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Celebrations & Thank Yous

Dylan’s last birthday Thank You is signed, stamped and ready to be delivered.  Last week’s birthday festivities celebrating his six years of life was crazy fun and one to be remembered.

Elf Chuggington’s imaginative way to say happy birthday, daddy’s famous pancakes, 23 goodie bags made for his class friends, we sent Dylan off on his birthday in style.

Goodie Bags

All day long I was counting down the hours until that bus dropped him off and we could continue to celebrate his day. Meal of his choice cheese quesadillas (even I can handle that) served up with cookies and an unlimited supply of juice.  Then a scavenger hunt leading him to the basement displaying his present...a bounce house.  He loved it and bounced the night away.

The next day was family birthday party time.  I seriously love having all the sides of our family together.  A little crazy, a little chaotic, a whole lot of love and fun.  We went Dr. Seuss theme this year.  Seriously, the hardest part is coming up with a theme but once that’s figured out everything else falls into place.  Dylan absolutely LOVES to read and his favorite book is Wacky Wednesday so theme decided.  Voila.

Cake

Grinch Dip, Ham I Am Deli Tray, Goose Juice (lemonade) & Moose Juice (blue Gatorade), One Fish Two Fish Goldfish Snacks, Dr. Seuss Hat Cake, and a few other touches set the stage.

Fish

Lots of family members, so many thoughtful and generous gifts, stories and retold, memories created made for an incredibly special day for our six year old.

Cake Dylan

Dylan spent the last few days doing his thank you cards. I suggested that he just write the words thank you and make a smiley face, but he had something else in mind.  He drew a picture of the gift that each person got him to the gifter.  So family members check your mailboxes your masterpieces should be arriving soon.  He seriously had so much fun drawing up his thank you cards, and I’m proud that he is generously grateful for not only the awesome gifts, but for his awesome family. 

Today you are

--Brandi--

To My Six Year Old

You had me at the first cry. Smitten from the moment I laid eyes on you.  Mesmerized and amazed by you every single day since.

Amazed by your kind heart.  You do not like to see anyone sad.  If baby brother is upset, you offer up Mr. Bear in hopes to make him smile.  Someone’s feelings hurt. You are quick to give hugs.  A strong desire to help others is present in your soul.

Amazed by your desire to learn.  You absolutely love to read, ask a number of questions (many I have to google for answers), and interested in so many different topics.  Your brain is a sponge. You absorb and retain information so very quickly.  You just get things.  You take me by surprise by how much you know. And when I ask how knew it, you reply, “I just know.”

Amazed by your role as Big Brother.  You were our only child for five years.  Much concern filled me when bringing home your little brother 11 months ago. Unwarranted concern because you rock the big brother role.  You were excited to teach him how to crawl and walk.  Love reading books with him and already trying to teach him flashcards.  You sneak in his crib to chat.

Amazed by your six year old passions.  You absolutely love your karate class. Showing off your skills, counting in Japanese and taking the responsibility of your yellow belt seriously.  Saturdays are filled with soccer games.  You hustle, kick, and defend.  

Amazed by your imagination.  Writing and illustrating stories, drawing your own towns, brainstorming how you will be a millionaire one day.  You want to buy houses, build a computer wife, and make your own toys to sell in your toy store.  You are going to be a busy man, good thing you’ll have a computer wife to help you out.

Yes, Dylan Lee you amaze us.  Happy Birthday.

Much Love, Mom 

XOXO - Brandi

Giving Tuesday

Hey Everyone :) Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I know it's a super busy time of year and everyone has been out with family, shopping, shopping, and more shopping- or maybe you aren't a shopper, in that case you've hopefully been relaxing! 

We have been getting a lot of facebook comments, messages, and e-mails asking what we are doing this year for the community for Christmas. Last year we got a bunch of people involved and bought a bunch of families gifts. It was a ton of fun and we loved delivering the gifts and it will be something we will never forget. We especially appreciate all of you helping out with it!

THIS YEAR we have a special spot in our hearts for our own local community who don't have food, shelter, or even relationships for that matter. We are striving to help those people. We have partnered up with Food for Thought, a local social justice organization dedicated to feeding the hungry and offering dignity, welcome and relationship to anyone in need. Food for Thought and local volunteers get together EVERY FRIDAY night to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and put together lunches for hundreds of people. They then deliver them Saturday morning in area's of downtown Toledo where people desperately need food. They hangout there, eat lunch with them, chat with them, listen to music- rain or snow- they are there. It's truly incredible. I've gone to make lunches with them and I took my kids who colored and decorated the brown paper bags. They loved it. 

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They also have a stationary food pantry along with several mobile food pantries. They serve over 1100 families just out of their stationary pantry every month. It's an awesome grassroots organization that has really  taken off in the last several years. Sam Melden is the Executive Director and is doing a great job. Watch him talk about Giving Tuesday HERE (I kept trying to put the video here but it keeps telling me the format is not supported so whatever, just click the link and watch it!)

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So back to Giving Tuesday! Today I have committed to donating $10 a month for Food for Thought and I am asking you to do the same. Brandi and I felt that this was an incredible cause and we spend $10 a month easily on things that are not important. This is something that is important. Food for Thought is working towards a goal today of getting 150 people to commit to just 10$ a month. If they reach that goal they will have raised $18,000 in ONE DAY! We are asking you to consider giving just $10 a month to help feed your community! and you can do it here: 

http://www.feedtoledo.org/#/donate

If you're on social media feel free to pass it along using hashtags #GivingTuesday #FeedToledo and #FoodForThought

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and Happy Giving Tuesday!

- Lisa

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