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Friends for Life - LA 2004

2004 Annual
Conference and Expo

July 14-17, 2004
Sheraton Universal
Universal City, California

On April 21, 2004, Events Coordinator Laura Billetdeaux held a chat about the 2004 Friends for Life conference to be held at the Sheraton Universal in Universal City, California.


Registered User Moderator   (server) Wed Apr 21 08:15:00 PM EDT 2004
Our chat about our LA 2004 Conference starts at 9pm Eastern.

Registered User liz mum of andrew  (142.177.86.184) Wed Apr 21 08:38:02 PM EDT 2004
hi my son was dagnosed last year with type 1 diabetes, and he now lives in the uk and im so worried as he isn't looking after himself. He told me today that his body is all screwed up he has ketones and his body is used to high sugar levels i cant do nothing Help Confused 

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 08:43:46 PM EDT 2004
Good evening, everyone. I'm here as moderator for the Friends for Life chat (that's our summer conference in July). This chat is an hour-long opportunity to ask questions about the summer conference, share your past experiences at CWD conferences, and connect with others who are attending. The chat will officially start at 9, but I'm here if you'd like to ask any questions or chat prior to the start.  Smile 

Registered User Mike Stoker (OH) Cwd Staff  (216.196.249.134) Wed Apr 21 08:43:56 PM EDT 2004
Liz, this chat starts in 17 minutes

Registered User Mike Stoker (OH) Cwd Staff  (216.196.249.134) Wed Apr 21 08:44:28 PM EDT 2004
Hi Laura

Registered User Jeff Hitchcock CWD  (216.68.227.252) Wed Apr 21 08:45:07 PM EDT 2004
Hi .. I'm hanging out here a bit

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 08:45:07 PM EDT 2004
Hey Mike - Good to see you! How you been? Are you guys getting t-storms today?

Registered User Mike Stoker (OH) Cwd Staff  (216.196.249.134) Wed Apr 21 08:45:44 PM EDT 2004
Not really, but just gray and rain on and off.

Registered User Mike Stoker (OH) Cwd Staff  (216.196.249.134) Wed Apr 21 08:46:09 PM EDT 2004
Many Tornadoes up north

Registered User Mike Stoker (OH) Cwd Staff  (216.196.249.134) Wed Apr 21 08:47:07 PM EDT 2004
Have a good chat. I'm signing off.

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 08:48:49 PM EDT 2004
G'night, Mike. Thanks for hanging out to make sure everything got started ok!

Registered User Heather mom blessed with two  (209.52.93.56) Wed Apr 21 08:49:51 PM EDT 2004
Laura, ready to start on celiac menu yet?

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 08:51:24 PM EDT 2004
Hey Heather! Getting there. We've had menu 'challenges.' Should be sorted through by the end of the week... and then you and Mike Schurig (our dietitian) can get to work! There are more than a handful of kids (and parents and siblings) attending who need gluten-free diets. I'm glad we're paying attention to this well in advance!

Registered User Heather mom blessed with two  (209.52.93.56) Wed Apr 21 08:52:21 PM EDT 2004
ok, just let me know when you're ready

Registered User Heather mom blessed with two  (209.52.93.56) Wed Apr 21 08:52:44 PM EDT 2004
we are still researching San Diego. so many places to stay. it's mind boggling

Registered User Heather mom blessed with two  (209.52.93.56) Wed Apr 21 08:53:55 PM EDT 2004
Laura- did you realize that we have 3 families from Vernon BC coming to the conference?

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 08:55:22 PM EDT 2004
I did a site visit to San Diego a couple of months ago (we are holding a regional conference there in 2005) and it was so much fun. I can't wait to spend a week there this summer!

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 08:55:46 PM EDT 2004
Yes! I did see all those families (and one doctor) from Vernon. Is that your doing? Grin 

Registered User Heather mom blessed with two  (209.52.93.56) Wed Apr 21 08:56:16 PM EDT 2004
i know this is about LA2004, but any chance of a mini conference in Vancouver?

Registered User Heather mom blessed with two  (209.52.93.56) Wed Apr 21 08:56:35 PM EDT 2004
A Dr from Vernon? Hmmm...i'll have to investigate :)

Registered User Heather mom blessed with two  (209.52.93.56) Wed Apr 21 08:57:07 PM EDT 2004
We just had our local parents meeting yesterday, i rave about CWD all the time

Registered User Heather mom blessed with two  (209.52.93.56) Wed Apr 21 08:57:28 PM EDT 2004
The conference being held in Los Angeles this summer...

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 08:57:59 PM EDT 2004
We've looked at the possibilities of holding conferences in Canada and other countries... and CWD is just so small. Would be very hard to do (we already do 4 events). So, if it happens, it will be quite awhile in the future.

Registered User Barbie mom of 2 teens, California  (216.103.214.41) Wed Apr 21 08:58:04 PM EDT 2004
I'd go for Vancouver, especially in the summer.

Registered User Barbie mom of 2 teens, California  (216.103.214.41) Wed Apr 21 08:59:15 PM EDT 2004
Are you committed to Florida and So. Cal. for the Friends for Life conferences, or are there other locations in the works?

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 08:59:24 PM EDT 2004
Hey Barbie. Ok, now you guys are ganging up on me... no fair! How 'bout we just vacation in Vancouver? Cool 

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:00:02 PM EDT 2004
Through 2008, we are committed to going back and forth between Disney World and So. Cal.

Registered User Barbie mom of 2 teens, California  (216.103.214.41) Wed Apr 21 09:00:39 PM EDT 2004
Laura - sounds good to me!

Registered User Heather mom blessed with two  (209.52.93.56) Wed Apr 21 09:01:21 PM EDT 2004
So I can plan on holidays to California 2006 & 2008?

Registered User Allison Sevaun, 6 dx'd @ 3; daughter to Jean, dx'd 1949  (207.213.88.135) Wed Apr 21 09:02:36 PM EDT 2004
Hi, Laura. How/when do we sign up for the sessions?

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:02:50 PM EDT 2004
We are experimenting a bit more with locations for the regional conferences, but as far as the big ones go, we need to stick with tried and true, for lots of reasons. Our regionals over the next couple of years include D.C., Colorado Springs, and San Diego.

Registered User Heather mom blessed with two  (209.52.93.56) Wed Apr 21 09:02:53 PM EDT 2004
Last chat I was at we discussed shirt colour...any decisions?

Registered User Margaret Mom to Kelly age 10 dx 8/03  (4.239.201.131) Wed Apr 21 09:03:01 PM EDT 2004
Hello

Registered User Allison Sevaun, 6 dx'd @ 3; daughter to Jean, dx'd 1949  (207.213.88.135) Wed Apr 21 09:04:08 PM EDT 2004
Purple shirts, I hope. Razz 

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:04:10 PM EDT 2004
Hi Allison - You don't sign up for sessions... you simply go to the ones that interest you. Unless you have a child in childcare, in which case you'll need to complete the information sheet that will be online in May... you will designate your sessions on that, and you'll need to go to those so that we can find you if your child needs you! (If you don't have a child in childcare, you can come and go to whatever sessions make you happy!)

Registered User Stacey Mom to Jesse, dx. 12/01,  (152.163.252.2) Wed Apr 21 09:04:44 PM EDT 2004
Hi all Eek 

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:05:24 PM EDT 2004
I'm leaning toward tangerine conference shirts and purple volunteer shirts. Have to price them, and Jeff has to ok the colors. Rolling Eyes 

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:05:42 PM EDT 2004
Ah! Speaking of purple! There she is!!! LOL 

Registered User Allison Sevaun, 6 dx'd @ 3; daughter to Jean, dx'd 1949  (207.213.88.135) Wed Apr 21 09:05:57 PM EDT 2004
Well, then, I guess I'll just have to volunteer. Razz 

Registered User Mary Beth/OH mom of Catie, 14, dx'd 4-5-2002  (69.165.13.157) Wed Apr 21 09:06:03 PM EDT 2004
Tangerine would be great!!

Registered User Stacey Mom to Jesse, dx. 12/01,  (152.163.252.2) Wed Apr 21 09:06:35 PM EDT 2004
How is the registration going (banquet, and day at the park)... I have to send mine in...

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:06:56 PM EDT 2004
Heather... to answer your earlier question... yes, the Westin Century Plaza (by Rodeo Drive) in L.A. in 2006, and we're working on a 2008 site.

Registered User Heather mom blessed with two  (209.52.93.56) Wed Apr 21 09:07:31 PM EDT 2004
Laura - what about Disneyland?

Registered User Barbie mom of 2 teens, California  (216.103.214.41) Wed Apr 21 09:07:47 PM EDT 2004
Any chance of San Diego in 2008?

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:08:02 PM EDT 2004
Banquet and Universal are about 50% sold right now. The hotel itself is 75% booked. So, if you haven't made reservations yet and you want to stay there, call asap!

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:08:17 PM EDT 2004
San Diego is a strong contender for 2008.

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:09:57 PM EDT 2004
Disneyland is not a big enough venue for our summer conferences.

Registered User Stacey Mom to Jesse, dx. 12/01,  (152.163.252.2) Wed Apr 21 09:10:54 PM EDT 2004
hotel is done.... I guess I'll fill ot the form tomorrow... I'm not sure if my 16 year old is coming or not...

Registered User Mary Beth/OH mom of Catie, 14, dx'd 4-5-2002  (69.165.13.157) Wed Apr 21 09:11:43 PM EDT 2004
We are all set to go too!! Can't wait!

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:11:45 PM EDT 2004
Interesting note... I received a housing report from the hotel the other day, and there are a lot of families who are arriving on Sunday or Monday. We took them (Sheraton) by surprise, but they are pretty happy about it. They have a great pool area, and of course they are right there by CityWalk...

Registered User Mary Beth/OH mom of Catie, 14, dx'd 4-5-2002  (69.165.13.157) Wed Apr 21 09:12:45 PM EDT 2004
We are arriving on Monday and will be there until Tuesday!!

Registered User Margaret Mom to Kelly age 10 dx 8/03  (4.239.201.131) Wed Apr 21 09:12:46 PM EDT 2004
We are all very excited about this trip.

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:12:55 PM EDT 2004
Stacey, you can fill out your registration and add your 16 year old later. It's easier for me to squeeze in one extra person vs a whole family if we are sold out of something.

Registered User Allison Sevaun, 6 dx'd @ 3; daughter to Jean, dx'd 1949  (207.213.88.135) Wed Apr 21 09:13:14 PM EDT 2004
OMG, the Century Plaza is right around the corner from my job. Could you get any closer. Grin 

Registered User Margaret Mom to Kelly age 10 dx 8/03  (4.239.201.131) Wed Apr 21 09:13:25 PM EDT 2004
We are arriving on Wednesday and staying until the following Wed.

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:13:39 PM EDT 2004
We'll be there Sunday to Sunday. What other things are you planning to do, Mary Beth? How about you, Margaret?

Registered User Mary Beth/OH mom of Catie, 14, dx'd 4-5-2002  (69.165.13.157) Wed Apr 21 09:14:15 PM EDT 2004
Margaret....I have 2 girls about the same age as your Kelly....10 and 11 !!

Registered User Margaret Mom to Kelly age 10 dx 8/03  (4.239.201.131) Wed Apr 21 09:14:33 PM EDT 2004
Thinking about a tour, Knotts Berry Farm, still looking into things.

