Topic: Being Happy
Well, here it is July 2007 and I am already planning my vacation for the next year. I really have to plan ahead to consider the children’s visitation schedule and my various days I get off from work for federal and school holidays.
Something totally fun…a co-worker who is the Latchkey Director at College Hill saw the tie dye shirts on the website’s photo album and has asked the children and I to come be a part of their Tie Dye Day next summer. She has asked that we bring our shirts and do demonstrations and help the children do their shirts. I think this will be a wonderful experience and told her to put us down for that day. I’ve put a tickle reminder on my calendar and will have to make sure that we have the children on that day next summer.
I am planning on taking a whole week off this Christmas. Spring Break is a week off in March which is standard and I don’t have to use vacation days. What I really want to do is a houseboat trip to Lake Ouachita in Arkansas in July 2008. I had hoped the children would be able to come with us, but I don’t think they will if we plan to be gone for July 4th. They spent it with us this year which means next year we don’t get them for the 4th of July. I think they’d be really bummed out to learn we are going to go on a houseboat trip without them. Yet, with Matt’s very limited time off we have to plan his vacations around scheduled holidays to make the most of it. He gets all of one day a month of personal time that has to be used for vacation and sick.
I am looking at Hill’s Lake Escape www.hillslake.com again as they have very nice houseboats that outstrip any other ones I have been on or seen on websites. They make the ones on Lake Mead in Nevada look like trailer trash. It is expensive though for a week during the summer around that holiday. It’s basically $6,500 for seven nights Sun – Sun. I’ve worked out a plan for renting a six bedroom houseboat that comes with two full bathrooms, washer, dryer, frig w/ice maker, Jacuzzi and wet bar on the roof under a party awing, and a water slide. I’ve already recruited Joey who said he’s going to take a main deck cabin, just four more cabins and a couch to fill. I’ve put together a theme night menu which should be fun. I’ve learned a lot since I did the theme menu on the Delaware vacation and Sam’s Club will be helping a great deal on this trip. I won’t be making everything by hand from scratch as this isn’t about gourmet food; it is about fun and variety.
I am going to invite everyone I know to see if we can fill this boat with a diverse group of people. We are looking for an all adult trip – no children would be preferred – with everyone being between the ages of 21 – 40. Single or married doesn’t matter to us. We just want a group that is into the outdoors, swimming, fireworks, and partying. We might name this vacation “Cruisapalooza” – I’m not sure. I am contemplating getting t-shirts made for everyone that we can tie dye on the trip. I’ve got a fertile mind and a whole year to plan. Without having to bring the children we’ll be able to put the seat down in the back of the pathfinder and bring all kinds of cool things with us.