Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Catching Up!

Wow! I feel that I am just now coming up for air since the summer started. Convention was a blast and I loved Minneapolis! Next year, convention will be held in Anaheim, California so I'm already looking forward to that. My FAVORITE part of convention is when they announced that demonstrators will be getting our own FREE websites as of the first part of August! I can't wait until customers no longer have to use my demonstrator number and token to log in to view the catalog. I will have my own URL! The NEW Fall/Winter Catalog is awesome -- tons of fun "off the wall" projects. I have about four shows scheduled in the next few weeks. Summer has been a little slow because of busy schedules, etc. so at this point, I don't think that I will be earning enough points to go on the cruise. BUT there's always next year!

The kids had a wonderful time at camp and came home with lots of stinky clothes that needed to be washed. Fun! So we are all readjusting to life without trips and constant activity. Today we will spend the day at our little town beach in hopes of not getting sunburnt.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

I'm off to the Uppercase Living Convention!!

I'm so excited! Tomorrow morning, I leave for the Uppercase Living convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I didn't attend last year since I had just started with Uppercase Living a couple of months prior to the convention. I'm hoping this will boost my business even more and that it will be a fun and rewarding experience. Can't wait to meet all the ladies I've become cyber friends with over the last year in my Uppercase Living Yahoo group!

Because Brad has to continue to work, we had to find places for the kids to go this week. We dropped Grant and Sydney off earlier today at their first sleepover week long camp! It's at a small Bible camp which is located just 20 minutes from us and they were very excited. A little wierd for mom and dad though. Luke is going to be attending a day camp at a nature center within 20 minutes of us every day. The kids are definitely growing up!

Well, I'm off to continue packing and getting ready for my trip. I hate flying and I'm sure I will be a bundle of nerves tomorrow. Just hope that all of my flights are on time and there isn't too much turbulence!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

A Review of MagiQuest in Myrtle Beach

We traveled to Myrtle Beach on June 20th for a week long trip. Yes, we drove all the way from Connecticut to Myrtle Beach!!! What was supposed to be a 13 1/2 hour drive turned into a 20 hour drive because of traffic, traffic, and a few stops here and there. I'm sorry, but you can't convince me that everyone is "hurting" because of gas prices. In fact, we decided that pretty much everyone must have been at Myrtle Beach because it was so busy.

The highlight of our beach trip was MagiQuest! Not sure who loved it more -- Brad or the kids. We spent many hours here. After choosing a wand (some are more expensive than others), you then have the option of choosing and customizing your own wand topper. Luke's was a dragon, Sydney's was a unicorn and Grant . . . hmmmm, I'm not sure what his was supposed to be. The wands are then programmed to gather information when they are pointed toward certain objects on your quest. We initially purchased 90 minutes of play time. You walk into a huge area and get to choose your "quests" from a screen. Then you have to follow clues to finding items to fulfill your quest. When items are found and the wand is pointed at the object needed, the object lights up. Once those items are gathered, you report back to the "screen". This reminded us of an interactive computer game in which you are gathering objects and advancing in levels. The only difference is that with MagiQuest you are walking and exercising. Very fun! There were a few frustrating times when the item would not recognize the wand or when the item was not properly "gathered". We would report back to the "screen" to find out that we never got the item. All in all, however, it was a really fun and rewarding type of entertainment. I was an observer, but Brad played right along with the kids and they all had a wonderful time. Now . . . next time we go to MagiQuest, the computer will have stored all information regarding the completed quests. There are also "Adventures", "Duels", etc. This will definitely be an ongoing event to look forward to in the future.