I'm back home now, for a while, at least! I do love to travel, but I'll admit it felt REALLY good to pull into the driveway last night and know I am home now for several weeks. I missed my babies! I didn't have much time to miss them during the three-day Advisory Board working retreat, however, because they kept us really busy with meetings. Here we all are at the end of the last day with several members of the Corporate Team. We had just finished up and were about to head off for one of the most anticipated traditions of the Advisory Board trip!
One of the parts of the trip I was most excited about was getting to spend an evening at Shelli's house, hanging out in our pj's and exchanging little themed gifts. While our fearless leader is in recovery for a serious riding accident, and definitely not up to an extended visit, we were still able to go see her for a few minutes and tour the house, hosted by Sara. Yes, I got to see Shelli's closet... and more importantly, her stamp room! I loved seeing her house and all her little vignettes. She had the whole place (well, probably not her but one of the girls, this year) done up for Halloween, and there were all sorts of vintage "So Shelli" touches everywhere.
Out of respect for Shelli's privacy, I won't show pictures of her home, but I did want to share this cute photo of Genevieve sitting in Shelli's wheelchair as we sat around her bed and chatted : ) Not your typical Advisory Board fireplace photo, for sure! She was such a sport and wanted to get up for a picture but we insisted she stay put. We just want that dear lady to get better!
This year's board chose t-shirts instead of pajamas so we can wear them in public to stamp events. I designed them using My Digital Studio, and Jennifer got them all printed and brought them along. We were already working together even before our official duties started! Love these ladies.
We left Shelli to get her rest, then, and headed back to Brick Canvas. After a scrumptious supper from Fraiche, we exchanged our My Favorite Things gifts with each other. Shelli had given hers to us at the house. I won't share them here, but I did want you to see the gorgeous vintage Christmas ornament that adorned our bags. I am happy to say it made it home mostly intact!
I snapped this quick pic of my own Favorite Things boxes before I packed them up. In addition to the gorgeous silk flower pins made by a former SOMH team member, which I used on the packaging, inside was chocolate (naturally), a funny luggage tag, and coffee from Berre's Brothers Roasters here in town. The blend? Packer Perc, of course! It was so fun to open the gifts and hear why the board members had chosen the different items to help us get to know one another.
After the gift exchange and sharing time, we were hustled off to the spa at Brick Canvas for massages and facials, another wonderful "favorite thing" from Shelli! Oh my, did I ever feel spoiled after that! It was the fanciest salon I've ever been in, and we all felt so pampered and relaxed as we got back in the limo and headed for the hotel. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful retreat.