Registered User Mary Beth/OH mom of Catie, 14, dx'd 4-5-2002  (69.165.13.157) Wed Apr 21 09:14:55 PM EDT 2004
Doug wants to go to the Getty Art Museum.... we will be visiting family also. I sent a note to Lauren about helping set up the quilt or anything else that needs done!

Registered User Margaret Mom to Kelly age 10 dx 8/03  (4.239.201.131) Wed Apr 21 09:15:04 PM EDT 2004
Thats great Mary Beth -- my daughter is SO excited!! Grin 

Registered User Stacey Mom to Jesse, dx. 12/01,  (152.163.252.2) Wed Apr 21 09:15:29 PM EDT 2004
Laura - Ya think??? I was going to register him and then try to sell the tickets if he doesnt go....cause what happens if he comes and theres no room...

Registered User Margaret Mom to Kelly age 10 dx 8/03  (4.239.201.131) Wed Apr 21 09:15:34 PM EDT 2004
We are also helping with the guilt on Wednesday evening.

Registered User Heather mom blessed with two  (209.52.93.56) Wed Apr 21 09:15:35 PM EDT 2004
We are there Tues - Sun, then to San Diego til Fri

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:16:04 PM EDT 2004
Lauren will start pulling together the volunteer needs very soon. We'll need a lot of help with the quilt. We're setting it up first thing Weds morning, hopefully will be able to display it by noon.

Registered User Margaret Mom to Kelly age 10 dx 8/03  (4.239.201.131) Wed Apr 21 09:16:04 PM EDT 2004
Sorry quilt --  LOL 

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:16:25 PM EDT 2004
Margaret - you are too funny! You're helping with the GUILT? What did you do now?  LOL 

Registered User Mary Beth/OH mom of Catie, 14, dx'd 4-5-2002  (69.165.13.157) Wed Apr 21 09:16:33 PM EDT 2004
It will be a great vacation!
the guilt?? OY!! hehehe

Registered User Allison Sevaun, 6 dx'd @ 3; daughter to Jean, dx'd 1949  (207.213.88.135) Wed Apr 21 09:16:39 PM EDT 2004
Don't bother to pay for a tour guide, Knotts is easy to find and there are specials on tickets all the time.

Registered User Mary Beth/OH mom of Catie, 14, dx'd 4-5-2002  (69.165.13.157) Wed Apr 21 09:16:53 PM EDT 2004
I have enough guilt to go around...still need to work on my quilt though!! LOL

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:17:24 PM EDT 2004
Good. We'll need help all day with the quilt. Set up in the morning, we'll need monitors to watch over it during the display time, and then tear-down.

Registered User Mary Beth/OH mom of Catie, 14, dx'd 4-5-2002  (69.165.13.157) Wed Apr 21 09:17:42 PM EDT 2004
I told Lauren that my husband could help introduce speakers...he loves to hear himself talk...especially in front of a crowd!! LOL

Registered User Margaret Mom to Kelly age 10 dx 8/03  (4.239.201.131) Wed Apr 21 09:17:51 PM EDT 2004
We have not done a quilt square yet -- maybe before the trip.

Registered User CRISTIAN I AM 22 YEARS OLD  (200.55.136.138) Wed Apr 21 09:18:28 PM EDT 2004
 Rolling Eyes HI HOW ARE YOURS?

Registered User Stacey Mom to Jesse, dx. 12/01,  (152.163.252.2) Wed Apr 21 09:18:36 PM EDT 2004
How can we get more parents to make quilt squares

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:18:47 PM EDT 2004
Actually, there is a CWD mom (Lynn) who lives very close to the conference site, and she has volunteered to be our 'local connection' for when people need directions, ideas of where to eat or go, etc. Email me privately for her contact info. My email is laura.billetdeaux@childrenwithdiabetes.com

Registered User Mary Beth/OH mom of Catie, 14, dx'd 4-5-2002  (69.165.13.157) Wed Apr 21 09:18:52 PM EDT 2004
You have to do one before the trip...or you can't go. That is what I am telling myself Margaret!

