oh my!! what an eventful weekend. There were many firsts that I experienced, too many to name.. but man I had a much needed "fun" time.
I know I say that about each event or store visit I go to, but this somehow was just so different. The trip itself was VERY eventful, as I got stuck in immigration both on the way there AND on the way back. Apparently the phrase" I am in Canada to teach scrapbooking" doesn't sit well with customs! LOL. But once I arrived I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by such wonderful people. Both the teachers, most of whom I had only heard about (and was very scared to meet!LOL).. and the event planners, whom I had been talking to for months.
The entire weekend was so full. The "mariners" as Canadian call them, are so easy going and yet they are funny and spunky and just nice! It reminded me alot like the TV show "cheers". Where everyone knows your name and everyone is friends. There were over 80 women who attended this event and I was so surprised at how all of them got along so well! I felt right at home and instead of a "work" trip, it turned into a much needed "vacation".
One thing i do have to say is there are alot of industry "look alikes" in Canada. I met 2 Donna Downey's, 2 Tracy kyles and Lin Sorensen from Simple Scrapbooks. It was FREAKY. Seriously, they not only looked like them, but sounded like them as well. The first night we were there we had dinner at the restaurant in the hotel and our waitress looked and SOUNDED just like Celine Dion. I felt like I was in the twilight zone the whole weekend, but in a good way. It was pretty cool. I got to have lunch each day with some wonderful ladies.. the first day was with Crystal Bevans and her sister "hank ziggy", also known as Brandi. These girls are HILARIOUS and remind me of my sisters. Since I didn't have a class right after lunch, I met back up with them in the crop room where I started a album about all the women in my life and what I have learned from them. You will be proud of me, because I got 10 pages DONE! I will have to scan it and post it later this week. The second day, I got to have lunch with Christine Campbell. Seriously nice girl. We had e-mailed back and forth several times prior to lunch and so when I found out i would be spending lunch with her on this day, it made me happy!! She is super smart and SUPER talented. I hope she moves to Idaho soon. ( :)) There were so many women that I got to know all weekend long. Infact my second to last class on Sunday, some of the women were leaving to head home instead of staying until that night for the commencements.. and I started to cry. I had really enjoyed getting to know them, and It made me very sad to leave them. I also had a wonderful time with the other teachers that were there. We had our picture taken in the bathtub of the executive suite, where we would meet to recoup each night for dinner. It was Amy's idea ( We couldn't all fit, but we made the best of it! LOL..)
I was so sad to have to leave a day early.. the teachers and get er dones spent all Monday shopping, eating and going to the movies, without me. Well okay, they did print my picture out and put in on a Popsicle stick and took me everywhere they went.. but I really wanted to hang with all of them, just one more day. It was probably better anyhow, as yesterday I was sick the entire day with a stomach flu. But still.. I missed them. All of them are so incredibly nice and funny. I really can't wait to see them all again.. hopefully at CHA Winter. They are all like sisters to me, and i didn't get a chance to thank them for staying up with my on Sunday night until 3:00 am in the morning! My flight left early and I decided not to go to bed, so we all stayed up laughing, chatting and just hanging out until then. ALL of them were so funny, fun and talented women. Seriously it was kinda freakish how we just all clicked.. INSTANTLY. I can't imagine coming back next year, if we all aren't there. It just wouldn't be the same. I know I gave Debbie Hill a hard time in my last post and I have to apologize, because I was sitting in her classroom, disrupting it, using her laptop, when I posted it. She freakin ROCKS!! She and I were twins.. separated at birth. SO dang funny and just someone I could go and do ANYTHING with. I miss her already..
I also want to thank the women who put on the event. The store owners, Debbie and Shirley and the Git er dones.. I have never been to an event where things were put together more smoothly.. I think it was just the atmosphere all together, but I am already planning my visit with them next year. Seriously.. a year is too long to wait. Well ,back to the grind of work. I had fun spending the day with my kids yesterday. Granted I didn't feel well, but we just all hung out and talked about what they did while i was gone. I missed Ben too. When he picked me up from the airport, all I wanted to do was snuggle with him. He's a keeper for sure. OH life is good. The holidays are coming, and that means tons of family time and fun family traditions. Can't wait! Thanks to everyone again, in Moncton, who shared their weekend with me. I miss you all laides.. and am so happy by all the e-mails I have gotten since I left. Love you all..