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Monday, July 04, 2005

Conference Time!

Yesterday I did all Continuing Education sessions. The sessions were very crowded, but everyone seeme do be really interested. It was hard to get up for anything during a session, including water, which was hard on me, but I survived. :-)
Last night was the World Faire. The room seemed larger than ones in the past so it was easier to negotiate. There were some beautiful handcrafted items for sale! Colorful purses and tote bags from Guatamala, always a popular table. The Asian Countries had beautiful dolls, purses, place mats, and too much to describe. A lot of tables gave away small items like coins, stamps, even seeds. There were so many wonderful breastfeeding items it was impossible to make choices, and lost the chance to buy some items because I hesitated!
This morning I was blessed with the chance to act as hostess in the Founders' Lounge. Mary Ann Kerwin, and Betty Wagner Spandilow were wonderfully gracious to the mothers who attended. They all had a great time, some got autographs, and we took a picture which will be emailed to everyone.
Well, I'm off to do more "conferencing"

Friday, July 01, 2005

Washington DC!

We are here!
We arrived in Washington, DC on Wed. The first excitment was visiting a friend in a building that had a fire alarm go off. We all got to stand in the pouring rain waiting for the fire truck.
My dh is attending the Physician's Conference while we go sight seeing. Today we are going to the Folk Festival in the Mall.
The hotel is full of LLL people already, and the regular conference hasn't even started. It is really getting exciting. I can't wait for the opening session.

Monday, June 27, 2005

on our way

We are on our way to DC!
Today we visited Jamestown, the site of one of the earliest settlements in the US. We also visited Petersburg, VA where we saw a church with a beautiful Tiffany window for each state of the Confederacy in the US Civil War.
Tomorrow we will visit Williamsburg, which a a reconstucted town from around 1775.
I am also going to try not to get any more sunburned!
Bye for now,

Friday, June 24, 2005

See you in DC

We leave tomorrow! Packing is almost done. What do I need-regular dresses for in the hotel, or the sun dresses I know I will need when I step out of the hotel.
I know I have forgotten something.
I am also a bit worried about my parents while I am gone. My dad is disabled and has a lot of medical problems.
See you in DC

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

2 days until we leave.

I got my car serviced today, and went shopping for clothes for my daughter. The boys, ages 8 and 11 loved that, I'll tell you! ;-)
Tomorrow I will try to start packing. I am trying to carefully decide my priorities. How much can I get done before we leave. What is most important, finishing up previuos LLL work, or preparing for the conference.
Trying to keep Alex, 11, from taking everything he owns will be another challenge.
We are getting excited about spending July 4 in Washington DC. It will be fun!

Monday, June 20, 2005

panic time

Well, I am starting to panic now. We are leaving on Saturday to do some traveling and sightseeing before we arrive in DC. I am trying to make lists of what I need to do before we leave, like pay bills, change my answering machine, etc. and what I need to remember to bring. My 11 year old son has multiple life threatening food allergies, so extra preparations are necessary. I need to make information cards, pack plenty of food he can eat, and make sure we have plenty of epinephrine in case of a reaction.
I have new rolling suitcases-bright pink! They should make things easier.
Well, off to do more business stuff.

Sunday, June 19, 2005


My name is Patty. I have been a LLL Leader for 27 years. I have 5 children, ranging in age from 8 years to 31 years.
I love LLLI conferences! I guess you could say I am a conference junkie. In 1979 the LLLI conference was in Atlanta, Georgia, about 100 miles from my home, so I was asked to work on the conference committee. Even though I was unable to attend any sessions, I fell in love with the atmosphere, and wanted to go to the next one. It quickly became addictive and I have found a way to attend every LLLI Conference since 1979!
Attending this one will be my dh and 2 youngest sons, and daughter. We are very excited! Washington DC is an incredible place to visit.