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Thursday in the 'Burgh!

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Leaving Calgary on Thursday morning.
I'm so NOT a morning person but getting up at the crack of crazy is worth it when you're about to meet some of your closest online friends in real life for the very first time. I was nervous but I had to at least act relaxed or it would rub off on Roo. I only had a few minor meltdowns between walking into the airport and actually getting onto the airplane. Thank goodness that Trish was just a text away and Paul was there to hold my hand.

My goofy little traveling companion.
This is the face that she wore for *most* of the trip. She cried a little when we first got on the plane, she bumped her head on the armrest, but other than that she was the perfect flyer.

My Thursday night dinner companions
Oh my goodness! I can't even make words to describe what meeting these people meant to me. Lynn, Anne, Deej, Gloria, Bobby and Larry - I am STILL overwhelmed. Judi, Trish and Nancy, reuniting with you was a comfort that I needed. Wood/Larry, if Sparkpeople meet-ups have a wish list, you are/where top 5 of mine. I'm so glad that you and Luv made the trip and I got to get to meet you. You will forever be one of my Spark heros. I hope that someday our paths cross again. I am so thankful that this day happened the way that it did.

Best roomie ever!
Suezette and I have been Sparkfriends for forever. She's my emoticon and I love her to bits.

And so began the adventure.........


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
RACING4ME 4/7/2012 2:03AM

    All I can say is WOW!!! I can't believe we did it sista!!! You rock, and your kidlets have such a wonderful place in my heart:)

Love you guys!

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WOODHEAT 4/5/2012 11:26PM

    Penny, you may not believe this but it's very true. You brought tears to my eyes this evening. (yes, I did have brandy first) But for you to refer to me as one of your spark heroes is so ironic, because you have always been one of mine. I have always been a sap for success stories and look at you, you're exactly what I want to happen to people - to go from someone who is not quite happy with themselves to someone who has become healthy and beautiful. You will always be one of the people I point to as one who has done it! BTW, Cassie (Judy has sent me some photos - my favorite is me holding Roo (Emily) I love it! She's just as beautiful as her mother. What a lucky little girl she is. It was such an honor meeting you. I am only sorry that we had such a limited time togenther.

Life is good!
Larry (Wood)

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BOBBYD31 4/5/2012 10:09PM

    thank you for making JASR so memorable it was wonderful getting that first hug but sad with the last. you and roo are so wonderful, you guys are just so special.

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    P-meeting you was fantabulous!!! and getting to meet and hold sweet Roo~~I never dreamed it would happen but it did! I,too, am still overwhelmed by the whole thing,truly amazing!

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MIAMIA7 4/5/2012 8:39PM

    I cannot even tell you how wonderful it was to have you here this year! Bobby and I loved every minute. Thank you for allowing us to hang onto Roo and pretend I had a grandbaby :) You are so sweet and I feel we have been friends forever.
Hugs, Anne

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CASSIOEPIA 4/5/2012 7:16PM

    It was all pretty sweet!!! I love reading the blogs and reliving, listening to how others saw things playing out. You are a sweetheart, and I love that you trusted Roo to me during the race. Love you girl - can't wait til we "resume" again (did you notice that we both had the same thoughts for Nancy's blog - I love that).


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TAMTAM64 4/5/2012 1:06PM

    Little Roo's stroller was the first thing I saw at the airport... then I looked up & saw you & Gail which was even better! :)


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GAYEMC 4/5/2012 11:52AM

    This is crazy: I woke up at 4am this morning from a dream about you and I hanging in a motel room talking about Suzette and her tan and Trish with her back all better. You filled me in on the JASR weekend. And I got to meet Roo.

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BLACKROSE_222 4/5/2012 11:46AM

    I'm so glad this went so well - and it sounds like EXACTLY what you needed!

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BUFFALOKAY 4/5/2012 10:37AM

    Loved meeting you and Roo. JASR was spectacular.
Wishing you the best!

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LYNNANN43 4/5/2012 9:59AM

    You and Roo certainly made JASR what it was this year! emoticon

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CARILOUIE 4/5/2012 8:17AM

    I can't even put into words how wonderful JASR was this year.


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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/5/2012 8:12AM

    It was so great meeting you and Roo!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 4/5/2012 2:27AM

    emoticon So glad you had such a fabulous trip and met up with your Spark friends. How cool is that?

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