Monday, September 26, 2011

4 months....

last night with culinary retreat having dinner in Gaillac
That's how long I've been away from my blog.  I've missed it, but I just haven't had any time to update it.  The first week of June the roller coaster began.  We left for Italy to meet our best friends for a week of catching up, drinking wine, eating good food and hanging out.  It was amazing.  We returned to France with 1 week to get ready for our summer art camps.  We had (3) session this summer, all incredible.

We still rented a house for the summer (hopefully not next summer), which is great but hard on us.  Because of the change-over dates we have to be in on a Saturday and out on a Saturday.  So each session spent 2 weeks at the house and then 2 days in Toulouse.  We basically have to move out of our house here in St. Antonin and then move back after each session, relax for 3-4 days and then move back into the rental house.  It's so hard not having our own house.  We had 22 kids come over the summer, from all over.  USA, England and France.  Every single one of them were amazing!

Session #1

Session #2

Session #3

So fast forward to August 14th.  We are back in our house in St. Antonin and have 2 weeks until our adult retreats start.  Again, we had to rent a house to accomodate everyone.  This time we decided not to stay at the rental house, mostly because of the dogs (no pets at the house), but also because they are adults and we had Steve Edwards for the fitness retreat and Rachael from Chicks with Knives for the culinary retreat staying with the clients.  Easier because we didn't have to move out, but hard because now we were getting up and driving 1/2 hour to the house and then at night we had to drive home.

Visiting Najac
In Saint Antonin for the Sunday market

cooking in the kitchen

Fitness retreat chillin

Yoga at the fitness retreat

One big happy "fitness retreat" family

The adult retreats were very different from the teen retreats, not in a bad way, just different.  We had amazing clients come to both retreats and we made some good friends.  We'll be doing another fitness retreat and culinary retreat in May.  We finished the adult retreats on Saturday the 24th, got everyone to the airport and on their way back home.  Then we came home and slept!

Day 3 - post retreats.  We are still fatigued.  Trying to get back to our normal schedule of working out, bruce doing his art and me focusing on the business.  We had an amazing summer and business is good. Can't ask for much more than that!  Oh, and we are still living in France with no plans to return to the states.

My goal is to update this blog more regularly now that I have the time.   It feels good to be back.