What a GREAT week/weekend we've had! I love love love this week of the year. TMEA, officially known as the Texas Music Educators Association - unofficially known as music teachers' pre-spring break, has its annual convention this week in San Antonio every year. It's such a great time to get away from the every-day norm, catch up with teacher friends across the state (from Tech, Alabama, Kodaly, Orff, my old district, etc . . .), and get some refreshing new ideas for my classroom. It's a nice boost of energy and excitement that always makes me itch to get back to my students and teach them all of these new things! :)
This year I didn't/couldn't go to as much as I have in the past. TMEA + 27 weeks preggo = one tired and sore momma! I actually skipped out on the 8:00 sessions for the first time in the six years I've been coming to TMEA. I know I'm supposed to be taking care of myself and baby and I know that realistically there's no way I could have gone to those without skipping out on the later sessions from pure exhaustion, but I still feel just a teensy bit guilty.
We got really lucky this year and were able to stay Wed night and Thurs night at the Grand Hyatt right there at the convention center! I think the only time I've had a nicer hotel room was when we were on our honeymoon. I loved it! And it made things so much easier since I didn't have to walk and walk and walk to get back to a hotel at the end of the day (though there is still a TON of walking involved in the convention center and around the Riverwalk getting to restaurants).
Last night we had our unofficial Alabama reunion - ROLL TIDE - and then came out to Brandon's dad's house to stay with them. I'm missing a few sessions this morning but it's for a great reason. I'm about to take the advice of my doctor a spend the morning getting a prenatal massage! Hooray!! I'm so excited about it and so so thankful that Brandon's stepmom, Eloise, suggested it since we're spending the day with them here in San Antonio before we head back home. I really need it after all the walking and toting stuff around downtown SA the last few days. I. Can't. Wait!
I'm so thankful for my pre-spring break vacation!