Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Where's Linda?

It was off to the big city of Chicago this last weekend to attend Janice Weightman's Spring Event. Talk about a fantastic trip and a fantastic bunch of girls! Couldn't have had a nicer weekend. Got to the Chicago O'Hare airport without incident and then the adventure began. My instructions read that I was to ask where the Van Galder bus terminal was. Only problem was, I couldn't find anyone to ask so I decided to just follow the transit signs. I ended up in the 'under-ground' where the trains were to take you into the city. As I was twirling around with papers in hand, looking confused, a gentleman came up to me and asked where I was going. Needless to say I knew that he was a 'pan-handler', but what the heck ... I needed to know where I was going and he needed a couple of bucks. So off we went ... around the corner ... just him and me and got into the elevator with him. I thought, "I'm going to get mugged! ... Oh well!" But he was a gentleman and took me right where I needed to go and then promptly encouraged me to give him a tip, which I did.

I waited for a couple of hours people watching, one of my favorite past-times until my bus arrived. After boarding the bus we rode for about an hour and half south of Chicago to a little town called Rockton, population just over 7,000. The bus pulled up to a McDonalds and the driver said this was our stop. I got off the bus, got my luggage and went into McDonalds to wait for my chariot.

Janice arrived with her van all decked out with her magnetized Stampin' Up! signs on both doors. Immediately I knew which vehicle was hers! Willow, their Wheaton Terrier was waiting to greet me upon our arrival to her beautiful home.

This is her great husband, Paul, who is not only a wonderful supportive husband to Janice, but a great cook and A/V guy!

Janice and Paul have the most amazing home out in the country with the most incredible view. I could live here easily. Their beautiful daughters greeted me warmly and Matisse gave up her Pretty in Pink bedroom to me while she slept on the couch. Thank-you again Matisse!

Time to see the Stamp Room. I've NEVER seen a stamp room like this in my life. Not even the art room at Stampin' Up! can equal this room. It was neater than a stamp store --- so organized and she has everything. This is a stamper's paradise! I promise to take her example and become more organized after seeing her room.

Check out that paper! And look at the ones that are going away ... BOOOO! But I'm excited for the new colors ... HORRAY!

Check out the view, both inside and out!
Thanks to all of my stamping buddies that greeted me so warmly at the event the next morning: Lisa Miller, Lisa Lou, JoAnn Bengtsen, Peggy Taylor, Karen Davis, Pam Peterson, Cherie Gustafom, Deb Schwemlein, Rhonda Salis, Lynne Miller, Nan Goerlitz, Tammy Neperud, Mary Smith, Christie Carter, Darla Wilson, Jessica Siebels, Dianna Richards, Cindy Carroll, Barbara Pisciotto, and of course Paul and Janice Weightman.

The event was absolutely AMAZING and I learned a ton of things of which I'm planning on sharing in Minneapolis with Teri Gaines and her group. So, I won't let the cat out of the bag and show you the projects until after Minneapolis. And I'll give credit where credit is due, girls. Your demos were spectacular and I've already tried them and they work!

What a wonderful day! And I don't know how Janice knew, but she took me to Trader Joes, a specialty grocery store. I LOVE to go to grocery stores and compare prices in other cities and buy things that are specialized to the region of the country. I bought a box of Wisconsin Mac and Cheese/Trader Joes! Can't wait to try it. And we went browsing at a marvelous scrapbook store and ate at two fabulous places. The food was divine and the company was even better. Thanks again Janice and Paul for a most memorable week-end! Love you guys!

O.K. ... now for some teasers ... You'll want to keep checking my blog because I will be making two BIG announcements in a few days. All I can say is that it's a BIG announcement and one you'll want to read all about. More later ... and see you in a few days!


bcyhand said...

from look of the faces in the photos and the comments from you, a good time was had by all......i will keep looking to see what your news to you all!


Lindsey said...

Love your jeans, Mom!

Lisa said...

Looks like fun. Awesome Stamp room. I love trader joes. My favorite are the orange sticks. They're the best!

Princesa said...

Looks like fun. More info on the July event please. I have missed you. I drove by your street yesterday and thought of you.

stampylisa said...

It was a great visit, thank you so much for sharing your stories with us. Cyber hugs!! xoxo
Lisa Miller

Terry Molineux said...

Well not only does it look like you had a great time but so welcoming. I love stampin up for that reason. You meet the best people...

OMGOSH!!!! Janice your house is to die for! That stamp room I will only see in my dreams. What an awesome job you've done. I especially like what you did hanging some of your cards.... Please pass along to Janice....

Linda can you find out where she got it!!! That is as big as my house but I'll figure out something.

Sue said...

Looks like an amazing lot of fun. My only concern is how much less of you keeps showing up :)