Wednesday, January 31, 2007

You've GOT to be kidding!! Right??

You really expect me to commit to a menu 6 months in advance, when it took me until 2:30 this afternoon to finally come up with a game plan for tonight's dinner???

Dang, girl, what alien kidnapped you and sucked all that Semadeni procrastination DNA out of your genes? LOL!

Actually, I'm just kidding; I wanted to call dibs on Friday's meals. Well, lunch and dinner at least, if Mom's doing breakfast. But I'm fine with taking care of Friday breakfast too, so just put us down for the whole day if you want! :)

Just don't ask what we'll be cooking, because I have no clue....

Hey, Sis, when you have a chance to ask about the yard/croquet/etc., would you mind asking if they have a BBQ grill available for us to use? That might make our dinner plans easier, LOL!

WRT paying you: do you have a paypal account, and if so, would that be a good way to pay, or would you prefer a check via mail? I don't really care which way we do it, but paypal would be instant and secure, so if that's convenient for you, that'd be cool. I'll try to give you a call tomorrow; I've been meaning to call you this week anyway!

New topic: Is anyone besides me really wanting to see pictures of the Teddy Bear family?? Mama, I seem to remember you promising to make Joe or Jacq post some pictures on here! :) And, if I had some step-by-step (ie, talk to me like I just stepped off the really short bus!) help, I might be pursuaded to post some pictures of the munchkins, too! (I know, Lenka, I still haven't sent you pictures of the kids in their Christmas gifts! Bad me!)

Monday, January 29, 2007

Lenka says:


I call DIBS on Thursday's Lunch. We're having SALAD!! NO MUSHROOMS!!!

I thought Mom was going to do the BREAKFASTS?!!!

... But if not, I'll bring the Capn' Crunch, Lucky Charms and Froot Loops!! (that would be Roger, Jacq, & Heather!!! HA HA HA) And SUPPER will be POP CORN, POP TARTS, & POP, (er, wait, let's see, where will we be? N.C. yep, then I mean COKE!!) ...and left overs from whatever Susie does on Tuesday!!

Is this getting exciting or WHAT?!! I can hardly wait!! In fact, I'm quite simply GIDDY!!!!

OH yea, and Sis...

THE CHECK'S IN THE MAIL!!!! (TEE HEEE HA HAA HA!!) No, seriously, maybe not today, but it'll be on the way THIS WEEK!!

Love to you all!! EE

RE: Arrangements, etc.

Going with a 5 way split (less $45 for the first half of the $90 pet fee), the current amount due from each "family" comes to
($1058.67 - $45) / 5 = $202.67

An additional $202.67 will be due from each "family" before we get to Oakland Cottage (the entire cost of the rental is due one month in advance of our visit). Those of you interested in bringing pets drop me a line and we'll work out the pet deposit thing.

Rooms: Jacq and Lenka weighed in on their room choices. As long as there are no written objections, we'll bunk according to their wishes!

Food: Everyone seems to be on board with the "plan the meal(s) for the day suggestion", so let's pick our days. I think that letting the responsible parties decide on whether we are treated to a big lunch or a big dinner is a fair way to handle that controversy. I volunteer to take on Tuesday's dinner and Saturday's breakfast/lunch. That leaves us 3 full days (Weds, Thurs, and Fri)to plan for -- who wants 'em?

Entertainment: I still haven't gotten around to calling Oakland Cottages to see if they have a yard and games (croquet, badminton, etc) for it. I will do that as soon as we get back from our trip to CA. I will also ask them if they have TV/VCR/DVD equipment available. It will be my pleasure to introduce you all to the delightful game of Scum... rubs hands together gleefully, anticipating at least one round of rising to at least the rank of Citizen...

The information on the 5K should be coming out in the next couple of months. I will pass that on as soon as I get it!

I think that brings the blog up to current in terms of decisions that we've made/still need to be made. Please post if I've overlooked anything or if you come up with something else we need to consider!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Week 28 (Jan 28 - Feb 3)

At least 3 days this week:

Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Run: 14 minutes
Walk: 5 minutes
Run: 14 minutes
Walk: 1 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes
*Total time = 44 minutes

Ready for something new? Check out RTP (Run The Planet) for new trails in your area (or someone elses!)

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Lenka says...

I would say I'm Jealous, but then I'm afraid Mom would come back with something like...

"you could put forth more effort and come see us and then we could spend some quality time with you too"!!

... and then I'd have to come up with an explanation for not doing what I'd like to do and it would probably have something to do with hemorhoids and working, and that would just sound lame, so...

I just want to say that it makes my HEART HAPPY to know that my family still LOVES in spite of the lack of proxsemadeni!! And I'm SOOO glad you guys had such a good time!!!

Dear Momma and Daddy,

Just wanted to send you a quick "Thanks" for all the time you spent with us while we were out there. You'll never know how much it filled up my heart to see the two of you playing with my little guy. Sniffle, sniffle. We had an amazing time and can't wait to see you in July! I love you so much!!!!


Thursday, January 11, 2007

He speaks

Ok everyone, i will know around the end of febuary what my summer schedule will be...stay tuned.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Yes Ma'am Ms. Semadeni, Ma'am!!

