Archive for Dec 2011

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RACK’d update

December 15, 2011

Hey there, wanted to pop in and give a quick report on how we’re doing. When I have time to write a bit more, I will, but a quick picture to show our progress

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It’s been fun seeing what we’ve done, starting to think of ways we can keep this going all year round. icon smile RACKd update


A quiet moment

December 14, 2011

As I walked into their beautiful home at the beginning of our session, she rushed past me quietly, with definite intention. I kept my distance as she pushed her little chair up against the window, plopped herself down with thumb in mouth, staring at me and my camera the entire time. I asked her a few questions to which there were no answers, so I asked if I could take her picture. She nodded yes, and the first image I shot that day was instantly my favorite.

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(For those interested, our RACK’d project is alive and well, I’ll be back soon to update our progress)

Day Four: The kiddos met me at the end of one of my family sessions to deliver some hot cocoa to the family I had just photographed. icon smile RACKd: Days Four through Eight IMG 0284 RACKd: Days Four through Eight

Day Five: We wrote and colored letters to send to the troops, thanking them for their service.

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Day Six: This was a fun one, we hung candy canes with little notes on them around all of the playgrounds in our neighborhood. The kiddos had fun acting all sneaky, running and putting the treats around and running back to the car before anyone saw them. Note, Sis lost one of her front teeth the other day…we’re hoping for the other one to fall out so she can sing the cliche Christmas song legit-like. icon smile RACKd: Days Four through Eight

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Day Seven: This was probably one of my favorites so far…we got coloring books and crayons and delivered them to the local children’s hospital waiting room. The nurses seemed really appreciative. I know we’ve been in a waiting room with restless kids before and I hope it makes someone’s day just a little easier.

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Day Eight: We taped quarters to the little treat machines at the front of the grocery store. In the time it took to go shopping and come back, all of them were gone. icon smile RACKd: Days Four through Eight

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RACK’d: Day Three

December 3, 2011

Today our RACK’d was a little different, we (and when I say *we*, I mean everyone in my family but me…) ran in the 1k/5k Race this morning benefiting the Arthritis Foundation. As a family we were able to raise $110 to donate to the cause! Here’s some pictures from our day. You may notice a theme in the (sometimes crappy) cell phone photos…I’ve decided that I’m not going to make this about getting the best pictures, because when I turn on photographer mode, I tend to be so busy trying to capture the moment, I forget to enjoy the moment myself, does that make sense to anyone else? So anyway, (sometimes crappy) phone pictures it is! icon smile RACKd: Day Three

Also thinking from here on out, I’ll be blogging a few days at a time as to not overwhelm. Just a note. icon smile RACKd: Day Three


The kids’ shoes all jingle-belled out, ready to go!

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The runners!


Before the race. <3

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They stretched out with Santa and his elves before the race.  Santa must have been running a lot this year, he’s lost a considerable amount of weight! icon wink RACKd: Day Three

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Just before race time!

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Dawson was quick! I almost missed taking a picture because he ran by sooner than I expected. He ended up getting fourth place in the kids’ race.

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Caitlin held Lukie’s hand the entire race. IT WAS SO FLIPPING CUTE. icon biggrin RACKd: Day Three

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My happy Dawson!

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IMG 0259 RACKd: Day ThreeWe did it!!! (Shortly after this, Caitlin made the comment: “Now I understand why you were so tired after your triathlon! That was hard.” haha

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Me and my cute elf runners. So proud of my family today. icon smile RACKd: Day Three IMG 0262 RACKd: Day Three

Rack’d: Day Two

December 2, 2011

Today’s RACK’d was to hand out candy canes at a store exit. All in all, it was a fun time, gave lots of candy canes out along with wishes of a good holiday season. Also think it was a great experience for my kids to put themselves out there, Dawson did so well at approaching people, I was proud of him. Lukie and Caitlin were a little (understandably) shy, but ended up feeling confident talking to people.

What was interesting to me was the variety of reactions the kids got. Most of the people they approached with Merry Christmas and asked if they wanted a candy cane responded positively, even when they didn’t want the treat. They were asked more than once skeptically how much the candy canes were. The others, I’d say 40% of people, rushed by or ignored them completely. One older lady stopped to ask why we were doing that and very nicely made my kiddos feel fantastic about what they were doing. Grateful to her.

This experience will definitely make me think twice the next time I’m approached by someone. Even if I think they’re just trying to sell me something. icon wink Rackd: Day Two




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