I am currently typing this post from the comfy leather couch of my best friend’s home. Melanie and I have been besties since we bonded over having long painted-pink fingernails during our 7th grade chorus class. Mel currently happens to live in Provo, Utah–about 20 minutes from where the Snap Conference takes place. I’m not sure how many more years I will be able to afford to fly out to Utah for the conference and to visit Melanie, but for the past two years I have felt so blessed! Friendship is what Snap is all about for me and getting to spend time with Melanie afterwards is just the icing on my chocolate buttercream cake.
Unfortunately, my time at Snap was about equal to my time spent in an airport. I left the house last Thursday morning at 6am and boarded my flight at 7am only to be told that we were going to be held ON THE PLANE for 2 hours while they waited for an update on the weather in Chicago. (Why they couldn’t just deplane us I do not know.) We were told that our connecting flights would probably be canceled once we arrived in Chicago and of course mine was cancelled.
I comforted myself in the craziness of Chicago with these yummy chocolates. They seriously were the only thing that kept me sane. The Chicago airport was like being trapped in the Astrodome. The roof was leaking, the carpets were soaked, and there were angry, tired people absolutely everywhere–on the floors, sitting on railings, camped out in stores, and even hanging out in the bathroom to charge their phones. It was not a nice place to be trapped all day.
I entertained myself by texting pictures to my friends’ who were enjoying Snap…
…and taking pictures of dinosaur replicas inside the airport.
I finally caught a flight out of Chicago and had to spend the night in a seedy hotel in Houston. At this point, the only ones having fun on this trip were my shoes.
But all of that was worth it to be able to see my blogging Divas and meet some new friends!
The classes that I attended were fun and informative. I missed a BUNCH of really great sessions, but enjoyed the ones I was able to catch. I took some time this trip to just stroll the campus and take in all of Utah’s spring beauty. These pictures were all shot on my iPhone, so they’re not the best but will give you a good idea of how pretty it is at Thanksgiving Point.
Lowes was the headlining sponsor for Snap and it was fun to connect with some of my fellow Lowes Creative Bloggers at a dessert party that Lowes threw for us. Thanks Lowes!
Saturday night was a highlight of the trip for me. Homes.com sponsored a dance party to celebrate the finale of the conference. It looked like a rave with glow in the dark ice cubes, strobing rings, led-lighted balloons, and glow-sticks galore. It was the perfect way to let loose with friends after a fun weekend of learning!
Snap made me all the more excited for the continued planning of Haven! If you are a blogger and have never been to a blog conference, I highly recommend attending one. You won’t regret it!
That dance reminds me of my son’s middle school dances…all the blinking lights!
Ha! Yes. It was probably in many ways like a middle school dance. It was a blast!
Traci (@beneathmyheart) says
Great pics, Beth!!! I am so sad I wasn’t there for the dance, and for those pictures. 🙂
I love you, girl! xoxo
Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke says
Fun recap…what a bummer to have to hang out in the airport, but glad you made it! Also fun that a bestie lives close by! It was fun to chat just a bit with you!!
Great meeting up with you Kristen!
Vivienne @ The V Spot says
I am so bummed that you had such a hellacious time getting to SNAP! I am also bummed I didn’t get to chat with you over a glass of wine. (Which you clearly deserved!) I hope you are having a fantastic visit with your friend.
Thanks girl! I had a little party in my room on Friday night which helped immensely :).
Boy, does that look like a whole lot of fun! Maybe some day when I am better at decorating and actually doing stuff and blogging about it, then I will go, and possibly meet you.1
Stacy Risenmay says
BETH!!!!! I love you and I still feel so bad your trip getting here was so bad. That dance party was pretty awesome though. I am happy I was able to spend some time with you 🙂 I can’t wait for Haven!
Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says
What fun!! (So sorry you had such a mess getting there!!)
I followed along on Instagram…and almost felt like I was there with so many posting about it…sorta. 😉 I will be at Haven though and am so looking forward to it!
Oh…and I love those cute shoes! 😉
Thanks Nancy! And yay for Haven!!!
Let’s just chat for a minute about how meeting at SNAP! and Haven twice a year is just so unfair…I am busy during SNAP! and you’re running around during Haven. Someone should host a conference just for us and pay for everything too. Don’t you think?!
Thank you so much Beth for your continued support and love. I just think you’re the best!
So, so true Tauni! Thanks love for finding me a lunch and taking good care of me :). Snap was such a huge success and I admire and appreciate all of your hard work! See you in August.
I couldn’t agree more! SNAP! was my first conference and I am just so impressed and amazed by you Tauni. I’d love to attend Haven someday. You both deserve a long, PURELY RELAXING weekend for all of your effort. Know that hundreds of women are beyond grateful for having had the experience of such a fantastic conference!
Audra, thanks so very much for your kind words! My relaxing weekend typically comes when Beth’s is hectic. I enjoy attending a conference where someone else gets to run around. xoxo
jessica @fourgenerationsoneroof says
Looks like you had a great time 🙂 Love the pics!
Cute pics! Hope to meet you while at Haven! 🙂
Woohoo! Glad you’ll be there Abbey!
Jacque @theDIYvillage says
So sorry that you missed some of the fun due to flight delays but so glad we got to see you again when you finally did show up! See you soon!
Great seeing you too Jacque! Hope to see you at Haven!
Jenna, SASinteriors.net says
Despite your travel issues Beth, it looked like you had an amazingly fun time. Sorry to have missed out, but thanks for including me in the Lowe’s picture – so cute!
Missed you Jenna!
Jessica @ Dear Emmeline says
so fun! minus the airport junk. sorry you had to deal with that. I really really really hope I can go to SNAP next year!! looks amazing!
It’s a very girly-fun-time!
Heather @At The Picket Fence says
Looks like so much fun!! Makes me excited for Haven. 🙂 I am so sorry about your flight, how frustrating! Glad you finally made it an was able to enjoy your time there. Have a good time with your bestie!
Thanks Heather! Look forward to giving you a hug at Haven!
Snap looks like a lot of fun! I can’t wait to meet some of these ladies at Haven!
And you look so positive and upbeat for being stuck in an airport. That dress looks adorable on you.
Ha! Thanks :). I tried to make the best of it.
Yes! Many of them will be there which is so fun :).