Active Rain Gathering in the scenic Hill Country of Texas + one Mystery Guest

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Ricki Eichler and Ms. Judi Morgan brought the Texas Active Rain group together + one special surprise blogger ficki and liswho flew in all the way from Temecula Valley California just for the occasion.  None other than Tom Plant aka the Active Rain Ambassador.  Rickiand Judi put a ton of effort into planning this event in Bandera Texas and invited everyone to come and finally meet in person all of our friends we have come to know and love on Active Rain.  My hat is off to you ladies, you did a great job, and all we had to do was show up!  I had been having a hard time deciding if I wanted to make the drive of almost 5 hours each way to go, and I am so glad I did.   Tom Plant had flown all the way from CA to be there, so I felt bad, for about two seconds since I was having so much fun.  Everything was perfect from the mouth watering BBQ, glorious clear bright blue Texas skies, warm weather, games, to the  spot they picked to host the party.  The Pomarosa Park is nestled in the heart of the breathtaking Texas Hill Country.  Bandera is located about 40 miles from San Antonio, and Ricki has the Pomarosa RV Park listed for sale.

What really made the day so special however was getting to talk to each other in person instead of on the computer.  Putting voices to faces, and also meeting the spouses of our fellow bloggers who put up with all the time we spend on the computer with our "other life".  They were all good sports, and we must have had 100 cameras going off all during the day.  I staged one group shot where we were all pretending (some probably weren't) taking pictures of each other while the spouses took pictures of us. 

Bandera is a Texans dream, and some of the party went into town for a tour, while some of us hung around the big park area playing with the geese, ducks, goats, tossing horse shoes, taking pictures, eating, but mostly justtom and ricki enjoying being with each other.  I got to spend time with my friend, and partner of the Texas Real Estate group Marchel Peterson, and met her husband GaryCarl Winters was there with his beautiful wife Ceil.  Oh we even got the wedding plans stated for Tex and Miss Molly (Tex is the Texas Real Estate groups mascot, a handsome longhorn and Miss Molly is the pretty longhorn gal that Carl Winters found for him...I'll be writing a post about the wedding and yall are all invited to participate.  Hey, don't laugh, not many people can claim they have been involved with a wedding for two longhorns :).  Lots of nicknames came about, Ceil is now known as "BWP" (beautiful wedding planner), of course Ricki is now "Vanna," Tom is "Sneaky", and I'm sure that Deb Brooks has one for me after the kisses by "stinky breath" my poodle, Rhett Butler smothered her with kisses.

Of course Tom Plant doesn't know his new nickname yet, but he will soon I'm sure...it's hard to keep a secret around this bunch.  Tom was the auctioneer for the pies, cakes, puddings, and cobblers that were brought to raise money for David Wilder's family.  Which is how we ended our day?  Now I caught the expression on his face, so he can't hide from this one.  Ricki you're in on this deal too, my friend, you pretty laughing face is easy to spot too.  What happened, I was kinda running around trying to keep up with who was the winning bid on which dessert and keep track of how much money we were collecting.  So it gets down to no more stuff to auction off, so Sneaky and Vanna start auctioning off the half eaten deserts, well just as I was coming up to the table Tom has about ¼ of a Cherry Cobbler left over that Don Eichler had made, which I had commented on was my very favorite.  I mean it was good, so Tom says "OK we have some left over Cherry Cobbler left Liz, so let's start the bid off at $50", while looking right at me!  $50 for a left over Cherry Cobbler????  What could I do, I had to bid on it, and of course no one overbid me, darn! J.  Not really, I was happy to take it.  In fact, Don, I had it for breakfast, and it was just as good maybe better. 

