Sunday, July 29, 2007

Blog-Fest 2007

Blog-Fest was a blast!! For those of y'all who don't know what I'm talking about, a bunch of awesome blogger women got together on Saturday. It was an event months in the making and it was RAD!! Emily was awesome and let us take over her cabin- which was beautiful btw- and had really cool decor left by the previous owners that UtMommy and I had a fun time playing with/in. (We are smiling & sweating inside those helmets!)

1st we played a "Get to know you game" and then we grubbed. Everyone brought something- a deli tray, salad, dessert, chips... Yum!

Back L to R - Mel, Lisa M., Suzanne, UtMommy and Amanda

After gaining 5 pounds each, we hung out and talked. And talked. And talked. Time went soooooo fast. So, we hurried and played a little quiz matching screen names to blog names. Amanda won with 34 out of 40!! Woo hoo!! (We now know who spends a little too much time on her computer... Just kidding. I got 33 out of 40!!;) Then we voted for different categories on oh-so-secrety ballots for the highly coveted "Extra Special Rockin' Blogger Awards." I can't find the list of winners, but off the top of my head this is what remember:
Friendliest Blogger - UtMommy
Sweetest Blogger - Suzanne
Funniest Blogger - Moi???
Most Clever Blog - Lisa M.
Blogger Most similar IRL to their blog - Emily and Amanda
Best Commenter- Mel
Best Blog Layout - Kayelyn
Best Blog Writing - Gina and Lisa M.
Best Blog Pictures - UtMommy
Most Thought Provoking Blog - Mel
Best Overall Blog - I'd like to thank the academy... me
Blogger you'd like to get to know better- Suzanne
Traveling the furthest to get to Blog-Fest - Amanda
Traveling the least distance - Emily :)
Oldest Blog - Gina
Newest Blog - Kayelyn

Back L to R - Mel, Lisa M., Kayelyn, Suzanne, Amanda, Gina
Front L to R - UtMommy, Emily and Me!

A few women had to go, but the ones that were left were like "Bloggers Gone Wild!" in front of the cameras for about another 1/2 hour...

We had such a fun time. It didn't feel awkward or weird at all. It was interesting to be in a room with people you knew so much about or felt like you had already met, but really hadn't. I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet such neat women that I probably wouldn't have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. I look forward to seeing them again!! :)

**When I get more pictures from the other cameras that were there, I will post those. I also will need to post a pic of the awesome shirts Gina was able to get made for us. Thanks again Gina!!

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Liam's Mom - Gina said...

I SO wish I could have stayed longer! You got so many cool photos! You are looking THIN in that sword fighting shot!

Thanks for organizing everything. It really did turn out awesome and it was so relaxed and fun!

I am confused on how my blog is the oldest. I started in March 2006. Kayelyn said something about 2oo4 when she dropped them off... hmmm. Thanks for the awards nevertheless... Love those kinds of treats!

Kayelyn and clan said...

You can steal my photo of the shirt if you need to.

It was soooo awesome. I, too, wish I could have stayed for those MI shots. How cool.

I agree the time went way too fast. It was so comfortable and well. . .I'm speechless. There just isn't a word coming to my mind to describe how incredible it really was.

Thanks for your efforts. They paid off!

Tori :) said...

Gina- Well, oops. No one claimed the 2004 ballot, so we thought it was you. Well, you were 2nd oldest blog, so that's ok. :)

Liam's Mom - Gina said...

K, Lisa M... you are the one that has blogged the longest out of all of us that met up today. CONGRADS!

Stepherz said...

Awww! How fun! I wish I was a Utah blogger, I'd soooo want to go! I'm glad you guys had a great time!

I just checked and it's only 240 miles from you UT gals to Glenwood Springs, CO! Hint, hint... ;-)

David said...

Looks like fun.

If only my dream of bloggers getting together had looked so fun.

Mel said...

Hey, I so wish I had the chance to kiss the knight in shining armor! Why is it that everybody gets wild whenever I leave? LOL.

I had a great time. Thanks for all you've done to plan and prepare. It was neat getting to know such "cool" blogger women.

utmommy said...

We had a great time didn't we!?! I'm so glad you guys put this together. Yeah for Blog Fest!!!

Amanda said...

It was a total blast!! So fun to get to know you IRL and to get to know other bloggers too! Thanks for putting it together and thanks for letting me follow you down the scary hill. I would have turned the wrong way for sure!!

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

How much fun was that???

I'm so happy for you all. What pretty bloggers! :) Looks like you guys all had fun!!!

Nancy Face said...

I can't even BELIEVE how fun and glorious and awesome that must have been! Yay, what a great idea! Great pictures, too! :)

No Cool Story said...

I just got home, I'm super tired but wanted to read all about this fabulous day :)
I'm about to go all Paula here, so I'll just read ya tomorrow ok?

txmommy said...

I"m jealous! That looks like soooo much fun :)

Emily said...

Great pictures, you are hot! I had a great time, thank you for making my day.

Suzanne said...

Ooh, it was so much fun, wasn't it? I had so much fun meeting you all! :D

elasticwaistbandlady said...

You didn't talk about the food. There was food, wasn't there? How could you leave out such important detail, tori?!!!?

You guys look great! Awww, I love happy endings when bloggers meet up and nobody is a real life axe murderer and not one bloggy soul gets sold into white slavery by Cloris Leachman looking Chinese people.

OneFullHouse said...

How Fun! I think something like this should be an anual event...

Sorta like BlogHer (did you hear about that?!)


Robin said...

You look so skinny and hot. Bummed I missed out on all the fun, I was a little preoccupied at the time though.

Tori :) said...

Robin- I'm going to need a note from your doctor verifying you actually gave birth on Friday before I let you off the hook... ;)
CONGRATS again!!

Tori :) said...

EWBL- We had a deli tray, chips, salads and desserts galore. You aren't my MIL are you? Because she would have asked the same thing...

No Cool Story said...

The pictures are great. Ypu all look like cool bloggers :)
Congrats on your bloggy awards. I totally agree on Funniest and best Overall.

Missed ya also in a non-ghey, non creepy way!

~j. said...

Looks like lots of fun.

Hey, haven't I seen a photo of you and your sisters in a holding-your-fingers-like-guns pose like that?

Lisa said...

Looks like a blast! Love the armor dude.

Inga said...

Oh man wish I lived closer to UT so I could come. I think it would be so neat to meet my blog buddies face to face. I think I'd be so nervous because they(and you) are all so amazing. Looked like a Blast!

Tori :) said...

~j.- You have indeed! Good eye!

jenica said...

boo hoo, i'm so sad i couldn't come! looks like everyone had a great time. hope y'all do it again!

Gretch said...

Wish I could have been there!!