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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Not To Brag

I hate to brag about my retreat center, but I just have to share this with you.

Before we opened the retreat I wanted to do a dry run weekend. Well, it just didn't work out. This year my birthday ended up on 8-8-08, I told Ron hey you should plan a birthday party for me. Then I thought no, let me do my own planning. So I invited just a few friends to the retreat center for my birthday to finally do our dry run.

Oh my gosh, now I know what people mean when they say they don't want to leave. Neither did I! We all had a blast, even though most of us had to get up at the crack of dawn with 2-3 hours of sleep!

All my planning and agonizing really paid off. The things I freaked out about like no windows and no stove didn't even enter in my mind. We had so much food to eat no one went hungry. Windows, who needs windows we were too busy laughing, talking and scrapbooking to worry about what was going on in the outside world!

Can't tell you much about the beds as I didn't move the 2 hours I was in it! Loved the shower and dressing rooms. I do need to put a shelf in each for more room to put your things. Nothing a little trip to Menards won't cure.

We all had plenty of room to scrap. We did rearrange the tables to sit in a big square, but the pods in groups of 4 would have been just fine too.

Thank goodness for the wi-fi so I could google the words for Margaritaville for my flip flop book (you should check it out, it was for book club that I had to moderate the next morning!)

A special thanks to my friends at book club for putting up with me on 2 hours of sleep!

The table size was perfect. I am a super messy scrapbooker and even I had enough room. The lights on the table were just perfect because I hate fluorescent lights.

Chairs were perfect, but now I need one at home!

Yeah for the craft mats so I could xacto knife on my flip flop book and not pull something else out of my bag.

I loved that I could plug into my ipod and we could listen while working.

I love that we have a separate eating area so I didn't mess up my flip flop book!

We had plenty of counter space for food. I have great friends that can cook so we had 3 huge crock pots plugged in and one smaller one with chocolate! (Did I mention that we had awesome food?)

I love that the chairs rolled super easy on the cement floor. Actually Andrew wheeled himself into the kitchen for more food!

I thought it was pretty funny that Pat The Builder Guy crashed the party just as I figured. I know Heather was not impressed!

I was happy I only cried once!

It's not so bad being 39. But like Heather said after this I'll never get a year older. I'll just be 39 forever!

Thanks to my friends for making my 8-8-08 birthday one I'll never forget. I'll be planning our next party.

4 comments:

Tonette

Happy late birthday Marni! I am so glad that you had so much fun! You deserve it!!

Lona

Hey Marni!!! Happy belated B-day.
Guess we share a Birthday. Mine
is also on Aug. 8th....how cool is
that. But I am older than your 39.
So glad you got a chance to enjoy
the retreat center. You deserve some relaxing down time. Have a great day.

Jessica

Happy Birthday Marni! Sounds like you had a blast! Good for you, you totally deserve it :)

Marni

Thanks guys! I didn't know we shared a birthday Lona! I hope you enjoyed yourself! Happy late birthday to you too!