This retreat was something I inherited when I became the Enrichment Counselor, and to be honest, the whole thing really stressed me out. The former counselor had reserved Yurts at Beverly Beach at the gorgeous Oregon Coast. I just had to get people there, (and feed them, and arrange speakers, and make sure they have fun, and get them into the right yurts with people they would get along with...YIKES!)
Sooooo...I pretty much begged and threatened my friends. I shamelessly played the "you have to support me because you are my friend" card. After all was said and done, we had about 35 sisters together laughing, playing, walking on the beach together, and learning to love each other on a level that could never be achieved at church on Sunday.
We had three fabulous speakers. Rachel Nielsen, Sarah Castleton, and Peggy McIlmoil...three amazing women at three different stages in life (pre-kids, right in the middle of mom life, and kids are grown) told us about the treasures in their lives.
Now to the part you've been dying to hear about...the fabulous farting futon! My yurt included me, Julene, Sarah, Natalie, and Jackie. Sarah and I threw our sleeping bags on the futon for the night. After the fireside, we dispersed to our yurts for either more fun and frolic (and a warning or two from the Park Rangers because we were too loud,) or a little shut eye. We got set up for the night and sat down on the futon...from Sarah's direction there was this long farting sound that made us all look her direction. "It wasn't me!!!" she roared. Then, we discovered that every time we moved, the futon would make very real sounding "farts." It was like all five moms suddenly transformed into 10-year-old boys!! Every time we heard it, our yurt would erupt with uncontrollable laughter. What a nightmare! How are we ever going to sleep?! This went on and on (it was probably hours, we're a little slow on the draw.) At some point, Sarah picked up her two pillows an realized that there was a little "fart" machine under her pillows and Natalie held the remote. OH, MY, GOSH!!! We laughed so hard! They got us and it was a really good one.