hootin’ and hollerin’: a blogger’s conference and a man weekend

amberrobinAbout the time this posts, I’ll be landing in Chattanooga, Tennessee – about an hour and a half from my Alabama home. I should be looking for my dearest big sister blogging friend, Robin from Pensieve. I’ll spend a day with her, and we will talk A LOT, and I will meet her undoubtedly gorgeous family, and at some point we’ll drive to Asheville, North Carolina, a place I’ve always wanted to go.


Thanks to Type A Mom and The Sister Project, I get to go to the Type A Mom Conference, and I’m excited. I wish I could write about how strange a blogger’s conference is, how we have our own language and squeal and hug on people we’ve never seen in all our live-long days. We let all our blogginess hang right out there in public. Sometimes not talking about your blog is like wearing a pair of squeezing tight pants. A blogger’s conference is like finally getting to put on that elastic waistband, except for way cooler, for bloggers at least.

At a conference, a lot of hootin’ and hollerin’ goes on, and people like to talk about “SWAG.”  Swag means free stuff. It’s fun. It’s educational. It’s a group of thinking women with a wildly passionate side and a wildly goofy side. It suits me well.

My first conference was Blissdom 09, and I promise that one night while in bed with Robin, just before drifting off, I laughed so hard that I slobbered on myself. This time I expect nothing different. My other two roomies are Sarah Mae from Like a Warm Cup of Coffee and Jessie from Muthering Heights. Sounds fun, huh? You know I’ll be reporting on it later. 

I just wanted you to know why I’m quiet here for a few days and why I’ll probably write my heart out next week about my babies. I worried so much about missing them that a few nights ago, I got out of bed and sat with them while they slept. It was to pray – not to be all weird and hovery, just fyi.

This is all also to say, please pray for my fine hunk of a godly man! He’s a very good Daddy, but he’s just one guy, and they are three uncivilized kid boys. It could be a delicate time, but they’re calling it “Man Weekend.” They’ll drink root beer and watch football and eat nachos, I’m sure. 

If you have an encouraging word for him, or for me, or for my unsuspecting new roommates, leave us a comment.

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We are THAT family
Reply September 23, 2009

Y'all have fun! Wish I was there because I need to let it all hang out ;D Until then, I'll have to switch to elastic pants. (You kill me). Please tell all the other girls hi for me! And make sure you make Jessie drink SWEET TEA!

Lora Lynn
Reply September 23, 2009

Have a fantastic time, you! And I'm sure your husband will handle everything great, but not so great that everyone won't be glad to see you when you walk in the door!

Reply September 23, 2009

Aww, yay for a weekend of blogginess! I am sort of jealous, okay REALLY jealous of Robin and Sarah Mae and Jessie, that they get to hang with you in real life, "in the skin". Someday I swear I'm gonna make it far enough south to just keep on driving on down to your house. That is, if you'll tell where you live to someone you met on the internet. :-)
Have a super fun time!!!

Megan @ Hold it Up to the Light
Reply September 23, 2009

What fun! Maybe one day I'll be cool/brave enough for a blog conference. Enjoy some awesome girl time and then come here and tell us all about it. For now I'm living vicariously through you, my friend!

Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect
Reply September 23, 2009

I hope you all have so much fun!!!!!

Reply September 23, 2009

OMG! I am soooo jealous. My husband and I went to Asheville on our honeymoon last year! It's lovely! Or, at least our bed & breakfast was.


Have a fabulous time!

PS I am in complete agreement with Jo@Mylestones. :D

Reply September 23, 2009

Seth, you're one of the very best dads I know. Those boys are lucky to have a man-weekend with you. Also, enjoy yourself some beverages.

Muthering Heights
Reply September 23, 2009

I can not WAIT to hang out this weekend! :D

Reply September 23, 2009

have fun. i'm sure you'll keep us updated....what a blessing.

Reply September 23, 2009

i know exactly what you mean about missing the babies. i do that too when i'm going to be away from them. can't wait to meet you.

The Baker
Reply September 24, 2009

tell me how Asheville is. We've never been, but are probably moving there next September for on of Ash's internships...

Jane Anne
Reply September 24, 2009

How wonderful! I hope your time away is refreshing. I hope your husband has a great weekend- though I hope Alabama beats Arkansas (just have to throw that in b/c I can't help it).

I look forward to reading about everything when you get back.

Reply September 24, 2009

we also have 3 boys born in the last 3 years, so seth, i know exactly what kind of beautiful nuthouse it can be. uncivilized indeed. yet... i know you can do it, and what kind of daddy you must be to love on them for a weekend--mine does it occasionally, too. he sends you dude high fives and i send you both hugs for the weekend! it'll be fun in oh-so-different ways!

Reply September 25, 2009

lol - I would have done it to be all weird and hovery... ;-)

I hope you have such a blast - I have envy, gotta admit! And I do hope Seth really isn't feeding them pizza for breakfast like he noted on Twitter this morning...oy!!!

Cassandra Frear
Reply September 26, 2009

Oh, Amber, I love this post!

Whenever I went away and left our boys with my husband, the first thing they did was to buy LOTS of sugary cereal. The kinds of things that I never let them have. I can remember one time being 700 miles away and missing them. I called home and my six year old piped up in a cheery voice, "Guess what, Mom? We're eating Cocoa Puffs!!"

"WHAT?" I nearly fell out of my chair. I was normally so strict about their cereals that they could hardly wait to tell me.

My husband explained that this was his magic trick. Mommy gone? Off to the store to buy whatever cereal they wanted. They got to eat it at other times besides breakfast,too. He still tells other dads that this is the key to taking care of boys when mom is away. So you must share it with your husband!

Honestly, they did just fine while I was gone. In spite of all my concerns. And it was great for their relationship.

Sara Sophia
Reply September 26, 2009

So glad to have been here with you for our every snuggly moment.
I wish you lived next door or either were so very small that I could put you in my pocket.

I miss my babies with an ache so strong it changes my posture
but, I don't want to leave my time with you.

Thank you for being my sister.
I always knew you were there.

Reply September 27, 2009

awww I'm jealous! It would be so amazing to go to a blogger conference! to feel so intimated by blogger greatness and glean some wisdom and- if nothing else, just to have someone to talk to about blogging with! Maybe, perhaps sometime! I hope you had a great time!

Colleen Lanin at Travel Mamas
Reply September 29, 2009

What a sweet post about friendship and the love that awaits us at home.

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