Here's a breakdown on the yummy desserts that got bought by our AR bloggers:  Trey Thurmond got a Pecan 3 ladiesPie, I (Liz Carter) got a Coconut Pie, while my husband Bill Gronvold walked away with Ms. Judi Morgan's famous Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce + Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Carl and Ceil (BWP) Winters got some left over Cheese Cake and something else...there was a lot going on, so I didn't get them all.   Gary and Michel Peterson got the Chocolate Fudge, Tom got a Mystery Cake, Allen Kirkpatrick and his lovely wife Michele got an Apple Pie ++, Pam Crouch got another Apple Pie,  Ms. Judigot a Chocolate Fudge Pie, and Jem Woods walked away with some Brownies.  Gail Tassey and Edward Lui,I know got something good too, and I'm sure there is a lot I'm forgetting, but you get the idea.  Marchel Peterson and Liz Carter created a lovely, handmade, unique flower arrangement and presented to to Ricki Eichler and Ms. Judi Morgan for all their efforts in putting this great party together.  Please you don't have to thank us...it was the least we could do!  (we had not brought anything, and should have thought about it so I clumbed some Texas designed napkins together that Ceil Winters had brought, we didn't even bring the napkins :), and pictured is Marchel presenting them to Ricki & Judi, while I take another photo :)

I can't tell you how glad I am that I went.  It was so much fun to meet all the people I've been talking to for over a year, and come to know and care about in person.  Everyone  is exactly like them seem on active rain,3 nice peoplegenuine, warm, fun, caring, and just plain nice...well except for my new friend Tom was a little naughtyJ.  We raised by my count, which I'm sure is low, $1,115 for Jason's good friend David Wilder's   family. So it made it an even better "feel good day".  After the auction  Jason shared a few of his thought with us about David, who had lost his battle with cancer just a short while ago, as I'm sure most of you knew or read about here on the rain. Jason said he was grateful that at the end he and David got to tell each other how they really felt.  David told Jason that he loved him, and Jason got to tell David that he was his hero.  A good lesson for all of us, remember life is short and don't forget to tell your loved ones how you feel about them, and be thankful and grateful for every day, and every friend and family member in your life.

Active rain is a lot more to most of us than a place to express our thoughts, advertize our listings, and gain Internet exposure.  It's also a place to make new friends, grow, learn, and have fun too.  Hopefully our Texas group will have another get together, and I for one will plan on being there.  Thanks again Ricki, and Ms. Judi for a truly wonderful day, I had a great time.  Liz Carter

I will be putting a post on, but wanted you to meet the wedding planners we have so far, which I named above, and I will also put a few more pictures on here.  I took 161 pictures so if you would like me to e-mail them to you in a group please let me know and I'll be happy to share, there are some great ones, and we did have so much fun, just not enough room or time.  Here are our wedding planners.oh no  Tex & Miss Molly are getting married in June.  They are the Texas Real Estate group's mascots...two longhorns, a true symbol of Texas.  Gotta have fun while we're out here on the Internet, looking for buyers for our sellers.  Active Rain is also a great source of getting referrals from all over the US, so its great meeting the agents you talk to on the computer and know they are going to give the clients you send them outstanding service with their Real Estate needs. Pictured below left to right is Carl Winters, Deb Brooks (also pictured on the right side holding Rhett Butler, Liz Carter's red poodle), Judi Morgan, Liz Carter, Ceil Winters, Marchel Pererson, and the hostess Ricki Eichler.  The Wedding Planners :).

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 Jason Crouch is #1 to us :) :) :)

  2 ladiesEdward Lui & daughter, Liz Carter                                       Marchel                                                                                            Marchel Perterson & Liz Carter of Texas Real Estate group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     Allen & Michele Kirkpatrick

 

 

 

       

   Pam Crouch with homemade apple pie                                    Judi Morgan & Tom Plant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Judi Morgan
Kimberly Howell Properties - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX Real Estate

Edward, notice we called it "The First Annual Texas Active Rain Gathering & Barbeque"!!!  I hope it will become a tradition!!! 

Liz & Edward, I got my post and pictures up...  oh, Edward, where's your post???

Apr 15, 2008 06:16 PM #26
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Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
College Station , Texas Homes

Liz,

It was a pleasure meeting you and I used your million dollar bucks today in a training session for agents on retaing a full commission.  They really enjoyed them! Great day in Bandera! We loved it.

