OK, this will be quick because I NEED to get to bed.... there's a long day of physical agony tomorrow starting at 6am :)
First of all, sorry for being so absent here all week.... as I'm sure you can imagine it was a crazy time for me as I prepared for leaving..... I wanted the house to be clean (silly, I know - but will Marius REALLY clean the sheets and dust? He says he will, but REALLY?!), I wanted all loose ends tied up for my volunteer work, I needed to pack, and I needed to make myself feel better for leaving my kids by making sure they had lots of stuff to *replace me* :) Not sure crafts and toys will do that, but it makes ME feel better that Marius is *armed* with fun stuff for them to do and play with!
Saying goodbye to the kids last night was VERY hard.... Matthew was sad, but in the next instant was being his silly self and Evan doesnt really have a clue, so he was easy... it was Maya who I was dreading saying goodbye to as she actually KNOWS what a month is!!! She cried and clung to me and it was SO hard!!! But I KNOW she, and the boys, will be fine.... this will be a great thing for Marius too.... he gets to relax and just be a Dad for 4 weeks.... it will be a new adventure for him, and I'm sure he'll enjoy it.
So I was up at 5am and got here at 1:15ish.... 4:15ish Ottawa time, so I was travelling for almost 10 hours - yuck! Because I went with Westjet, I had to transfer in Calgary, so I'm sure it added a couple of hours to my trip..... but I made it!! And thankfully there was another woman on my shuttle going to the Ridge too, so I arrived with a friend :) Which was great, because I was SOOO nervous on those planes... going back and forth between *what am I DOING?* and *I'm so excited!* ........plus there is a friend here who I'd already *met* on the Ridge's Facebook Group, so it was great to meet her in person. She's been emailing me all week with what to bring, what not to bring, how it's going, etc (thanks Shelli!).... so my first couple of hours have been great!
This place is FABULOUS... with a capital F people..... I can already tell that I'm going to have the time of my life and learn so much.... mostly about myself and what I'm capable of. Everything I've experienced so far just adds to my excitement and I feel SOOOO blessed to be here. My room is the cutest thing you've ever seen - I'll take pictures soon so you can see where I'm *living* for the month.
So I had better go and unpack and lay out all I need tomorrow.... an outfit for the hike, a bathing suit and another workout outfit for the afternoon..... laundry here should be interesting!
Thank you everyone for all your emails and Facebook messages and comments - I feel all that love supporting me as I go about this internal transformation!!
Love you all :)