Spring Trip Spontaneity

This spring is my final time of having both my girls home full-time. Once fall rolls around, my oldest will start her first year as a college student and my youngest will start the high school odyssey that progresses into her being gone more than home.

I spent months kicking around the idea of taking advantage of the girls’ tandem time off and planning a family trip. Our last full family trip was in 2011 when we went to a working family ranch in Georgia. It’s been too long and I hate the idea of missing this chance.

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Weekend in DC

In July, I attended a week-long conference in Baltimore. One of my dearest friends had recently moved to DC and I had not seen her in years. I realized how close I would be to her and decided if she could meet me in the District that I would make it happen. I booked a great hotel at a great price. We packed a ton of fun and great food into our weekend. Wanna see? It’s on the other side of the jump!

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We Love Michigan

My youngest and I make no secret that we are big fans of Michigan football. After spending a long weekend in Holland, Michigan with some of my workout friends, my youngest is an even bigger fan of the state. I enjoyed the weekend too–it reminded me of traveling to Michigan as a kid. Back then it was fishing all the time…I mostly read books…but if we could have gone to the beach?! I’d have been in heaven! Want to see our photo album from our trip? Click through! [Hold your cursor over the pics to read the captions.]

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Eloise Had It Right

When I am staying at a hotel, it’s because I have traveled somewhere to do something. I have a speaking engagement, a conference, a wedding or sports event to attend, or something that likely prevents me from having a good night’s sleep while I am not in my own bed–no matter how comfortable the bed at my temporary spot is.

When I used to read the Eloise stories to my girls when they were small, I always thought “living in a hotel would be pretty sweet.” I have only slightly modified my thoughts on hotels, but now I think to myself, “If I could spend a weekend every month or two at a hotel, I would have a chance to do some work, take a nap, and RELAX.”

I have a chance to test my theory this weekend as my husband had to travel not too far from home for an all-day meeting. I tagged along because our anniversary is approaching and this is one way to be sure we have a chance to go out to a nice dinner. It also seemed a lucky coincidence that this meeting fell on a weekend that was 1) close to our anniversary; 2) after the two prom weekends of my oldest, and 3) on a weekend when no soccer was scheduled.

It’s a little after noon and so far, I’ve showered, had breakfast (and a great cup of coffee is still beside me), tidied up the room, started the process to have an email for this domain name created, began on a customer newsletter for my Scentsy clients, and found an Empire marathon on the television. I have not had a chance to catch much of Season 2, so I’m binging today and will be all set for the upcoming season finale.

I still have some reading to do [book club book & Scentsy leadership group chapter] and I want to work ahead on a few projects. But, I definitely think I’m on to something–this is way better than going into the office for a day or sitting in Starbucks!

 

Having Fun With the Idea of E-Guides

The Whole 30|Whole 9 gang start a new Whole 30 on August 1. I suppose it’s time to admit I haven’t started it on my own and by the time I have myself in gear to go, it will be August 1 anyway. Maybe it’s best to just psych myself up for that beginning date and hop on board the good-for-me train with a bunch of other similarly situated souls?

This week has been spent recovering from and building on the excitement that was last week’s trip to Indianapolis for Scentsykellytics Family Reunion.

Our yearly convention is always fun, but this year topped the past two I’ve attended!

That boost in excitement was thanks, in no small part, to seeing Kelly Clarkson in concert on the opening night of our reunion. My sister, a fellow Scentsy Family Consultant, and I are fond of Kelly’s music. Seeing her perform live from floor seats we snagged thanks to an early arrival for a pre-concert event made the night even more exciting.

The only one bummer for me personally was when a group of Consultants who earned an award were able to walk across the Convention stage to be recognized. I don’t begrudge them that honor, mind you, it’s just that when I earned that award two years ago, we simply stood in the stands–I would have loved to have walked across the stage! What a rush!

We had fun and saw tons of new products for all the Scentsy Family brands. You can’t beat seeing sneak peeks of all the products in person! It definitely reignites the buzz one feels when they first find a product or two they love. Add in there that we had what equated to $200 to spend on those new products and you had a stadium full of some pretty stoked individuals!

I also started thinking about new ways to connect with my clients and made a fun guide to summer entertaining. I was practicing using some PowerPoint features that I need to perfect for my classes this fall and decided this would be a nice way to accomplish two goals. And, in using Dropbox, I can share the link with my clients fairly easily. Technology makes things so much nicer!

Ohio Hurricane

We met Isaac on the way home from our hometown today.

I wish I had my fancy camera and that we weren’t driving down the road, but I did catch some interesting shots on my less-than-stellar Droid camera phone.

This cloud formation made for some nervous conversation in the vehicle. The color of the sky varied from dark to lighter with the big, billowy cloud in the center. The clouds made their artwork before we ever even drove into the rain.

The wind had started to pick up and we could see the shelf of misty rain as we headed for it, but I wanted to catch some shots and upload them to Facebook. I can only imagine what my friends were seeing on the Gulf Coast as this storm ran through full force. We definitely needed rain–the drought here has been ridiculous. And, luckily, it seemed the rain came in spits and spurts, so I’m hopeful that some sunk into the ground.

I also took the photos so I could show them to the girls. They are visiting their grandma this weekend, so there is a good possibility that the clouds they saw weren’t the same types we were seeing.

They can sometimes become jazzed about neat things like clouds or rainstorms or any number of other things you wouldn’t imagine kids being jazzed about as a rule.

We didn’t have any outside plans for today or this evening, so that worked out well. A county near our hometown county is having its fair this week. My husband used to never miss the Monday festivities, but he hasn’t gone for a couple years. This year, I’m betting the weather could make the festivities either swampy or questionable. He likes watching the harness racing, but I’m not sure what the condition of the track would be and whether the horses would run. I’m looking forward to having one last quiet day before the onslaught of fall begins. No more days off until Thanksgiving for me, I don’t think.

All in all, a good weekend so far. Here’s one more from the road: