Friday, November 20, 2009

Silver Bella 2009: Welcome & Smiles!

 

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I promised you I'd post on Friday but I swear I didn't mean to make you wait until Friday night! (eyes rolling here) I hope these photos will make you smile and forget that you're mad at me ;)

The Welcome Dinner was wonderful ~ and Italian Buffet with delicious desserts. No photos available...I had my fork in hand, not my camera, sorry! ;)

But I do have photos of smiles!

Sharon & I...oh I was so looking forward to meeting her in person! 

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Robin Sanchez & I... (Robin SO needs a blog! hint hint ;)

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Lynn & I... (note the angelic halo glowing on top of my head ;)

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The 3 stooges...me, Pam & Sandy (no halo for Pam, it's just the light of the wall sconce! ;)  Doesn't Pam look like Meryl Streep?

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Susan & Rita (Texas redheads) with their beautiful Texas Mums...

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And do you know what we were all smiling about??? Well, besides meeting each other for the first time and some of seeing each other since last year, we were drunk from the hotel bar. JUST KIDDING! I just wanted to make sure you were reading this and paying attention!   ;0

Seriously, we were smiling because Teresa spoiled us again this year with lots of Welcome Goodies provided by the most generous sponsors!!!

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And speaking of generous, I love all of my gifts brought to me by my sweet friends. Let me remind you that these are gifts and not swaps! Bellas are soooo generous!!!!

Warning:

If you are going to be jealous...stop here.

If you will still love me in the morning...you may continue.

Here is what sweet Sharon gave me. Some beautiful rhinestones, Louisiana charms and a silk rose that she made herself! I think I wore it for 48 hours straight!

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Pam gifted me with a beautiful embellished envelope filled with post cards and cabinet FUNERAL cards! Yes people, funeral cards.

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They are cabinet cards with the deceased person's information and I was lucky enough to get one with a photo! yay!

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Just in case you are wondering...I'm not morbid! I just love these and they are very hard to find!!!! And she found me four!   :)))

And then there was the gift from my Little Bella Sister, Lynn.

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After opening the cigar box, I could have just went back to my room, gathered all my things and flew back home...I was soooo full of goodies and the weekend hadn't even started yet!

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I'm begging you, pa-leeze don't be jealous...

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Tucked deeper inside was an awesome stash of cabinet cards!!!

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Check out this one how funny...

It reads:

"Probably Henry Peterson's son, a cousin of Ruth Nelson"

Now...is he or isn't he?

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And this one below looks simple enough...

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Until you pull the little photo away and read this...

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Hmmm.

Just in case you are wondering...there is more gifts! :))

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BUT I haven't unpacked everything yet, see?

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And trust me, you can count on TSA for doing their job as they searched BOTH of my suitcases!

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I felt sorry for the agent who had to dig through these goodies ;)

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Well that's about all for today on this late late LATE Friday night.

There is so much more I need to post regarding Silver Bella but I must say that my Dad is not doing well at all. Coming home from my wonderful trip was bitter sweet and I do not know what the next few days will bring. But I hope to be here...back in my "happy place" with you soon ;)

Wishing you have a wonderful weekend!

14 comments:

Cheryl said...

Jodie,
I'm not jealous...I'm not, I'm not, I'm not!!!! Actually, I haven't even finished unpacking all of my treasures, either. I can't believe that we didn't get to meet you until the Omaha Airport on our way home. We would have had SO much fun together, but, hopefully we can get together sometime soon! Sending prayers for you and your Dad. Take care!
XO
Cheryl

Sares said...

What glory! I hope you took an extra suitcase for the goodies! I didn't know there was such a thing as funeral cards, how interesting. The comment on the picture is funny, I have family pictures like that, distant cousins of long ago you can't identify. Thanks for sharing, I am envious but I will still love you in the morning!

T's Daily Treasures said...

wow oh wow! Such lovely, beautiful, handmade, homespun, heartfelt treasures. You are one lucky girl. All the bellas were certainly blessed with lots of special tlc and fabulous fun. It's like your birthday month and the holiday season all rolled into one big wonderful fantabulous event. So sorry to hear about your dad. My prayers and thoughts are with you. :) Blessings, Tammy

sissie said...

I am jealous, very jealous. What a great bag of goodies. Those ladies really like you a lot.
You all did look pretty happy in those photos, maybe you really did hit the bar!
I'm sorry to hear about your Dad,
my thoughts are with you.

vintage girl at heart said...

First of all I will have you and your Dad in my prayers...
And your Bella Loot is wonderful!!!
I keep having to scroll up and down the page to get it all in!!!
Amazing women and friendships!!!
xo

Debby said...

Jodie, Everything looks so beautiful, what a great weekend filled with friendship and amazing things.
Sorry to hear about your father.
Debby

The French Bear said...

You are so lucky to be there, now remember I am with you in my heart, can't be jealous cause my heart is enjoying it all with you!!!!
Ha ha, have a blast babe!
Hugs,
Margaret B

NicNacManiac said...

What can I say...this is the craziest bunch of loot in one place that I have ever seen!! With all of the love that you send to others, I know that this is only a small fraction of the love that you deserve!! As for the TSA...they deserve whatever they get for choosing your luggage to go through...looks good on them! When they opened that case, I'm sure they were wishing that they just waved you through.
Take care of yourself in the days to come...you are in my thoughts!!
xOxO Nerina
ps...love the rose..did you sleep with it on too!!!

Frippery said...

Jodie, I had three jewelry parties this weekend so no computer time for me. Love all the pics of your goodies. I wish we had an extra week in Omaha just to be together. Love, Pam

Julie Ann said...

Such awesome gifts!!! I hope that when you have time to unpack all your things, happiness and love will surround you and you'll know that we're all thinking about you. *Hugs*

m i c h e l l e said...

Oh my what an amazing post! Your pictures are gorgeous, Jodie!!! I'm so happy I got to meet you...and thank you AGAIN for that dreamy vintage velvet ribbon! Still haven't used it yet. :-)

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jodie,

What a beautiful post ~ I am in awe of all the beautiful treasures you came home with.
I loved seeing your wonderful photos.

Hugs
Carolyn

Stephenie said...

Jodie,
What amazing goodies you got.. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time at Silver Bella.. I love seeing the pictures of you and all the other ladies..
Stephenie

shabbyscraps said...

It was so great to see you again! I almost didn't recognize you with your long curly beautiful locks! Hope you had a great thanksgiving,
xoxo, Tiffany