Here's Arizona part 4. The final chapter, and the final post before Blogging for Mom goes on summer break. Boo-hoo. Well, here goes. Tuesday night Mom was going to accept her award. But Mom had done something she had never done before... procrastinated! She hadn't written an acceptance speech and she had like one hour to get ready! So as I calmly watched a movie, Mom frantically wrote her speech.
Before the awards ceremony, there was a huge book signing for all the authors who had won the award or gotten an honor. So, before that, Mom had to have her speech ready. She told me that she had tried writing it loads of times but it never came out right. Finally she finished the speech. Hallelujah! She was all dressed up, and she was ready for the signing, so she left our room. Five seconds later she came back because she had forgotten something. She was panicked because she was already like five minutes late! So she left again. And came back. And left. And came back. She did this three more times and then finally left for good. Dad and I thought it was really funny!
After the signing was the banquet and awards ceremony. Guess who Mom sat next to at the table! Sydney Taylor's daughter! Mom was really excited. People kept coming up to Mom and congratulating her. It was cool. Dad was sitting next to me and one of Mom's friends, Esme Raji Codell, author of Sahara Special and Vive La Paris. She's really nice and funny.
Well, Mom got through her acceptance speech, it was a fun night, and now... A PHOTO GALLERY!
Esme Raji Codell, Jennifer Roy, and Mom with their Sydney Taylor Awards
Mom the morning after
And here's Big Daddy! Note: He did not pose like this for the picture, we just caught him like this!
I'll talk to all of you in six weeks!