Registered User Margaret Mom to Kelly age 10 dx 8/03  (4.239.201.131) Wed Apr 21 09:19:28 PM EDT 2004
Oh -- better add the quilt to my huge list!! Razz 

Registered User Mary Beth/OH mom of Catie, 14, dx'd 4-5-2002  (69.165.13.157) Wed Apr 21 09:19:30 PM EDT 2004
that is where the GUILT comes in Stacy...hehe

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:19:30 PM EDT 2004
Great! We need moderators who aren't afraid of microphones and talking to audiences. Will we be able to get the mic away from him? Razz 

Registered User Brian Son of Barbie dx'd at 9  (216.103.214.41) Wed Apr 21 09:19:54 PM EDT 2004
Barbie will be on later...

Registered User Margaret Mom to Kelly age 10 dx 8/03  (4.239.201.131) Wed Apr 21 09:20:39 PM EDT 2004
That would be great to get some ideas of things to do from someone from the area.

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:20:54 PM EDT 2004
Stacey, I don't know. I ask myself the same question. I think once you see the Quilt for Life, if you don't have a square in it yet, you absolutely have to do one...

Registered User Mary Beth/OH mom of Catie, 14, dx'd 4-5-2002  (69.165.13.157) Wed Apr 21 09:20:54 PM EDT 2004
I am sure you will Laura...unless the people he is talking to are registered voters in our county...hehe

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:21:05 PM EDT 2004
Hey Brian! How are you? Smile 

Registered User Allison Sevaun, 6 dx'd @ 3; daughter to Jean, dx'd 1949  (207.213.88.135) Wed Apr 21 09:21:26 PM EDT 2004
I'd be happy to be a local connection too, Laura. I live oh, about 5 miles from the Sheraton.

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:27:17 PM EDT 2004
Stacey, what a pushover! LOL 

Registered User Stacey Mom to Jesse, dx. 12/01,  (152.163.252.2) Wed Apr 21 09:28:31 PM EDT 2004
Hey... I'm no spring chicken anymore ...lol....

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:28:48 PM EDT 2004
I did have a conversation with the Sheraton today about the minibars in the room. They asked if we would like them emptied so that we can store snacks and insulin. Can you believe it? THEY brought it up. (They have a new conferences manager who is very good.)

Registered User Heather mom blessed with two  (209.52.93.56) Wed Apr 21 09:29:04 PM EDT 2004
Laura, just told by a local parent that Disneyland is not offering special passes to families with kids with diabetes

Registered User Margaret Mom to Kelly age 10 dx 8/03  (4.239.201.131) Wed Apr 21 09:29:19 PM EDT 2004
Empty would be great!

Registered User Stacey Mom to Jesse, dx. 12/01,  (152.163.252.2) Wed Apr 21 09:29:26 PM EDT 2004
sounds good to me...

Registered User Mary Beth/OH mom of Catie, 14, dx'd 4-5-2002  (69.165.13.157) Wed Apr 21 09:30:44 PM EDT 2004
I like empty...can't afford those snacks...this way we can put our cheap snacks in them!

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:31:03 PM EDT 2004
DisneyLand 'officially' has the same system that WDW has, which is a Guest Assistance Card. It works very well in Florida. The folks who are used to the old system at DisneyLand are going to find the new system fairly different. It's not that they don't have a way to assist people with type 1 from being out of the heat; it's just that they don't give passes anymore for them to go to the front of the line.

Registered User Heather mom blessed with two  (209.52.93.56) Wed Apr 21 09:32:14 PM EDT 2004
Apparently they offered her nothing

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:33:12 PM EDT 2004
Also, in working with the menus this week, I've been trying to aim for a lot of 'raw' foods, i.e., unadorned with sauces and such. Lots of fruit, veggies, cheese, etc. I'll have the menus posted about a month ahead of time. Heather K. (online right now) is helping out with making sure the gluten free menus make everyone happy.