Trey

Apr 15, 2008 08:32 PM #27
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Liz Carter
Liz Carter & Team Realty-Your Real Estate Resource For Life! - Katy, TX
Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston)

Hi Bo...never crossed my mind to think about it that way :).  I am a touchy, feelie kind of person, so my big thrill was giving someone a big hug.  Lots of hugs going on that day, we really had a blast.  Liz

This is myself with Ceil Winters, Carl Winter beautiful wife, now know as BWP (beautiful wedding planner)

2 ladies

Hi Rich, we would love for you to come on down to Texas, we know how to have a good time...I'm in Katy, right outside of Houston, and have tons of room, so let me know when you can come and we will have a special get together and you can be our mystery quest :).  Liz

Apr 15, 2008 11:17 PM #28
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Liz Carter
Liz Carter & Team Realty-Your Real Estate Resource For Life! - Katy, TX
Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston)

Hi Robertt, I would highly recommend you just start right now and DO IT...it was so worth it!  Great group, great time, great food, just a picture perfect day!  I took 161 pictures :).  Liz

Hi Jorge,Oh you should have rescheduled, but there is no doubt we will be having another one.  Hopefully at my lake house this summer.  It's on lake limestone between Houston, Dallas, and 1 hour east of Waco.  I'm sure after all the pictures, and great post there will be a huge turnout for the next one.  Liz

Hi Jo, yes, you did not have to look far for a smiling face to take a photo of, as I said 161 just on my part.  Great group of people and it felt like we were good friends that had been seeing each other every day.  Of course we have here on the rain.  Everyone to a person, was exactly as they appear here, amazing day.  Liz

Liz Carter & Rhett Butler
Apr 15, 2008 11:29 PM #29
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Liz Carter
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James, you should have come to this one, I drove from Katy-Houston...5 hours 1 way, worth every minuet, and every mile.  My lake house is about 2 hours from Dallas, south, and I'm hoping to have one there.  Liz

Sneaky Tom, was wondering when you would get by!  So how do you like that expression on your face...priceless.  Loved meeting you and I'll let you know when I'm in San Diego.  I go every year in August.  Loved meeting you, really...no really :)  Your new friend, Liz

Hi Jason, yes I was too...hey I'm almost up to 50,000 points, be careful I might just catch up with youYea Right, in my dreams.  You are # 1 on the rain, or will be here shortly, and it could not happen to a nicer person.  Love Ya, Liz

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Edward Lui with daughter, Liz Carter & Jason Crouch
Apr 15, 2008 11:40 PM #30
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Liz Carter
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Ms. Judi,I so enjoyed being with you and your husband, it was just a perfect day.  How long is Tom in town for?  Wow it sound like yall have been having a whirlwind tour of TX...have you sold him a house yet?  Give him my best.  I'll get over to your post tomorrow, I'm trying to be good and not stay up all night anymore.  Liz

Hi Wendy, yes I'm sure after all that's been written about this one, our next one will be a total blow-out, and look forward to seeing you at the next one.  Liz

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 Howdey Dale, you might not have been there in person, but you were in spirit and also we id talk about you quite a bit :).  Got big wedding plans brewing for Tex. and Miss Molly and we are having it here.  That cool looking dude up there is going to be out "preacher", ad we got some guest rounded up too, while we were there.  I'll be writing a pot on it later and will let you know ere to start meeting us.  Liz 

These are some of the wedding party guest of Tex & Miss Molly

 

Apr 15, 2008 11:56 PM #31
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Judi Morgan
Kimberly Howell Properties - San Antonio, TX
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Hey Miz Liz, Tom left at noon today.  I've already rec'd an email from him letting me know he made it home.  He was/is the perfect guest!!!  We had sooo much fun showing him around our part of Texas!  :)  I have a few more posts to write -- thanks to our adventures with Tom!   He'll be back in August!

You get to bed early tonight -- early???  Well, early for us!!!  hehehe

Apr 16, 2008 12:04 AM #32
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Liz Carter
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Hi Mara,Oh I wish i could meet you in person!  One of these days you just never know.  Yes my amount was wrong, Jason told me it was over 1,500 we raised, some of which were for half eaten desserts :).  Liz

Hi Carl, Yes you wrote a nice one too, I was over there last night.  Be sure and show BWP the picture above of us, it turned out so nice.  I get that picture of her with Edwards baby on as soon as I can resize it.  As always took me several hours to do this one...I gotta lean how to do them quicker, but I always want them to be perfect.  Thanks for my pretty flower, more later, Liz

Hi Ann,you are most welcome.  I tried to get as many faces on as possible, and that's why I'm putting more on the comments too.  Glad to hear you have had the great experience too.  Liz

