Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Current Picnic Status and fun statistics this morning... 5/24/2011

These families have CONFIRMED with me that their reservations are made... many more families have expressed interest; however, I am waiting for their confirmations.

Total families CONFIRMED=15 (2 families confirmed but not sure camping or lodge)

Camping Families-6

Cabin Families-1

Lodge Families-5

Families at nearby hotels-1

(FYI "other hotels" may be a good option if there is a possiblity you have Bulgaria first or second/pick up trips looming in the near future or your little one has only just come home and may not be up to the outing.  The lodge has a more restrictive cancellation policy.)


Total Bulgarian adoptees= 19

Total Single Adoptive Parents= 5

Total Large Families 4+ (bio and adopted) kids= 3

Total Families researching or waiting to adopt child(ren) from Bulgaria= 2

Reposting--Invitation to the 2011: Bulgarian Adoptees Picnic/Reunion

WHO:   Families who have adopted, are committed to adopt, waiting to adopt, or considering to adopt a Bulgarian orphan. If you need to travel by "samuleta" (airplane), PLEASE let me know. 

WHEN:    July 22-24, 2011

WHERE:   Hueston Woods State Park, a very picturesque location just northeast of Cincinnati, OH. 

  • Bulgarian Cultural Activities
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Water Activities
  • Hiking
  • Bonfires
  • Because we have adopted, are considering adoption, or are waiting to adopt an orphan from Bulgaria.
  •  Because we will all have adoption experiences to share.  
  • Because it will be wonderful to meet and share our stories
  • Because it will let our little Bulgarians/Americans hang out and understand that they are not alone in their journey and assimilation into American culture.
  • Because we plan to incorporate Bulgarian culture to keep our children's culture alive.
  • Because the siblings of our Bulgarian children need to hang out and share their own stories about their Bulgarian brother(s)/sister(s).
  • Because it is a great excuse to get away and to just have a... great time!
Please e-mail your family's response and include the following information: CLICK HERE

         1. Interest: YES, NO or not this year but possibly in the future. 

         2. Address and Phone #.

         3. Accommodation Type: lodge, cabin, camping or other.

        4. Overnight guest?  Lodge and Camping require 2 night stay.

         5. Number of adults and children, include name, gender and ages for children.

         6. Do you have any ideas to share?  

Thank you!

Reunion Committee

Friday, May 20, 2011

Don't know about you guys....

...I am counting down to our reunion!! 2 months and 3 days left... and my crew cannot wait! 

We need to get a firm headcount, if you have responded to other posts or to my e-mail that you have reserved... then you are in the count.  IF you have not responded that you have reserved a campsite then I do not have you counted in.  Please respond to this post or to my e-mail address: yvonne.villemure@yahoo.com to let me know your status.

We are asking for a small fee to help cover the expense of the campsite that will be dedicated to the picnic and activities, a t-shirt, the campfire snacks, 2.5 days of activities, and 2 days of breakfast food.  I think $10 per child under 12 and $15 per person 12 and over should cover the costs.  If the fee is such that it prevents your family from participating please send me an e-mail and let me know... we can figure something out.  I just don't want any family to feel they cannot participate!

So, please get your reservations in... especially for campsites before they are booked and you can't be close to the rest of the families!!


Yvonne and Viviane

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Getting Closer

Time is getting closer and we are now less than three months away from the reunion. Yvonne and I have been busy, but wanted to share with you our most recent news regarding our gathering.

First of all, we have 40 people committed to attending the reunion at this point. Eleven of them are Bulgarian kiddos! If you intend to come and we don’t have you in our head count yet, please let us know. As plans get more specific, it’s important for us to have an accurate number of attendees.

Secondly, we have been crunching the numbers and trying to figure out how to pay for the weekend’s events and have decided that we need to charge a small fee. It will be $10 per person under 12 years old and $15 per person over 12 years old. This fee will pay for two group breakfasts at the shared camp site, all the activities and prizes for the children as well as a reunion t-shirt for each attendee. Please contact Yvonne via email to find out the best way to pay this fee and to let her know of the shirt sizes you need.

We’ll keep you posted as more plans shape up.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and waiting moms out there! You are awesome!