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Saturday, July 31, 2010

More convention goodness to share with you!

Well hello there! Hope you are having a full and wonderful Saturday! :) Ours has been super busy! We have decided to take on some home improvement projects and have been doing some painting this weekend. Fun stuff! :)

Thought I would stop in and share some more convention photos with you guys!


This is my adorable down line Jo dancing it up in the aisles before the first general session! She was so much fun to hang out with! Isn't she so cute?!


Here are the two of us waiting for the general session to start! It was so crazy in there! There were giant beach balls flying around all over the place and hula hoops going and folks dancing on the aisles! The SU! employees were all there having a ball and there was a ton of swapping going on everywhere you looked!


This was the first presentation on the main stage given by Jill Cockerhan and Bonnie Thurber! They were a hoot! They performed the song Sisters after their presentation and were awesome!


Each day at lunch they treated us to something fun on the display tables! Day 1 was candy! Piles and piles of it! The tables were just full of it! Here is the display sign!


Here is what it looked like!


The entertainment after awards night was Charlie Jenkins! He was really good!! He is part of a country band and they actually drove their tour bus right into the Main Stage area! Too cool! This is a blurry picture of his bus! LOL


Here he is singing!


At one point on the evening he said he had done something special for us! They brought out a guitar that he had embellished himself! LOL Look closely and you will see our new newsprint DSP and his initials in chunky red glitter and lots of sparkly gemstones! It was too funny! He played a song on it and then gave it away to some lucky demo! She had stars in her eyes! :)


Here is Brent Steel doing a demonstration. He was so funny! He had everyone just rolling! Great projects too! I was taking notes feverishly! LOL


Here is a picture of my lunch one day (because I am dorky like that!)! It was really yummy! This was provided by Stampin Up!


Remember those daily lunch treats I mentioned?! Take a look at Friday's lunch treat! *thud! Falls over!* I was in heaven!! I could have put a glass under there and been especially happy for a long time! :) Yummmmm-o!!


This is an overview of the gathering place where we ate our meals and had the Flower Power party! Isn't is pretty!? I just love all those bright table cloths!

Well that takes us through Friday afternoon! I will be back tomorrow with the last of the photos from my trip! Hope you are enjoying them! Wish I could have taken all of you with me! :)

Have a great night! I will be back soonest!

AnnMarie

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Convention Part 2!

Hello! How are you today?! I have had a crazy, busy day but wanted to squeeze this post in before I turned into a pumpkin for the night! :)

There were so many amazing and wonderful things to see at convention, but I think this next set of photos may have been my favorite! The talented folks at SU! created a wonderful place called the Sweet Shoppe and I was just in awe!! All these wonderful goodies were made out of paper!! Everything sincerely looked good enough to eat! No need for narrating these! The pictures tell it all:















Aren't they absolutely amazing?! I just fell in love with these displays! It gave new meaning to being a kid in a candy store!

Well it has been a very full day around here so I am heading to bed! Hope that you have a good night! I will be back tomorrow with lots more to share. Night-y night!

AnnMarie

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Convention Part 1!

Hello! Happy Tuesday! (I think!) It is Tuesday, isn't it?! LOL I am still feeling a little loopy and off because of all the the time differences and my lack of sleep! Ok, I have a few photos to share with you from our first and second day in Utah! My very sweet down line and I flew out together! We landed on Tuesday at 4:13 in the afternoon and took an express shuttle to the hotel. We stayed at the Marriott and it was just beautiful! For our very first adventure we went to a yummy Mexican restaurant called the Blue Iguana! Now keep in mind that we ate breakfast in Charlotte North Carolina, lunch in Phoenix, Arizonia and dinner in Utah! (Too cool!!) The servings were ginormous and the food was awesome! (I am all about the food!) LOL This first picture is of Jo in front of the entrance to the Blue Iguana! If you look really closely you can make out the sign on the door that says Welcome to Stampin Up! Demos! Too cool!! :) This is Jo pointing to the sign:



After dinner we went back to our rooms to unpack! Then I hit the gym for my daily walk and Jo went swimming! I was worried about missing my walk. I have not missed a day since I started on January of 2009! I was able to go to the gym every day while there though so that worked out great! :)

Ok, our first real whole day there was a whirlwind of motion and activity!! Our schedule looked something like this:

Visit Starbucks
Check in and Bag Pick Up
First Business Class
Lunch
Riverton Campus Tour (40 minutes away)
***Change clothes!!
Flower Power Party
Dinner
***Change clothes
First Organized Swap (In our Jammies!)

