Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thankful Thursday - I'm going to Charleston!

I'm always so thankful for my husband, but he's got me particularly thankful right now.  He's cleared his schedule for the week of May 11-14th so I can go to the NGS conference in Charleston! 

This is no small thing.  He usually leaves for work before the kids would be allowed to show up for school and gets home a couple hours after they are out of school.  I'm also the one that herds the kids in the morning and gets them ready to go so this will no doubt be a challenge for him, since I'm the one dealing with the toddler that doesn't want to get out of bed in the morning and then not want to dress or eat!  My oldest is pretty much maintenance free.  You just have to get him out of the shower before he uses all the hot water.

I can appreciate the sacrifice he'll be making at work and the strain that this may no doubt have on his patience!  Hopefully, this period won't make him totally adverse to the possibility of having more children.  Sometimes kids can be unusually effective birth control!

I'm not going to worry about any of that.  My husband is awesome and will probably be out eating pizza, Chipotle, and partying with the boys while I'm in genealogy heaven!

I'm going to try to show up early so I can have an entire day to myself to go exploring at Fort Sumter!  I'm a history buff and absolutely love the National Park Service!  I'm always dragging the kids around to National Parks as we drive around this wonderful country during our summers.  This time, though, I'll be alone and able to walk through casually without worrying if the kids are trying to wander off!  I'll be able to take pictures at my leisure!  Hopefully, I'll be able to see an old friend from college as well!  One of my dearest friends from my Army days in San Antonio will be attending the conference too!

If anyone has tips for a conference newbie, I'd love to hear them!  I'll be scouring the NGS blog and website for all the postings on the conference, but nothing beat experience, so I'm looking for advice.  It's time to start preparing!


  1. I think you are pretty lucky, so I look forward in reading your posts about the conference. And Charleston is a beautiful city.

  2. Enjoy your trip to Charleston! My granddad restored a lot of the old Charleston homes and sites-- including parts of Fort Sumter!

  3. I'm so excited that you're going to make it!! It's going to be SO much fun. :)

  4. Yeah! I had a great time at the NGS in Salt Lake last year and Charleston is such a lovely and historic area. Make sure you bring your charger for your camera and an extra memory card!

    I look forward to reading your posts.

  5. I'll tell you, with so many great sessions, I wish I could be in 2 or 3 places at once! I'll be like a kid in a candy store! :)

  6. I'm planning to go so maybe I'll see you there.

  7. It is always great when the hubby kicks in and let's you attend these conferences. My boys are in college now, but when they were younger he realized all the little details us moms usually tend to. Have fun and enjoy!