Shelli told George she would take good care of me. Ü
I asked Brian, Stampin' Up!'s video man to take a quick photo of us on the plane before take off. Say hello to Shelli, her daughter Shalae on her left, Laura from events on Shelli's right, then Bonnie and Amy after her. On the left side behind me are Casey and Phil. The plane was ready and we were off for the 4+ hours to Florida. The men edited the interview from the airport, posted it on the website, did some Facebook and Twitter stuff. The rest of us chatted, laughed, snacked and got to know each other. OK, what do you want to know...I got all the dirt! Well not really, she is about the nicest most normal person around. She even eats potato chips! I almost forgot she was Shelli Gardner a couple times!!
About a half hour before landing, you could feel the tensions rise as final preparations were hashed over. It was back to business! Cameras were getting ready, shoes changed, make-up touched up, excitement was building, my heart was in my throat...
You can view this video to watch us surprise her, and believe me we surprised her!!
Farida was so kind and accommodating, inviting us all inside her home and agreeing to be interviewed. Her little girls were in a half time out (I never thought of a half time out...that is just a little bit of trouble!) and were so happy their mom was distracted. They were delightful as Shelli explained to them why we were there with all those cameras.
We stepped outside for a few photos and were back on the plane and headed home. Guess what? Stampin' Up! is sending me one of these signs too!! Do you think it will fit in my scrapbook?
It was just the most incredible day to share this with Shelli and Farida. It was such an honor and a privilege to be invited to share this once in a lifetime moment with Stampin' Up! This is still so surreal...seriously, who does these kinds of things? Oh ya, Stampin' Up! does this! Wow!
And guess what? I got to have a sleep over at Shelli's that night! I know, right! Can you believe it? Shelli even cooked dinner...ok, well she warmed it up but who cares! We finished up a little bit of work for the day, viewed the video on the website...I'm so sorry for that obnoxious shrill voice of mine!! We visited about the day with Sterling, Shelli's husband and Jon, Shalae's husband. Then off to bed I went.
A few minutes later there was a knock on the bedroom door. It was Shelli and that thoughtful, kind hearted lady said, Becky, do you want to see my stamp studio before you go to bed? Hmmm...what would you have said?
Shelli, Shalae, Bonnie, Amy, Laura, Brian, Phil and Casey, it was a pleasure to meet you. Thank you for including me in this incredible day! Thank you to the pilots, who will never read this blog, for a safe trip. Thank you God for not bringing a huge snow storm on that day and thank you Stampin' Up! for truly making a difference in peoples lives. I hope no one pinches me, I'm not ready to wake up!