Archive for Dec 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.
(For those interested, our RACK’d project is alive and well, I’ll be back soon to update our progress)
Day Five: We wrote and colored letters to send to the troops, thanking them for their service.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Also thinking from here on out, I’ll be blogging a few days at a time as to not overwhelm. Just a note.
The kids’ shoes all jingle-belled out, ready to go!
Before the race. <3
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!
Just before race time!
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.
Caitlin held Lukie’s hand the entire race. IT WAS SO FLIPPING CUTE.
My happy Dawson!
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.