This was my present to him, created with memories.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
For the past 6 years during Mother's Day weekend, my daughters and I have participated in a Women's Wellness Weekend sponsored by a local YMCA and held at Camp Hazen in Cheshire, CT. This year we decided that we would do something different and plan our own Wellness Weekend. My daughters, MA and CL, conspired to plan our destination and managed to keep it a secret from me. With much anticipation we prepared for the weekend, gathering supplies for our projects, working on our ATCs, listening to the weather to decide on what to bring for clothing, choosing snacks and beverages and arranging little surprises for each other. Friday afternoon arrived, the car was packed, and we headed south on route 9. Our first treat was in gift bags in the cup holders in the back seat. MA, my oldest daughter, had brewed "Sumatra" ice coffee for us and presented it in Starbucks cold cups. After much joking about going camping, as we crossed the CT/RI border, it was divulged that we were going to Providence. We had reservations for two nights at the Courtyard Marriot in downtown Providence. If we didn't all have an affinity for Providence when we arrived, I believe we did when we left
CL, my youngest daughter, wrote out an itnerary for us so we would be able to accomplish our planned activities.
The ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) were made by CL, left; HM, center; and MA, right.
After unpacking, it was time to scout out a place for dinner. We took a walk and after considering our options decided on "The Melting Pot", a fondue restaurant. We started with the cheddar cheese fondue made at the table with beer, garlic, cheddar and swiss cheese and served with a variety of bread andveggies, and apples. We then enjoyed a salad after which indulged in batter dipped teriaki sirloin, shrimp, and veggies. At this point, we decided that we would have to go back the next night for dessert.
We tried to keep the workshops a surprise, but through a series of events, ended up learning what the others had planned.
MA is deep in thought selecting the words for her spoon poem.
Our spoons were colored with alchol inks and then the words were glued on with gel medium. Both sides of the spoons were then coated with gel medium.
HM's poem in progress.CL's poem in progress.
CL' s finished poem.MA's finished poem.
HM's finished poem.
MA is showing CL just how wide the card stock needs to be.
MA is sizing the cover to fit the pages of my book.
The inside of CL's book.
The outside of CL's book.
The outside of HM's book.
The inside of HM's book.
MA spent so much time instructing and helping CL and me that she didn't have much time to work on her own book so there are no pictures to show.
And we had reservations for dessert at the Melting Pot
The next morning we displayed our finished creations.
And then packed up our supplies.
Then it was off to Starbucks for coffee and a walk around the city.
Window seats at Starbucks in the lobbly of the Biltmore Hotel.
The Federal Reserve building which has been converted to a restaurant.
With strong wind gusts, it was too cold to do much walking, so after a short time we went back to our hotel, loaded the car, and headed back home.
We all had a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to our 2nd Annual Wellness Weekend next year!!