Saturday, April 05, 2008

We had a terrific show!

The Abilities Expo was a great experience. I really enjoyed doing the show! It was fun to get out of the office and see the kids on the trikes. It is so rewarding to see a child's face light up with excitement when they ride a tricycle for the FIRST time! The parents get all excited too seeing their child do something they never thought they would do. All the kids that ride our trikes have some sort of special need such as cerebral palsy or other. They need the 3 wheeled trike for balance and some kids need help keeping their feet on the pedals or help sitting up. We can provide a tricycle for just them. We have trikes for kids from ages two up to young adult! Here's one we have for sale!

We were so busy on Saturday of the show that Graeme and I didn't even have time for lunch. I had a few minutes to have a yogurt and a banana and that was it.

This is my boss, Graeme. He's from Glasgow Scotland and is the Vice President of TRIAID, Inc and our sister company in Scotland, Theraplay LTD. He's a fun guy and a hard worker who loves football (soccer to us Americans!). He has three children and a lovely wife. I've meet them all when they've been here on vacation. They love to visit Williamsburg and Busch Gardens in Virginia when they are here. I asked him if I could take his picture and he agreed but don't tell him you saw it here! Graeme flew back to Scotland today, 4/5/08. I hope he has a safe trip. He will have left here around 1 pm today and won't get home until 1 pm Sunday UK time. The flight is 8 hours long and there is 5 hours time difference between Glasgow and Maryland. So it's a long journey home for him and he'll have a dose of jet lag but he'll be in the office at Theraplay Monday.

In the evenings we went to a Woodbridge Center(mall) for some dinner and a little shopping. I bought Lori a game for her Xbox and for Sara I bought a little outfit for her Jackson and a toy for him! Paul just wanted me to bring myself home and that's what he got. The mall is huge. It has two floors and is in the shape of plus sign. I think the one part of the plus sign and one floor is as big as our mall here.

I sure was glad to get home on Sunday night. I've been tired all week. When I got home Paul had a surprise for me. Here's what he bought me.

Aren't they lovely! He's such a sweetie. It is so good to be home and sleeping in my own bed. Although the bed in the hotel was great. A King size bed for just me. I could sleep sideways, at an angle, anyway I wanted.

We had breakfast here:

And Saturday night we meet up with our friends from the DC show in November Andrea and Craig from Access Anything for a drink. Well everyone else had a beer and I had a PEPSI!

I didn't take my camera with me on the trip. I didn't want to have to worry about loosing it or having it stolen. So I didn't get any pictures of our booth or the show but here's a photo from the Abilities Expo My Space page. The fellow walked around the show all day Saturday. The kids loved him!

Friday night, Paul & I took the kids,Sara, Aaron, and Lori, out to dinner. We had fun. We went to a new place in Frostburg. The Sand Springs Salon and Steakhouse. Although none of us had steak. Go figure! Paul had pork chops, Sara had a crab cake, Lori and Aaron had chicken, and I had the ribs. It was goooood!!!!!!!!!! I felt a cold coming on all week and it arrived in the middle of the night last night. Today has been a catch up on sleep day. Monday it will be back to work on my own! I hope you've all had a great week. I'll be back to regular blogging this week!

Photos of the Sheraton Hotel from their website.


Debra said...

Hey Ann... I just wanted to thank you for recommending Helter Shelter! I'm reading it now and am really enjoying it. I'm glad you had a great show--sounded like fun! Welcome back.... Debra

science for kids said...

These trikes are amazing! My mother has worked with kids with disabilities for years, and this is something many of her kids would love.