Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Propaganda, Gifts, and a Get-Together Recap

Mother's Day will soon be upon us. I find that running a propaganda campaign is always useful.
I knew it was working when Natalie told me this morning that she wants Daddy to wake her up early on Mother's Day to make me breakfast in bed.

Forget that I don't remember the last time T woke up before 9 on a Sunday (there's a *reason* we go to the late morning church service) and that her choice of breakfast entrĂ©e might be Raisin Bran...it's the fact that I am manipulating teaching my children to appreciate the hard work I do wiping noses and washing sippy cups.

I can't complain too much though...everyone really went overboard for my twenty-fauxth birthday two weeks ago. My big present from T and my girls arrived yesterday!
This self-portrait not only showcases Lisa Leonard's sophisticated work, but also my Vampirish paleness and a strange red dot on my chest. I guess I need to hit the sunscreen with renewed vigor this summer.

One of the biggest surprises I've had lately arrived on my birthday, and I can't believe I haven't it shared it with you all. Maybe my brain is slipping in my old age.

Sometime before Easter, I mentioned that this book was on my wish list....
Imagine my surprise when Richella, my blogging buddy from Imparting Grace, sent me a beautifully wrapped birthday package with the book and a sweet card.

I haven't shared this with you all, but I had the opportunity to meet Richella last month when I was in North Carolina visiting my Nannie. She was kind enough to drive an hour West to tiny little Siler City to have lunch with me at what I was originally worried might be a questionable diner. There's not much that Siler City can claim besides the chicken factory and Aunt Bea's (from The Andy Griffith Show) house.
I won't lie. I was nervous!

I don't think I've ever had lunch with a blogging friend who I didn't already know from *real life.*

The thing is, Richella was just as real in *real life* as she is on her blog.

She was approachable, kind, fun to talk to, and so darn cute! I felt like we had loads of things to chat about, and I didn't have to try to impress her or tell her that I was "just having a bad hair day." In fact, we talked for so long that the manager turned the lights out and we had to take our conversation out to the sidewalk!

Because we have no shame, we asked the manager to take a picture of us:
So, there you have it. I survived my very first Bloggy Meet 'n Greet. It was a pleasure, and I am honored to call you my friend, Richella!

As luck would have it, Richella and I are both hosting blog parties this week.
 My Dishing It! party goes live tonight (you can click here for the topic and questions for May) and will be a chance for bloggers to meet up and learn more about each other...almost like a real Meet 'n Greet.


Richella's Special Touches party will be on Friday, and is all about sharing a little glimpse into the ways you make your house a home. This party is perfectly suited to Richella because she has a great ability to make people feel welcome and at ease!

I hope you'll link up with both of us.

Moms, start now on your Propaganda for Sunday's big day! {wink}

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  1. I love your propaganda! I may have to head the library today and find that book:) Your necklace is gorgeous too!

  2. Love love love the necklace!! And how sweet of Richella to get you that book. What a great bloggy friend!!

  3. Amanda, you are too nice! Meeting you was such a pleasure for me. . . and a real privilege. I am so proud that I can say that you are a friend!

    But your brain is most definitely NOT slipping in your "old age." Sheesh!

    I love your necklace. T did a great job! Maybe he had a little help?

    Yes, girl, hit the sunscreen with renewed vigor. When you're my age (we won't talk about how old I'll be at that point), you'll be really grateful that you kept your skin protected. :)

  4. Such a lovely necklace! I'm going to go check out her website now. :)

  5. It's fun to hear about your bloggy meet-up with Richella. And your necklace is lovely. "Sparkle" is a perfect fit for you. :)

  6. I think your propaganda campaign is pretty darn clever. Ha.

    What a beautiful necklace! Love that. And how fun that you got to meet Richella in real life!

  7. How fun for you two to meet up and chat! Love your necklace and hope you enjoy your read!

  8. I love the propaganda idea - why have I never thought of this?!?

  9. Oh how fun! I love your new necklace & it sounds like you & Richella had a fab time. :-) I'm dying to link up to your party but our internet is down at home until Friday! (Panic!) :-( I've been surviving off sneaking online at work for short periods of time (like now & trying not to get caught!) & updating my facebook via text messages at home. :-( I think I might miss your party if we don't get the tech out sooner. :-( Have a great party though! I'll be catching up hopefully this weekend. :-)

  10. Fun! I've met a few new friends in real life via my blog. I hope to meet many more at some sort of conference very soon - join me? I love your comment about the pale skin - can I get a witness? As my friends and I age I find that I'm not as wrinkly as they are and they notice, too. Muhahaha - the tables are turning!!!

    Getting started on my dishing it post while I wait for DH to get home. Excited!

  11. Girl, I am lovin' the necklace and I am glow in the dark white. Glad I'm not the only one.

    Looks like you and Richella had a great time!


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