We were literally on the move from the minute we woke up until we crashed way after dark that night! It was such a blast!! We planned super well though because our last function ended with us already in our jammies! LOL Here is a re-cap of our day:



These were the bags we got at check in! Isn't this cute! I just love the bright happy colors! It came with our new stamp sets inside, a new catalog, a lanyard, a new pin and a pen...pink of course to match the bag! :)



I couldn't resist snapping this shot! This cute lady said she didn't want to have to carry and show off her swap card all day so she was wearing it on her head! LOL Isn't she adorable! Loved this!


This was a shot of Jo and I on the bus headed for the tour at Riverton. This is the Stampin Up! facility where all the magic happens! It was absolutely gorgeous!!


This was the sign to welcome us in the lobby!


The view from the top floor down into the center of the main room and where the employees hang out and eat at break time! It was all really pretty!


Another angle!


This was taken in the museum. They had several displays set up along with history of the company displays. Everything was decorated beautifully! Lots of eye candy in this room!

All of these yummy treats were made from paper!!! Just wait until I share tomorrow's photos of the Sweet Shoppe with you...thud *falls right over!!*


More displays!


More displays!


More displays!


More displays!


More displays!


This was the Idea room! They had a beautiful room with lots of tables and giant bean bag chairs and room to create! Here is Jo doing some hard creative thinking of her own! LOL This room lead into this next fun room:


Floor-to-ceiling white boards with tons of room for brain storming!


Check this out!! Was hoping one (or ten!) of those boxes had my name on them! LOL This place was immense!! So cool to see the process in motion!





This picture was taken of a desk in DS!! They gave all of the SU! employees the days off from the facility so they could be at the convention to play too! Their desks were all covered with cards and pretty displays! It was neat to see!


This was a neat thing! They have a goal of 10,000 recruits in 2010 and they are actually keeping tally on this board in the hall way! Look at all those tick marks! Since it is really important that I do my share I will need to sign up 7-8 recruits in the next little bit! Let me know if you would like to be one of them! :) Big grin!



Ok course me being me...I wandered into the break room where the food was to be found! LOL They had oodles of fun vending machines and a cute kitchen with microwaves and sinks etc. The vending choices were awesome!! Everything from candy to coffee (Starbucks in a box!), to ice cream to soup! My absolute favorite though was the hot pizza vending machine!! How awesome is that!?! Drop in your money or use your charge card (!!!!) and out comes a hot personal pizza ready to eat! I was so excited by this! Guess I do not get out enough! :)



This is the traditional picture in front of the Stampin Up! sign. Had to take this one! *Note to self for the future...no slouching! LOL



This amazing shot was taken standing in the parking lot! This is the view these folks have every day when they come to work! So nice!!


This was taken back on the bus on our way back for the rest of the day's activities.


This was my Flower Power party outfit! I had peace sign earrings on and my sweet daughter iron on-ed all of my hip patches! *Thanks Hannah!* The party was a blast!! There was a Scavenger hunt, and games and displays! Hula hoop contests, face painting, twister, free give-aways, awesome music! (I discovered I really dig some of the tunes from the 60's man!)


Cute lady in her 60's duds!


One creative lady's idea of bell bottoms! Too funny!


Our new friends Debbie and Laura! They looked awesome!


More great outfits!


Far out wig, man!


This lady had a ball!


Groovy band!


More great outfits!




Me hula-hooping! Not sure what was going on with my face! LOL


Jo and I at the party!


Ok, back to the room to change clothes and head to the Marriott Lobby Jammies Swap! This was me in my jammies!


Jo and I in our jammies! :)


...and finally the beginning of the swap line!

It was an amazing day! We had such a great time! I will be back tomorrow with lots more to share! Hope that you have a super day! See you soonest!

AnnMarie

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