Last May I flew to Austin, TX and met up with 5 other bloggers I had never met in person, but felt like I had “known” them for years. We had a blast and it was decided then and there that we were going to make this an annual event, with each blogger taking over “hosting” duties for the next few years.
Becca lives near Austin, so last year she did the ground work to ensure we had a great time and sort of served as tour guide. This year it was my turn and they came to Southern California from Virginia, Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Florida.
|L-R: Becca from The Texas Darlings (and also R We There Yet Mom?); Jen from Harried Mom of Four;
me; Connie from The Young and The Relentless; Jenny Kate from Jenny Kate’s Spot;
IA from Impulsive Addict; and Shawn from Seriously
I felt a bit like I wasn’t doing the best job at creating a great experience for them because we were doing the things I normally do in the places that I normally do them. (Including going to my grocery store!!) But they were so enthusiastic that I started to realize I had been taking for granted the beaches, the restaurants… all that Southern California has to offer. Looking at it through fresh sets of eyes, I have a renewed appreciation for where I live.
I was going to try and cram our whole 5 days, 4 nights into one post, but I think instead I will break this down into some individual posts about where we went, what we did, and what we had to eat. Basically a field trip in my own back yard.
Last year, Becca put together a fabulous video of our attempt to help keep Austin weird and she did it again for this trip.
I’ve watched this thing at least 5 times and it makes me smile each time. Thanks for a great weekend Ladies! Next year we head to Tulsa.