Saturday, July 4, 2015

Celebration Saturday

I love linking up to a wonderful celebratory community, inspired by Ruth Ayres, every Saturday!
Lots to celebrate this week!

1.  Tomorrow, my friend, Megan, and I will take a road trip to Parma, MI to join hundreds of other teachers, librarians, authors, illustrators, administrators, literacy coaches, etc., for Nerd Camp 2015.  I attended the first one two years ago and had a great time.  Now it's grown to epic proportions.  I hated to miss it last year, but am thrilled to be going back AND presenting this year on Day One.  I'm sure my Celebration post next week will be all about it.  Now, what audio book should we listen to on the way up....
2.  After decluttering, cleaning, and getting ready, our house officially went on the market this week.  We're excited about what lies ahead.  We've had lots of wonderful times in this home and many memories have been made, but we're ready to downsize and simplify since Libby is married and Katie is in college.  We're praying that it will sell quickly so we can move on to our next adventure!
3.  Ed and I celebrated 26 years of marriage on July 1st!  Last night we went to a restaurant in Cincinnati that we just love - Carlo & Johnny's - and ate a delicious steak meal and listened to the Sly Band.  We had a great time and look forward to 26+ more years together!
4.  I wasn't going to participate in Teachers Write this summer.  I felt like I just had way too much going on.  However, after reading Greg Armamentos's Nerdy Book Club post today about the importance of teachers being writers, I realized it's too important to pass up.  Kate Messner, Gae Polisner, Jen Vincent, and Jo Knowles are fantastic mentors and put this FREE writing camp together for us to write and learn.  How can I pass that up?!  I signed up this morning!
5.  Happy 4th of July!  I celebrate this amazing country and the freedom we all enjoy.  We'll be celebrating with neighbors tonight.  It's a gorgeous sunny day - perfect for a cookout and fireworks!


  1. Have fun on your trip-nERDcampM sounds like an amazing time, Holly. And congratulations on your anniversary, & best wishes for the house sale. I can't imagine that there isn't some lucky family out there who will want your beautiful home. Have a great weekend, too!

  2. I can't wait to hear about nErDcamp!! I've never been, but it sound amazing. What are you presenting?!?! Congrats on the house and new adventures. I am so glad you signed up for Teachers Write. I'm doing it too. Greg's post was AMAZING!!! Happy Anniversary to you and your husband!!! So much to celebrate today!

  3. Wish I was going to nErDcamp to hear you present! Have a great time! I'm sure your presentation will be awesome, since you have been inspiring so many colleagues around the world for many years. I'm blessed to call you colleague and friend.

    I'll follow the camp on Twitter.

  4. I'm so glad you signed up for Teachers Write! Enjoy nErDcamp I can't wait to hear all about it!

  5. You have so many reasons to celebrate!
    Love seeing celebrations of marriages! I remember reading about how you met.
    I went to the link you shared on Twitter...Your home is incredible! Wow!
    Sounds like you are in for a great week! Look forward to reading about it!

  6. So much to celebrate indeed! Good luck with selling your home and have a blast ant Nerdcamp!!

  7. I've been thinking so much about nErDcamp, have a great time! I wish I could be going! Best of luck as you sell your house. I'm attempting Teachers Write as well, but I don't feel like I have a handle on what I'm going to write about yet. I can't wait to see what you write about next week!

  8. Lots of congrats to you this week! Every time I see a nErDcamp post on Twitter, I'm jealous of all the excitement that's sure to come with it. I love all the ways the online community is bringing people together!

  9. Can't wait to hear about your adventures at nErDcamp. Hoping your beautiful home sells quickly. Love that final image - is it in your town? I'm afraid to even look at Greg's post. I loved his Spiritual Journey Thursday posts, but I'm not ready for more challenge. Trying to step away to savor summer!