Registered User Stacey Mom to Jesse, dx. 12/01,  (152.163.252.2) Wed Apr 21 09:34:04 PM EDT 2004
how about sushi- its raw... Grin 

Registered User Heather mom blessed with two  (209.52.93.56) Wed Apr 21 09:34:57 PM EDT 2004
sushi without imitation crab would be great

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:35:10 PM EDT 2004
That could be. It also depends on who you ask, how you phrase the request, and what you ask for. And it depends on who is running the customer relations desk. Sometimes they just don't know. Fortunately, when we are at Disney World, they expect us in Magic Kingdom, and I go out well ahead of time to work with them. They are very accommodating to our group. (that will be in 2005...)

Registered User Mary Beth/OH mom of Catie, 14, dx'd 4-5-2002  (69.165.13.157) Wed Apr 21 09:35:21 PM EDT 2004
fruits, veggies and cheese sounds great to me!
I just ate a fattening piece of cherry pie.... should have had fruit or veggies!

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:36:07 PM EDT 2004
Any food that comes with a warning won't be on our menus! Eek  Cook it till it's leather!

Registered User Heather mom blessed with two  (209.52.93.56) Wed Apr 21 09:37:32 PM EDT 2004
Laura, do you know if the hotel will accomodate requests to place families near other families?

Registered User Heather mom blessed with two  (209.52.93.56) Wed Apr 21 09:38:18 PM EDT 2004
Have the characters attending our dinner at Universal been decided upon?

Registered User Mary Beth/OH mom of Catie, 14, dx'd 4-5-2002  (69.165.13.157) Wed Apr 21 09:39:00 PM EDT 2004
Would the hotel have rollaways...I forgot to ask for one when I called. duh!

Registered User Mary Beth/OH mom of Catie, 14, dx'd 4-5-2002  (69.165.13.157) Wed Apr 21 09:39:21 PM EDT 2004
Characters?? Cool!

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:40:26 PM EDT 2004
You can request a placement near another family, but my guess is that if you don't arrive at the same time, it will be difficult for them to do. I discussed placement with them today, and they said that as people from their prior group depart, the rooms will be cleaned, the minibar emptied, and CWD families will start to get those rooms. We have people checking in anywhere between Saturday (prior) to Weds. The hotel is not that big a place that you can't easily find someone. It's not spread out over many buildings like the Coronado (Disney) is.

Registered User Tim Dad of Sara 8  (4.43.130.17) Wed Apr 21 09:40:40 PM EDT 2004
Sorry I'm late

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:40:53 PM EDT 2004
The characters for the dinner at Universal have not been decided yet. Shhhhhh. Secret.  Rolling Eyes 

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:41:23 PM EDT 2004
Rollaways will only fit in some rooms (fire regs). Call them asap if you need a rollaway or a crib.

Registered User Heather mom blessed with two  (209.52.93.56) Wed Apr 21 09:41:34 PM EDT 2004
o, sorry

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:41:42 PM EDT 2004
Hi Tim! How is your crew? (and I do mean crew)

Registered User Heather mom blessed with two  (209.52.93.56) Wed Apr 21 09:42:18 PM EDT 2004
Have to go get child #1 from the stable, chat with everyone next month

Registered User Stacey Mom to Jesse, dx. 12/01,  (152.163.252.2) Wed Apr 21 09:42:44 PM EDT 2004
Laura- Are there going to be any other extra activities planned??(like in Fla. , you swam with the dolphins)..

Registered User Tim Dad of Sara 8  (4.43.130.17) Wed Apr 21 09:42:54 PM EDT 2004
we are doing well

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:42:55 PM EDT 2004
I was teasing, Heather! I like to keep the characters (or some of them, anyway) a surprise for the kids. But no, I haven't picked them. They give me an updated list a couple months ahead of time, and I request the ones I'd like, and then they pick from there (they are allowed to make substitutions).

