Conference Time & Hostessing
One of the things we've incorporated were "host homes" for our own kids. This allows them to still have that "camp" feel but they just stay in homes with their small group leaders and small groups (by age: Jr. high girls, jr. high boys, etc.). We divide them between various home and those homes provide sleeping arrangements and meals for 2 1/2 days and 2 nights. The kids love this.
This year we are hosting the Jr. High girls and I'm looking forward to it. I can't wait to have them here with us and I can't wait to cook for them. It'll be a bit tricky because I'm doing a few other things throughout the week during the conference but I planned meals that will be easy to either make ahead of time, or put together rather quickly.
- Dinner: Enchiladas, rice & beans
- Breakfast: Bagels/cream cheese, muffins, fruit
- Dinner: Burgers, Tater tots, fruit salad
- Breakfast: Orange Breakfast drink, waffles, fruit
- Dinner: spaghetti, salad, garlic bread
The other thing I do is prepare a gift basket for our guest speakers. I have done this on several occasions over the years and really, really love it. One thing that I've found that speaks volumes to those receiving them is that I take time to find out what they like. I e-mail their secretaries, spouses, or if I have to, the speaker themselves to find out their likes and preferences; favorite candle fragrance, snacks, books, magazines, music, decorating styles, hobbies, etc...then I plan a basket around what they would enjoy.
I thought I had a few picture to share of some baskets I've done in the past, but I couldn't find them.
I know what my answer would be.
It's going to be a great week. I don't think I'll be in bloggyland much, but I'm sure I'll take time to pop in here and there.
We also just returned from another out of town soccer tournament. Nan's team took first place and did great. Kat is also back playing and even scored a goal at her last tournament (which I wasn't there to see because we didn't think she was going to play so hadn't planned on going but sent her with friends). We have a few local tournaments and then we're done for the summer. I must say, I'm glad. Kat will have high school tryouts in a few weeks and Nan will begin her fall season of soccer..it doesn't end, but at least it'll all be local.
I plan to post sometime on how my garden is and isn't doing. But not now. Enjoy a few picture of the girls from recent tournaments.