|All ready to go! I am so glad I checked the carseat and suitcase instead of trying to drag everything through the airport. It was so worth the extra money!|
At the conference, we had arranged for Nancy Kelly to give the majority of our talks, and I didn't have many responsibilities other than to help make announcements, answer questions, and keep the conference moving a long as near as possible to the schedule. Having such an experienced speaker certainly made that last job a lot easier! When we first began planning the conference 18 months ago, I had no idea I would be bringing a newborn with me and I was very thankful I wasn't also trying to speak and lead any discussions or other activities.
Having a baby along at a conference was a new experience for me, and not one I'm particularly eager to repeat. Charlotte did wonderfully at the conference, given the circumstances, but I found it just about impossible to immerse myself in the talks, take notes, and participate to the degree that I am accustomed. I also found myself needing to retreat to my room with a cranky baby at the unheard of hour of 9 p.m., missing out on all that wonderful late night conversation time.
|Lake Washington - After reading The Boys in the Boat, I wanted to see the lake if I could get a chance. I got to take a lovely walk here after the conference with a few of the ladies who had later flights out, as well as a friend who lives locally|
I'm so thankful for this chance to go to the conference, to enjoy the beauty of the Puget Sound area, and spend a little time with friends and family. I'm looking forward to going back a third time for another conference... but perhaps in a couple years, when my youngest is old enough to leave at home.