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Monday, November 2, 2009

Arizona Bloggers Luncheon

On Friday my day began before sunrise. Luckily this pumpkin lit up my sleepy self. Can you tell who it is wishing you a Happy Halloweiner?

I wanted to get in some last minute studying for a mid term. I am not sure if it helped. I turned in my exam not feeling very confident. Luckily I left school to attend the Arizona Blogger Luncheon. This sweet table setting immediately lifted my spirits.

Here's my idea of the perfect sandwich. I just adore Miss Maija, whom I have been blessed to meet before, and the delightful Marty who helped organize this wonderful event.

How about a side of "cheese" with Liz and Maija?

What a great group of gals! I am sure the other restaurant patrons thought we all were crazy. Why? A group of bloggers will always have their camera ready to capture every cute crouton.
Here's Mimi caught in the act!

Speaking of Mimi, we had a random goody swap and she created the cutest BOO letters that I was lucky enough to receive. My dear friend Ceekay received the gift I had brought~ a black hand blown heart strung on a organza necklace. It was a perfect fit!

I had to leave the luncheon all to soon to go spend a wonderful afternoon with this handsome guy.

The kids loved the batty craft. Wasn't it clever of Sweet Boy's teacher to cover the desks in black paper? They had so much fun writing on it with white pencils. Clean up was a breeze.

Indiana Jones is all lined up for the Halloween parade.

By now it was 3 pm and I am looking and feeling a little tired. Give me some Halloween candy~STAT! I still had to go and meet with the children's minister of the church I am helping to decorate. We needed to finalize the placement of the selected paint colors for the kids rooms. It is going to be a wonderful space.

Back home by 5, Mr. Decor and Sweet Boy left on a Boy Scout compass/maze adventure. I worked until 10 pm on a semester project. When I become tired I sometimes get super silly. Poor Rudi received the brunt of this:

Of course Rudi forgave me since Mr. Decor had carved his image in the pumpkin above at my request. Kiss~Kiss!

How was your day?


Anonymous said...

Looks like you had a "Boo" tiful Day!!!!
: ) Karyl

Jingle said...

Looks like lots of fun! I love your pumpkin!

Karen said...

Laura it was very fun meeting you at the AZ luncheon. I just wish we would've had more time to visit more. We all definitely need to do this again! I was thrilled to be included since I was the odd duck being the CA girl.
But it was a fun time!
HAGD! Karen @ Some Days Are Diamonds

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Whew! You had a long day! Doesn't it always seem to happen that way ~ so much to do in one day that you feel like you are constantly moving. The luncheon looked like fun!

Really Rainey said...

Hi Laura... What a busy day you had! Sometimes when I finish a day like that I sit back and am pretty proud of myself... I love your son's costume! Take care of yourself...


Blondie's Journal said...


I saw some of the pics of the AZ luncheon on Marty, Ceekay and Karen"s blogs. It looked like SO much fun. And you looked like a million bucks!! Love the BOO letters!!

Sweet boy is getting so big. He has the biggest brown eyes. I'd melt every time I looked into them!

Hope you have a bit of a quieter week!


Inspired Comblogulations said...

That weiner pumpkin made me laugh out loud... cute blog.
I keep seeing your name everywhere, so I thought I would check you out. Glad I did.
Such a pretty gal, Laura Ingalls Gunn!


Connie said...

What a delightful event and so glad to CeeKay looking well, sweetpea!

The imPerfect Housewife said...

Hi! Just found your blog and haven't read back too far so I'll ask the obvious...any relation to the other Laura Ingalls? The reason I ask is my uncle's middle name is Ingalls and they are related by way of Carrie maybe? I don't remember because it was so long ago that I asked him. The blogger conference looks like a lot of fun!! I'd love to go to something like that sometimes. Take care ~ ♥

Lorrie said...

