So I know I’ve talked several times about my meetup group that I LOVE and this weekend we had a party for one of our co-organizers, Kristen who is leaving :(. She is pursuing her dream job down in Florida and while we all will miss her terribly we are happy for her new adventure! Kristen is one of those people that you cannot help but love immediately, she is so sweet and bubbly and is so great to new members of the group. I like call her the walking encyclopedia of the group because she remembers so much about people after one meeting! I can barely remember names and she not only remembers names but small details you might have told her in passing. Random story here but at one breakfast meetup there was a new person and after finding out where they were from she quickly grabbed another group member who was from the same area and got them talking. I was really blown away by her in that moment because not only is her memory incredible but she is the type of person to go out of her way to make you feel welcome and accepted. When I first joined last year I was only able to make one meetup and I met Kristen, fast forward to this spring when I rsvped for another meetup and she sent me a message about how happy she was that I was coming out for another meetup. I was so excited to see her again when I got that message! This is just the type of person Kristen is, she genuinely cares about people and wants to know what is going on with your life! Writing this post I’m realizing that our group is really going to be losing a huge part of the heart of our group. I hope that if she finds a new meetup in Florida they realize how lucky they are to get her and if they don’t she can refer them to me and I’ll make sure they know how lucky they are!
In honor of her deserting us we had a Desserting Party where everyone brought fun sweets! I volunteered to do a crazy booth and had a blast at the party store picking up fun props, every crazy booth needs props! I think everyone had a blast writing messages to Kristen and playing around taking photos, I know I had a blast going though them. Funny story if you follow me on Facebook, so Saturday I posted that I had a bunch of popping balloons and I felt like I was taking enemy fire. I had stopped at the party store and ordered 12 balloons, before I made it to the car 6 had already popped, the party store blew up another 10 for me to cover the popped ones. As I was putting those in the car there was more popping!! They wanted to blow up more but at this point I was getting frazzled by the popping and was like forget it I have 10 left that is fine. As I’m driving more started popping, by the time I got to the house I had 7 left and 1 popped getting out of the car. Out of 22 balloons we ended up with 6, so I had 16 balloons pop and I hate the sound of popping balloons. It startles me and I don’t like that so by the time I got to the house I just wanted to be out of my car and away from the stupid balloons!!! I seriously was feeling like someone was shooting at me and just getting the balloons instead! Ok enough of my balloon drama and onto some crazy photos! I’ve posted the photos here like I would do in a crazy booth album. Head on over to Facebook to check out all the photos in my gallery under Melissa Arlena Photography! While you are there don’t forget to Like Us! You can also check out a slide show in the client galleries!