Monday, September 14, 2009

Regionals Roadtrip!!!

Last Thursday I drove over to the east side of the state to catch up with 4 friends. Michele, Emma, Tracy and Dawn Marie. What did we do? Went to the Stampin' Up! Regionals in Cincinnati!!!! What a fabulous time. Dawn Marie drove us in her conversion van and what a comfy ride!!!

Here we are at dinner Thursday night. From left to right: Tracy, Michele, Dawn Marie, Emma and ME!!! This is outside on a balcony overlooking the river.

Here we are in the convention center waiting to go inside the ballroom.

Here we are with our "best friend" (per Emma) Shelli! She is so sweet and thoughtful of others. Takes time with everyone meeting her. This is the second time I have met her and she was genuine both times. That is not something you fake.

Several times throughout the day a list of 10 names were projected on the screens as winners of a FREE stamp set!!! NONE of our names were listed. BUT if someone either didn't come or was out of the room when prizes were given ANOTHER NAME WAS LISTED!!! Michele won that way and is the proud owner of Wandering Words! AND MY name was then listed the next group around when someone didn't claim their's and the stamp set was Autumn Splendor!!! I LOVE IT!!! Thank you to those that weren't there. (sorry about that gleefulness)
I really wish you all had been there. We were given some FABULOUS ideas. One thing we were taught was how to take pictures. I am still chuckling over that. We were shown before and after examples by Shannon West. To take pictures you need to crop, turn sideways, chin out and show your clavicle!!!!! hee hee hee Very good ideas.
At the start of the day we also had a moment of tribute because it was 9/11. Remembering those that died that day and the troops that serve to preserve our freedom. It was a little teary for me as Dave is in Iraq right now.
I will share ideas in the next few weeks. We were given a lot of wonderful techniques and information. My only issue for the whole day was trying to take pictures at the sample boards. Holy cow!!! And that we didn't get chips with our sandwich at lunch. How do you eat a sandwich without chips!?!?!?!?
Thanks Emma, Michele, Dawn Marie and Tracy for such fabulous friend time. And for listening to me blabber, blabber, blabber.


Laura said...

Looks like a very fun time! Yay for prizes too!

A big thanks to Dave for protecting our freedom. And thank you to you and Jack for raising such an awesome kid who is so willing to serve our country. ((((HUGS))) and prayers.

Jami said...

Wow - your hair is so long and curly! You look fab and looklike you're having so much fun! Congrats on being a prize winner!

Emma F said...

Wahoo ... wasn't that the funnest SU event ever? I'm still envious that you and Pony won the sets ~ lucky duckies!!! Waiting patiently to see what you do with Autumn Splendour! Hugs girlfriend!

Erin said...

good post mom. love you.
miss dave.

Shelley said...

Fun Stuff! I bet you all had a wonderful time! Woohoo you won!!! :)

Shelley said...

OPPS.....just want to say I continue to keep your family in my prayers...Dave is very brave and selfless.