Saturday, February 27, 2010

Annual Chick-fil-A Seminar

We just returned from our yearly CFA seminar and it was a wonderful experience! This year's trip was to Washington DC. We spent the first part of the week with all of the CFA owners and their spouses and home office staff. We stayed at the new National Gaylord Resort which was beautiful. The second half of the week, us and 4 other couples in our market moved over to the Westin and stayed an extra 4 days to do more sight-seeing and hanging out with each other.
So, here's what happened during seminar...get ready because it was quite an experience.
SUNDAY: we arrived, got settled in, ate dinner and attended the worship service done by none other than Israel Houghton. After he was done, we got an amazing sermon by Bill Hybels. If you have never heard of these guys, look them up because you are totally missing out.

Israel Houghton. I was actually really close but the screen was a better picture.

MONDAY: we met up with everyone from the Nashville market for breakfast and the General Session. We were able to hear from Andy Stanley. He is very charismatic and funny and again, if you don't know who he is, google him and buy a few of his books and bible are missing out if you don't. After this session, David and I headed to Arlington National Cemetary to see the eternal flame, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers and the Changing of the Guards. We also rode into Maryland to see the Marine Monument which is a statue of the marines at Iwo Jima. This entire experience was a somber and humbling one to say the least.

Marine Monument


Changing of the Guard

TUESDAY: again we had General Session in the morning and time to go to Expo that evening. The best part of that was meeting the Cake Boss and having a conversation with him. Later that evening in the middle of the awards ceremony (David won 2 - becoming a 2 million dollar store this year and meeting the goal set by home office and in turn winning us a cruise) I got the most excruciating pain ever in my stomach. I was violently ill. I ended up going to George Washington Univ Hospital and stayed there for 8 hours on Morphine and Zofran. What happened was FOOD POISONING!!! It was definitly from the hotel as no one ate anywhere else and it turned out that over 100 CFA people got this and 15 of us ended up in the hospital. Can you believe that?!?!?

WEDNESDAY: We stayed in bed until time to check out since we didn't get back to the hotel until 4 AM. After that we checked into the Westin and shopped for a while. I was feeling somewhat better but still not 100%. We went to a super nice restaurant for dinner with the other 4 couples who stayed with us and in the middle of dinner I had to leave. I was sick again with the same thing. Only this time when I laid down in the bed, I broke out in huge welps/hives all over and was itching terribly. It was the WORST thing. Come to find out I have developed an allergy to feathers and all of the pillows and blankets on the bed were feather downs. OMG - it was really bad!

L to R: Barry/Kim, Debbie/Mark, Mary Ruth/Frank, David/Kelly, Randy/Joy

There was an actual Peeps store. It was awesome and I don't even like Peeps.

The girls of the trip except Debbie.

THURSDAY: I was feeling about 70% better and we toured the Capitol and the Library of Congress. That took all day. Oh, and we hung out at Union Station for a while.

FRIDAY: I was feeling 100% better and we toured the White House, Holocaust Museum (my favorite museum by far), The Museum of Natural History, and Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum. We also saw the Washington Monument which was closed due to the high winds.

The White House

David posing with the "Geico Cavemen" at one of the museums

The amazing 45.52 carat Hope Diamond

Rockstar David at the Hard Rock DC

Wax Museum - Robert E Lee and David discussing the war plans

Me and Abe

David giving Abe a knuckle noogie

Punching out Mohammad Ali

Bill still up to his dirty little tricks

Can you tell how we REALLY feel?!?

Carrie Underwood and David

David doing his best Larry King impression

SATURDAY: we came home to our wonderful kiddies.
And that's the end of the trip.
We did find out that next year's seminar will be in San Antonio, TX! CANNOT wait!!!!

1 comment:

Sarah said...

peeing in my pants...