Wow! Don't you HATE when you feel hungover but you went to bed at 9:30 pm without having a drop of booze?? I do! Ugh! My body has said ENOUGH already, take a day off! … and that's exactly what I plan to do today!
This week has been crammed full of out-of-the-norm activities for me!! Camp Monday - Wednesday, Thursday to sort orders and recover from said camp then the Stampin' Up! Edmonton Conference all day/night Friday and Saturday. All kinds of crazy fun but DEFINITELY need a down day!!
So let's have the hi-lights from camp, shall we? Yes, there were lots of fun moments - watching the kids grin ear to ear for 3 days of fun, friends and fresh air; the beautiful sunset over Crimson Lake, getting to know the other parents/teachers who attended, and seeing Rebecca take control of a horse 5 times her size. Of course there were also the not-so-fun moments that I completely expected; the NOISE that 35 students can make in a confined area; the 10 km hike in the rain at 10:00 am … inspecting various type of animal poo; the not-being-able-to-sleep past 5:00 am due to my aching back, and the 2:00 am whispers of "Mrs. Rebecca … I have to go to the washroom". I realized once I got home that part of my not-so-happy demeanour whilst wandering through the wilderness in the rain was due to the fact that I was PMSing (unscheduled) … so that explained a LOT of my back pain and general crabbiness *lol*. Overall, however, I'm glad I went. We DID have some good times - charades, campfire songs and n epic ghost story (which I enjoyed … but set "lights" out back about an hour as we had to calm more than a FEW hysterical children down!)
Here are a few pics of Pioneer Ranch, Rocky Mountain House:
Will I do it again with Alicia? You bet - Grade 5 camp next year for her … and the bus ride is only about an hour long (wa-hoo!)
After my "down day" Thursday all hell broke loose again for the SU Conference here in Edmonton. All KINDS of fun! I volunteered for the afternoon session of fun to register guests and pack the loot bags … then I got to "play". My three guests arrived and we had a quick bite to eat before heading on for free stuff, make and takes and laughs. I didn't actually put my projects together, as I needed to help register the late evening batch of stampers, so I don't have pictures of the completed projects … but I have a few of the fun!
We went through various "stations" … at each station we completed a certain step of our final project … so at 1 stations we would stamp something, the next punch something out and so on. Three stations were "fun" - games, video etc. At one station we were blindfolded and had to draw things as instructed - too much fun! I love how Wanda is smiling at the camera, even though she's blindfolded. How did she know she was having her picture taken??? Hmmmm - peeking a little Wanda??
Wa-low! Our finished masterpieces!
Saturday started WAY earlier than I liked … had to be on the south side for 9:00 am for the business session. The 3 hours went very quickly as Dale, the Manager for SU Canada shared some great information and business tools with us. We did a great brainstorming exercise that I WILL use moving forward!
After lunch it was time to play! There was "SU Let's Make a Deal Jeopardy Feud" trivia/knowlege/silly fun to start. Here are my pals Joan, Tracy and me being silly. Yep - just call me Llama Lps Bertram *lol*
We then had more make and takes and lots of prizes. I managed to finish mine this time, but didn't take pictures .. so here are Joan's completed projects:
So much fun! After our party was over I went to an "after party" organized by fellow demonstrator and Artisan Krista Frattin. I finished all 11 projects in exactly 2 hours … but I haven't taken pictures yet so that will have to be for another day. I came home - "watched" a movie with the family (ok - they watched Turbo while I watched/cleaned stamps from LAST Sunday's Stamp-a-Stack) and then promptly went to bed … for one of the worst sleeps I've had in a while (well … maybe since Tuesday night at camp! *lol*) Guess I shouldn't have taken that Tylenol 3 (with caffeine) before bed!
So that brings us back to my original statement of feeling hung over without the booze … feeling tired and sore, but smiling from the good times over the last week. I'll now walk Doodles to work some kinks out … then do a whole lot of "nothing much" with the family.
If I'm up to it later I will post a full tutorial on how to make these adorable little paper pumpkins: