Good Morning all.. it is actually 38 days away IF you count today.. June 30th (my Hubbys Birthday!) I am nervous and excited. I am scared of things I will forget and things NOT done.. It isn’t easy doing this. I can only thank Kelli, Melanie (Holmes), Kathy and Judy for their support, their knowledge and help. THANK YOU GIRLS!!!
Okay.. I started planning this a year ago. I sent out invitations the end of 2015… I knew many had to plan for this reunion and I wanted to give them all time to arrange vacation time, and the trip. I have talked to some FAMILY from all over that said they were planning on coming.. I apologize for not keeping in contact more. It has been so crazy, and I was sick and that just messed up everything. I am trying to do the best I can. please when this reunion is over.. I promise.. more contact 🙂 you will be sick of me!
Being Northern Idaho this is not a centrally located area.. but we have one of the BEST most amazing areas to visit. And I swear.. you want to do anything IT IS HERE! Anyway.. I had small hopes for the amount of people showing up and I had hoped and dreams at least a few new found family members would show up.. I got excited at the word TRY.. That is all I can ask for. And I know.. Reunions is NOT people favorite.. But this will have so much family info, so PLEASE people bring family photos, things, stories.. anything to share.. I will take my copier (paper and extra print cartridges) so we can all copy stuff.. I will be there about 10am.. maybe a little earlier.. there will be SO MUCH happening downtown and McEuen Park. So go check it out.. walk around and go check out stuff around us also. If you have a lawn chair, you might bring one. It would probably be more comfy then the benches at the tables. and if there is no where to sit, you have a spot 🙂 be sure to put your name on tag (or bowl or anything you bring. If you bring photos to have shared or copied.. I will have plastic sleeves to put in and we can write your name on it. I just want to be able to get stuff back to people that might have forgotten something.
Okay.. here are UPDATES:
Hotels: I have canceled the ones at The Cove Inn B&B and the one at the Coeur d’Alene Inn and Resort. They may or may not still have rooms. I do however (until July 10th) have rooms held at the Motel 8 in Coeur d’ Alene. I just can’t tell you anything more on the rooms as I have been to busy to even check and see what the might or might not have.
T-Shirts: I am taking orders for t-shirts. If you see one on the earlier posts or a sweat shirt, jacket. Let me know which one and what size, then I can get that ordered for you. But do it soon, if you want it for reunion, or it might not make it in time. I will have sent to you or to me, which ever you prefer. Just.. let me know asap.. I will let you know how much it will total and you can send me a check to 3816 N Madison, Spokane. WA 99205.
Potluck: I ALWAYS look forward to pot lucks.. I remember grandma Ruby and Grandpa Jo having reunions at Aunt Deeds.. oh the food was marvelous.. and SO MUCH of it.. It seemed like we just ate ALL DAY! There will be a potluck at the reunion.. since I DO NOT have a way to make a “sign up sheet” please COMMENT ON THE BOTTOM.. what you would like to bring.
Also please.. comment at bottom and tell me HOW MANY will be in your party.. PLEASE.. I need a count.. a good strong count 🙂 (insert beg and grovel here)
Professional Genealogist: I really hate to say this. I was going to hire a professional genealogist to get over to Ireland\Scotland and seriously do some research on our Holmes and just find the stupid connection. I was willing to pay a good sized chunk of $$ to get the results. I then get a phone call that says.. basically I was asking for a lot. One reason is because in Ireland so many records were destroyed and they really have to dig and many MANY are not on the internet yet.. so it is actual digging through records. After being told it would triple in cost… putting it well over $10,000. I hung my head and realized until my “ship came in” this was one voyage I would have to wait on. SO.. I am so sorry my family. I guess you have to just go with what I have.
Raffle: I am selling tickets.. Just look at prior posts and tell me what you would like 🙂 send me $ at 3816 N Madison Spokane WA 99205. There are a lot of things.. so check it all out. Once I get what you would like, I will send you back your part of the raffle ticket.. don’t loose it.. 🙂
Cook Book: I am taking orders for the cook book. At this point I am NOT SURE how much they are. I am guessing $7-10.00 I just can’t see them being over 10.. The more that I get orders on, the less they will cost to produce. So let me know.. I can ONLT take orders till 22 July. Then I have to get to printers. I will have some at reunion to buy.
Family Sheet\Info Book: I have one that will be raffled off at the reunion.. It is right now, in a two inch binder. I am working at getting it as complete as possible. PLEASE if you have ANYTHING stories, articles, or photos on… Thomas Holmes b. 1776, John Armstrong Holmes, Thomas Armstrong Holmes, James Monroe Holmes or Jo Quincy Holmes… PLEASE contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and share or here on Facebook.
I was asked if I would take orders and sell these. I will, but it would be after the reunion unless I get contacted right away that you do want one.. and at this point I have NO IDEA what they will cost. I will not let it be ridiculous that is unfair to everyone. But if you want one and are interested.. let me know. Also if your line say, branches off with someone else, and instead of Jo Quincy you want someone else…let me know BUT that will have to wait till after reunion and possibly the trip in Sept to Scotland. So let me know.. There are NO PROMISES ON THIS…
Well in closing.. I look forward to seeing family I have not seen in years, meeting new family members and I hope that if anyone wants to do a reunion again in a few years 🙂 I don’t help plan it.. lol. The hardest part if getting people to respond.. that is OKAY.. just come and show up… There WILL BE NAME TAGS.. sorry but like I said new family.. Again.. If you ARE COMING.. leave the names of those attending.. in the comment area. I need a good count.
Mean time HAPPY 4th of JULY!! be safe and remember.. dogs get scared of fireworks and they run! So put them in your house.. crank the radio up and YOU enjoy them.