Friday, October 24, 2014

Josie & I Walk For Autism Awareness

Last Sunday, Josie and I took part in a charity walk to promote autism awareness and to raise money for autism charities.  Josie's hockey club participates in this charity walk annually but it was our family's first time at the event.

It was nice to see so many of Josie's teammates without their helmets on.  It's almost impossible to put names to faces if you never get to see the faces.  Josie's team is in need of some good off-ice bonding time since all the girls come from different towns and this is the first year that many of them have ever skated together.  The autism walk was a good opportunity to get to know each other while raising money for a great charity and promoting a good cause.

Josie and her teammates wore their orange jerseys...

... and their coach brought pink ribbons for them to wear.

They also received tshirts for participating in the walk, but it was so cold outside that the tshirt went straight into my backpack.  It wasn't the sunniest of days last Sunday and the wind was a tad biting.

Josie's coach brought her almost one-year old daughter to the walk with the team and the ten year olds ooh and aahed over her endlessly.

Okay, the picture doesn't prove my point.  From the below photo, it doesn't look like anyone except the coach is oohing and aahing over the baby.  In this photo, it just looks like the girls are staring at something they've never ever seen before and aren't sure that they like what they see.

You'll have to trust me that the baby was well-liked and her cuteness was genuinely appreciated.

Perhaps this photo shows this better:

Before the walk officially began, all the hockey club teams met on a grassy knoll for a group photo:

There was a whole lot of orange, although you could tell which parents didn't read through the emails very carefully (or else whose players didn't have a clean orange jersey to wear):

After the photo call, there was a long period of waiting around for the walk to begin.  During which time, someone - who will remain nameless - realized that she was hungry and began a long, very-annoying campaign to buy junk food.

She won, eventually, since we stopped at a gas station mini-mart for "lunch" once the walk was finished.

There was an impressive crowd and a Boston tv station was covering the walk from a bucket crane at the starting line.  The girls made their way slowly along the mile course, pushing the coach's daughter's stroller the whole way.  Those who couldn't hold the handle, made due with holding the side or the bottom or being the official blanket re-tucker.  No baby has ever been so well cared for.

I'd say the Autism walk was a huge success.

Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Henry's Room, Rearranged

Our big project of the weekend was to dismantle Henry's loft bed.  We had many reasons to get rid of the loft including the fact that Henry was getting too big for it, the loft made changing Henry's sheets almost impossible and it blocked his window, but the main - and most exciting reason - is that we are getting a new puppy and Henry wants the dog to be able to sleep in his bed.  Puppies and loft beds do not really mix.

But back to that middle part!  We're getting a dog!  Our little girl was born on October 13th and we get to meet her in two more weeks.  We won't bring her home until closer to Christmas, but we are already preparing.  I'm reading all the books, we're thinking about crates, puppy beds and schedules and we're preparing our house.

First step:  dismantle the loft.

The whole process took awhile since we had to work around multiple sporting events.  We began by removing the mattress and the loft's bottom.

Once the mattress was out, the loft looked like a huge playpen.

We found tons of missing pieces, a few pairs of headphones and random books.

Once the bottom was removed, Henry stood under the loft and we admired the top of his head:

The next phase happened later in the day.  Gordy removed the sides that weren't connected to the wall and then he started the nightmare that was removing the parts that were connected to the wall.

I "helped."

The carpenter that built Henry's loft did an amazing job.  Gordy removed all the screws, expecting the wood to fall to the ground... but it remained hanging.

At this point, I left to take Georgia to soccer practice and when I returned Gordy had finally managed to get the main pieces off the wall.  It was crazy complex and full of hidden screws, but it was finally off and the loft was officially gone.

We are buying Henry a real bed, but for now, he's sleeping on his mattress on the floor.  We moved the couch to under the window and moved the dresser to the other side of the room.  

We'll have to get the walls touched up a bit.  Removing the screws meant removing some parts of the dry wall.  It will all get fixed.

And we have plenty of time before the new puppy arrives.  It's very exciting!

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