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The Real "Preparation H" (Preparation Holiday) By Leigh

on June 24, 2011


Well the first week of Summer is upon us, and our family is getting ready to join my mom, dad, 2 aunts, and sisters families for a week at the Beach. This year is quite special,  as we have planned this trip for almost eight months, and will all be together for the first time in several years. Sooooo needless to say, in the tradition of every great getaway, I will wait until the LAST minute to pack and prep my troops at home!

It never fails, Why Why Why !!! ??? 

AND how does my swimsuit always mysteriously shrink over the winter months? is there a swimsuit gremlin that gnaws secretly on the fabric to aggravate me?   (no need for pictures - use your imagination).  I refuse to let even that destroy my excitement though!    

We will begin this Holiday with a stop at the American Girl store in Ga.   Darby has been saving up her allowance since our last trip there at Christmas... and the money is BURNING A HOLE IN HER POCKET!!!  (I don't know where she gets that from...).   We will dine at the Bistro and then off to Belton to refuel and join the family convoy to Myrtle Beach.  I hope to be feeling the sand between my toes by Sat. afternoon.  Along with the sand between my toes I have my British dvd's and my magazines of decorating to occupy any "down" time I may have... I know what your thinking - Isn't vacation suppose to be "down time"?  WELL...

Anytime our BIG family is together, we always have some type of party or special event... well vacation is no exception. So, my Aunt has planned an event for the entire week.  It is called "Survivor - Garden City".  We were given these instructions many months ago. 





Required:  $5 for the cash prize pot

Required:  1 personal luxury item that you CANNOT live without during beach week

Optional:  Survivor “style” hat and costume


On our first night in Garden City (Saturday) we will hold a tribal council meeting and do the following:

Ante up $5 per person.  Yes, this is PAY TO PLAY.

2.     Divide into 3 teams of 5 people each.  This will be done by a random drawing of blue, yellow and purple bandanas.  I will provide the bandanas.  Your bandana will serve as a SYMBOL OF UNITY for your team/tribe and must be worn in whatever fashion you chose at all challenge games.

3.     Present personal luxury item – Remember your item must be something you cannot live without and would not want to lose during the course of the games.  You may be creative in selecting your item, but items related to personal hygiene cannot be accepted. 


For 4 days, the tribes will gather at a set time to compete in a TEAM CHALLENGE GAME.  The games require no special physical skills.  Ages and sizes don’t matter.  Everyone can play.  Since these are team-based games, everyone just needs to try to do the best they can for the good of their team.  Each challenge game should last no more than 30 minutes.  The games are:

SUNDAY – RACE FOR THE WATER:  Will be played on the beach.  No swimming is involved.

MONDAY – FOOD CHALLENGE :  Easy,  unless you’re a “picky” eater.  You just need to taste 2 items from the menu.

TUESDAY – THE UNIQUE SCAVENGER HUNT:  Unique is your key word.

WEDNESDAY – AMAZING RACE:  The team that complete 5 activities in the fastest time wins.


On Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, the team that wins the challenge game will be awarded 100 points.  The 2nd place team will earn 50 points.  The 3rd place team will be given 25 points for trying.  On Wednesday, the points double – 1st place – 200 points; 2nd place – 100 points; and 3rd place – 50 points.  In the event of a tie, a tie breaker challenge will be played. 


Each day, the team that wins the challenge game will receive the immunity idol.  They are safe!


Each day, the tribes that place 2ND AND 3RD will BOTH go to tribal council.  There each team will VOTE OFF a team member’s personal luxury item by secret ballot.  The cast off item will be returned  only by winning immunity or at the end of the games.   


At the end of the 4 games, the TEAM with the most cumulative points will be crowned “SURVIVOR – GARDEN CITY”  and will divide the $75 cash prize ($15 per team member). 


Doesn't that look like fun?    You see, most people relax on vacation - not us - we PLAY and PLAY HARD!!   Maybe you and your family or friends would like to play along... the more the merrier.  My luxury item is my coffee - a TRUE sacrifice.  I will be taking photo's stay tuned for the result.  Wish me well!     fyi -  My blog will have many pictures next week.

So before I pack my last few toiletries,  I certainly hope you will enjoy your friends and family this week and have a FANTASTIC "Holiday" wherever you are! 




Leigh, that sounds so fun! I hope you don't mind me using that idea for a future family reunion. I hope your family has a blessed time together!

Amy Mulder

Thank goodness for Facebook! Now I get to keep up with old friends. Enjoyed hearing about your Survivor game. Hope you guys have a great time!!

Michelle Cole McCollum

Wow! So cool!!! I wish you win it!! lol So looking for the pics...

I'm envy of you right now... it's so cold here, that I can't even imagine water and beach... if we have luck (or not, I don't know) we'll have snow here soon! Not this usual in Brazil...

So, hugs from the Brazilian winter,

Gosh Leigh,

Your gonna be tired after this holiday maybe you should book a more relaxing holiday the following week, lol. Actually you guys say vacation, have a great one,

Love Sarah. In sunny England.