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Busy, Busy, Busy – A Random Tuesday Post (because Friday is so far away)

I keep meaning to write and I keep getting swept away in the hectic fun of summer.  I had a prenatal back on the 5th of July – we figured I was about 14 weeks at that point.  Everything went great, but the only problem was that try as she might my midwife could not track down a heart beat.  Before Jacob I would have shrugged and said “we’ll get it next time” but with paranoia attacking me, and with the extra excuse of wanting to be sure of the due date (my due dates have a way of never being what we think they are), we opted for an ultrasound.  So in we went on Sat. the 7th for an ultrasound.  Baby is in fact in there. 🙂 We heard that glorious little heart beating away and got to watch the little tyke wiggling and kicking around like a regular squirmy fishy.  So, with all the fun of seeing thing #5 and hearing the heart beat, I am now at ease (at least somewhat anyway) until the ultrasound at 20 weeks where we will check for defects and the like.  My due date is officially Jan. 3, 2008, so I am 16 weeks this week.

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After the children’s great success with the lemonade stand they decided they wanted to do it again last week, only this time they wanted to donate the proceeds to the Children’s Heart Foundation. So work they did – Tuesday through Friday, Friday they actually put in an 11 hour day, I was rather amazed.  By the end of the week those kids had made over $65! We took some out for tithing and expenses to go back to the kids, and had $50 to donate to the Children’s Heart Foundation. (I’ll have more pictures later – we’ll being doing the lemonade stand more in August and then I will get photos of all the kids 🙂 )

Lemonade With Heart

Liz Selling Lemonade

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Saturday was the Children Heart Foundation Oregon Chapter’s annual Lionheart Festival and Paul and I were volunteering again.  The kids dumped all their change and money from the lemonade stand and proudly handed it off to a very surprised and elated president of the chapter.  They were even officially recognized during one of the speeches, which thrilled the kids to no end.  We, of course, had a marvelous time volunteering, chatting with other heart parents, and playing to our heart’s delight.  I even got a charming cariacature of adorable Jacob done by an artist volunteering her time and work.  It was also neat to see how the art project turned out, and we now have a poster with Jacob’s artwork on it. 

Lion Heart Festival

(All the yellow shirts are kids, and adults, who have a CHD)

Jacob with his lion's tail

Lion Heart Art Project

(Jacob’s heart that he painted is in the one in the bottom lefthand corner)

Here are a couple of pictures of Jacob at the Lion Heart Art Project:

Lion Heart Festival Art Project 4

Lion Heart Festival Art Project 1

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After church Sunday I needed to get a couple of quick things done, and Paul was in a meeting. I kept a tight hold on Jacob and asked the girls to “Please wait quietly and patiently against the wall, I should just be a minute.” Yeah right. I really only did take a minute, but the girls did not wait peacefully and quietly. They were sprawled on the floor on top of each other – noisily. There was another ward (congregation) in session (the chapel of course was closed, but sound does carry, even through heavy wood doors). As I scolded the girls for not listening and disrupting the other ward’s meeting I didn’t realized that I had let Jacob’s hand go as I helped the girls stand up. With horror it suddenly dawned on me that Jacob was not anywhere near me. I looked across the foyer, just in time to see Jacob quietly slipping into the chapel. With a sigh of, “what could possibly happen next”, I sprinted across the foyer and whipped the door open, snatching for that rascally arm, but to no avail. Jacob raced along the back row. The chapel was uncommonely quiet (where are all their kids???) as Jacob drowned the lone speaker out with his calls for, “Dadda”, “Dadda!”, “Dadda?” as he ran up to our usual bench. With confusion he looked at the stranger sitting there. So, he headed for the sacrament table, after all, Dad was sometimes up there, but then hesitated as he saw no one. That hesitation gave me my last scrape of luck as my hand shot out and snatched the back of his shirt collar. Mid horrendous embarassment and humiliation I scooped up the squirelly thing 🙂 and marched myself back down the aisle, across the back and out the door. There were many amused smiles and chuckling eyes, this was, after all, the ward I had grown up in. (Then I went home and cried – don’t you love those pregnant emotions?)

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Lemonade! Lemonade for Sale!

“Mom, we want to have a lemonade stand,” the girls told me after I had refused to let them go down the street and by lemonade from some other kids for the exorbitant rate of $0.50 a cup. 

“Sounds like a fun idea, but there is a lot of work involved in a lemonade stand.  First, you will need lemonade, sugar, ice, and cups.  You will need to make signs and decide on a decent price to sell it. You also will need some starting out change, so you can make change for your customers.”  The girls had heard me say that $0.50 was way too much for a single cup of lemonade, so they were prepared for that one.

“We want to sell it for 5 cents a cup,” Elizabeth said proudly.

“Well, we do need to be sure that you make enough to cover how much you spend.  So, how about 10 cents, that should be enough. Dad and I will help out with cups, sugar, and ice this time; you guys can buy the lemonade.”

First we hit the bank and I started them off with nickles, dimes, and quarters. Then off to the store we trudged, each kid clutching in their hand their precious  60 cents which I figured would be enough to buy a couple of packets of lemonade each to get them started.  The kids were delighted when we found the lemonade (well, all kool-aid really) on sale for 10 cents a packet, so we started off the day with 18 packets of lemonade.

We got home and the kids made signs. The lemonade stand was up and going by 10:00 a.m.  and it didn’t shut down until 6:00 p.m.  Elizabeth ran it faithfully the full 8 hours with a couple of mini breaks here and there.  They even ate their lunch out there.  They sold a lot of lemonade – 12 packets worth.  I was so busy running lemonade out to them I was exhausted. Of course I was also out there painting and hauling their dressers, so that might have had something to do with it too.  Anyway, Lizard manned the table and change box. Emily and Dorothy marched up and down the side walk waving signs and shouting “Lemonade for sale! 10 cents a cup!”  Customers were kind and generous – many giving a dollar or 50 cents to the three little squirts sitting under the tree selling lemonade. 

At 6:00 we hauled it all inside and sat down to count the proceeds before dinner. We seperated out the starting up change mom and dad had pitched in, and then counted the mounds that were left.  The kids made a whopping $18! We were astounded.  Each kid got 6$ and then dad pitched in $1 per kid – so Jacob got a dollar too. 🙂 The final count that night was $7 for each kid.  Elizabeth is raring to go today for another lemonade stand.  And I reminded her,

“Now that you guys have made a really good proffit, you will be expected to buy your own sugar, cups, lemonade, and ice.”

So, the kids are all prepared to pitch in and buy more lemonade (hopefully it is still on sale), etc.  They will be quite the little buisness ladies when the summer is over. 🙂

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