HI! I'm here! Were you looking for me before 9:30 pm? So sorry. I thought things were supposed to get easier when the big kids left for a while? Uhhmm.... no, I just started doing EVEN MORE THINGS!
I think I last posted on Friday so let's start there. Kids went to Texas. Saturday morning when Emeline woke up we went in and said "Emeline, do you know what today is?" She said, "My birthday! I want my birthday cards!" heh Good thing she forgot about the cell phone! We all walked down to the donut shop for her birthday breakfast.
After the donut shop we went home and watched movies for a while. Emeline received an early (morning) birthday gift of a child size table and chair set. We were headed home from the donut shop and she was saying "I want my table.... I want my table...." After a failed attempt at napping their Gammy arrived so we got them up and prepared to take a walk down town for lunch.
Obviously a big 3yo girl doesn't always want to ride in the stroller. Emeline rides about half the time when we go places. She often walks on the way "there" and rides on the way home. We had lunch at Susie's Chili Parlor down on Main Street. It's a pretty popular place and is housed in a great building.
Emeline had a hamburger and fries and loved every bite! Lila mostly ate fries. :)
We got home from lunch JUST in time to catch our mail carrier Christy!! Emeline just loves Christy and we have told her that Emeline has been saving up "Pirate Coins" from the back of cereal boxes to mail off for a free Pirate Clock (part of some kind of Pirates of the Caribbean promotion with Kellogg cereal). Christy has been waiting and waiting for the day we send our Pirate Coins away in the mail. One day she even had a special delivery for Emeline - she had pulled out the page from the Wal Mart flyer showing all the special Pirates *stuff* they carry at Wal Mart and telling about how you can get your Pirate picture taken at Wal Mart on a certain day and everything. The love runs deep between these two. heh We had enough coins so Saturday we filled out the little form from the inside of the cereal box and put it all in an envelope to mail away for the Pirate Clock. I'm so glad that we were home in time that Emeline could personally hand the letter to Christy - and Christy had a birthday card to deliver! Usually Emeline is napping when Christy arrives so Christy said that if she's napping when the Pirate Clock arrives we have to get her up for the delivery!!! heheh See there.... she's also holding the two piece of afghan mail that I got at home on Saturday (on today's list)! Yay!
After all the postal excitement we left Lila Pearl with her Gammy then took Emeline to her first movie!! We saw Shrek the Third and she did a GREAT job of sitting through the movie. She had a few moments of distraction but for the most part she sat in her seat and had popcorn and soda. Afterward she posed with "Ugly Spiderman" in the theater lobby.
When we got home it was time to have cake! And candles!! We forgot to get the birthday hat that she requested so I threw one together at the last possible minute. It doesn't take much to please a 3yo, thank goodness. Pardon the mountain of sewing and fiber and yarn stuff in the background.
So (if you're still with me...) after cake we opened presents. First were the cards - look! - Money! Every good girl puts her money in the bank. :)
Oh look! A tea set!
After the gift opening and excitement of the day, a simple dinner of Rabbit Cereal (Trix) at the new table was just perfect. Whew.
So let's see.... what else? How about Weight Loss Challenge? How about we wait on that until tomorrow. This is already long enough and I could benefit from the delay - still recovering from eating birthday cake. :)
Daily Square Report:
The babies and I walked to the church this morning to pick up our afghan mail but we came back empty handed! That's because there was SO MUCH MAIL we had to get in the van and drive back to get it!! It's Crazy! Awesome! Cool!! There just aren't enough great words to describe this project so how about some numbers and pictures and names??
Today we received 167 squares! Today we also received 63 more cloths from Love's Many Cloths! My goodness it took quite a while to open all those packages! This brings our total squares received to 789 and we still need just 331!!!!! Oh hmmm... think maybe we'll reach the minimum goal? I'm picturing one of those fund raiser thermometers that has blown the top and is splashing out everywhere!! We now have a total of 107 cloths from the Love's group! Hopefully these will be distributed to families that receive afghans and to other Greensburg community members as well. What do you think Dana?
From this stack of packages..... to this stack of squares. When I see the packages I think "what a lot of packing material - thank goodness it's recyclable" and also "what a lot of postage for all this." When I see the stack of squares I think "what a lot of yarn" and also "what a lot of hours of work people have done for this project."
Today's squares were received from the following people:
Kim - Morro Bay, CA
Frieda - East Northport, NY
Jan - Caledonia, MI
Jessica - Hoschton, GA
Wendy - Attica, MI (squares and cloths!)
Dana - Winona, MN (I have stopped counting how many packages have come from Dana!!!)
Mary Anne - Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Karen - Mountain Green, UT (2 boxes today!)
Valerie - Huntsville, AL
Elizabeth - Cary, NC
The MarkB Family - Western Springs, IL
D - Page, AZ
Barb - Duluth, MN
Kyra - Leawood, KS
Me! - El Dorado, KS
Suzanne - Seattle, WA (4th package from Suzanne!!)
Kate - Danville, KY
Anne and Mary - Firenze, ITALY (this package really blew me away coming from Italy and maybe it's my imagination but their squares SMELL SO GOOD!)
Adrianne - Everette, MA
Barbara - Ft. Lauderdale (2nd package!)
Mary Jane - Seekonk, MA
Maurine - Troy, MI
April - Los Alamos, NM
Mardeen - Cripple Creek, CO
Ann - South Bound Brook, NJ
Tammy - Yoakum, TX
WOW! What a LIST!! I think this is the biggest day we've had as far as number of packages received! Thank you EVERY ONE! These packages contained anywhere from 1 to 23 squares each!! Every single square counts toward the goal and will be loved and appreciated by the families of Greensburg, Kansas. Thank you!
Have a wonderful week and happy birthdays and satisfying challenges and all that good stuff. See you again Tuesday with another square report. :)