Day 1: Wed. Jan 18, 2012 ~ I arrived in San Antonio and had lunch with some friends before heading over to pick up my Leadership bag and work on my Make and Takes. When we sat at our table to start our Make and Takes, we were greeted with this lovely delight. Many Thanks to Mike for working so hard to make these chocolates for all the 1300+ attendees!
When we finished we headed off to the demonstrator resource center to take some photos of the displays and cards created by the employees and demonstrators. Just beautiful, don't you think?
We also met up with some friends there too.
with Sara Douglass
|with the fantastic Diana Gibbs|
|I love, love, love my up-up-up-upline Carol Bartle. Isn't she adorable?|
|Rose-Ellen, Julie, Blair, Lesley, Julie, Christyne, Cathy and Janet|
|a night at the Alamo|
|A Texas sized breakfast|
|Janna and Rose-Ellen|
|One of my Stampin' Up! favorites, Shannon West|
After lunch we had classes and breakout sessions and another trip to the demo resource center to check out all the additions to the displays. There is some amazing work here.
We headed to the Riverwalk for dinner again but this time we found out that Ty Pennington was in town to film the Christmas 2012 episode of Extreme Home Makeover. He was just a hop, skip and jump away from where we were eating so we went to see if we could get a glimpse. It wasn't nearly as crowded as I thought it would be and I took a few great photos.
|Dinner on the Riverwalk|
|Kristyne, Maddy and Rose-Ellen|
Day 3: Fri. Jan 20, 2012 ~ today we started with some opening session entertainment in the form of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. Our CFO Scott showed us his latest MDS creation to highlight the financial state of the company (which is fantastic by the way). We finished up with an amazing salsa dance - Scott's Way. Oh, and next time we chat, ask me about Scorin' with Scotty ~ Too funny! Then we were off to lunch.
The highlight of my day happened as I was at lunch! Let me back up and say that I have been Tweeting about Stampin' Up! for a while now (you can find me on twitter at @REEastman) to let people know about the company itself and my busines including my blog updates and classes. Well, during Leadership we were given a challenge that if we were tweeting with the #MyLeadership hashtag we had a chance to win a prize of going ackstage during the closing session. Well let me tell you the power of positive thinking (and tweeting with the right hashtag) because I got up that morning just positive that I was going to go backstage and meet Shelli and even asked my roommate to take photos in the afternoon session since I would be backstage. I chose my outfit, did my hair and makeup all with this in mind......and at lunchtime, I was notified that I was one of the two winners to go backstage. Talk about exciting!!!!!!!
|Rose-Ellen getting notified of winning the backstage pass|
|Mary Ellen, Rich, Pam, Shelli and Rose-Ellen|
|Shelli and Rich watching the line monitor backstage|
|Shelli, Chad, Rich and Chad|
|Chad, Rose-Ellen and Rich|
|Who's dressing room?? Guess this happens when its a convention of women.|
|Rose-Ellen and Shelli during my backstage visit|
|Rose-Ellen and Scott|
I have a bunch more but for some reason they are not showing up properly. I'll try and post them on my Facebook page at Stampin' Up! with Rose-Ellen .
I had one more dinner with friends left before I got back on the airplane so a if my day could get any better, I met with Janna, Cathy and her husband for cocktails,
|Janna, Cathy, Rose-Ellen & Mike|
I ended the day at dinner with great friends (and learned exactly where your finger should be while taking a photo with someone else camera). Thanks for some wonderful laughs Ladies.
|Rose-Ellen, Janna, Cristena, Blair, Christyne and Diana.|