4.21.2009

Regional Wrap-Up

This past weekend, we headed up to Grand Rapids, Michigan for the District 5 LPA Spring Regional. We left immediately after school on Thursday and drove to Auburn, IN for the night. Ellie scoped out a Super 8 that she wanted to stay in rather than the brand new Hampton Chris had reserved. For some reason, Ellie thinks that Super 8 is THE hotel of all hotels...like it's the Taj Mahal or something. Silly girl! We got up early the next morning and headed to Grand Rapids. Chris went on a fishing expedition when we arrived so it was just the girls and I for Friday. We hung by the pool and was able to meet up with Mandy and Andrea.

Later on that evening, we went to the Mingle and was able to meet up with Cat and Owen. Let me tell you...Owen is one busy dude. He is cute as a button!! Andrea soon joined in and she was dancing the night away. I tried to get a pic with all the blogging mama's kids, but that is nearly an impossible task!







The next morning, the kids were off to the Children's Room so we could attend the Parents Meeting. It was very informative and I learned some things from other parents. The bad thing was that this was the beginning of my deteriorating voice. For some strange reason, laryngitis hit me hard on Saturday, deeming it nearly impossible for me to speak. Now, my kids loved it! But for me...I was wanting to talk, talk, talk to all these other parents but I just couldn't. It was really, really upsetting, not to mention frustrating. I guess this just means that I'll have to go to the next Regional, huh. Sounds good to me!

Saturday afternoon, we went to the Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. What an amazing place! It is beautiful!!! We walked thru this huge exhibit that featured more than 6,000 tropical butterflies all fluttering about. It was spectacular!






That evening, we went to dinner with the Ehle's and had a great time at Longhorn Steakhouse. The food was yummy but the camaraderie what was made it so much fun. You know your kids are getting older when they turn their noses up to the Kiddie Menu, which is exactly what Katie did. Instead, she opted for a 1/2 rack of Baby Backs...and she ate all except 1! Thank goodness (for my pocketbook) that Maddie still opts to be a kid. Ellie could probably eat off the kid's menu for years.

After dinner, we headed to the Dance. We had a great time, but I, at this point, had NO VOICE AT ALL. What a bummer. We did get a photo opp with the other Bloggers in District 5 that were there. That was a lot of fun, too. There was a lot of dancing, a lot of drinking, and most of all...a lot of laughs.




From Left: Sarah, me, Cat, Mandy, Reenea', and Amy. Kneeling down is Tonya.

We left early the next morning just because of the long drive we had ahead of us. It took us only 7 hrs to get home and we were all completely exhausted by the time we hit the driveway. But, it was so worth it and I'd do it again in a heartbeat...these are important events for me to get Ellie involved in. I'm so glad to have finally met some of the ladies I've been 'talking' to for quite some time now. I felt like I already knew many of them, even though we had never met fact to face. I can't wait to meet more friends in October!

12 comments:

Destini said...

I already saw these pics on Facebook, but you got some great shots! The girls are soooo pretty, and your family shot is great! I hope we get to meet in person soon!

Jaime said...

I also checked out the pictures on Facebook! It sure looks like you guys had a wonderful weekend! Love the family picture!

Amy Jo said...

It was so great to finally meet you...kind of! I wish you had your voice! Next time for sure. And your girls.....too much. They are beautiful!

Melisa said...

You all look like you had a great time! Look out fall regional cuz Bobbi is going to have twice as much to talk about.

Sarah said...

Cute pics! I'm so glad we were able to meet you too and I can't wait for the fall reg. either!! We will be staying the whole weekend next time. It was so fun. I can't wait to see you and your family again!! I'm sorry about your voice. What horrible timing for you. It was still great meeting you :)

Mandy said...

We had such a great time.It was great meeting you. We will definitely have a lot to talk about during the fall. Bring a white board just in case your voice fails you again!

Tonya said...

It was wonderful meetingyou and your family! The girls seem to hit it off! Looking forward to hearingyou speak next time, I know you have a lot to say!

Emily said...

What a great getaway! I am so looking forward to meeting all the other blogging mamas!

Kim said...

Ellie is just as cute as a button! I just can eat that cute face up! Sorry that you lost your voice, but you all looked fab in your blogging mommies picture. great great pictures. Glad you guys got a chance to meet other families and get some information!

The Wymer Clan said...

Loved all the pics, glad you guys had fun. Sounds like it was quite a party! :o)

Melissa Swartley said...

Glad you all had such a great time! Great pictures too! Your girls are absolutely beautiful! Sorry to hear you lost your voice though! I can imagine the frustration of it all! I hope you are feeling much better now!

Greene Family said...

It looks like you guys had a great weekend! How fun to meet up with so many other blogging mommas! Sorry to hear you lost your voice though! You're girls are beautiful - love the photos!