I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.


wppi & random thoughts

Last year when I was just starting out in my photography business, I so badly wanted to attend WPPI {Wedding & Portrait Photographers International}.  It ended up falling over one of our already planned vacation dates, so I set out to make sure I attended it this year.

And I did.  In Vegas.  And CJ came with.  And we had a blast!  Yes … a blast!  ;)

In going to the show, I was mostly interested in the tradeshow and looking into a few specific things for my business … so I decided not to take any of the classes or education programs.  I’m glad I didn’t.  I know I missed some really good things, but it was quite overwhelming and I think my plan was perfect for this year and getting my feet wet.

And besides, spending some extra time with the hubby ended up being just what the doctor ordered!  My health took a nose dive last week Thursday.  Mostly my arms and legs … just started getting pretty heavy and weak.  In fact, Friday I got a cane.  :(

I didn’t end up having to use it, but I did a great deal of dragging my feet while walking.  Anyway … Saturday morning, I was feeling stronger, although exhausted, as we boarded our flight to Las Vegas.  I slept most of the plane ride, and we laid in bed most of the afternoon when we arrived.  Grabbed a quick dinner and back in bed.

Over the next couple of days, I started feeling stronger and am feeling back to my normal {albeit, exhausted} self.

Anyway.  I wanted to share … I don’t think CJ and I have laughed together this much in a long, long time!

A few random stories:

  • I got back to the room one afternoon and noticed the housekeeping services card stuck inside a drawer on the desk {exhibit below}.  I didn’t think too much of it and took it out.  So we’re sitting at dinner later that night and CJ goes incredulously, “I found a hidden camera in the room!”  I thought a minute and started laughing, “You mean the TV remote thingy?”  See, our TV was hidden in the desk and comes out when you turn the TV on.  What CJ thought was a hidden camera {and so cleverly covered up}, was actually the source that the remote “reads” to turn the TV on.  We got some mileage out of that this weekend!  In fact, I think I may use that one for life! ;)

  • Then there was the time CJ was laying out some plans for the afternoon and I told him I was “down” with the plans.  Now come on, who among you has heard me say that before?!  Well, apparently, not CJ.  He was dumbfounded.  “You’re what?!” he asked.  And then proceeded to ask me to, “run that jive talk” past him again.  Ohmyword!  Should I admit my husband is the guy that wears black socks with his sandals?  His older daughter calls him the German traveler.  And yes, I might just be busting my gut right now laughing!
  • Let’s see … then there was the time we were shopping and the clerk noticed my purse {that has my girls proudly displayed on it} and was surprised I had four girls {oh! and she thought Taylor was me, so that I only had 3 girls! … and yes, I bought something from her} because my belly didn’t look like I had 4 kids.  And yes, I had a bit of a blousy shirt on … but still.  What does my hubs say?  “Oh, that’s cuz she has a blousy shirt on.”  Really CJ?  He begged me not to Twitter it, but I did.  And I told him he was in all sorts of Twitter-trouble.  And we laughed about it.

Some of the other things aren’t coming to mind … but what I do remember is that we laughed a lot.  At each other and at ourselves.  And it felt good.

Another highlight of the weekend?  I got to catch up with this lovely lady!  I met Cathy at Me Ra’s Discovery Workshop last year and feel like we’re kindred spirits.  We’ve kept in touch and continue to support each other.  It was great to spend some time talking about our businesses and where we’re headed.  Then we took head shots of each other {cool advantage to having photogs as friends!}, and then we walked the tradeshow together for a while.  Her hubs was with her and it was great getting to know him and listening to his advice for us.

Ain’t she pretty?  Bonus is, she’s beautiful on the inside too!

After a long weekend and wishing I could instantly morph home Tuesday … I came home to these awesome goodies!  Besides all the hugs and kisses from my littles {and teen}, these totally lifted me up!

I’m sure you get it from the note … but these are from my lil’ sis.  Do you see the lemons in the water?  How totally clever!  Love it!  Thank you Trishie!