Hi Missy, I can't wait to meet you too.  Tom flew in from CA, so you could have jumped on a plan too :).  Are you going to put a video of your commercial on AR?  Please let me know if you do, I would love to see it.  Liz

Hi Julie, I'm glad you enjoyed seeing us have so much fun, hope you get to go to an AR get together too.  Liz

Hi Judge Gena,I can't believe you had a red poodle too!  I know what you mean, they will have to put me away when something happens to this one.  I just lost my cat of 20 years, Thor, but dogs are different they are like your children.  Hope to talk to you soon, Liz

Hi Edward, It was so nice to meet you and your family, sorry you and i did not have more time to talk.  There was so much going on, a fun day for sure.  Liz

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Hey Trey...looks like you got your hands full there, lots of BBQ on that plat, and all the ladies at your table too.  Was great meeting you, and hopefully at the next party we will have more time to get to know each other.  Liz
Apr 16, 2008 12:19 AM #33
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Ricki Eichler
Ricki Eichler Real Estate LLC - Kerrville, TX
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Liz,  All your photos are vibrant, good job!
Apr 16, 2008 08:43 PM #34
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Deb "Alayne" Brooks
Alayne Brooks, Re/Max Elite Group, Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX
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Liz! Congratulations on your win for the contest and thank you for such a wonderful post of our good time. I really enjoyed meeting you and Scott and I were dissappointed that you two didn't make it to the brunch with Ricki and Don and us.

Just know  you were missed. Later in the rain! Deb

Apr 18, 2008 01:33 AM #35
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Liz Carter
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Hey Ricki,I left the cartoon on Don's blog about the party.  Liz

Hey Deb you made it by,,,must not have read the comment I left on your post yet :).  By the way Ricki...no one told me to come to brunch, I feel so left out

road sign in TX

and I drove all the way from Katy Texas...the mileage to Bandera cut out, but it was 9 miles.  Liz

Apr 18, 2008 03:18 AM #36
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Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
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Liz: Great post!!!! Who is the handsome guy holding the pie next to the beautiful woman. Oh, that was me. Ha
Apr 18, 2008 11:12 PM #37
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Liz Carter
Liz Carter & Team Realty-Your Real Estate Resource For Life! - Katy, TX
Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston)
Yea Allen you don't look half bad without that helmet :).  Liz
Apr 18, 2008 11:15 PM #38
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Judi Morgan
Kimberly Howell Properties - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX Real Estate
Liz, they let him "out" for the day...lucky us!
Apr 18, 2008 11:19 PM #39
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Liz Carter
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Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston)
Ms Judi, now be nice :).  I got the Mr. Tex Rain, and Miss Molly Blogger post done, and it's 5:30 again, and I'm going to bed.  But I did tak Rhett for a walk around the lake today, so thats a start in the right direction!  L
Apr 19, 2008 05:25 AM #40
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Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX
Mr. Tex Rain...wondered for he had a last name...I like....Fits perfect .  Now I'll have to go find the Blog; you don't make ti easy for me. Ms. Liz has been running the internet again while we were sleeping.
Apr 19, 2008 08:50 AM #41
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Judi Morgan
Kimberly Howell Properties - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX Real Estate
Miz Liz, I'm always nice.  :)  Well, almost all the time!!!
Apr 19, 2008 10:31 PM #42
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Liz Carter
Liz Carter & Team Realty-Your Real Estate Resource For Life! - Katy, TX
Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston)

Hi Carl, sorry should have put a link on here so you could just click and go, forgive me.  I see you were up mighty late tonight...I'm doing my normal, but am off to bed now.  More tomorrow, and tell BWP hi for me.  Liz

Hey Ms. Judi, you can be a little devil when you want to, but a nice devil :).  I went for my walk again today, that's two days in a row.  Tomorrow I'm going to sign up for my yoga classes too.  Love Ya, Liz

Apr 20, 2008 03:56 AM #43
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thats great! looks like you guys had a lot of fun!!!

Apr 20, 2008 09:57 AM #44
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Liz Carter
Liz Carter & Team Realty-Your Real Estate Resource For Life! - Katy, TX
Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston)
Hi Superstar, it was a ton of fun, and nice to put a face with people you become close to via the Internet.  I hope to meet you one day too.  Liz
Apr 21, 2008 02:00 AM #45
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