Thursday, November 16, 2017

Conference in Kansas City...

I had a great time participating in the SMRP conference in Kansas City last month. This was the conference that I was the chair of last year so it was quite a nice change of pace to just be there to support the organization and to of course promote the technology and products that my company sells. It's always one of the best events for our industry each year and it's truly a big family reunion. 

One highlight was the keynote they had, Destin Sandlin, who runs the super popular YouTube channel - Smarter Every Day. His message was on point - talking about the importance of always learning, always questioning and allowing yourself to see things from a different perspective. It was really energizing and now we find ourselves watching his videos at night - Adam loves it - basically really cool science experiments. 

Other highlights included hanging out with co-workers, customers, and industry friends. We even treated the conference chair from this year to a celebratory evening at Top Golf - which turns out was in Kansas - so I can cross that state off my list now too! 

Was a great week and we're already looking forward to next year when the conference will be in Orlando - hmmm...might have to plan something in conjunction with that ;) 

Saturday, November 4, 2017


I took a trip up to my office in NY a couple weeks ago and got an amazing surprise of getting to go see Hamilton on Broadway!!! I really have the best boss in the universe! We met up with a friend of his (she's an actress and she's got a sitcom she's writing that just got accepted into the Austin Film Festival - so exciting - hope it comes to our tv screens soon!) and his daughter Chelsea, who I always love getting to see. 

I really had no idea what to expect with this show as I had avoided listening to any of the music - not sure why but I guess I was just waiting for the day I'd get to experience it fresh and in person! Let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Those performers are incredible and I don't know how they do that eight times a week -it's insane! 

I bought the soundtrack on my way home from NY and can honestly say I haven't stopped listening to it since. It truly is a history and civics lesson rolled into a masterful piece of art. Even Harper has learned the words to some of the songs! I have a new found thirst to understand our nation's history and I can't wait to read more about Alexander Hamilton - and even more excited to learn more about his wife, Eliza. 

What a night and I can't wait to see it again!! 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Fall camping at Bull Run...

After our sunny and hot weekend in Blacksburg we were excited to learn that the next weekend's weather was going to be much more "fall like" so we booked a site at Bull Run to enjoy some fall camping - which is probably the best kind of camping there is! 

The weather did not disappoint. We had chilly nights spent by the fire and cool enough days to require long sleeves - perfection. We spent lots of time riding bikes, going for walks, and just enjoying the fire. Adam was MIA for much of the weekend as he spent so much time at the park making new friends. 

We did venture out of the campground to attend the NICU Reunion - they held it at the elementary school across from Fair Oaks Hospital and while we didn't stay long it was fun to bump into a few of his nurses and also we got to catch up with one of his doctors. 

Back a the campground the dogs had so much fun running around in the leaves - they even had an extra buddy as my sister and her pup Holly joined us. 

The main event was watching Virginia Tech take on Clemson. While we didn't get the victory we still enjoyed cheering them on and you really can't beat watching football in the woods beside a campfire. 

Though mostly it was just a great weekend spent with family in the woods - I know when Adam and Harper are grown up we'll miss these moments so we're soaking them all in while we can.