Adventures in Babysitting
Anyone still there?
Well Mom, since you seem to be the only one still hanging out, I’ll give you the heads up on this past week.
As I mentioned before, on this past Thursday I headed to the Haven Conference (basically it’s a new two-day event that turns baby-blogs into Bloginators). Originally I didn’t even know if I was gonna be able to make it because I have this crazy loud appendage named Will…but since my girl Sherry (and her boytoy) were asked to be the keynote speakers, she needed a hand with Clara…and of course, Will + Clara = Magic Unicorn Rainbow Awesomeness:)
As Sher & John were blowing minds and saying the word ‘fart’ alot, I had my hands full of two year olds. So I borrowed this photo of the rockstars from Erin.
Toddlers are so fun…with the attention span of a gnat…so we did a variety of activities.
Training them for housework…
rearrange the home decor….
Will’s trying to remember how to hotwire the Armada.
One of their favorite activities was this high pitched screaming.
And yes, there were some folks that weren’t too happy with the 9:30 am ‘wakeup call’.
They were obsessed with the things they could see out this window.
Here’s a video of the cuteness….
After an hour of McDonald’s visiting (thanks for the warning Carmel!) & lobby crashing, we headed to meet Sherry & John for the toddler exchange. As I was walking into a giant hallway of gorgeously accessorized, smart and witty people, I see the conference room & the session wrapping up. All these people are pouring out – striding gracefully, while Miss-Belly-A-Lot waddles by toting two rowdy toddlers, one on each hip. Not exactly glamourous. Thankfully most folks don’t have any idea who I am or what this blog is, so most stopped to swoon over Clara and asked me if I was the babysitter. Yesma’amIamonlythehiredhelp. (it’s so embarrassing to be associated with this blog sometimes because I’m so weird that it’s kinda nice to be able to adopt a completely different persona as a responsible serious toddler-caring adult).
We finally pulled those Petersiks outta there (sorry to all the folks who were waiting for a photo with them and didn’t get it!)…and took the kids upstairs….and then finally back down to what I called Sponsor-Alley. The kids got to spin the Annie Sloan chalk paint wheel-o-fortune, got fun yo-yo’s from the Fish Window Cleaning guys, applied Frog-Tape temporary tatoos, and basically provided free quality control testing to the Shaw rugs and the couches Then a quick lunch & hand-off of the kids ensued. That’s when Sherry & I could attend a couple sessions.
We saw Ana White in action (she’s like Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider but with power tools)….and then the photography session led by Josh, Kevin & Layla from Shoot Fly Shoot and The Lettered Cottage. Both were so engaging and perfectly led!
I wish I had more photos of us with folks – I was being lazy. let’s blame the uterus. Here’s the renowned Kate (better known as Centsational Girl!)…
And the uber-classy fellow Georgian Rhoda from Southern Hospitality….
and of course, here’s a random one Sherry shot…I have no idea what I am doing….frankly I’m sortof amazed that I can get that low. That lady in the back is probably awwed at my flexibility.
After stuffing my face at the cocktail hour (Who says you can’t eat a dinner of cocktail shrimp and brie!?)….we ended up tagging along to dinner with Dusty from All Things G&D, Beth from Unskinny Boppy, Kent of Peachy Keen Designs, and Colleen from The Restarter Home to a place that had half-priced wine night. Nuff. Said.
And then later we snagged the ‘prom-pose’ photo. That was after a rowsing dance to Apple Bottom Jeans in which I broke out the “Milk The Cow” moves….and was filmed by a security guard….oh how I wish I was joking.
All in all, one day wore me out. I had such swollen ankles that I don’t think I could have lasted an entire conference….so kudos to those of you that did….I’m officially impressed with your stamina and commitment to blogstardom. I am also impressed with your plethora of beautiful jewelry. And your perfectly coiffed hairdos. And your complete control when there are cocktail shrimp present.
Oh and one heckova hand goes out to Rhoda and the other fabulous girls who put this thing together….you guys throw one amazing shindig. And if anyone has a photo of me in it….even me in the background or awkwardly wrestling toddlers to the ground, I’d love to see it.