Sunday, March 04, 2007

BIG weekend!

What a big and fantastic weekend. I've been off at the Scrapanalia retreat at Kalorama. Devine location, brilliant facilities, fantastic staff, and above all else FABULOUS company.

I set off on Friday afternoon, after Grandparents day at Liam's school. Carolyne and Megan... who has SO far to travel (like 5 minutes!) got there nice and early. Left mum at home with the boys, and after she'd told me the 'easiest' way to get there - which had me lost by about Berwick or Clyde, I set off to B's work to swap cars. While I was there, I got three other sets of directions on the easiest way to get there, and decided to take Leigh's as it was less roads to remember, even if the traffic may have been bussier. As I set off, the ever go gorgeous Carolyne and Megan called again to see if I'd left, and gave me another set of directions. Being locals... I took theirs! Thanks darl, they were great. So I made it there around 6.45 I think. Settled in, ate a delish dinner baked salmon, followed by triple layer gateaux (sp?) with berries. YUM. Then headed off to scrap until the wee small hours of the morning. It really was fantastic company. Regardless of whether anyone knew lots of people or no one, everyone mixed and chatted and helped and borrowed. It was so great to catch up with girls I don't get to see enough. I've missed you girls!

Saturday morning came way too soon. I once again found myself wishing I'd gone to bed earlier LOL, but once I was up and going I was good. I taught my class at 10.30, then had a delish lunch of beautiful sandwiches and fruit. Stayed and had a cuppa with my girls, before heading back to scrap the rest of the day away. Once again, had a delish dinner (lamb cutlets) then scrapped and scrapped and scrapped. I had told the girls to take my stuff away from me at midnight and make me go to bed, and I thought it was around 11pm when Ruey pointed out it was way past midnight! LOL. Went to bed at 1.30 and chatted and laughed with Megan until around 2ish. Man that girl makes me laugh with the funniest stories.

What would a Sunday morning be without bacon and eggs. Mmmm they were yummy. Some (like Megan) joined in the Tai Chi (sp?) class before breaky. Carolyne and I chose the sleep in instead ;) Scrapped away, stopped for lunch (quiche and salad) then scrapped a little more, before Renata arrived to lead us through her class. We made 'sugar cubes' which are gorgeous little chipboard boxes, with three tiny albums inside. I think I have to make more... and I am not a mini album kind'a girl.

After Renata's class I was missing my boys, and it was pretty much time to pack up and head off. A 'few' trips to the car (how much shopping did I do?!) and I was set.

Arrived home safe and sound, and couldn't wait to wrap my arms around my boys! Ahhhh, I missed them! It was SO nice to have a break away. No cooking or cleaning, no sorting out fights, no having to think and do for everyone esle. It was devine. And now I am home, so glad to be around my family again. Refreshed and revived, and ready. Ready to enjoy them. Ready to be nagged again ;) Just thankful I have them. Thankful I have a wonderful DH who will 'hold the fort' while I take a break. Thankful I have such wonderful friends to escape with.

If you have never been to a Scrapanalia Retreat, you HAVE to go! Jess is very fussy with venue and it seriously was wonderful. Thanks Jess, you are wonderful! xoxoxox

I'll upload my little creations later, probably tomorrow. Right not I'm exhausted, and want to get off this computer and go spend some time with my three boys.


leanne stamatellos said...

sounds like a wonderful weekend!!
I'm sure jess had the whole event running smoothly - she seems like a perfectionist to me.
must try and get myself to one of these some time soon.

Lyn Dwyer said...

Glad you all had a great time Katie!

welcome to my world said...

sounds so awesome will definately look in to coming to the next one. I am just dying to attend a retreat.

Nic Wood said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. Its nice to get away from all that Mummy/wife stuff sometimes isnt it! but its also great to realise how lucky you are to come back to a beautiful family.

So wheres all that scrapping that you must of got done ? LOL

Nic xxx

PS loved your current SS LO

Susan (smiles1965) from Scrap Pile said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time which is just what mums need every so often isn't it.

Have a great week Katie.

Felicity said...

Hi Katies, It was great to finally met you on the weekend and for running your fabbo class on Saturday. It really was a fantastic weekend. (Felicity who was sitting on your table LOL :)

Jess said...

Thanks Katie! I'm so glad you had a great time. Thank you so much for running the class on Saturday - it was such a great page, and my sales of chipboard, scalloped paper and paint went through the roof!


Megan said...

Katie - you know i love hanging out with you and being inspired by your work. And just for the record - you make me laugh too. Thank God for pelvic floor exercises or I would have been running to the loo more than I did!!
I had a ball hanging out with you and the girls over the weekend. we have to do it again real soon.

Glad you made it home safe.

Sofi p said...

Katie, the whole weekend was a blast! I really enjoyed your class, and can't wait to do it all again!