(group photo nabbed from Savannah, but I think my husband may have taken it-- good job, Johnny!)
(I seriously love Jen.)It was so fun to watch the girls really get down and dance. The photobooths were hopping, girls were mingling, but as the night went on, I was anxious to get back to the house where we were staying so I could go over my notes. I was speaking in the morning!
Amy. So many great people at this conference.)
Of course I was scared to death when my turn came for speaking, but I got through it and felt pretty good about it after all was said and done. I opened the floor for a little Q&A after I spoke for a while and the ladies in the crowd had so many good, smart questions. I was so impressed. I got to meet many women from the audience afterward and it was such a neat feeling to speak with other mothers or mothers-to-be-sometime-in-the-future that I would have never met if it weren't for the Internet. It still blows my mind a little.
(As I may have mentioned here before, this has been my year of really trying to push myself. Normally I would say a fast "no" to public speaking, but I'm taking advantage of opportunity to grow. It's so good to stretch yourself and do things you think you "can't".)
I finished up the day attending sessions and (finally) grabbing some food. After that we spent the evening having dinner and hanging out with our awesome friends from BonLook. Seriously, they are some of the most fun people!
Johnny and I had to pack up and leave in the morning, but not before grabbing some last minute breakfast tacos from El Chilito. AND RIDING IN SWAN BOATS. Because that's the most magical thing of all time.
We were eager to get home and back with the girls, but we still hadn't chosen the perfect souvenir for them. Then it dawned on us. We found a nearby grocery store and bought dry ice and a cooler and packed up a bunch of Rita's to take home. I can't even tell you how excited Hope and Poesy were when we FINALLY got home. We missed those kids so much, and they missed us equally. The hugs and squeals may have been the very best part of the weekend.
**Special thanks to Lulu's for sponsoring my trip to Austin! My blue dress in the top photo and black shorts are both from Lulu's!