For the first time we were able to check in the night before and collect our convention bags and we were so excited to see that we were getting the "Grow" bag that had been in last years overseas conventions. We normally do get the same bag but this year we are the first group to have the new theme of "I Am" which for various reasons had caused a bit of a kerfuffle in the US over the name but all we were worried about was not getting the Grow bag! It is so beautiful and I found out I can fit my DSLR and a couple of lens in too so could leave my bulky camera bag back at the hotel.
We had a dinner at Turkish Pide with the ESAD girls - an online group of fellow demos I am on - and had a great night of eating, drinking, laughing and our most favourite thing to do, swap our swaps! Every event, convention or regionals,we make cards or small 3D items to swap with other demonstrators. I have got gorgeous things, including a beautiful clock and no, Friday night ladies we will not be making these anytime soon *g*
We then had a special class for Managers and above (and I am now in the "and above" category!) a quick lunch and then the general session opened
All too soon it was the end of the session and time to be picked up to be taken to the secret location of the Managers reception.......stay tuned!