Friday, April 17, 2009

McGee Family Reunion: Putting the Nuts Back in the Fudge

You know what they say, Families are like fudge - mostly sweet with a few nuts. Well, with our family I'd have to say its the other way around! :)
Anyway, we are getting closer to the time of the annual McGee Family Reunion (ok, its still nearly 4 months away) and we are trying to get some things planned. We kind of need to know some information, though.

The Reunion is planned for Friday August 14-Saturday August 15 (starting in the evening on Friday and going to late afternoon/early evening on Saturday). We need to get a count of how many people think they will be coming. So, everyone please respond to this post with the following information:
1. Will you be able to attend?
2. Will you be coming up Friday night or Saturday morning? We are planning a dinner on Friday to start around 7pm, but if you can't get there until later, if we know you are coming, we can make sure there is food left for you.
3. What kind of equipment do you have that you can bring and how much? The reunion is being held at a cabin, but people will need to have tents to camp in. If you don't want to sleep in a tent, there is a town about a half-hour drive away that has a hotel, but it will probably be expensive. We would like to get an idea of how many of these items everyone has so we can make adjustments for those who do not have any or cannot bring them.
-Sleeping bags?
-Foam pads/air mattresses?
4. Finally, how long would you be planning on staying on Saturday? We are also planning a dinner on Saturday to start around 4 with an activity right after dinner (its a surprise, but going to be a lot of fun). We can adjust the starting time of the dinner if most people will need to leave earlier. We want everyone to participate in this activity because it will be the grand finale!

We have a lot of fun things in the works: games, tournaments, activities for kids of all ages, and food. However, we cannot do it alone. We would like to start a reunion fund: $10 per family, $5 if you are single. This should hopefully cover the main dishes for both dinners (everyone would need to bring a side/dessert), trophies, prizes, candy, and smores. If there is any extra money left, it can be put towards next year's reunion as well. Breakfast will also be taken care of on Saturday, so the only meal you would need to worry about is lunch on Saturday (but we are having an early dinner, so it could be a light lunch) or any snacks. We'll have more details about that coming soon.
If you aren't sure if you will be able to come, but think you possibly will be able to, please reply in the affirmative so that we can make sure we enough equipment for everyone. We will need definite answers when it gets closer to the reunion and we need to start buying food/prizes, etc.

I hope everyone can come, it is going to be a great time to relax and spend time with your family!

P.S. You are welcome to go up earlier. If you do, any food will be your own responsibility until the reunion starts. I believe Monty and Heidi will be up there the whole week.
The pictures included here are from previous family activities that I took pictures at. As much fun as these things were, the reunion is going to be a lot better!


Laura said...

Looks fun! We won't be able to make it this year- we'll have a newborn. Have fun. :o)

Larry said...

Come on Laura, the baby will be almost a month old by then. We took you to Disneyland when you were one week old. This would be a memory you'd never forget.

Cherry Wolf said...

We are going to try to make it. We'll have to let everyone know a little later after things get settled.

Joshua J. McGee said...

Well, I don't know it's such a long drive this year for us. Just kidding. We will definitely be there. I'm going to try to get a large portion of the week off so we can camp for the whole week.

We have:
2 tents (one's very small that we could probably lend out if we need to)
An air mattress (I think, if we ever get it back from Betsy and Adam)
Three camping chairs
A card table and some chairs
A cooler
Two Tarps
Two adult sleeping bags (we might need to get Benjamin a new sleeping bag, but I'm sure we'll have that taken care of before August)

If anyone's concerned about camping and the price of a hotel, we could probably let you use our apartment. Monty says it's about an hour and half away, so it wouldn't be too bad of a drive. Just let us know.