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I Teach 1st ~ Illinois

Happy Monday sweet friends!

Most of us are on the final countdown for Christmas break..... (can you believe it's already Christmas time?!)

While I too am counting down, I have also been having such a wonderful time in Illinois with some FABULOUS teachers at the I Teach 1st Conference just outside of Chicago!!  (and it's only the end of Day1....)

Tomorrow I will be hanging out with the kindergarten teachers for the I Teach Kindergarten ~ Illinois conference!! 

Back to today....

The ending to a jam-packed day was having dinner with this sweet girl....

The morning started off a little HOT.... literally!  We had absolutely NO air conditioner in our conference room and even though we are in Chicago and temps are normally FREEZING.... it has been anything but that lately!  Thankful to the sweet gentleman that came in and fixed that for us!  A bunch of teachers that are sweating.... NO BUENO!
The good thing.... our hotel and conference center is completely decorated for Christmas!!! I absolutely love having the decorations and music in my conference room!!  Feels a little like home!
I was secretly hoping for snow though... Down in Texas... that white stuff is rare!!  So when I found out I would be in Chicago during December... I was a little excited... but snow is nowhere in sight! 
Instead.... when I flew in yesterday from Dallas... this was the radar:
I was the green dot.... and going to Chicago was solid thunderstorms!  We weren't even served drinks or anything on the plane as the pilot and air traffic control ordered all passengers AND flight attendants to remain seated and buckled the ENTIRE time!  I said a few prayers and was definitely thankful to be on the ground!!  Kinda scary when the pilot comes across the loud speaker and orders you to remain buckled... orders from Air Traffic Control and to prepare for a very bumpy and turbulent experience.
This was the view:

We finally got above the storm when we left Dallas (picture on the left) but it only last about 5 minutes!  We hit the storm clouds (picture on the right) and it remained that way for the remaining 2 hour flight!  Not my cup of tea when it comes to being in an airplane!!
Can you tell how the picture on the right is out of focus?!  My phone couldn't even sit still long enough for a still picture....


I'm off to get some rest before Day 2 tomorrow with the Kindergarten conference (and watch the Voice finale!)!!

Can't wait to meet some more new faces tomorrow.... and then head home to my own babies!!!
Jessica Travis
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