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Up high on a tightrope for all to see, yep that's NYC

As most people know by now I am a very happy New Yorker...and I love to introduce the city to my friends.  I get the chance pretty often as you may imagine.

Here we are perched up on one of the highest floors in a bustling yet small midtown hotel.  True to small space form we used every inch of that room to stash dolls and carriers.  It made me feel at home at least. ;-) 

We went out to do some discussion in the big apple and see if we could grab a decent meal.  So we threw a stone and happened to hit a very tasty Thai restaurant that I happen to adore (but had almost forgotten).  We walked long and hard around the corner and scrunched into the best seat in the house...the window seat of course.  Good food and even better discussion helped to break the monotony of those city views that are usually reserved for the birds.  I dare say I had to compete with the sunset a little each day.

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We had many thoughtful discussions and some wonderful triumphs.  I can truly say I had a blast with Eric, Jolyn, and Tamara.  Thanks guys!

Miami style; rainbows, trees, and training

I made it to the last leg of the trip.  The Miami conversation started in March with the charming Amber of Rainbow Slings and then the Gathering Place offered to sponsor the training.  It was great to finally put faces to the voices! 

The palm trees were such a treat and even though it was dark I thought it was very pretty, so very south Florida.  I got the room all ready and even the boys, Willie and Henrick, were waiting for the training to begin. :-)

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The training was a blast, and the Gathering Place had a lot going on as well, so we really had to keep on our toes.  We moved around the space some and got to explore the whole house.  We had a good group for the training, very diverse, really adding to our overall learning experience.  I feel like we all made some great connections.

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No trip is complete without some local eats, we stopped at a few that were pretty good.  A local cafe and a dive...can't beat that! Lucky me, I had great company!

An extra picture of the palm trees, because well...they are so pretty.

This I just have to share: On my way to the grocery store I saw a tree that had grown into a fence and then was cut away.  No one untangled the tree from the fence you see.  It makes for an odd site and made me pause to wonder how it got that way!  The entire rest of the tree was gone and this is what is left to prove to the world it was there.

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Super fast stop in Troy, Ohio

First impression of Troy, Ohio....I want to come back and spend an entire weekend here. I missed the local bakery by just a few minutes and it is suppose to be great.  I would really like to explore the town center and revisit the cool baby shop too!  I highly recommend you visit Allison and her shop samozrejme if you are ever in town.

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Allison's kids were so great.  While I was waiting on their mom to finish packing they showed me around, hung out with me, and even showed me a few games to share with my kids! 

The baby giraffe's name is now 'Cuddles'...I fell in love with him at the shop and some how managed to add him to the suitcases!  He was a gift for my kids and was officially made in Ohio. :-)  

Next stop is COLUMBUS!