Monday, April 18, 2011

Lessons from a Marriage Weekend

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably figured out that we were at a marriage conference over the weekend. I learned (and re-learned) a few lessons that I thought I'd share...

- Very fancy, super expensive hotels charge more for everything.

- It is worth it to open every drawer and cupboard in your hotel room, because you never know when you'll find a coffee maker and mini fridge hidden away in what appears to be a dresser.

- When ordering a five-course meal, one should know ahead of time that each course is larger than the one before it. The meat course, therefore, will have more food than a large family can eat in one sitting.

- If you have really great parents, you can get away with not calling to check on your children all weekend.

- Even the most intelligent of children are not immune from trying stupid things, such as swallowing coins. They are especially prone to attempting said stupidity when under the care of someone other than their parents.

- Though you save money by self-parking, you can expect to be punished for your choice by a three mile walk back to the hotel.

- A $45 per person brunch doesn't really taste any better than a $12 per person one. In fact, it leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.

- There really is no cost too high to pay for an entire weekend without children and with your best friend. It was worth every penny!

My apologies if you were hoping for something more marriage-related. I hope to share some valuable nuggets later this week.


  1. hilarious! I loved reading this, so so funny :) Curious, who swallowed the coins?? lol Glad you had a great time!

  2. very funny!! And it sounds like it was very expensive!! But glad you got away together!

  3. If the marriage conference reconnected you and your husband and/or drew you closer together, then I agree it was worth every penny. Marriage investment costs, but in the long run, your husband, your kids, and those who are watching your life will thank you for the effort you put into your marriage.

    Tiffany Godfrey, The Committed Wife

  4. Tiffany, it did exactly that - reconnected us. Sometimes a mom's just gotta get away to connect with her hubby. :)

    I agree with your use of the term "investment." We invest money in maintaining our vehicles and our houses, but too often neglect to invest where it really counts.


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