was completely bored with the conversation and fell asleep.
Makayla sat at the end but I was able to talk to her at the end of the day. She needs to start a blog - her stories were so funny!!
Gwyn from Preschool Printables cracked me up because she brought a list of questions with her AND took notes! Love it!
Madison from Life with Mrs. L was out here from Utah for the holidays. She must have been the youngest one out of the bunch. We quite possibly overwhelmed her. And she sat next to Fran. :)
Nancy from The Apple Basket Teacher came a little late (she lives FAR FAR AWAY) so she missed out on being in the pictures. She was really funny - VERY excited to be there!
It was one of those lunches where you start answering a question and then you get off topic and/or you hear someone say something down at the other end of the table and so you join in that conversation and it's just a whirlwind (although this sounds like my every day life). Lots of chit chat and lots of laughter!
We are going to meet up this summer, too. I can't wait!
I hope you liked hearing about this. My goal was to have a picture of all of us in front of the ocean so that you could drool and be jealous but oh well. Ho hum.
PS Thank you so much for joining our linky party! I can't believe the response we've gotten. We may be exceeding the maximum occupancy - that's so cool! I am having so much fun reading everyone's 11 in 11. We have so much in common! :)