For our outdoor movie night, we'll get either butcher paper or sew some sheets together and tape it up between the two large stone pillars. You may want to bring your camp chairs or some blankets to sit on for the movie.
The back patio area is equipped with a hot tub (we think it fits 8) and that big window belongs to the upstairs king bedroom which has a door that accesses the patio (so Gram and the Aunties can go skinny-dipping after midnight!)
There is also a gas fire pit (mmm, s'mores!), barbeque grill, and some sweet lounge furniture.
Right off the patio is the kitchen, dining area, and living room. The view is beautiful!
There is a TV and DVD player inside the cabinet to the left of the fireplace. There's also a poker set in the other cabinet, so if you want to get wild and gamble for Skittles or something, you're all set!
The kitchen is fully equipped with cookware, baking sheets, even a coffee maker for Gram. Liz is the meal coordinator, assigning who will fix what meal and she and I will buy all the groceries. Look for an email to come with your assignment. There are dishes for eating, but we will probably still bring paper plates, cups, and flatware just so we don't have to do a lot of dishes.
There is another living room downstairs with a big screen TV, huge couch, game table, and a smaller kitchen area with a fridge and microwave for storing all the sodas and microwave popcorn that we are sure to eat!
All of the TV's in the house have cable and a DVD player, but no VHS, so if you have video tapes that you want to watch, you'll have to bring a VCR for us to hook up. Another little treasure is a cubby under the stairs, perfect for the little kids to use as a secret hideout (there's even a little fridge in the back of the cubby! Now that's a sweet fort!)
We spent a long time trying to figure out the best way to fit everyone in the bedrooms. We shuffled the list around several times and came up with the following room assignments. There are two king suites and the only way to fit everyone was to assign the king rooms to those who were willing to share a room and have some sleep on air mattresses. If you want to trade a room with someone, work it out with them (if you'd rather be upstairs instead of downstairs, etc.)
Upstairs King Suite: Gram and the Aunties. Gram and Jane get the bed and Lois Ann and Liz will bring their air mattresses.
Upstairs Queen Room #1: Don and Lora. Bring your air mattresses or pack n' play for the little ones. There is a bunk room downstairs that we thought the older kids can sleep in with the older cousins. If you would rather be downstairs so you can be by your older kids, perhaps you could negotiate a trade with Josh and Jenn (I'm sure Josh would love to hide upstairs away from all the spazzy children!)
Upstairs Queen Room #2: Shawn & Emily. Bring air mattress and pack n' play for the little guys.
There is a bathroom in the hall between these two rooms to share.
Upstairs office: Dan and Sue. There's no bed, but there's a queen air mattress and a couch for sleeping. There's also an attached bathroom. If anyone would rather have their own private bathroom and you don't mind not having a real bed to sleep in, we're open to a trade. However, this is the bathroom where Grandad snake (read the follow-up too) made his appearance, so consider yourself warned!
Me again. In triplicate.
Bathroom in the hall.
Downstairs Bunkroom: Cousin Sleepover Central! I thought Rachel, Nicholas, Gil, Dani, Lily and any of the other cousins that want to can crash in this fun room.
Jen and Dalin will be in town for the reunion and will join us for some of our daily activities, but they will sleep at Dalin's parent's house in Huntsville, just up the road.
All of the bedrooms have bedding and extra blankets, and the bathrooms come equipped with towels and washcloths. We just need to bring our own towels for the beach and/or swimming pool at the clubhouse. We can use the clubhouse pool (about a 1 mile drive) anytime. I forgot to go look at it but the manager guy said it has a slide and a separate hot tub. We'd like to have a day at the beach on Thursday, but if there are other times you want to swim without the mess, the clubhouse pool will be perfect.
We scouted out the beach and it looks really fun. This section is about a 10 minute drive from the house and is called Middle Inlet (view map of the reservoir here.) The manager said this area is a lot less crowded than Cemetery Point where the boat dock is. There is a $9.00 per carload (up to 8 people) fee to get into the beach, so be sure to bring a little cash.
There are lots of mature trees to give us some shade and there's even a couple rope swings, although the water is pretty low so I'm not sure if we'll be able to use them.
Between the parking lot and the beach there is a big grassy area with picnic tables and BBQ grills if we need them.
Well, that's it. This is the longest blog post in history. I hope to never blog this long again! Remember the dates: Wednesday, July 11th to Saturday, July 14th. Check-in time is 4:00pm, but I'm pretty sure the owner is going to let us come earlier, like noon. Check-out time is 11:00am, but I'm going to see if we can extend that if no one is coming in right after us.
A parting shot: