Okay... I had no idea how hard it was going to be for me to recover from so many back to back events in my life. We had Gentry's wedding, Zach played in the State regionals for baseball (the same week) and I had returned from Portugal and then left for New Zealand the day after the wedding. Whew... it was a lot. After we got home, I really just tried to "regroup." I slept alot and even read some books. I am now 100% back to normal and so thankful for the few days to just be with my family.
Gentry is home from her honeymoon in Park City and then a family trip to Anaheim (Disneyland). They just got home and are ready to settle in to "real" life.
I wanted to share this months TC retailer class kit- it is shipping soon. You can order the kits (retailers) directly from Brian or Jared at the office.
I printed out my cell phone photos that are 4x4 that I had printed in instagram size. (walgreens app) I love it! I did the entire mini book from the 6x6 paper pad- Now & Then. I love how it turned out!
I have so many photos to share from NZ. I am going to share them this week. I had the BEST time. I am so honored and thankful to be asked back to teach at the event in 2014. This was a trip that I will forever cherish. I went with my McKay and we just enjoyed our time together so much.
The journey began. I was so excited that TC was going on the trip to NZ too. She went with McKay and I on the long journey. She went as a student to the event. We were tired from the wedding and decided to wear our sweatshirts and relax as much as possible on the 19 hours to NZ.
This was my first time on AIR NEW ZEALAND. It was a great airline and I really enjoyed the LONG flight there. I am lucky in that I normally can sleep on the long flights.
We arrived and we absolutely loved it. It was so green and beautiful. It was raining on and off for the first few days. It was breathtaking!
I went from the airport arriving on Friday morning and then taught two workshops that day. EVERYONE was so super nice. I really enjoyed the women at the event. I was really tired about 6 pm and all I could think about was sleeping. ha! I really enjoyed the group dinner on Friday night. Fabulous food!
This was the FIRST year of the event. Oh my... sold out and they had women from Australia, New Zealand and America. If you would like to go next year- everyone is welcome to join us. I know it will be something amazing again. They are having Joey Otlo (BAZZILL), Aimee and Diane (Graphic 45) and ME as instructors!!!!! It is the same dates as this year too.
It was truly my biggest blessing to get to know these sweet women. I was inspired by their stories and their heart. They are all so talented too.
I am super thankful that McKay helped me so much during the event. She did the prizes and everyone was so sweet to her. They gave her treats and gifts and she was able to go mtn biking with Staci (Michele's niece). It was so much fun for her to get to go out in the bush and enjoy the day with Staci.
This was Friday night. They did a photo booth and it was so much fun. We were really feeling tired by this point, but so enjoyed all the girls here. *thank you Ally so much for the bracelet's. Oh my... we loved them!!!!! Such good memories with these beautiful girls. PS Maggie you were so ELLEN!!!! My photos did not come out. YOU nailed it.
I had to share our messy hotel room. Yes, I am normally a lot neater. I have to say McKay is a "little" messier. I embraced it. It was so fun to just have so much fun together. I could not sleep past 4am. It was hard for me to adjust to the time difference. I just woke up and then would read until it was time to get up and shower.
This is our last trip together until after her mission. She leaves in 16 days. She is so excited and I am so thankful she has a desire to do this.
I really appreciated the TA's. They were all OVER THE TOP amazing. I wish they were at all my events. They really helped so much. Michele and Jodi truly paid attention to all the details and really created an "experience" for all that attended. I was so impressed and felt so honored to be there.
I loved the hotel that the event is held at.
Sunday morning breakfast to support Breast Cancer. I was really thankful to go to church at the Onehunga ward. We so loved the experience.
Okay... more photos tomorrow. I guess you can tell by now... I loved every second of my trip to New Zealand.