It is also nice to be able to get back online! ;) I have a lot of catching up to do... There are over 325 new blog posts in my Google Reader -- a good indication that I may need to scale back in this area! I also have many emails to respond to... I'm Sorry! I will try and get back to you all soon. In addition, I was so excited to see the new posts over at Catholic Cuisine--their have been some GREAT suggestions and ideas!
Anyways, the Northwest Catholic Family Education Conference was wonderful, and totally worth the long drive. The talks were very inspiring. I loved browsing through--and spending too much money on!--all the wonderful supplies that the vendors had on display. My hour long private consultation with Laura Berquist was perfect, and just what I have been needing! I also got to see a dear friend, and meet a couple others that I have gotten to know through blogging! And, I got to visit some relatives that live in the Seattle area! It was such fun!
I even came home to a clean house!!! My hubby cleaned the bathrooms, vacuumed and mopped the floors, put away laundry, cleaned the kids rooms, and did the dishes! I am so impressed and thankful! He did say that our girls are like a couple Tasmanian devils. I could have told him that!
However, I don't have even one picture to share with you! Can you believe it? I still can't! Friday morning, my car was broken into, the driver side rear window was shattered, and my cameras (my Canon Digital Rebel and my Canon 35mm Rebel), among other things, were stolen!
I was so disappointed, but, it really could have been much worse. Thank you all for your prayers for my safe travels, I am sure they helped!
I did hesitate when I was parking the car at the hotel. The parking lot was full and my only option was at the end of a row, in the corner of the parking lot... Then, since we were only going to be there over night, I didn't bring everything into the hotel. I almost went back down late that night to get my cameras, but I didn't -- I was too scared!! I'm actually glad that I didn't, since I don't know what time the bad guys (as my kids are calling them) were there... I wouldn't have wanted to run into them, especially since they stole a loaded gun from a car near mine as well! (That poor old man also had his GPS and a small statue of Mary stolen!)
Thankfully, I had just downloaded my pictures to the computer from my memory cards, right before I left, so I only lost a couple pictures! And, even though I am slightly too attached to my cameras, they are replaceable. I'm just bummed that our deductible (for the items stolen) is $1000! sniff...sniff...
Well... I have lots to do today. I need to contact the police officer with an itemized list, and call the insurance company back, unpack, and get the kids schooling. Hopefully sometime later today I can get back online and catch up with you all!
Have a great Monday!