Monday, February 6, 2012

Oh where, oh where can I beeeeeeeeeee?

haha..can you hear me singing?

I have missed typing to y'all....and wanted to pop on quick just to say...
I'm back.

I was HERE.

I just took a break.  For the past two years I spent hours burning the candle at both ends to struggle to get blog posts up for the week I was at CHA and came home to realize it didn't really make a difference, lol.

This year I just vowed to simplify and spend more time prepping myself in other ways...not to mention we had a ton going on.
My family was here for our "2nd Christmas", and I got to see my brother and sister and that was priceless.  Then, the next day Madelynn performed in her first competition and that night I jetted off to LA after being able to watch her perform.

I spent this past week connecting, reconnecting, networking, and working. hard.
Many people are under the impression that CHA is a big party and while it is, it's also really hard work.  After what seems to be months of prep work and planning,  I work a booth for 10 hours a day, mostly on my feet the whole time and I'm there to sell stamps..not just to hang out.  The only reason I mention this is because I am very much invested in how well TGF does and I take it very seriously.  and I am "on" the entire time, if that makes sense :)

That being said- of COURSE it's fun.
It's a once-a-year, sometimes twice if I'm lucky, event that brings many like souls together in the same area and you can't put a price on that.

I have deepened roots of friendship with many people, laughed, cried, and felt appreciated and understood by very special women who are like me and who understand me.  I love that.  I love it SO much.

This is just a SMALL...and I mean SMALL sampling of the lovely people I got to spend time with this past week...more pics to come when I get them off my camera....there are a TON!

oh....and I got to meet this chick too...pretty darn cool:

So...that's where I've been...and I'll be back tomorrow with an actual piece of card stock turned into art.  LOL.  It's been TOO long and I'm beginning to feel intimidated by my craft desk, ha!



Rachel Parys said...

Looks like you had a great trip! Can't wait to see what else you have to share with us, welcome back!

Jenny said...

I'm so glad I got to meet you! Kris was so happy that I took a photo w/her banner. Had a blast!

Maria Therese said...

Oooooooooooo you lucky girl!!!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

You are soooooooooo right.. we didn't get a pic!!! Next year for sure! It was awesome getting to see you again this year!!! Love ya girl! :):):):):):):):):):):)

gobeagirl said...

Hi Jess. I am so glad that you had a great time. I know how much work it takes to put something like that together. My Friend used to own a Scrapbook store here and I would love going over and helping her all the time. When it came time that she had to close the doors I helped her with all the sales, all the packing things back up. It is fun, but very very exausting. lol.. Worth every sore muscle. Hugs, Lisa G

1CardCreator said...

Looks like you had a fabulous time!