Monday, September 26, 2011

spoonful of sugar

We weren't sure if we were heading the right way until we saw a long line of women. Lots and lots of women who were chatting in small groups as they waited for the gates to open. Many were strapped with a sure sign of a true blogger: their cameras.

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We knew we had arrived at Blog Sugar. I immediately started giggling in the car with my friends, Erin and Mandy. As excited as we were to meet other bloggers and acquire new blogging knowledge, we could not help but feel like we were attending a high school reunion except:
1. It was all (almost all) women.
2. Most of the gals have never met in real life.

My awkward switch flipped on as soon as I approached the gates. I was nervous about recognizing blogging friends, but not having them know who I was. I spotted several bloggers who I frequently read, but kept to myself in fear of appearing stalkerish.

I had two friends of mine with me so I was able to avoid major awkwardness.

Mandy, Erin and I were spot on for the biggest trend of the day: Brown Boots.

Let's play How Many Pairs of Brown Boots Can You Find? Seriously, it's like where's Waldo.

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Erin was all over the cotton candy. She's on some crazy, heath kick which prohibits most carbs, but girlfriend was breaking the rules for Blog Sugar. She wouldn't want to be a poor sport, you know.

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All awkwardness aside, the event was awesome. The creativity, decor, give-aways, speakers and food were top notch. It was evident that a lot of love was poured into this event.

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Getting to get away for a day with friends and work my stomach muscles with laughter so hard that I woke up with a 6 pack, made the day extra wonderful.

Meeting bloggy friends face-to-face was a true highlight. Getting a chance to see the person who inspired me to join blogland and her new baby was the cherry on top. You must go visit Greta's blogs.

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If you were there, what was your favorite part of the event?

Much love,
Katie

27 comments:

Stephanie said...

Oh Wow! It looks like SO much fun and inspiration! Glad you got to go and I look forward to the insight you've learned and will share with us in the days ahead... can't wait!

Janna said...

seeing people like YOU in person was my favorite part. oh, and the rice crispy treats too of course.

Genn said...

I loved getting to meet you and hug you in real life Katie!! I had such a great time too. I already can't wait for next year's. Loved your outfit by the way too. :)

TDM Wendy said...

My favorite part was next year. Cuz hopefully nex year I will be there. With boots on.

Greta said...

OK, so I didn't even notice the boots. Cause I am not on top of what;s cool and don't have any.
Your dress looked so good with those boots.
It was so very good to see you.
And, think about it, Aaron used to disciple Kevin, and now, how many years later, we're friends through blogging.
I love that!
And lastly, I have no eyes.
Love from,
Greta

Kristy said...

How fun!!! SO wish I could have been there....maybe next year!!

Nancy said...

I loved meeting you even if briefly. You came to life for me! Your dress was DARLING. So sassy. :) I loved the message for sure. Embracing our Maker and His Creation. So uplifting. Hopefully, it will be less than a year until we can get together again. We really aren't THAT far from each other. Happy day to you. xoxo

Four Flights said...

Loved seeing you Katie and so glad you enjoyed the overall message...and the cupcakes :)

{cuppakim} said...

so amazingly fun to meet you katie. you were as cute, fun, and sweet as you are on your blog.

i love that people really are who they are on their blogs! especially you :)

Rags to Stitches said...

So much fun!! I was there too! Hope we get to meet IRL next year! Hugs.

xoxo,
Alissa

Erin said...

You of course! So good to catch up in real life after quite a while. I also figured all the belly laughs worked off those extra carbs I splurged on. Thanks for letting me share the day with you!

Holly said...

It was a wonderful day, we didn't meet but I sat at the table next to yours and admired your cute little dress. Hope to see you next year.

Kris said...

It was a great day. Even for an older gal like me!!!

Karen said...

It looked like such a wonderful time Katie!! You captured some great photos there :)

Susan said...

That looks like such a great time! And the boots pics made me LOL.
Maybe next year...sigh.

Leslie @ top of the page said...

it was so great to meet you katie! loved the missoni, btw. if i forgot to mention that in person :) you're the sweetest.

mel @ the larson lingo said...

So bummed we didn't get to chat! I know we smiled & said hi in passing. Your dress was adorable, by the way! I didn't notice all the boots...that is so funny. Can't wait for next year!

Alyss said...

The boots EVERYWHERE!! Hahaha! I didn't even notice that. Glad you had such a fun time with your girlies! Hope to see you soon. :)

Mallory said...

I wasn't there but I'm surprised this has been the first blog sugar post that I have seen. I feel you on the awkward part. A month ago when I was home visiting my parents I bumped in a girl from high school who is on my facebook- holy awkward.

Jamie said...

Hi I'm a new follower from Jazmin @ The Millers Blog! Thanks for sharing about Blog Sugar!! I'd love to go to that someday!! :o)

Let me know if you'd like to do a button swap!!

Jamie
For Love of Cupcakes

Breeann said...

I'm so jealous you were able to go!! I'm glad you had a great time, though!! xoxo

angie on maui said...

I SO wish I could have attended this. I would love to meet all you beautiful women in person one of these days! It's kind of isolating out here; I wish I could just hop in my car and do a road-trip all in the name of a blogger-conference/meet-up!

Beautiful photos!

forever folding laundry said...

HOW is it that we didn't meet??!?!?!
I saw you in that adorable zigzag dress
and didn't even realize it was you!

Wah. :(

~Keri

Denise said...

it was great to meet you. even briefly. i was wearing brown boots. didn't even notice the brown boot phenomenon. cute.

i mentioned to someone it felt like a high school reunion. it was a crazy wonderful time!

Handbags*N*Pigtails said...

Haha...about the boots: I was sure Id be wasting space in my luggage by taking my brown boots since it was in California and its all hot there and everything. And then I was one of the only ones without them. Oh well. It wasnt about the boots for me.
It was about making face to face connections with all you amazing ladies that Ive been following and connecting with over the past year or so.
The swag bags were a fun bonus and the dessert bar? HOLLA!!!! Lemon tarts...mmmmmmmmmm
I still cant believe that our Target here still has the entire Missoni line(like your dress). I heard every Target sold out...not this small town store though:)

heartland farmhouse said...

So happy you were able to attend! Looks like so much FUN!!!
And getting to meet the one who inspired you...how cool is that?

hannah singer said...

katie!! it was a joy to meet you for real!! what an amazing event! xo