Friday, November 14, 2008

Rusty Pickle Chef Retreat - WOOO HOOO!!!!!

FINALLY! I'm caught up with my blog and I can share all the fun I had for 5 days in Utah!!! I flew into Salt Lake City on November 5th... IN THE SNOW!!! I haven't ever flown in the snow and that was very cool! I met up with friend and fellow Chef, Jill Cornelius at the airport. You should have seen the two of us "hot weather girls" enjoying the snow! Lance picked us up and whisked us off to the new Rusty Pickle warehouse for some SHOPPING!!! Can I tell you how AWESOME it is to shop straight from the warehouse shelves!!! AWESOME! Next was hugs and kisses to my teammates and friends from the office and MEETING MISS BECKIE DRYER FROM SCOTLAND... WOOOOO HOOOOO!!! And then the drive up to the cabin... THANK YOU, TRICIA for being such a slow and careful driver up those slippery mountain roads!!! Instead of having a heart attack, I was able to enjoy the beautiful scenery!!!

We arrived at the cabin in the dark... in about a foot of snow. We moved in, had a great dinner and set up for 4 days of scrapping! The Rusty Pickle retreats are so much fun... bonding, laughing, creating, sampling new products and classes... and SO MANY INCREDIBLE GIFTS from Tasha and Lance... it is unbelievable! The first night we were all given gift bags/packages that included... are you sitting down... a QUICKUTZ REVOLUTION!!! YEP, we each received our OWN REVOLUTION, a set of alpha dies and our own personal monograms! We also received a set of Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels, a set of Gel Pens from Sakura, paper packs from Prism, Coredinations and Melissa Francis, a new pink scrap bag from All My Memories, adhesive runners (3 of them) from Glue Arts, a set of ColorBox Cat's Eyes, and so much more from Rusty Pickle. Several people helped get these goodies donated... THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! And to the manufacturers that donated to our retreat... YOU GUYS ROCK!!!

The next few days were full of snow, scrapping, good food, beautiful scenery and a surprise baby shower for Tasha and baby Anders (Andy) Dixon Anderson... 6 weeks old. One of the games I created was to pass out newborn disposable diapers to everyone, put them in teams, and give them 30 minutes to create something with the diaper. You will NOT BELIEVE what they came up with... 2 BEAUTIFUL hats, a "Juicy Couture" diaper bag and a wall hanging made out of the lining and padding of the diaper and the flowers and ribbon from the shower favors... SOOOOOOO CREATIVE... IN JUST 30 MINUTES!!!

It was a wonderful retreat and, oh yeah, did I share that on the last night, Tasha brought in a surprise for everyone... MASSAGES!!! Most of the gals went straight from their massage into the hot tub out on the snowy deck... HEAVEN!!! But I will admit... my favorite part of this trip was falling into my husband's arms as he handed me flowers at the airport. Some kisses are better than others... after missing my sweet and handsome husband for 5 days, that airport kiss was well worth the wait. I hope you enjoy the slide show as much as I enjoyed making the memories! So Tasha and Lance, when is the next retreat!? :-)


Beckie Dreyer said...

Great pictures! The girls loved looking at the deers with the HUGE ears!!
It was great to meet you IRL ... roll on next year!

Eileen said...

I'm so jealous! And I'm not sure which part makes me greener....all the goodies you got at the retreat, or the kiss at the, they both sound like heaven!

Glad you had a great time!

Alycia Sanders said...

oh Tracey, you girls really had an amazing time!

Can't wait to be part of it next year. =)

Laurajean said...

WOW girl...looks like you girls had a GREAT time...beautiful photos ;)

Dawn T said...

OMGoodness... looks like you had a blast! So glad we met up at the Tally Rally, you rock!!! :)