We are back from our gal-cation, and we had a great time, though we are absolutely exhausted! It was anything but relaxing. But, as predicted, our cups are full to overflowing with inspiration and motivation!
There is nothing like being with 18,000 like-minded women and some great speakers and performers to buoy the spirit and give the imagination a boost. We also got to reconnect with old friends and meet wonderful new ones.
The BYU campus was absolutely gorgeous with the snow capped mountains looming above, and the pink and white blossoming trees. It was chilly too, which was so exciting to us poor desert rats. The opportunity to wear a coat is a rare one for us.
The conference also had a service opportunity that gave us the chance to use our creative skills. We got to make cards for charity. They had pre-planned cards that you basically had to paste together, but that just made Attic Gal Rachelle squirm. She had to create! She dug through the supplies and designed her own card, then Attic Gal Alysa, and our dear friend Kristin helped produce a bunch of them assembly-line style. It was almost too much fun to do service!
We learned a lot at the conference. Attic Gal Rachelle took in a great class on creativity, and she can't wait to share what she learned on a future post.
Of course, when the convention was over, we also did a bit of shopping as well! We literally shopped 'til we dropped. So fun! We hit some of our very favorite Utah stops - Gardener Village, the Black Goose, the Quilted Bear, and Tai Pan Trading. We saw so many clever and crafty ideas out there, and made a list of projects we need to do (and post) real soon.
We also took the chance to play with our cameras a bit (Attic Gal Alysa got a great new one for her birthday!)
We both have tons to learn, but practicing is so fun! We got to be each other's models. (No close ups, please!)
This sounds crazy but perhaps the best part of the trip was the driving. With 12 hours there and 12 hours back, you'd think we'd run out of things to talk about. NOT A CHANCE! We discussed everything: motherhood, wifehood, our blog, ideas, goals, dreams, and plans for our futures. We covered a lot, and it was so great, rather than the usual quick phone calls, and short emails back and forth, to have real conversation uninterrupted by schedules and children and life.
We came home to find our families well and we are happy to be home! Now we need to take a bit of time to spend with them and implement some of the plans we have been inspired to do with those guys.
Full cups. Full hearts.
Now this has got to become a tradition!