Sunday, July 14, 2013
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
He's been on the news and even on the radio. We've gotten checks and cash in the mail and even people knocking on our door giving Jack money. Every experience we've had with someone giving Jack a donation has been so special. We hear stories of dog owners' favorite dogs, people applauding Jack for thinking of someone other than himself, each person helping us teach Jack lessons that I can only pray will last forever. I hope when he gets older and finds himself in the middle of something hard he can remember that he's made a positive impact on the lives of strangers, leading them to do good themselves and I hope he never forgets the power he has make this world better. I've said it before, but I'll say it again..these are not things we could teach him by ourselves as his parents. Him experiencing these things again and again is what will make the impact, we can only reinforce them with our own examples of service and selflessness. I hope we can follow Jack's example and keep doing this as a family.
Having said that, here's another article for you to read: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/orem-police-dog-dies-dept-seeks-donations-for-replacement/article_640c2e0f-2e07-5215-a26a-fe01988364ad.html
Orem City lost their K9, Rudy, on Friday. This just broke our hearts in our family as we thought not only about the loss to the community but the loss to Rudy's family since these dogs live with their partners' families. Jack and I talked about how sad it would be if our dog Ginger were to get sick and suffer through cancer. Still emotional and crying, I called their captain and asked if we could help. We are so grateful that Officer Glommen is kind enough to support us sharing Jack's earnings with Orem city to help towards the cost of a new police dog for their city. Like Jack said, these dogs keep us safe.
We only have one more week left to sell sno cones but are working with even more fervor to try and help not just Delta, but also another worthy organization. If you haven't made a donation yet and think you can maybe help, please come buy a sno cone from us on Thursday or donate your 50 cents via Paypal so we can rock this thing in this final week.
Jack has been asked to present the money to the city in a city council meeting. He asked the manager at Wells Fargo what he needs to do to get one of those "big checks" and they are being kind enough to provide that for him, in addition to the employees of our local branch also making generous donations. Pictures, of course, will follow.
Thanks for your love and support. Can I interest you in a sno-cone? ;o)
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
This has been something our whole family has worked on. It's brought us closer together and it's been really fun. It has taught Jack some great lessons that a lot of 7 year olds would benefit from learning--he's learned to communicate as he's had to explain to people what he is doing and why. He has practiced his letter-writing skills as he's written thank-you cards to people who have donated via PayPal. He is learning about sacrifice as he sits in the sun in the middle of the afternoon making snocones instead of being in the air conditioned house conquering the next level of Lego Batman. These are such great lessons and those of you who are donating and spreading the word are teaching him that people care and when he makes good choices, those choices can influence people he doesn't even know. I don't know that we alone as parents could ever teach him these lessons and this is what makes me cry. Thank you for being good people. For sharing Jack's story, for making donations but really most of all, for helping Delta. Police dogs DO keep us safe and we SHOULD do something to keep her safe. Thankfully she already has a Kevlar vest but we're so honored to be able to help with the cost of her maintenance. I don't know that our $300 will go terribly far, but it is enough to show that we appreciate her and her partner, Officer Glommen. One of my heroes was a police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty and so safety is something that is VERY close to my heart. How blessed we are that we have a little sno cone machine so we can help, we have neighbors who donate materials and who come buy sno cones, that we have friends and family who support us by spreading the word and donating and that Internet Crazies have heart enough to help a 7 year old kid learn something I hope he will never forget.
Here are some shots of him getting his SnoCone on:
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I've had a few people who aren't local ask how they can help Jack raise money. I'll tell you that so far, we've raised about $105 and we've set a goal to raise $300 by the end of summer. We will definitely need some help achieving this goal--here is how you can help: we are selling SnoCones for .50 so all we ask is a .50 donation (although we obviously are not going to turn down larger donations, we know that times are tough and right now most people are using their money to do things like pay their mortgage and feed their families.) If you can at least donate .50 to SnoCones for Safety, it'll be like you marched down our driveway with your two shiny quarters and purchased some icy cold goodness. And we'll be so grateful.
There's a button on the top right hand side of my blog (see it there?) and click the "Donate" button. Make your donation and sit back and wait for the Universe to heap loveliness upon you. It may not happen right away, but know that if nothing else we'll be ever so thankful and you'll be helping the Clinton City police department fund their K9 unit. The K9 officer spends a lot of money out of his own pocket to take care of Delta, let's help him out shall we?
Thank you for your love and your support. I can't wait to see how much money we can raise!
P.S. If you're reading this and you're all, "SnoCones for Safety" what is she talking about? Shame on you for not keeping tabs on my wildly fascinating comings and goings. I'll let it slide this once if you donate. Here's the original post that tells the tale of how this came to be.
Thursday, June 07, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I wanted to do something similar this year, but didn't want to do the same thing. Something about variety being the spice of life, or whatever. So a couple of months ago, I pinned this from Pinterest.
I just really liked the idea of the themed days so my kids know what to look forward to during the week. Now, we're going to be gone a lot this summer, vacationing and dancing at Basque festivals and stuff, so I only planned stuff during the week. And it's helpful that every Tuesday is Library day. Not only because it involves less planning on my part, but because our kids read voraciously and we will NEED to go weekly just to keep them busy when they've finished their books!
Also, there's something else that I'm really excited about this summer. (To be read in your best "proud mom" voice) Jack came home from school a few weeks ago talking about a book he'd read about a girl in Florida who raised enough money to buy bullet
So here is the list of things we have planned for this summer..
MAKE SOMETHING MONDAY
- A scrapbook
- Use Vinegar and Baking soda (or something like that) to fill balloons instead of helium
- Decorate T Shirts with bleach pens
- Dot-Tree on Canvas
- Nature collage
- popsicle stick picture frame
- coffee filter wreath
- TP roll bird feeder
- Rock candy
- friendship bracelets
WHAT'S COOKING WEDNESDAY
- Kool Aid Playdough
- Pigs in a Blanket
- Ice Cream in a Bag
- Microwave Strawberry Jam
- Marshmallow Caramel Popcorn
- Cinnamon Rolls
- Homemade Frosties
- Monkey Bread Muffins
- Octopus hotdogs
- Mozzarella Sticks
- Discovery Gateway
- Roy Splash Pad
- Kangaroo Zoo
- Dollar Theater
- Police Station (we'll do this after our last day of selling sno-cones so we can give Delta the money we've raised)
- Fire Station
- Construction Company (this is still a work in progress..I need to find a company that will let Jack visit and sit in their big diggers and stuff. This is his version of Graceland!!)
- Sleep out on the trampoline
- Have a "late night over" with a friend
- Wet sponge fight
- Go to the movies
- Roy Aquatic Center
- Surf N Swim
- Clearfield Aquatic Center
- Play in the sprinklers
- Take a family member to lunch
- Roast marshmallows
- Have ice cream sundaes for dinner
- Play at Boondocks