Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
UPDATE: The kids took their boxes to Olive Garden with us to show my aunt (who was visiting from out of town) and Uncle Mark. While we were there, 2 customers saw their boxes, and donated some money to the cause! Boy were we surprised! It sure was a good feeling.
This year the kids and I have decided to try something different for Halloween. Yes...we are still dressing up and going trick or treating- but, we have also decided to try Trick or Treating for UNICEF! If you are not sure what it is all about....I am going to tell you.
UNICEF was started over 58 years ago and in that time boys and girls have collected over $140 million to help change children's lives. Last year alone, over $4 million was collected. UNICEF has a simple goal- "They will do whatever it takes to reduce the number of childhood deaths." Only UNICEF has the global experience, resources and reach to give children the best hope for survival.
We think it will be difficult to ask as neighbors as we walk door to door - So, we are asking our family and friends this way. We hope that by the end of October that we can send in a $20 donation to UNICEF! Kaci and Bailey have set a goal of $10 each! So, next time you see us....let us know if you have some change to spare that we can add to our Trick or Treat for UNICEF bucket. We sure would appreciate it!
Here are a few interesting facts:
6 cents provides water for 1 thirsty kid
$2 provides nutrition for 1 hungry kid
$44 provides school supplies to 20 kids
$112 provides emergency blankets to 37 kids
$200 immunizes 550 kids against measles
Help us help UNICEF!
To learn more about helping please visit:
If clicking on the link does not take you there...please cut and paste!
My sweet Dorothy and her ToTo!
Monday, September 22, 2008
"We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend" Robert Loius Stevenson
Kaci and Taryn
The Birthday Girl with her Birthday cookie-
The best sand castle ever!!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
"Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels." Faith Whittlesey
The first picture if of Bailey and Kaci riding their BIKES. Kaci is very good and can ride her bike fast around the corner. The next step for her is to take the training wheels off. Bailey is getting better everyday at riding his spiderman bike he got from Santa this past Christmas.
The next picture is of a BABY, named Jaxon! He is super cute and was super good the whole time I had the pleasure of being around him.
The third picture is of one of my very BEST friends from Kindergarten. That is right! --Kindergarten. We lost touch a bit in between, but recently meet up when our kids signed up to play on the same soccer team. For weeks we just looked at eachother and wondered....and then finally Laura messaged me on Myspace to see if it was me! We met up this week to have lunch together and catch up on the last 12+ years. The cute baby above is her little boy.
The last picture is of Bailey at his school blowing BUBBLES!
Tons of fun!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Here he is standing next to his bulletin board at school. The board features many interesting facts about Bailey.
His favorite foods are: cheese, chicken nuggets, cake, cupcakes and brownies. His favorite animals are: kittens, puppies and bunnies. His favorite thing about school is playing in the kitchen and block centers.
Bailey also got to carry the cross to the alter in chapel this week. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me and missed the photo opportunity. Luckily, Pa Pa had come with us that morning and got to see him. I am sure he will be chosen again before the year is over and I will get that picture!
Monday, September 15, 2008
"A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie." Tenneva Jordan
Saturday, September 13, 2008
We decided to let the butterflies go tonight. All 5 of them survived, but only 3 wanted to leave the butterfly dome tonight. Kaci tried to get the last 2 out by getting them to climb on the flower stems, but they didn't want to come out. Kaci said it was one of three reasons why they didn't go:
Friday, September 12, 2008
All smiles while waiting on his turn...
Watching a little Sponge Bob!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Here is a short poem that reminds us the need to keep our priorities in order and keep the focus on what is important :
Make a Memory
Make a memory with your children,
Money doesn't buy real pleasure,
Childhood's days pass all too quickly,
Make a memory with your children,
When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.- Chinese Proverb
I had my carpets cleaned today!!! YIPEEE! For those of you who know me...this is like winning the lottery! I went with Daddy's Carpet Cleaning, who I have used several times in the past. They do such a great job- I can't even begin to tell you how good it looks and smells! I have included their website in case you are in the Austin area and are looking for a good company. They have great prices and customer service as well. Always on time...and get the job done fast.
Tell them that Andrea sent you- You'll be glad you did :)
So for me, the Chinese Proverb would go like this, " When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread and some cleaning solution." I can't help it....I seem to have OCD- Over Cleaning Disorder. Now I just can't wait for the carpet to dry so I can put the house all back together. I just need to find my patience.....
Saturday, September 6, 2008
For those of you wondering about the butterflies....they have now all formed their chrysalids and we are anxiously awaiting for them to emerge as butterflies!! We think they should be here by the middle of next week.
They all had their chrysalids made on Wednesday, but one of them became unattached and fell to the bottom of the cup. I moved them from the cup to the Butterfly Dome this morning and we placed the one that fell in the bottom of the dome. The directions say it still may hatch. So, we have 4 hanging from the top and one laying on the bottom- I would say we have a pretty good chance of hatching several butterflies!
We will post more pictures when they finally arrive. For now- they are in Kaci's room so that no one is tempted to "shake" the dome and make them fall. We have posted the website where you can order your own butterfly kit....just incase you are interested! http://www.insectlore.com/
Friday, September 5, 2008
Giving their animals a fluff!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." Marcel Proust
Then on Monday night we meet up for some Fire Grill and Sushi. The kids loved it. We watched our chef throw shrimp tails into his hat and flip my bowl of rice upside down without spilling a single grain!
Bailey gave the soup and shrimp a try and Kaci was wild about the fried rice! Everyone mastered their chopsticks ....but I gave up about half way through the meal! ha Even Reese used hers to pick up her fruit snacks! (see picture) She was amazing! Kaci liked it so much, she is ready to go back tomorrow!
It was a great weekend...too bad it has to end...but that is what happens to all good things! At least we have another 4 day week to look forward to. Bailey starts his first day of school tomorrow. I am sure a post all about that is soon to follow~