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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Foto Story Friday #48 -- Time Out For Women

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Last Friday Grandma, Shantel, Marlene and I headed off to Time Out For Women In Billings, MT.
We left around noon and it is a 3 hour drive. We needed lunch by the time we hit Miles City and Marlene suggested we have Mexican. If you have a reason to be in Miles City, have lunch or dinner here -- yummy!
Shantel tells us all something interesting while we wait for our lunches to arrive.
Long drives require a potty break so .... there was a full-length mirror and I had my camera!
We actually saw the sign as we were leaving Friday night. Pretty cool to see it on the huge marquee.
Shantel's first Time Out For Women (TOFW). She was pretty excited to attend. Grandma told her after the 2007 one that she could come this year. The Friday Line up went like this:
6:30 ish announcements and welcome
Musical presentation-- Hilary Weeks
Presenter-- Kristen Oaks
Musical presentation-- Jenny Oaks Baker
7:55 break and mingle
8:15 Musical presentation-- Jenny Oaks Baker
9:30 Event end
Friday Night we were blessed to have a "concert" with Jenny Oaks Baker, she was accompanied by Jessica. (sorry no last name, she didn't put it on the program she signed for Shantel.)
While standing in line to meet her I snapped this quick shot of her violin.
Jenny Oaks Baker was schooled at Jilliard and sat 1st chair with the National Symphony Orchestra for 7 years. She was amazing! We were not given much information on Jessica. They were a wonder to listen to.
Shantel and I with Kristen Oaks (step mom to Jenny). She was entertaining and she shared some nice stories.
Friday before I left home I got an e-mail from Melissa asking if I was coming to TOFW. I was excited that we could meet. (Picture was taken by Shantel on Saturday.) It was a little awkward at first but that soon passed as the weekend went on and we chatted on the breaks. So glad that we finally met after nearly 2 years of being blogging buddies! We are planning to get together the next time I'm down her way.
Here's most of the group from Glendive with Chris Stewart Saturday.
Shantel and I compare feet.
Saturday's line up went:
9 am welcome presentation
presenter
Music presentation-- Hilary Weeks
10:30 20 minute break
10:50 Local presentation-- they had a local lady who helped organize the event present her essay on Sweet Assurance
presenter
11:40 Lunch break
1pm Partner drawing
Music-- Hilary Weeks
Q&A session
Presenter
2:15 15 minute break
2:30 Music-- Hilary Weeks
presenter
3:45 event wrap-up
Presenters: DeAnne Flynn, Chris Stewart, Kris Belcher, Kim Nelson and Hilary Weeks

Shantel and Hilary Weeks
Me and Hilary
Shantel, DeAnn and me. DeAnn Flynn is a mom, author and a former news anchor/reporter.
Shantel, Kim and I. Kim Nelson is a counselor and author.
Shantel, Kris and I. Kris Belcher is a mother and the author of Hard Times and Holy Places.
Shantel, Chris and I. Chris is an author and a former Air Force pilot.
I also ran into some old friends from when I was a kid: Marie and her daughter, Jen.
Becky, her daughter, Misty and grandson.
Marlene, her daughter, Sherie
and other daughter, Jenny.
Shantel was tired and slept on the way home.
We couldn't pass up another opportunity to have Mexican food, and stopped in Miles City. Another carload from Glendive also stopped there for dinner. Just after our dinners arrived, they plopped this sombrero on her head and started to sing.
All of the presenters were great, they told funny stories and occasionally even made ya cry. We had a wonderful Time Out!

21 comments:

Wayne said...

it looks like you all had a awsome time, some great photos.

thankyou for sharing your adventure and your photos, great photo friday

Michelle said...

Looks like you all had a great road trip. And mexican food is always good......even bad mexican food is good. :)

Jaina said...

Wow, what a great set of pictures to commemorate an exciting trip! Sounds like you had a wonderful time :)

Are You Serious! said...

♥ Great pictures! It was such a great time! So glad we got to meet!!! :)

racefan said...

It looks like you all had a fun time! I hope to go to TOFW this fall in the cities (Minneapolis) with a group of women from our ward! It was fun to see everyone in the group picture! I miss you all!

I love mexican food---I'm envious of you:)

Lindsay said...

Looks like you had a great time - what a fun way to spend some time - with women!!

Ryanne said...

We always have a blast when it is Time Out time! Holy cow there are alot of pictures here! Hilary is still my favorite!

Alex the Girl said...

Ooo! You're going to be in trouble for posting the sleeping shot. It looks like you guys had an exhaustingly fabulous time. Great photo story.

Maggie May said...

Brilliant time was had by all! Great to see a family gathering like that.
So whose foot was whose on that measuring photo?

Emily said...

Looks like quite a fun girls weekend!

Lisa said...

Perfect timing for Mother's Day. Great shots! :-)

Pam Emmons said...

Very cool. Hillary Weeks actually lived in my husbands mission years ago. He said she is awesome.

Killlashandra said...

What a great event! It looks like it was a lot of fun. Women should have LOTS more time outs if you ask me. :)

Angela said...

Looks like a great time, I would be sleeping in the car on the way back too!

Robyn said...

Glad to hear you had such a great time.

Sneaky Momma said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time! Nothing like a road trip with the girls! :)

Krystyn said...

What a fun time! And you documented it so well.

Fun that you took your daughter and she seems so grown up, but then sleeps in the car like a kid and you know that she isn't quite yet.

Deedles said...

Looks like lots of fun!!!! :)

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Wow, looks as though you met and had your picture taken with everybody! Glad you all had a good time.

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

What fun! Especially when you get to meet a blog buddy!

Brooke said...

Sounds fun! I got to go to Time Out for Women once and loved it. I hope I can go again some time. Such an uplifting boost! Glad you got to go with your daughter. That makes it even more fun!!