Pity Party on the Beach, Part 2

Last weekend there was this big huge blogger party that all the cool lady bloggers went to. They flew to New York City where they attended panels and parties and met lots of fun people and that sort of thing. And they ate at great restaurants and toured a world-class city and hid in bathrooms and what-not.

I did not go. I wanted to go. I hemmed and hawed. But when it came right down to it, I couldn’t pull the trigger. I didn’t want to fly across the continent and spend that long apart from my not-yet-2-year-old. That was my choice, and it doesn’t mean that I expect you to make the same decision I did.

Just because I was at home in Vancouver did not mean I had to stay indoors and feel bad for myself. Right? So I met up with some other super cool local blogger types and we had a party of our own. It was light on panels, but there was sand and children and lots of therapeutic ointment. (Really! Bring on itchy, burning skin, my 7 tubes of ointment and I laugh in its face.) And BlogHer was kind enough to foot the bill, which was awesome.

It’s true, it wasn’t New York City. But it was pretty fun all the same.

Looking West

Looking East

Jacob checks out the balloon

Adam and Jacob play ball

Kids splashing in the water

Stand-up paddlers going by
OK, they weren’t part of our party, but I just enjoy this photo

Toddlers!

Adam and Hannah chat

Lounging

Making art

Kids playing in the sand

I know I said it last year, but this year I really mean it. Meet me in San Diego?

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  1. That looks like a great party!

    I hope to met you at BlogHer next year!

  2. Wow, sounds like a great time! Did you already know the other bloggers IRL or was it the first time meeting in person?

    Glad you had your own little “BlogHer” party – what a great idea! ๐Ÿ™‚
    ShannonL’s last post … All she wants to do is dance and sing- and kick- and flip!My Profile

  3. amy (cypress sun) says:

    It looks like you were in the right place! I hope it works out for you to go next year.
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  4. Well, THAT looked AWESOME. I’m jealous. And I didn’t even really want to go to BlogHer (even though it was only 1.5hr drive). An outdoors-mini-BlogHer sounds just perfect.
    kelly @kellynaturally’s last post … Missing ThingsMy Profile

  5. Our outdoor BlogHer party was by far better than grimy, bustling New York IMO.
    Great pics and a great party – thank to you and CrunchyCarpets for ‘hosting’. The Wee Guy, mr ebb and I had a great evening.

    San Diego next year????? darn – i’ll be in scotland. maybe i’ll host my own pity party and toast you ‘living it up’
    pomomama aka ebbandflo’s last post … local news- BC suffers in the summerMy Profile

  6. Oh, yes. San Diego next year for sure.

    And that ointment? Works. The Poptart had a teething rash around her mouth/nose and I put it on and it started clearing up with one application.

    Now if only she’d start sleeping through the night again. :yawn:

  7. This was so tough for me! I am only a bus drive away, but I just couldn’t make the commitment with the new baby and now Sand Diego seems SO FAR AWAY! It would be so great though and I have friends out there I could visit.

  8. Hope you make it next year!
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  9. Thanks for posting these! I planned on being there but stayed on the Island til Saturday because it was so much fun. Anyways, yes next year, weรขโ‚ฌโ„ขll probably be at actual BlogHer, so there you go! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Susan’s last post … Low tide at Qualicum BeachMy Profile

  10. Well, now I have two “parties-to-be-jealous-of” from last weekend. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Really, that looks absolutely lovely. Gorgeous even. I’m glad you had such a nice bloggy-gathering of your own!

    That being said, if you’re attending next year, it would be great to meet you in San Diego!
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  11. ooooh San Diego! Never been there. My wheels are turning.

  12. How fun!! I would have loved to have gone to BlogHer as well, but tight funds and my own unwillingness to leave Kieran meant a “maybe next year” for me too.
    Dionna @ Code Name: Mama’s last post … Sleeping Alone is LonelyMy Profile

  13. That sounds awesome, and thanks for giving me so many links to local blogs I can follow! Maybe the Lower Mainland should just start up it’s own BlogHer, beach style.
    Katy
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  14. You left out the part about the kids being attacked by a giant jelly-fish. Really, the thing was “huuuuuge”. And they got to hold a baby crab.

    But you got the picture of Mr.Ripple-pecks…I guess all is well.

  15. BlogHer was fun but overwhelming. In some ways your pity party sounds more enjoyable. Although I hope you plan on heading the San Diego next year!
    Marilyn’s last post … Airline Travel Ponderings Thanks to BlogHerMy Profile

  16. I really don’t see BlogHer being my scene. This is much more my speed.
    allison’s last post … On Not CampingMy Profile

  17. Sorry you didn’t get to go to NY.. ๐Ÿ™ I’m like you though, I couldn’t have left my “baby” either. My youngest is 3 1/2 and i’ve never been apart from her overnight… they need us. Maybe not as much as we need them though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    It looks like you had a wonderful day however! I love all the pictures!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Our summer is going by much too fast though!

  18. Even though I arrived a little late, it was fantastic meeting everyone, and seeing old friends.

    I love San Diego, but I have a feeling I’ll be hanging out with the kiddies in 2011. We’ll have to get a BlogHim where we eat chicken wings and hunt buffalo.

  19. Mrs.Mayhem says:

    Looks like you had a fun time. what a great idea to get together with some fellow bloggers.

  20. That beach looks SO familiar…hmm…

    I love that you went out and had your own party. Genius. Sheer genius.

    Also, I have several friends who’ve been to BlogHer who’ve said that the fun bit was seeing blog friends. The panels and classes and whatnot didn’t really jive with them, because they weren’t trying to become fabulously famous or wealthy bloggers. It wasn’t about business, or fame for them, and so a lot of the topics covered just didn’t apply.

    So a bunch of us are going to gather together somewhere next year, just people, no framework of bloggy superstardom seeking, and just enjoy each other. =)
    Kimberly’s last post … Intentional Happiness- Silly EditionMy Profile

  21. I’m sorry I missed the party. I see you and CaroLyn were hanging out again. How cool would that be to hang out with both of you at the same time! Those ferries are such a mental block! Argh! Looks like a fun day though. Beaches on a warm day are always the best. And YES – I think I WILL see you at BlogHer next year. I am so stoked it’s on the west coast. I do wish it was in Seattle but beggars can’t be choosers I guess.

  22. Hmmm, San Diego next year, I could drive there it is so close. And hey, next year you can be with the cool ladies AND go to the beach on the same trip. Win Win. Next year you’ll be ready with sunscreen!
    AmberDusick’s last post … wooden building blocks for children Artsy Toddler BlocksMy Profile

  23. Oooh, that looks gorgeous. See you in San Diego!
    Lady M’s last post … Must Go To IKEA Now!My Profile

  24. That looks like a kid’s paradise! Can’t go wrong with a lake ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. I can’t wait for next year’s pityparty except that you won’t be there – boo but yay ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sorry I missed it.
    harriet Fancott’s last post … What I learned on my summer vacationMy Profile

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