Here I am with cute Karina from Karina's Challenge
Friday night was the long awaited Stepford Wives Party!
We got to enjoy the lovely ensembles and company and new and old friends and have a yummy dinner provided by the Corner Bakery Cafe. We got a chance to learn a bit more about Daybreak. The thing that stood out for me the most is that Daybreak keeps honey bees on their property to help ease the environmental issue of a lack of honey bees. That really spoke to my hippie heart. Plus, they announced the House That Bloggers Built....lots more info here.
That is totally my hands.....KNITTING!
I think the class that I really enjoyed the most and was so excited I had signed up for (I forgot what I'd signed up for) was knitting. KNITTING!!! Technically I've only done 2 rows, but I'm loving it already. Plus my friend gave me some of her extra knitting needles and some self striping yarn (which totally fascinates me) so I'm super excited about it. I'm currently knitting a dish cloth. It may be the only thing I ever knit, but I may hang that dish cloth up on the wall to properly honor it.
Showing off our hawt knitting skills with Jessica of Utah Deal Diva
I was also able to attend the Cooking For Your Family class that was taught by The Food Nanny. Although I already have family dinner as a priority, it was an inspiring class that reinforced the importance of family dinners. There was one thing that she said that really struck home with me. She said that whatever else you're doing, wherever else you're going throughout your day, you need to have a fulfilling life at home. You need to have your own routines and traditions and family life. When she said that it really struck me that that is the reason behind so many SAHM's that are unhappy with the lifestyle. You can spend your day running errands, going to activities and attending play dates, but eventually you have to go home. And if it's not a happy place, you're not going to be happy. It made me very grateful for my home-body, sometimes hermit-y, way of life. Although I am FAR from perfect (ah ha ha ha ha ha), that particular thing has not been a struggle for me because I honestly enjoy hanging out at home with my little family. How could I not?!
She also said that if you don't cook dinner on Monday, then your chances for cooking the rest of the week are pretty low. I think she's probably right. I've never used her meal planning techniques or even looked at her cookbook, but I think I'm definitely going to spend some time with her cookbook to see what yummy stuff can be added to our meal rotation list.
My last class of the retreat was a Hair/Make-up/Style class that was lots of fun. She shared with us some easy techniques for hair and make-up. And showed us how to use the True Birds band to do some really cute hairstyles, which I've already used on my girls. I'm hoping to figure out how to use it to curl Lolly's hair because that girl has some seriously long hair and loves for it to be curly. We'll keep our fingers crossed for that one.
I had such a great time at the Breathing Space Retreat. It was so fun to catch up with old friends and meet many new friends. And I loved learning a few new things that I can use in my life. And knitting. I'm seriously so excited about the knitting! I don't know if this will become an annual retreat, but if it does, I totally recommend going. Hanging out with friends and learning some fun new things is the perfect combination for a rejuvenating weekend. Maybe I'll even see you there! And if you're lucky, I'll bring you a dishcloth.