This week has been a whirlwind. I left Ohio last Saturday and headed to Richmond, VA. I spent Saturday an
Sunday nights with Brian and Eryn. It was great to see the boys and their
families!! Sunday morning was Mother's Day and it was the first Mother's Day I've been with the boys in quite a while. Seeing the grandchildren was a special treat.
The grandchildren are getting so big! They'll soon be two years old. That's hard to believe! They're so cute at this age but I can't wait until they are a little more verbal. I can hardly wait to hear what they have to say!
The children were crazy about them! Ms. B. was very good and "pedaling" the car and she didn't want to stop. Brian and Eryn's neighbor is also moving and gave them an adorable playhouse. The grands went wild over it! It's SO nice! Has a kitchen sink, a window box where you can plant flowers, etc. There will be many happy hours spent within its plastic walls.
Sunday morning, Rachael, Landen, and I had Mother's Day brunch at Taylor's restaurant, 525 at the Berry
Burk. There was a Nutella special but I had the strawberry and cream cheese French toast. It was super yummy!
Landen was so cute! He's all boy - very very busy! Rachael and I stopped by Barnes & Noble after brunch and
Landen fell in love with their Thomas the Train train set they had set up in the children's area. I think I know what to get him for his birthday! Guess it will be Thanksgiving before I see them again.
Monday, I headed to Danville to visit with Mom and Daddy. Daddy is doing well after his heart attack in January. He got an excellent heart report recently. Monday night, I got to attend Ktog (knitting group) at Starbucks and enjoyed seeing the knitters. I was also able to meet Jan and Dianne for dinner Tuesday evening. Wednesday, I left Danville and headed towards Raleigh, NC. I stopped in Oxford and met Donna for dinner. We hadn't seen each other since I moved away in 2009 so that was a treat!
I finally made it to Raleigh last night for the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild's annual conference. If you've been reading, you know I've been super-duper excited about this!!!! I've always wanted to go but never had the chance so last fall when I heard it was going to be in Raleigh, I signed up immediately.
The conference really starts tomorrow. Today, they offered three half-day classes. Since I attended one, I got to register today and was presented with one heck of a goodie bag! Just look at all this loot! So many nice things!!!! There are samples of fragrances, colorants, other additives, butters and oils, a spatula, a mold, a lipstick, and much more! I feel like a celebrity with a swag bag!
Today, I took a class on GMP - Good Manufacturing Practices with Marie Gale. It was very informative and basically focused on tracking ingredients from supplier to your finished products, keeping good records, etc. These practices help ensure that your products meet high quality standards each and every time you make them. With these practices in place, it leads to better consistency and enables you to track back if there are questions or problems.
Tomorrow starts early with breakfast and then ends with a game night sponsored by one of the vendors.
Signing off tonight with a "hamming it up for the iPhone" picture of Landen and me!