We went to the Outer Banks last week with some friends. We stayed in Corolla, in a huge house right on the beach. Unfortunately, it was a bit cooler and very windy so we didn't get to lay on the beach much. It was a fun trip. We visited two lighthouses: Currituck & Bodie. We also stopped at the Wright Memorial on the way home. Here are some pictures from the trip...

On the windy beach!

The water was so rough, red flags were out that said "No Swimming"

Bodie Lighthouse

I had the BEST fish sandwich at this grill!

We climbed to the top...and it was windy!

Thanks to these guys, we can fly around the world!


Home again, home again

I have FINALLY recuperated after the ABC show. I got home Tuesday night and my poor feet were swollen! Is this yet another thing I have to look forward to with 'old age'??? That has never happened to me before. I have to assume it is from standing and walking around Vegas for six days straight (plus the long plane ride). This morning, they are starting to look normal, again. It took me a day to get over the slight jet lag. The show went great! Our booth was ginormous and turned out just how I had planned/imagined. We had great responses to all the new products and lots of orders. Each night, after the show, we went out to dinner with retailers and/or industry friends. It's always great to put faces to the voices you speak to so often.

During set up.

Lots of traffic.

Dinner with the manufacterers.

Me & Emily (no idea what was so funny!)

Alex, Kjell & Brenda

All the ladies going out. (Laura, Emily, LisBeth, Me, Brenda, Erin & Georgina)

Waiting in line at a casino.

Staying out until 4 am, three nights in a row takes a toll on you!!!


Vegas, Baby!

I am off to Las Vegas today! It's that time of year, again at Scandinavian Child... the ABC Kids Expo! In the past there were two large trade shows (JPMA in Orlando, as well) but this year the two combined. It's a pretty big deal for our company. We spend the entire year getting ready! We'll have a ton of new products in a ginormous booth (50 x 50). I'll be gone for a week and I am sure I will have a bunch of pictures to share when I return!

Viva Las Vegas!!!


Happy Labor Day!

We spent Labor Day weekend at Jordan Lake with my parents. The weather was perfect... overcast in the evenings and sunny during the day. We did all the normal camping stuff: watermelon & hot dogs for dinner, s'mores for dessert, hanging out by the lake and walking through the woods! I don't think Bailey is much of a camper. Last time we did this, she would sit by the car as if she was saying, "ok, guys, I'm ready to go." This time, she actually got in the car and would not come out! She did sleep better in the tent, though, so maybe she's getting the hang of it. Here are some pictures from the trip: