Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Pre-Blissdom Top Ten

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Warning: Gushing ahead.

A week from today, I will be hopping in the car and making the 8 hour drive to Tennessee...Blissdom bound!

For my non-blogging readers, Blissdom '11 is a blogging conference. I still think it's wild that there are such things as blogging conferences, much less that I'm attending one. I am really really excited and thankful that I get to be there! A BIG thanks to Blogging With Amy...I won a free Blissdom ticket from her (wooot!).

Will you all indulge me a bit as I pause from some of my normal homemaking posts (especially next week) and blog about this experience? I would love to share it with you all.

Here's why I'm full of anticipation about this blogging conference:

1) Meeting people In Real Life that I've previously only known through their blogs. What a twist! I've read about these ladies' lives through their blogs, chatted with them on twitter, exchanged emails. But I'm not sure I could pick all of them out in a crowd (I guess we'll find out, right?).

2) Learning, learning, learning. I know the sessions will be packed with information...especially useful to me since I'm so new to this whole world. My brain is going to burst.

3) Hanging with my roomie, Sarah from A Wife Loved Like The Church.

4) Traveling! 8 hours of driving can be a long time, but I'm going to soak in every minute! Sing at the top of my lungs, talk to Jesus, enjoy the scenery, drink Starbucks. And I'm looking forward to visiting Nashville for the second time (I was around 13 when I last visited).

5) Putting on make-up every day. Preparing for this trip has made me realize that I rarely dress up and accessorizing is not my forte. But I'm excited to do a little bit of both next week!

6) More practice with my new camera. Change of scenery=more pictures.

7) Girl time. I'm secretly hoping that parts of Blissdom will be like a girl's slumber party. PJs, good talks, giggles. But maybe more sleep? Maybe I'm a bit optimistic with that last one. ;)

8) Talking to my hubby on the phone. Strange, I know, but when we talk on the phone, it reminds me of the long conversations we had when he was deployed. We had a lot of time to perfect our phone communication. And on the phone we always say "I love you." 10 times more than when we're in person. We're just funny like that.

9) A Mom Vacation. Um, hello? It will be six days by myself! No laundry. No dishes. No dirty high chairs. No ink-stained-fingers-and-couches-because-someone-got-into-the-printer-cartridges. I'm not sure how it will feel. I've never left Squishy for more than one night. I know I will miss him and Andrew, but I am going to enjoy every second of this time off.

10) I'm new to this. If you've been to Blissdom before, what was your favorite part?

For the rest of you, when's the last time you spent time away from home by yourself? What did you do?

Linked to Top Ten Tuesday at Oh Amanda's.


  1. Oh I love all your reasons!!! And then after the weekend, you'll have another list of reasons that you're glad you went too:) We're going to have an awesome time!!

  2. I haven't been overnight anywhere by myself since Susannah was born, but I'm looking forwards to it in a few more months when she'll be weaned :) I'm not sure what or where, but I'm hoping maybe an anniversary getaway with hubby ;)

  3. Oh my! You'll have a ball! Enjoy your time and come back with all kinds of new information.

  4. You will DEFINITELY not get more sleep. *sigh* And although you'll miss S, it will be rejuvenating for you, too!

    CANNOT wait to meet you!!

  5. I'm pretty certain our posts are the exact same today! Hahaha!! I can't to meet you and room with you! I'm pretty certain LOTS of giggling will be involved. :)

  6. I'm with Amanda...plan to come home, exhausted! Bring your REALLY comfy shoes, maybe even your slippers to walk in, the hotel is HUGE!
    I'm driving too...and love it!
    I loved meeting everyone last year. I'm looking forward to meeting you too!
    Nashville here we come!!

  7. I hope you have such a wonderful and refreshing time! I have only spent two nights away from my daughter since she was born (13 months ago) but one was a girls night at a remote cabin where we sang and danced and had a great time, and the other was at a wedding with my husband. Both nights were good for me as a woman and I came home refreshed and ready to be Mommy again! I hope the same for you!

  8. SIX DAYS!?!?!! How marvelous is THAT!? I am so excited for you, Alicia, and cannot wait to hear about it! I never even knew such things existed. My last extended time away without the kiddos was 2 years ago when my husband and I went to Mexico. We always double our "vacations" with his Medical Lectures, so a huge portion of our travel, stay and food get paid for (3 hour lecture for 4 days of play...I'm all game for that!). We were hoping to make a trip in 2010, but pregnancy #4 proved to be much more challenging. Hopefully this Summer we will see Mexico again! ole!
    xo Marissa

  9. I haven't had more than a few hours, much less a night away from home since my sweet baby girl was born almost 7 mths ago...sigh....but I shall live vicariously through you!

  10. OH how fun! Enjoy your experience and Mommy time! BTW, the link to Sarah's blog isn't working in your post :-)

  11. Have tons of fun!

  12. How fun!! I just commented on Sarah's post and said the video on blissdom website was awesome-I can't wait to hear all about it! Okay off to do my shred before the boy wakes up. Yea blissdom, roomies, girl time, a good road trip, makeup and all things fun!

  13. I'm in the same boat as Shannon, I also had a baby 7 months ago and have only had a few hours away from my baby girl (also have a 2 yr old). I'll also be living vicariously through your experience! Hope you have an awesome time and can't wait to read all about it in your upcoming posts!

    God bless you, Lisa

  14. Godspeed at Blissdom - hoping you get everything you want from it. I will be there. I'll be driving too -and I will take your que on how to get it done - enjoy the ride.

    God Bless.

  15. Sounds like so much fun, can't wait to read all about it! 6 days is a long time away from hubby and son but NO DISHES, NO LAUNDRY--sounds heavenly! I will live vicariously. I have not traveled without kids (with or without hubby) since, well, we had kids.

  16. I am SO SO SO SO excited for you, my dear bloggy friend! You go, girl! You just get on with your bad jesus-singing, starbucks drinking self! Mazel on the free ticket and enjoy every moment. I had to travel away from my children for the first time for a family emergency, but after the first night away, I relaxed and enjoyed the silence. The next time I imagine I will sleep so well is after my c-section in June! ha ha!

  17. Oh how exciting! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to attend a blogging conference! I will, one day! You are going to have so much fun, and what a great experience it will all be! :-)

  18. Oh how exciting, I know your going to have a blast, I so wish I was going. I'd love to meet you! Maybe next year! Have fun and be sure to bring back lots of tips and fun stories to share with us.

  19. You are adorable!! I was wishing I was going just reading your great list - I am sure you will create new relationships and build the ones that you have already created. Soak in the time away and enjoy the Starbucks :-)


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