I left early Thursday morning and traveled with a couple friends, Erica and Marci. We arrived at Regina's around 4pm. We visited for awhile and then I left to meet up with some of my relatives for dinner at the Olive Garden. It was so nice to see them and have them to myself for once! ;) (Our huge family get-togethers can be overwhelming!)
Friday morning we headed to the conference and, although we were late, I was so excited to find that I had won a door prize that morning!! Wahoo!!! There was a big table of donated items to choose from, and when I saw Meredith's brand new book Mondays with Mary, I couldn't believe my luck!! It was at the top of my wish list of "things to purchase" at the conference, and it is amazing! Not to mention, I now have my very own signed copy!!
It was so great to finally meet Meredith, and her talk, "Nurturing Catholic Family Life by Living the Liturgical Year," was one of my favorites.
Speaking of the talks, I also really enjoyed the talk by Fr. Gerard Saguto, F.S.S.P. on "Salt and Talent," and the talks given by Dr. Joan Cotter, author of Right Start Mathematics: "How Children Learn Best — Keeping Brain Research in Mind" and "Why Mathematics Is Important for Our Children’s Futures". If your interested, all the talks are available on the website.
Anyhow, I must admit that my favorite part of the weekend was seeing some of my dear friends that I hadn't seen in awhile, and meeting some online friends for the first time! It was so great to be able to spend time with Regina and Trina (two of my dear friends who both moved away), see Christine and Christy again (who I met at the conference last year), and meet Meredith, Suzanne, Angela, Kim, and Heather for the first time (they were all SO sweet!). I also had the opportunity to meet and visit with so many other great homeschooling moms!
After the conference ended on Friday, we went to dinner at The Cheesecake Factory.
Have you ever eaten there?? Ohhhhhh, YUM!!!! I actually didn't have any Cheesecake (yep... I learned my lesson on Thursday night after attempting to eat Ice Cream at Coldstone), but their Avocado Egg Rolls are THE BEST!! I am determined to try and make these again at home, maybe with this recipe...
Regina, Erica, Marci, and I went back to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner on Saturday night too, it was THAT good!
Here is a picture from Friday night:
(Trina and Christy had already left)
Before the long drive home on Sunday, we attended a beautiful Latin Mass at Regina's parish. It was heavenly!
I had a super wonderful time, though I did keep finding myself swaying back and forth and not knowing what to do with my hands, since they were completely child free for the weekend!! ;) Nevertheless, I definitely missed my family, and it is sooo nice to be home.