OK, so now that Baby sister's a REAL teacher and all, she thinks she can run the world!!! I can't believe how quickly she's turned. Oh well, just so long as she never forgets that....


And with that in mind, I'm going to add my two cents!!


Here goes...

to break it down into my vote:
1. sleeping arrangments - I think that's perfectly done. And I think it's a GREAT idea to know where we're going before we get there so we don't stand around replaying the scene from the jungle book ("whatchoo wanna do? I dunno, whatchoo wanna do? I dunno...")
2. Food- again, perfect!! I especially like the idea of the big meal being lunch. Then we can snack and leftover for supper. That means popcorn for Daddy!!
3. Animals- I'm totally EXPECT to take care of my own. Ok, and Jacq's if she's really nice to me.
4. Entertainment - whatever I bring will most likely be a "BORED GAME", but I'll try to play along. And we LOVE the thoughts of hiking and being outdoors. Just remember it'll be HOT and HUMID!!!
Bottom line, I'M SOOO EXCITED!! Hope everyone else is too!!! So until next time...
"...and that's all I got to say 'bout that!!!" (Forest Gump)

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Arrangements, etc

Split of cost: Let's go 5 ways. Since we've been dealing with those numbers already anyway, we might as well keep it consistent. :-)

Sleeping arrangements:

We have 4 suites and roughly 4 families (if joe does come, I guess he can have the couch).

Mom and dad are bringing the majority of the people, so give them the big suite, which looks to me like the Garden Suite

Lenka already called dibs on Rose Suite, and since there are 2 rooms, I'll bunk in there. That way we have the dogs confined to a single area.

'rah and Co are bringing the next most, so give them the Music Suite cuz it has a day and trundle bed, which is perfect for the kiddies.

And that leaves the Safari Suite for Sis, etc, which is only fitting, seeing as how they are the only ones who have actually been on a Safari.

I can go any way with the split of this. I do like the idea of one of the meals being a lighter, more left-over style, but if I had to choose one, I would pick the big meal to be lunch and lighter to be dinner. The only reason is cuz by the end of the day we'll be tired and won't wanna take the time for an elaborate meal, but if we have a big lunch, then we older ones can just kind of pick and choose for dinner. It would be nice for every family to do the one meal a day or one day of meals thing, but just know that mine will probably end up being something lame, like take-out or, if I decide to go really fancy, you might get boiled water. But that's about it.

I would say, and I think that Lenka would agree, that she and I will be splitting the pet costs. Unless, of course, Joe comes. Then he'll have to pitch in for himself. :-) (yeah, I went there.)

Each family is required to bring one board/card game. I call dibs on Uno. Diesel and I will also be doing some outdoors hiking and stuff and I would love it if you all would come along. It will be great to see some pretty nature that doesn't include cacti. I will bring my collection of G-rated movies for the chilluns and if you want me to bring something with a higher rating for after they go to bed, just let me know. Does anybody have a croquet set?

Joe Suggests: Chihuahua punting. All in favor?

That's all I have for now. If you don't like the suggestions, that's ok, but I just thought I would put this out there and that way we have a somewhat formed plan that we can then change as needed.

Weeks 24, 25, 26, & 27 (Dec 31- Jan 27)

At least 3 days each week:

Week 24
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Run: 12 minutes
Walk: 5 minutes
Run: 12 minutes
Walk: 3 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes
*Total time = 42 minutes

Week 25
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Run: 13 minutes
Walk: 5 minutes
Run: 12 minutes
Walk: 3 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes
*Total time = 43 minutes

Week 26
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Run: 13 minutes
Walk: 5 minutes
Run: 13 minutes
Walk: 2 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes
*Total time = 43 minutes

Week 27
Warm-up walk: 5 minutes
Run: 14 minutes
Walk: 5 minutes
Run: 13 minutes
Walk: 2 minutes
Cool down walk: 5 minutes
*Total time = 44 minutes

So much for weekly training posts, hmmmm?

Monday, January 08, 2007

Got it!

We have a place to sleep!

Oakland Cottage
July 3-6 (nights)
Check in July 3 @ 4pm
Check out July 7 @ 11am
A la carte (maid service and breakfast NOT included)
3 nights @ $445
1 night @ $495
lodging tax $73.20
state sales tax $123.53
pet fee $90
grand total $2116.73
$1058.37 paid 1/8/07
$1058.37 due 6/3/07

Our reservation may be cancelled for refund of deposit less $35 processing fee up to 30 days prior to check-in date. After 30 days, cancellation forfeits the entire deposit.

Let's start thinking about all the other arrangements that we need to make before we get there -- food, menus, cost split, entertainment, who-sleeps-where, etc. Please post a comment to this post with any suggestions that you might have and I'll put together a master post with all of 'em in it for us to "vote" on.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007


Here, (GASP), I (cough cough, biiiig breath) AM!!!!

Whew, I finally made it!! And I feel soooo much better after the doctor (thanks for your help Heather) took me off the BETA BLOGGERS!!!!!

...AND I vote for the Oakland Cottage, ...AND I LOVE what Sis is doing with all this, ...AND I'm hoping that Joe gets to be there,... AND I'm so excited about all this that I could just pee my pants, BUT I won't!!!

Anyway, just wanted to make my presence known.

Love to you ALL!!!