So was it a success? I guess it's open to interpretation. I got up to 8th grade with my oldest daughter, but I only had 7th and 8th to finish in her book because I had worked on it for the last two retreats and I haven't figured out what to do with high school. Then I had to get started on my youngest daughter's books.
I had adhesive malfunction right out of the gate. I switched adhesive rolls and it continued to malfunction. This just threw me off the whole day. So I finally ran to Office Depot and just bought double stick tape since most of the stuff I was sticking down were school papers. But I let it ruin my day.
You can ask my family what happens when I feel a day is ruined. Everything becomes sour for me; my project, the people around me irritate me, my attitude just slides into quick sand and struggles until I"m hopelessly stuck. On top of that the sun was shining in the door and triggered the worst hot flash I've had in a year. I struggled with my youngest daughter's 1st year of preschool book until the friend next to me told me to just do it, because I'll always feel I forgot something, the kids would never know and I'm doing more than most moms. So the dam burst and I finished both years of preschool by the end of the day.
I woke up in the morning and decided I was going to have a better day. The gal who sells the adhesives swooped in and solved my problem, it wasn't a sunny day so no hot flashes, I had two of my friends working at the event, one as a massage therapist, the other as the caterer (and the food was awesome). I started making progress right away. But I only got through 1st grade.
So was it a success? I did end up having a lot of fun the second day and wishing I had let go the first day. I only got through 1st grade which means I still have several grades to go on my youngest daughter's book. I am determined now that I've gotten my youngest daughter's book started, I will finish it soon and not wait until the next craft retreat. I do scrap at home occasionally and they do have one day events every month at my church.
So it was a success. I was exhausted yesterday and spent the whole day on the couch watching movies. I didn't even do anything else like crochet. You'd think two days of crafting would make me feel crafty, but I was wiped out. Anyway, today is a new day, the kids are in school, I'm back on the wagon and heading out to the rodeo [she writes as she struggles for a metaphor].