Thursday, July 28, 2016

This BAD Blogger has more AYITM Stories to tell...


Forgive me friends for being such a BAD Blogger!  I can honestly tell you that I have been traveling alot and I haven't been good about posting here, due to the fact I have not been home!  I really am excited to continue the story of A YEAR in the Making now that I am back from vacation!  The part of the story where we left off was when we had a dance party at a beautiful lake!!!  Now I've got to tell you about DAY 3!

Day 3 of our Workshop  started out with a RUN!!  We all did a 5K together!  We had exercise challenges all year during our workshop and Karen had an amazing idea to run a 5K, so that is exactly what we did.  There were several runners, but lots of walkers, too!!
Diane, Karen's mom was handing out our breakfast as we boarded the bus to go to the run!  Delicious energy bars!!! 
Instructions and counting to make sure we were all on board.  Jules is documenting everything (with the camera) 
Mt. Shasta in the background!  This is the location where the run took place!!! It was a gorgeous morning! 

The gorgeous Scenery

These ladies were a part of an exercise group on the forum and here they are coming in to the finish line!  You can see the arms up making a human tunnel when the runners were finished! 
Photo Credit: Rachel Chaney
We had wonderful AYITM tees and here's the finish line! 

Ms. Lea Kelley was the FIRST one across the finish line!!!! 

Here's the breakfast spread after the run!
After breakfast, we got all cleaned up and then it was time for our editing class with Marilou!  We had a "Work on the photos" day for most of the rest of the day. 
Dinner was in another magical place!  We took the bus to a little  town called Dunsmuir, California.   It wasn't too far from McCloud.  We had a catered dinner in an alleyway!  
I took time to take pics of several friends!  Coral from Oregon, Michele from NYC, and Tara from Australia!  I loved meeting and spending this year with all these lovely ladies! 

Tanya from Minnesota and Michele from NYC!  and me, of course! 

This is a special photo to me-- I loved spending time with Karen Russell.  She had this amazing class and it was over-the-top fantastic!!  She is one talented lady and planned this whole class plus this fabulous workshop! 
Here's Cara from California, Kellie from North Carolina and Robin from North Dakota!
Such sweet and wonderful ladies! 

 We enjoyed a lovely dinner and gift exchange and then it was time to move around the corner and up the street and here is what we saw!!! Surprise!!!



 Dunsmuir has an old vintage movie theater where we got to see a Movie!  Complete with Popcorn and Soda!!!

The Movie was all the photos that the Helpers had taken of our weekend-- it was so much fun to see what they had captured.  We felt so lucky to have them documenting everything we did and what a treasure!  The movie had us in tears!!  The weekend was absolutely perfect!!! 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

More About McCloud!

I am back today sharing some more of our workshop!  It is a big job to get thru all the photos and decide what to share-- too many good choices.  
Day 2 was amazing also!  We had a guest speaker and a lesson from Rachel Chaney- who inspired all of us!  WE learned so much my head hurt!!  The town of McCloud was so scenic -- Pretty sights everywhere we looked.  We were on a field trip back to the old mill for outdoor shooting in the afternoon!  Here's some of my favorite pics from the day!

This is LIZ!  She just moved to Oregon and was a fantastic hostess for us coming into town.  Extremely generous lady who amazed me at her ability to be a hostess in a home she only lived in for 1 week prior to our arrival!!  I'd say Wonderwoman!

This is DANA!!  We had lots of fun shooting by the bus and I also got to spend time with her in the airport!b  What a sweetheart!!  We were in the same accountability group too, so I feel like she's a good Support system!
She is a so Fun to be around! 

Like I said, Lots of pretty sights!  YOU know how I love rustic!!! 

We got to learn from CORAL (right) and her ideas were wonderful! Her talents behind the camera were amazing!  LEA (left) was also in one of my accountability groups and she is so WISE!  I loved getting to know both of these awesome Women of God!!! 

I am sure you can see by this smile, IFAN is a happy and lovely lady!  I was blessed to have a little shoot with her and you will see the pic she took of me down a little lower!!
I am so happy we got to spend some time together!!  She is delightful! 

That is me in the doorway of the Mill-- Can you see how amazing this place was?? 


MICHELE (left) and KAREN (our fearless and extremely amazing talented leader and planner of the whole year)   I loved this shot!  

CAMILLE is not only a gorgeous model, but her skills behind the camera blow me away!  We had wonderful times together and I was so happy she would model for me!!  This cement wall was in the mill!  Someone had alot of fun being an artist and creating that backdrop! 

Mt. Shasta was outside the doorway of the mill! Hello Beautiful!! 



Thanks to Michele Yacovello for this shot!!  

MICHELE (left) and KAREN 

This is the beautiful SHARRA!!  She was my first AYITM sister I got to meet on this trip and she was also my roomie!  I think she is a gorgeous model!!  

Here's our group learning from Marilou!!  She is a ton of fun!!!  IFAN, ANGIE, CAMILLE, MARILOU, SHARRA and KAREN!

Thank YOU, IFAN for this!!!!  I loved that old train car!!! 

I see Ross!!! 
After our day of shooting around town and at the Mill, we got transported to this!!!
Our spot for Dinner and Dancing!! 

Every single Detail was perfect!  It was such a beautiful spot!! These pics are with my iPhone, so a lot darker, but it WAS!!~ 

Picturesque!

Dance party after dinner!! 
I've got more pics to share about this magical trip, so come back soon to see more!  Thanks for stopping by!!!

Friday, July 8, 2016

A YEAR in the Making Workshop Day 1

Well, Now it is time to reveal where we headed on our Bus ride (see the previous Post).  After our dinner at Karen's house, we rode the Bus with our driver, Josh and no one knew where we were going.  It was a couple hours ride, and we crossed the State line into California!!!  We arrived around 9:45 into an amazing place called McCloud, California!
As we entered the building housing the "McCloud Mercantile" we climbed the stairs and found a classroom ready for bedtime TEA and these lovely clotheslines full of OUR own photos we had sent to Karen during the year.   (not the best quality, because it was dark and it's a phone shot).  We had the most beautiful antique tea cups to drink from!! 



The rooms were fabulous at this place-- here's a look at our bathroom!!
Time to sleep to begin a fantastic day of adventures in the morning!
Class with Karen after Breakfast! 


I found my photo of Ross hanging on the clothesline

Here's a shot from the front porch of the mercantile-- the clothing store was adorable!

coolest place to stay

More of the porch - complete with a candy shop and clothing stores



That day we had a fun photoshoot in the rooms at the INN!  The Lovely Rachael was our model with Tara and Jules doing the shooting! 
Karen Russell (our fearless leader) and Tara (our Australian sister) 


Anyone for some Candy?  


The surroundings were gorgeous!  

My pals Tanya (front) and Sunny(back) in the classroom 

AND..... Then this happened!  Karen surprised us with these bike surreys and we drove thru town to the Ball diamond! 
What a fun group of ladies!  Karen, Angie, Barb and Gina -- all so sweet!!! 
Here's what we arrived to!  And the red team in the other dugout!!! 

Camille and Michele and I were cheerleaders!  Karen and Celia are Having a chat in the background! 

Super proud of our red team!!! 

Of course, there were peanuts and popcorn!!!  We had a blast at the softball game and then peddled back to the Mercantile.  It was a great way to see the town also! 
For dinner that evening-- it was a rainy one, but we ended up at an abandoned mill where strings of lights greeted us and fancy tables were set.  It was a gorgeous setting for dinner! 
Our dinner was lit by these adorable jars with fairy lights in them.    Delicious food and a wonderful slideshow ended the perfect day!!!