And then happy mail galore!!  I got these from my bloggie friend Katherine … totally surprised me!  Here’s her jaw-dropping post on her cupcake “theme of the week.”  Thank you Katherine!  The girls gobbled them up!  They’re also super curious how you baked them in the jars.  Hmm … I’m thinking I’ve got a project around the corner!

Lastly, my bestie Heather sent me this!  I’m a lucky, lucky gal!  Thank you Heather.

Thank you everyone!

Downside to the weekend?  Awesome mom-of-the-year moment … and I wasn’t even in town!

The three year old had a birthday party to go to … one of her besties and she was so excited to attend!  The timing was towards the end of church, so my dad took Hunter out a little early and took her to the party.  I had even emailed the mom and told her Hunter would be late because she had church, etc.  So Sunday afternoon, I get a call from my mom that dad’s outside Chuck E Cheese, but they have no party listed for her friend.  Hmm.  What to do?  I’m halfway across the country.  I have no phone numbers, plus the party’s already started.

I thought maybe I had the wrong day?  The wrong place?  But there’s only one Chuck E in our town, so that didn’t make sense.  I could vividly see the purple invite, but for the life of me, couldn’t remember any of the details.

Turns out the party was at the local gymnastics center.  Gymnastics … Chuck E … easy mistake, right?  :(

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9 Responses to “wppi & random thoughts”

  1. Dawn says:

    laughter is great… but laughing with your husband is the best! and i’m so glad you had this time together to play! sounds like it was the most fun ever :) and then to come home to such great treats… you are one loved lady!

  2. what a time you’ve had my FRIEND!! I was just going to write you to find out the about WPPI, but it sounds like laughing and FUN times with hubs is WAY better than any photography event!! Tell the girls— bake the cupcakes in a regular tin and THEN put them the jars!! :):) Glad they enjoyed a little sweet treat.

  3. Lisa Mahnke says:

    I always say it is better to laugh than cry, and it sounds like you and CJ did a lot of laughing. Happy for you my friend…

  4. Leslie says:

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend!! So glad you and cj had a wonderful, happy time together. Between the “hidden camera” and his iPad phone, I think the boy has some tech issues. LOL. What a goof!!

    I’d like to tell you that I simply cannot relate to Huntie’s party mixup . . . but alas, I too, have had one (okay, more than one!) less-than-stellar mom moments such as that! Awkward!!

  5. Jen says:

    Ohhh you got to go to WPPI!! When I had my photography business (officialy closed shop last year)
    I always wanted to go- and never made it, unfortunately. Sounds like you had a blast and made the most of the time with your hubby too. Lots of laughs with your husband may even beat WPPI! :) (and I admit, I had to chuckle at him not getting the jive talk of being “down” with something,hehe)

    Sounds like you are surrounded by amazing family and friends. You’re a lucky woman!


  6. Heather says:

    Wow so much to comment on this post…I would be remiss not to start with “maybe Curt could call the police about the camera on his ipad?”

    Sounds like such a great weekend of laughter and time together…the perfect trip. Love the photos of Cathy…very cute & can’t wait to see your new ones too! And LOVE the lemons in the water…totally stealing that idea Trisha!!

    The party? everyone is bound to mess up from time to time right? you guys have a lot of birthday parties going down…easy to make a mistake!

  7. Cathy says:

    Ohmygoodness! CJ and the remote — too funny! I’m so happy that you two enjoyed your time together (blouse comment aside, ahem…) :) I love all the happy mail…you deserve every piece of it and so much more! So sweet. :) And I LOVE the photos! Big, big hugs!

  8. trisha says:

    i’m a bit behind on reading your blog… sorry! love that you and curt laughed so much, the doctor couldn’t have prescribed a better medicine. and yay for me that my flowers and ‘stuff’ made your blog :) (the flowers look very pretty i must say). p.s. seaners said that you should make a blog post about him :)

  9. Tiffany says:

    All I can say is: YEAH!!!!!

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