I am in San Diego!

by Janice

I am in San Diego!

This morning, I did something I thought I wouldn’t do for at least a decade.

While my son peacefully slept, I said good bye to him and left for the airport. My heart broke a little and I pleaded to God to keep our plane from dropping out of the sky, as Olivia and I flew 1500 miles away. For four days and three nights, I won’t see my precious son. I won’t hear his crazy stories and see his mischievous grin.

I was dreading the day when I had to fly away from my kids. I never wanted to get on an airplane without them. (I wouldn’t even enter contests for free trips for two because I didn’t want to win and leave Jackson at home!)

So, why now? Why am I in San Diego, while one of my kids is still at home? It had to be good – the motivation to get me to board that plane.

And it was! Not one – but TWO of my two favorite pastimes doubled up on me and insisted that I make this dream trip…

Blogging AND photography.

I really had no choice. I mean seriously – check this out.

Sony flew me and 14 other Mommy Bloggers to San Diego for an event featuring the Sony Digital Imaging products and services. In addition to training on the featured products, photography expert Me Ra Koh will give us tips on shooting techniques, composing great photos and video, etc.

Not only do I get to meet and hang out with fellow women bloggers, but I will be learning how to be a better photographer. It doesn’t get much cooler. Oh – did I mention we are at hotel on the beach?

Yes – Susan is more than jealous! But since I am the one obsessed with photography, it only made sense that I was the one to come. (Olivia is with me because she is exclusively breast feeding, so I couldn’t leave her at home. But apparently I am not the only mom with a nursling here. I hear another Mommy Blogger brought her infant too. I can’t wait to meet everyone tomorrow.)

I better get to bed now. Olivia is already asleep and I have a very long and exciting day ahead. I will tell you all about it just as soon as I can.

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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 Natalie April 17, 2008 at 2:32 am

I hope you have a lot of fun!


2 Stephanie April 17, 2008 at 3:23 am

It sounds like it’s going to be an awesome time! Be sure to share all of the great photo/video tips that you pick up!


3 Danielle April 17, 2008 at 4:04 am

Oh I am so jealous. Have a great time!


4 Dawn April 17, 2008 at 5:08 am

oh mannnnnnnnnn – what a fabulous opportunity!


5 Michelle B April 17, 2008 at 6:02 am

Wow now I know 2 of you that are there. My real life friend Kim C. from Life In A Shoe is there also and she is 7 months pregnant.


6 Adventures In Babywearing April 17, 2008 at 6:18 am

Oh my gosh- that is SO awesome!! I fly out for Disney tomorrow! San Diego is beautiful! Hope you & Olivia have a fabulous time…



7 Amber Stevens April 17, 2008 at 7:36 am

Have an awesome, awesome time! Hope you have a baby carrier for you LO! San Diego is GREAT!


8 Alicia April 17, 2008 at 8:03 am

Welcome to sunny California! I’ve lived in and out of San Diego 3 times in the 7 years I’ve been married to my Navy husband, so even though I didn’t grow up here I consider it “home”. The weather is great this week-what a perfect time to be here. How awesome that you get to enjoy your 2 favorite pastimes and that you got to bring Olivia. Have a wonderful time!


9 oh amanda April 17, 2008 at 8:42 am

How cool! Have a fantastic time–can’t wait to hear all about it!


10 Mikki April 17, 2008 at 8:47 am

Have a great time!! What a great opportunity, can’t wait to hear all about it!


11 Christy April 17, 2008 at 10:23 am

How exciting!!!! Have a great time!!


12 Cascia April 17, 2008 at 10:57 am

Congratulations! I hope you have a wonderful time! Isn’t California beautiful? I live near Sacramento.


13 Jennifer April 17, 2008 at 11:16 am

You know that I feel differently about this–I am willing to leave my kids. Yes, it’s hard, but it’s good for the kids to be with Daddy (or the other loved ones), and I believe it’s good for Mommy too.

It will also be nice for you to focus on Olivia, and for Jackson to have some time without her as well.

I do hope you have a great time.

I leave tomorrow for my jaunt.


14 Marissa April 17, 2008 at 11:46 am

Wow congrats, that sounds like an awesome opportunity! And how neat that you are in the same city that I live in! I used to work at a beautiful hotel on the beach, I wonder if it’s the same one you’re staying in…anyway, have a wonderful time here. I know how hard it must be to leave your child behind, but it sounds like you will have a fabulous time.


15 Tammy and Parker April 17, 2008 at 12:12 pm

I am sooo excited for you! Have a grand time!


16 Jeannie April 17, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Have FUN!!!! =) Sounds like an amazing trip!!! Learn some tips for us and post about them! I love love love love love taking pictures!!!!


17 Patty April 17, 2008 at 1:49 pm

It sounds like a trip made in heaven! Enjoy, learn a lot, and meet lots of new people! I am extremely jealous!


18 SJ April 17, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Oh what a fantastic trip! As a photography lover myself I would have loved to have been invited!

Have yourself a great time and learn all you can so you can share with all of us!


19 Joelle April 17, 2008 at 2:33 pm

After haveing been to Dana point not to far from where you are right now- I concur California is the BEST! Maybe that is because in Michigna it is still cold and dreary- anyhow, after viewing the web site for Me Ra Koh I am hoping you will share some of your new found skills with us ameature/wannabe photographers! Enjoy your stay!


20 Kathy April 17, 2008 at 3:14 pm

I know how hard it is to leave children but what a great opportunity and sounds like such fun too! Have a wonderful time and take lots of pictures, we want to see the view from your hotel. :)


21 Nodin's Nest April 17, 2008 at 3:58 pm

What fun! Enjoy the trip, I’m sure your son will miss you but he will also be thrilled when you come home!


22 Tuni & G April 17, 2008 at 8:19 pm

Sad that you left your kids but hope you have a lot of fun here in San Diego! right now the weather is perfect…we live here and hopefully you like it just as much as we do.


23 Jenn in AZ April 18, 2008 at 4:14 am

What a great opportunity! I can’t wait to hear more about it and see your photos!



24 Lisa - TheScrapPrincess April 18, 2008 at 7:06 am

Have a great time – it must be absolutey beautiful there! Have a safe trip home :)


25 Tonya April 18, 2008 at 10:37 am

Welcome to San Diego. We are having beautiful weather here right now. Have fun while you are here.


26 melody is slurping life April 18, 2008 at 10:09 pm

How completely fun! Ok, I’m a leetle bit jealous.



27 Lisa April 19, 2008 at 12:31 pm

Hope you had a safe flight home today! It was nice meeting you. I got back at midnight last night, and we’ve been playing with cameras since we got up this morning. :)


28 the mama hood April 19, 2008 at 3:32 pm

How fun! I love San Diego! Have a safe trip!!


29 Jenny from Mommin' It Up! April 20, 2008 at 10:24 pm

It was so great to meet you Janice. You are hysterical!! And Olivia is just the cutest. I wrote up my recap of the trip on my blog – check it out! Hope to see you again soon!


30 KimC April 21, 2008 at 1:30 am

You were loads of fun in San Diego and it was great to have a photography buff in the group. You asked fantastic questions, and I’m sure we all learned much more thanks to your personal obsession with photography.


31 MoneyMom April 25, 2008 at 10:20 pm

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