When I think about this past weekend, a million feelings flood in. Happiness, relief, but overall the feeling I have most is the immense pride I feel for my sister Jyl for succeeding in this conference, it is truly insurmountable.
Being able to meet in real life and get to better know the Mom it Forward team was one of my favorite parts of EVO. I feel so lucky and grateful to have been able to attend, learn, and grow from my experiences from this past weekend. Can’t wait for EVO’12!
I give credit to the pictures in this post to: Jessica Rosenberg and Jyl Johnson Pattee
The Sesame Street morning keynote was SUCH a good way to start my Saturday. The Whip my Hair back and forth video, I’m still laughing.
I attended the YouTube mid-morning session with Melinda and @Jenny on the Spot. Lunch was sponsored by McDonalds — go and get the Asian chicken salad RIGHT NOW. It was so delicious.
After lunch, I was workshopless and needing something to do — So I went on over to the WordPress happiness bar and got some help transferring from blogger to WordPress. AMAZING.
The ending keynote was given by Me Ra Koh. It was inspiring, heart-wrenching and a perfect way to end EVO’11.
Melinda and I rode the Gondola up to the Red Pine Lodge and after dinner, Melinda left and I was the only Johnson left. I decided that I wanted to stay at the Canyons and spend more time with Melissa and Jyl. After dinner though, Evo tradition held strong and 20+ attendees-sponsors-speakers jumped into the pool at Grand Summit with all their clothes on.
I think Justin Hackworth (Evo’11 photographer) said it the best:
A very tired B
I give credit to the pictures in this post to: Justin Hackworth, Trevor Christensen, Jessica Rosenberg, and Laurie Turk.
The opening keynote was awesome. I was excited to hear from the Harpo producers again. Looooved the behind the scene clips they showed of Oprah.
Melinda and I attended the afternoon photography workshop up at the Red Pine Lodge. The gondola ride up showed off Utah so well. I was happy for all of the out-of-towners that really got to see how pretty our mountains && scenery are here.
ANYWAYS, Me Ra Koh’s presentation was TO DIE FOR. She actually came and sat down next to me and my family at the Pepperidge Farm lunch…so we are pretty tight now. JUST SAYING.
The Bush’s Beans party at Park City Mountain Resort brought my whole family together. We laughed, danced, ate some good food, laughed some more.
Thoughts that come to mind when I see the picture below:
1. Wow! Who knew I was so good at flippin’ hamburgers?
2. On that note, who knew that I am actually a cafeteria chef?
3. Jyl’s new evo ’11 hairstyle is going to catch on — I just know it.
4. Why the hell does Melinda always look so damn pretty in EVERY picture?
5. hahahahahahhahahahahaha.Honestly? How can you not laugh when you see this? #laughtears
Here are some other fun pictures from the Bush’s Beans party:
I give credit to the pictures in this post to: Justin Hackworth and Trevor Christensen.
The Johnson clan pushed the button for the 6th floor — passport cards in hand, and headed out the elevator doors for the progressive dessert Suite parties.
Top 5 Favorite Moments from the Suite Parties:
1. Mom holding all of our swag that we got from the Sesame Street Suite: (which, if you are wondering was ultimately my FAVORITE suite).
2. Cari pretending to be Super Grover:
3. The cute pics we got ‘framed’ in the Kodak Suite:
4. Mom relaxing like it’s going out of style in the Aveda Suite:
5. Cari writing that she hopes every disaster relief “rubble baby” gets a college scholarship for the Huggies tree of wishes:
I had such a fun time wandering around to all the suites. Each one of them had a different and energetic vibe. I loved all the free product they were giving and mostly I loved all the brand representatives that were all outgoing, welcoming and nice.
Registration started today — I can’t believe how many people I met for the first time IRL today at check-in! I feel like I know all my interweb friends, it’s been fun being able to finally meet them offline.
I attended Jennifer Stuart’s beginning WordPress class and then helped Jyl practice her Ignite Speech. Jyl spoke about how Social Media is a lot like pool jumping.
Here’s to taking the plunge,