|Queendom by the Sea|
The best part was just being with other amazing moms who really "get it." Providing support and giving advice, just having someone listen without judging, child-free downtime, laughing, crying, eating, wading in the ocean, gathering shells to take home to our kids, staying up until after 3am, chillaxin', learning about ourselves, inside jokes...
I gained over 3lbs. Mostly from the never ending chocolate! TOTALLY WORTH IT!
My phone didn't work at all during the retreat (said Emergency Calls Only). I assumed it was because we were too far from a cell tower (although everyone else's worked though not well), and while I did have internet access I could only receive, not send, e-mails (I Facebook messaged a neighbor to send a message to Hubby to let him know I was OK. She did remember to do so... eventually. :^) ).
I don't have a Smart phone, GPS or Tom Tom or anything. I made it to the retreat with a Google Map print out, so on the way back home, when I got a little lost in Houston it was fairly nerve wracking. I finally stopped at a Boost Mobile store, hoping they could tell me where the nearest AT&T store was so I could get my phone fixed and also so they could tell me where the heck I was so I could get home!!! The 2 relatively young people could not read a map! The guy did fix my phone (he just turned it off and on again *blush* ) and then he went to Google Maps and printed out new directions for me.
Now that my phone was fixed, I called one of the moms who wasn't able to make it to the retreat (she's a stay at home single mom), to let her know that even though the retreat ended a day earlier than I'd expected (*blush*), because I'd gotten lost in Houston and left the retreat late, I wasn't going to be able to meet with her in person like I'd considered doing. She asked where I was, and let me know that because I'd gotten lost, I was now actually in her area! (Godincidence!) I met with her for about an hour and a half and then headed home to my sweet Hubby for date night!
All I can tell you is
next time that there's a retreat (especially if it's organized again by Shon!)
YOU GOTTA GO!!!