Your sweet Indiana Jones is adorable.
What a fun weekend you had - busy to be sure, but full of productivity and goodness.
Exams are a pain. I turned in an anthropology midterm a week ago feeling just like you did. I'm still waiting for the grade - although I'd just as soon not know.


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Laura, it was such a thrill to meet you and get to know you. We really did have a wonderful lunch and so many sweet and fun ladies. Looks like your afternoon with your son was a ton of fun too. Thanks so much for coming, I really enjoyed our day. Hugs, Marty

Willow said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog. Wow it looks like alot of people was having some fun this weekend.


Mimi said...

Hi Laura!!!
Wow you do burn the candle at both ends!!! Oh sweetie, how do you keep up!!! Good for you to be going to school, that was my goal along time ago, when my youngest went off to 1st grade, but I was busy being PTA MOM or Sunday school teacher to go to college to be a teacher!!!! Now --well it's to late, but I do want to go to the community college and take a photography class!!!!!
How funny you caught me snapping that picture of Char's lunch, I had so many cute other pics, I didn't need to make the non attendee's hungry with that great salad!!!!!
It was such a fun day and I cannot wait til the next one!!!!
Enjoy your week
blessings and hugs,

someplace in thyme said...

I had such a great time with all of you and can't wait to do it all again. I too wish we could have played musical chairs so we would have had a better chance of speaking with everyone, maybe next time, take care and the post is wonderful, brings it all back, Char

Tootsie said...

when I was in was the exams I didn't feel like I aced that I did the best on! hope that helps your worry...
as for that luncheon....I wish I could meet some bloggers in person!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Awwwww... look at that sweet Rudi! That image in the punkie is so neat, Laura. Wow, Mr. Decor did a great job.

Looks like you all had a blast at the luncheon. Makes me want to move to Arizona and hang with all of you! Those are some neat ladies.

Sending lots of love your way...


Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laura, I just wanted you to know I dropped by your sweet daughter's blog, and she is SO talented. But I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree in this case. I know you're proud of her! She has got a lot of artisitic talent, and she writes well, too. Beautiful dresses and beautiful prose.


Sheila :-)

Lady Dorothy said...

Whoa! Mr. Decor is quite the artist! You have one talented family!

LiLi M. said...

That lunch looks like soooo much fun! And your little Indiana Jones is too cute! I was away for the weekend an I am having a hard time reading all blogs and writing comments. Other people would feed their washing machines first I guess ;-)!
Have a great day!

Mildred said...

Good Morning Laura, Rudi is just so precious and I love the pumpkin! The blog get-together looks like a fun time and I love the photo of you and Sweet Boy! Hope today is a great day!

Linda said...

Wonderful photos, Laura! :) All of it looks like great fun.

Hope you have a blessed week,

Designs on 47th Street said...

What a day! I enjoyed seeing all you did and a little peek at fellow bloggers. What fun that must have been.

I definitely agree....your little guy is most handsome. Looks like lots of fun.

alice wayne said...

pretty sure we love Rudi WAY too much, oh well!

I wish it were Nov 10 already!!!

I also realized it's November, NEW MOON BABY!!!!
or "it's la push, baby, la push"

Liz said...

Hi Laura! I thought my day was full! I can't believe how much you do. I thought the luncheon was a blast. I still haven't posted yet but will this week. It has been crazy we have family in town and I feel like I'm ignoring my blogging pals! I went and saw those darling dresses Where The Quaint Things Are... You must be so proud. They are beautiful!


Miss Sandy said...

I love these day in the life kind of posts. Not only are they fun and informative, they break the illusion of that perfect life we all think other bloggers have. Although, I think your day was crazy beautiful!

Shraddha@theselfloveproject said...

what a beautiful day!

lucky lucky you!!

love and hugs..

Bottega Veneta said...


Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

The gift "bag" for the bottle is fabulous! Looks like the bloggy lunch was wonderful, too...I'm a little jealous that I don't live (a lot) closer. :-)

Maija said...

It was so fun to see you and your little man is just adorable!!!

And Rudi looks delightful!