Thursday evening, we had a Hoedown. We had the same live band that we have had for three years, and the kids had such a great time dancing and running around. Caroline found some friends to dance with, and Cecilia had the time of her life running in circles. She wore herslef out!!
Several tables were set up with crafts for the kids to do as they pleased. Caroline strung dried pasta onto a piece of yarn to make a necklace and enjoyed coloring wih markers.
Cecilia had this same look on her face the entire time we were in the Hoedown! I think she must have done 50 laps around Daddy!
There is a room set up as a bookstore at the conference each year. It has parenting and breastfeeding books for sale, a huge silent auction with all kinds of donated items, and individual group boutique sales tables. Our group made several things to sell: tie-dyed baby and toddler shirts with pro-breastfeeding slogans on them, hand-dyed playsilks, baby doll slings, and a few other little items.This was our first year doing the silks, and they were a big seller, along with the doll slings. Our shirts didn't do as well as in years past, but it is nice that we have plenty of them left for next year! My co-leader, a group mom, and I worked hard to get them all done, so it will be nice to have a supply for the next couple years and not have to replenish it again in a year.
Of course, Chris could not get out of work for long... his technology expertise was called upon on Friday afternoon when Dr. Sears's computer would not work... Chris ended up setting him up with another laptop which belonged to our conference supervisor. Then, in the closing session, my laptop was borrowed and then would not ply a DVD, so Chris went to work on it as well!
Caroline and I made a huge batch of play-dough for the Family Fun Night. Crafts were put out on the tables again, and we had a DJ playing 80's songs such as Thriller, Material Girl, and... YMCA? Okay, so it wasn't purely 80's music...
Cecilia and I danced togther a bit too... I spent some of both evenings running around hanging up signs for the next day's sessions.
Another good shot of Cecilia doing YMCA - Chris showed her how to do it, I guess, and seeing everyone else doing it probably helped. So, the rest of the night, Cecilia ran around randomly sticking her hands up in the air in the "Y" position... during Thriller, she was still stuck on YMCA!
Cecilia and I posed with Marian Tompson, one of LLL's seven original founders. She has been coming to our Area Conference for several years now and it is always a delight to hear her speak, and so neat to realize you are talking to one of the seven people who, 50 years ago, began an organization that would help so many mothers and babies in such a profound way! Cecilia had just woken up a few minutes earlier from a nap in this picture, hence the dazed look and sweaty, messy hair. You've heard of hat-hair? At an LLL conference, you see babies with sling-hair!
There was a ceremony honoring all the leaders and welcoming new leaders on Saturday evening. Unfortunately, we missed nearly the whole thing. We went to Mass in Cleveland, almost 20 minutes away, and then had to eat dinner, so we didn't make it back in time. But, we did make it to see the pretty "centerpiece" (for lack of a better word... is it a centerpiece if it is on the ground??). The last names Froelich and Wagner are on the side - these are two of the original seven founders who both died within the past year. We paid tribute to them as we welcomed the leaders of the future... who would have known over fifty years ago the ripple effect these seven ladies would have on breastfeeding and mothering?
Believe it or not, this was the better of two pictures... Caroline was clearly tired, twisting her hair. Sofie, my co-leader Theresa's baby, seems to be more interested in Marian than in the camera. Cecilia isn't screaming to get down in this picture. All three of us ladies look fabulous though, I think ;) Cecilia has no pants because apparently now Target disposables officially join the list of diapers that don't work. Or maybe I should just up-size. Cecilia pooped all over me after dinner, rode back to Unicoi without her soiled pants, and happily ran around the courtyard in her diaper. If I'd taken off the diaper, she'd have *really* been a cage free baby!
... HA! For about a half hour! Cecilia suddenly sleeps poorly in the van again. We had to stop so I could nurse her by hanging over the seat to get her to sleep instead of scream... and darn those railroad tracks in the Marble Hill/Tate area!!!