Registered User Barbie mom of 2 teens, California  (216.103.214.41) Wed Apr 21 09:43:55 PM EDT 2004
Back from chauffering. Hullo all.

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:44:34 PM EDT 2004
Nope on the extra activities. I'm learning (slow learner, but yes, it does happen). They are too hard to organize in conjunction with what everyone wants to do within vacation time frames. So, while there are a ton of cool things to do in the area, I think it's best if you all use the conference mailing list to hook up with other families at times that work for you to do the fun stuff. (and take my teens with you, please)

Registered User Tim Dad of Sara 8  (4.43.130.17) Wed Apr 21 09:45:15 PM EDT 2004
Barbie I am in CA also where are you?

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:45:16 PM EDT 2004
Bye, Heather! Thanks. I'll be in touch soon with menus. Smile 

Registered User Stacey Mom to Jesse, dx. 12/01,  (152.163.252.2) Wed Apr 21 09:45:19 PM EDT 2004
We'll be arriving Mon. nite... We're visiting my MIL in Eugene Oregon before the conference...so I'll help oout when needed...

Registered User Barbie mom of 2 teens, California  (216.103.214.41) Wed Apr 21 09:46:22 PM EDT 2004
Is there any sort of rendezvous at Universal before dinner or do we just wander on our own and look for tangerine shirts until then?

Registered User Barbie mom of 2 teens, California  (216.103.214.41) Wed Apr 21 09:46:53 PM EDT 2004
Tim - SF Peninsula

Registered User Barbie mom of 2 teens, California  (216.103.214.41) Wed Apr 21 09:47:38 PM EDT 2004
Where are you, Tim?

Registered User Tim Dad of Sara 8  (4.43.130.17) Wed Apr 21 09:48:26 PM EDT 2004
I am in Upland about 35 miles east of LA

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:48:51 PM EDT 2004
Good question, Barbie. There really isn't. People get up at different times and will wander over. It is literally just up a hill (a steep one). You can walk it or take the shuttle that runs from the hotel to Universal. If you meet families during the conference who you want to hang out with, make arrangements to go together. Universal is pretty spread out. You'll see families in tangerine shirts all over the place all day long. It is very fun.

Registered User Stacey Mom to Jesse, dx. 12/01,  (152.163.252.2) Wed Apr 21 09:48:59 PM EDT 2004
gotta get Jesse to bed... I'l hopefully be back soon.. Smile 

Registered User Mary Beth/OH mom of Catie, 14, dx'd 4-5-2002  (69.165.13.157) Wed Apr 21 09:49:24 PM EDT 2004
What kind of a place is dinner at Universal? Is it big enough to hold all of us?

Registered User Margaret Mom to Kelly age 10 dx 8/03  (4.239.201.131) Wed Apr 21 09:51:10 PM EDT 2004
Have to go -- chat with you all next month! Smile 

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:51:31 PM EDT 2004
It's called the Globe Theater and it is quite large. It fit our group pretty comfortably two years ago... however we will have some overflow space if needed. That would be the Coke Soak area adjacent to the Globe Theater (and right near the Terminator attraction!) - we'll have tables and umbrellas, and buffets and wandering characters... as needed.

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:53:28 PM EDT 2004
Also at the dinner we have a DJ who serves as master of ceremonies... while the parents eat and visit, he does some very fun games with the kids (limbo and some other things 2 years ago, does anyone remember?) We also have face painters, balloon artists, etc., it's a blast for the kids. And the food is quite good as well (it's a BBQ).

Registered User Mary Beth/OH mom of Catie, 14, dx'd 4-5-2002  (69.165.13.157) Wed Apr 21 09:54:17 PM EDT 2004
Aahh, I see. thanks!

