07 June 2011

staycation & bbc goodness!

Whew! What a whirlwind of a weekend!! I'm not even sure where to start. I feel like I have so much to say that I should probably try to keep it short or I will ramble on and on forever!!

Friday afternoon, I picked up Stephanie from the airport. From the second I hugged her, I knew we would be besties! Okay, we kinda already were. (this was the first time we've met in person!) And I wasn't the only one smitten with Stephanie. Bennett pretty much loved her! I don't blame him.

A little later, we met up with Lauren and Amy to do a little shopping and eating. Amy and I are already real life BFF's but this was the first time I had met Lauren. It's amazing how I feel like I've known her and Stephanie for years. We clicked immediately. No awkward moments.

{ chillin at joey's restaurant }



We just could not stopping laughing and talking. We were up until 3am that morning!! And when the alarm went off on Saturday to get ready for Bloggy Boot Camp, we were all a little bit tired. Okay, a lot tired. But it was worth it!

I really didn't take that many photos at the actual conference...FAIL.


Okay I will admit, I was way too tired to pay close attention. Can't you see how exhausted I am in these photos? I looked terrible. Ah well.

I'm not going to dive too deep into the conference because the amount of information was overwhelming.  But to sum it up, we had back-to-back sessions about finding our voice as bloggers, learning to write creatively, how to embrace a lifestyle blog, we learned about monetizing and creating a business out of our blogs, time management... etc. LOTS of good stuff. And I met some really cool bloggers from the area. It was a very cool experience.

But to be honest- Amy, Lauren & Stephanie made the whole experience worth while.

After Boot Camp, we went to check in at our hotel in Bellevue.



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Yah we are awesome. Especially Amy. Because what you don't see here, is that after she landed, she totally fell on her booty. I can't believe I stopped clicking right when she did it. Darn it!

After we were done being sillies, we met up with Chelsey, Mandy, Melissa, Jill, Amanda, & Fiona for a GNO. Yay!!! We went to Rock Bottom for some yummy food.


After dinner, these gals (below) and I went to get some yummy frozen yogurt for dessert. And of course, we had to stop to take our shots for Steppin' Out Saturday!
{ stephanie | amy | lauren }
{ this was my attempt at the classic stephanie pose }
To wrap this all up, all I can say is that I LOVE BLOGGER and am so grateful for the friendships that it's brought me. These girls are amazing. I feel so blessed to have met these Mama's and be able to call them my friends. And truly, they are some of my best friends.

I mean, in what other community would a bunch of people actually meet online and become such a great group of friends?? And major props to Stephanie for getting on a plane and flying out here to Seattle to come and meet us face-to-face. She's pretty much awesome. They are all awesome.

Till next time!!......
{and there will be a next time} ;-)

23 comments:

jenni said...

Awww, it looks like you girls had an amazing time! I'm super jealous, I was totally gonna go to that! Stupid hubby's cousins wedding on Saturday night ;)

You girls are too cute!

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

Fun! Sounds so awesome!

Ashley Sisk said...

I'm super jealous of this whole experience. I actually slowed down enough to read every word and look at every picture. So much fun!

The Best of Both Worlds said...

I woulda loved doing something like this! Looks like you girls had so much fun!!! I love all the pictures!

& the first pics of S & B are so super cute!

Tara said...

Aw, looks like you had a blast! yay! So jealous!

uwmomma said...

WOW, looks like it was an amazing weekend!! I'm really bummed I didn't get to meet up with any of you at some point over the weekend......but next time, for sure!!

Heleen said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time! I'm so jealous - I hope to meet some ladies through blogger one day!! I wish I could have gone!

Summer said...

So fun! Love all your pics and totally jealous of your girl's weekend. :)

Courtney K. said...

Looks like you girls had a BLAST!! One day, I hope I can make the 4 hour flight back to Seattle to meet up with you guys! :) If only I wasn't stuck on this island. LOL

nicole. said...

such a great post and well written. i love how you capture the bond and friendship you have created with these girls. it makes me jealous that bloggy moms do not live in oregon :(

Anne U said...

Lovely group of ladies, looks like you all had a lot of fun!

Jazmyn Alexandria said...

It looks like you all had a fantastic time!! I really wish I could meet more bloggers in my area. It looks like it would be so much fun. Ugh I'm such a shy person though haha!

Oh Jazmyn

Tara said...

that looks like such a great time!

Lauren said...

awwwww I just love you SO MUCH. this post was adorable and made me miss you girls more already. We have to do this again SOON. xoxo

Andrea said...

Such pretty pictures of some lovely ladies!

Love, Chelsea said...

How fun! You girls look great!

Lindsi said...

Sounds {and looks} like a blast! I would be lying if I said I wasn't jealous...

Stephanie Thigpen said...

Oh my gosh. How am I just now seeing this?! I hope you know I'm totally stealing those pictures of Bennett and I. LOVE THAT KID!

the mom diggity said...

JEALOUS!!!!!!! But thanks for sharing these amazing pics and the fun you girls had. Next year I want to be there!!!!!!

Nikki said...

What a blast! Maybe next year I'll have to fork over the $ ;) Looks like Jeffrey is just as smitten with Stephanie!

Rj and Jessie said...

So jealous. I wish I knew you and Amy in real life.

Brooke said...

What a fantastic trip/staycation for all of you :) I'm so glad you all had fun!

Michaela said...

awww how fun, Mandy!! I love these pictures. You're so adorable (: Glad you had a wonderful weekend!