Saturday, February 21, 2009

girls retreat and new camera

so this arrived yesterday morning...

my new camera! with VR (shake reduction) and 10.2 megapixels... oh yeah :)

unfortunately, i couldn't enjoy it right away because i was a little under the weather... i had a quick bout with food poisoning or a stomach bug friday morning and spent the better part of the morning dealing with it. i made it into a couple of meetings at work and was able to get to my client in the afternoon, but it was a rough day. i was afraid it would keep me from the young women's retreat, but i managed to pull it all together in time to leave.

we had arranged to stay at one of the church families' river house, but had a tough time finding it at first. turns out there's a huge difference between "road" and "drive" in some cases, and unfortunately, we had mapquested "road" instead of "drive." at any rate, we got there around 7:30 and started with our program. emelie and i had met several times before to plan to the event, and i'm so happy with how everything went! we were able to incorporate videos, music and discussion topics to address balancing things in life and self-esteem.
i loved talking by candlelight, and we spent a good portion of the evening going through some of my "ungame" questions (other therapists and co-workers know what i'm talking about--these were fabulous to get the girls talking!)
then there was the obligatory baking cookies and piling on the couch together :)
once we got everyone settled in for the night, we actually got a good amount of sleep. and when we woke up, we were greeted to this view...just gorgeous.

after breakfast, our morning session had the girls journaling on their own, and they all found a spot to write and think.

what a peaceful, relaxing place for them to collect their thoughts.
we concluded by decorating mirror frames to remind them of positive things whenever they look in the mirror. we had paint pens, paint and stickers on hand to help them with this.

and had them sign a mirror for us to keep up in the loft, to commemorate the weekend.
what an amazing group of girls! i hope everyone had as much fun as i did. more photos are up on flickr to share and enjoy :)*edit*
okay, one more that actually includes me and emelie :)

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