Registered User Barbie mom of 2 teens, California  (216.103.214.41) Wed Apr 21 09:55:29 PM EDT 2004
How many families are you expecting and how many do you have so far?

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:56:26 PM EDT 2004
Expecting about 300 families (about 1,500-1,800 people total) and have about half that registered right now. We're a bit ahead of where we were for last year's Disney conference in terms of numbers (both registrations and hotel reservations).

Registered User Stacey Mom to Jesse, dx. 12/01,  (152.163.252.2) Wed Apr 21 09:58:42 PM EDT 2004
Jesse is so excited that he's gonna be a teen this year.. He'll be 12 this Sun... He's dying to go to the teen dance.

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 09:59:57 PM EDT 2004
Well... everyone is quiet. Nodding off? I will just remind everyone that while this chat is over in just a few minutes, the LA conference mailing list is set up for you to continue to talk about whatever conference topic is on your mind. If you have a specific question for me, just email. If you want to broach a subject with the group, send it to losangeles2004@childrenwithdiabetes.com (You do need to be a member of that mailing list to participate)

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 10:00:50 PM EDT 2004
The teen dance is going to be a hoot. Great DJ. An ice cream sundae bar. Of course, I never get to actually SEE the fun because my kids won't let me in... Rolling Eyes 

Registered User Stacey Mom to Jesse, dx. 12/01,  (152.163.252.2) Wed Apr 21 10:00:57 PM EDT 2004
am I a member??? I cant remember??

Registered User Mary Beth/OH mom of Catie, 14, dx'd 4-5-2002  (69.165.13.157) Wed Apr 21 10:01:05 PM EDT 2004
Thanks Laura!!

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 10:01:51 PM EDT 2004
Okey dokey. I am going to officially 'close' the chat room, although it will be open for another half hour or so (and I'll be here for a bit).
Thanks for chatting everyone! G'night!

Registered User Barbie mom of 2 teens, California  (216.103.214.41) Wed Apr 21 10:02:07 PM EDT 2004
How can we check to be sure we're members of that list?

Registered User Barbie mom of 2 teens, California  (216.103.214.41) Wed Apr 21 10:02:38 PM EDT 2004
Thanks for the chat, Laura.

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 10:03:25 PM EDT 2004
Stacey, you aren't. If you have registered for the conference already, you should be on the list and getting messages from me once in awhile that have LA2004 in the header. Email me privately if you want me to check!

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 10:04:11 PM EDT 2004
I just added you, Stacey. Smile 

Registered User Stacey Mom to Jesse, dx. 12/01,  (152.163.252.2) Wed Apr 21 10:04:28 PM EDT 2004
I'll send in my registration tomorrow... Too bad we cant do it online Frown 

Registered User Stacey Mom to Jesse, dx. 12/01,  (152.163.252.2) Wed Apr 21 10:04:56 PM EDT 2004
have a good night.. and thanks for everything...

Registered User Stacey Mom to Jesse, dx. 12/01,  (152.163.252.2) Wed Apr 21 10:05:15 PM EDT 2004
CYA in California!!!!

Registered User Billetdeaux CWD events  (68.40.87.96) Wed Apr 21 10:06:25 PM EDT 2004
I know. I don't have a secure server, so I don't want people sending me their credit card numbers over email. The fax comes right to my house, as does snail mail.

Registered User Kim mom of Danielle, 5, dx'd at 3  (172.195.252.221) Wed Apr 21 10:34:02 PM EDT 2004
Laura --what will the kids in childcare do?

Registered User surbhi mom of ash,6 dz@3,pumping  (205.188.116.6) Wed Apr 21 10:46:15 PM EDT 2004
hi,everyone

Registered User Kim mom of Danielle, 5, dx'd at 3  (172.195.252.221) Wed Apr 21 10:51:10 PM EDT 2004
I think we are late for the chat

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