Archive for September, 2012

Singin’ the BOOs

It’s BOO Season!

Have you ever been “Booed” or “Ghosted”?  Last year, I had the best intention of paying it forward, sorta speak, with some booing fun.  Hmmm….didn’t happen.  This year, with it on my mind a bit earlier in the season, I DO plan to jump in on this fun and unique craze!  I say “craze” and yet, Wisconsin has consistently and modestly ranked around the 20th most popular state to participate in “booing”, according to the self-regulated booing industry website http://www.BeenBooed.com, which has been tracking hits by state since 2009.  Read more…

Been BOO-ed sheet

Been BOO-ed sheet

So in a nutshell, here’s how it goes: you go to the website, download and print copy of the  “Boo” sheet, add a little tasty treat (wrapped candy or treat, toys, stickers, knick-knack, etc.)  arrive at your neighbor’s/friends/family member’s doorstep, ring the doorbell, leave your phantom ghost and treat, and get the heck outta dodge!

This year, with my desire to serve the underserved or down and out, I am going to be selective and share the fun with those I feel may need a pick me up.  Didn’t win the lottery last night, but my dream would be to share financially.  Keep your fingers crossed for a productive month for JAK!  Either way, join in on the fun…

            Here’s the poem as it is printed on the BOO sheet ^^
             (clear version available via the www.BeenBooed.com site)
The phantom ghost has come to town
To leave some goodies… I see you’ve found.
If you wish to make this a happier fall…
Continue this greeting, this phantom call.

First, post this Phantom where it can be seen,
And leave it there until Halloween.
This will scare other Phantoms who may visit.
Be sure to participate, you don’t want to miss it!

Second, make two treats & two copies from
http://www.beenbooed.com
Deliver them to two neighbors, try to stay calm.
Don’t let them see you, be sneaky, no doubt
And make sure they put their Phantom Ghost out!

Next, you have only one day to act, so be quick!
Leave it at doors where the Phantom hasn’t hit.
Deliver at dark when there isn’t much light…
Ring the doorbell and run, and stay out of sight!
And last, but not least, come join in the season.
Don’t worry, be happy, you need no good reason.
This is all in good fun and we are just trying to say…
Happy Halloween & Have a Great Day!

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Payin’ It 4ward

A Day 4 DREAMS
Sponsored in part by Just Add Kids Family Fun Event includes Laser Tag, Free Games, Visits from Sports Figures and Mascots to raise funds for Wisconsin’s Children’s Hospital and Make-A- Wish Foundation

The second annual “A Day 4 Dreams” charity event returns this year, again to raise funds for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin®, and to raise those funds without incurring any administrative cost or expenses.
For only $10 per person, this fabulous family event for all ages includes beverages from iXL Sports and lunch by Texas Roadhouse, New Berlin. There will be an array of Sports Games, everything from Batting Cages to Laser Tag, with Treasure Hunts for the little ones. READ MORE…

Enjoy our DJ and Dancing, Local Sports Celebrity and Mascot Visits and Sports Craft Activities on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at the NX Level Sports Performance in Waukesha between 1 pm and 4 pm.  Sport Gifts and Giveaways will add to the excitement. Come and see what other surprises are in store for all of our supporters!!

”A Day 4 Dreams” is a charitable event being organized under Eevents, with the same goal of zero administrative costs with 100% of all proceeds benefiting the Charities. Tammy Flynn, the organizer and New Berlin business owner states that “our mission is to bring the community together to cultivate positive relationships and prove that when everyone donates a little of themselves, great things can be accomplished!”

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, verified by the American College of Surgeons, founded in 1984. And since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish granting of life-changing experiences.

“A Day 4 Dreams” tickets are on sale for $10 a person (2 & under-FREE) and may be purchased at NX Level Sports Performance, W229 N1687 Westwood Dr, Waukesha or at Elegance Salon & Spa, 2725 S. Calhoun Road, New Berlin. For more information or comments, contact Tammy Flynn at 262-785-0880.

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Time Traveler

Taken Back on 9/11

I was ironing this morning, watching video footage on TV of the events of 9.11.01, and listening to my 10 year old daughter sing in the bathroom as she brushed her teeth. A flood of emotion.
I remember that day so vividly 11 years ago. I choked back the memory of how scared, uneasy, intimidated I felt as I had just found out I was pregnant with her. How could I bring into this world, this new world, another child? READ MORE…
I am so blessed as a mother, that I got to see my child be born, then grow into the beautiful young lady that she is (to see all of my kids grow and that they have a dad here, too). I grieve for all of those who lost their loved one, children who never got to meet their father or lost their mother, grandparent, aunt, uncle, neighbor.
I remember how united we became and am saddened how divided we’ve become. I have to watch and remember the events of that day, weeks, months that followed. Now only annually does the impact overwhelm my thoughts. I was so distracted this 11th anniversary of the attacks on our country….but I think I should be.

I will never forget. God bless our country during this time of remembrance.

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Let’s ALL Play

Women @ Work

It has to start somewhere, but the African proverb “It takes a village…” (to raise a playground, in this case) will certainly be a big part of the story,  just beginning to be written.

I am talking about the swiftly moving initiative of one woman, Tammy Conforti, an education support professional who works with special needs children in Kenosha Unified. Tammy dreams of a safe, fully inclusive, accessible playground in Kenosha where children with disabilities can play with other children.

Enter in Jamie Forsythe, mom of Amity, a 4 year old child born with Spina Bifida Read More…

Amity, along with her mother, serve as inspiration to grow community interest, recruit others interested in seeing this vision become a reality, and get this playground built for kids of all abilities and their families.

Why not? It’s been done in communities across the country, including a couple of them close to ours.  And what they’ve found is a person inspired with the mission + steering team + a plan + corporate & individual donations to the tune of $450K + a few thousand volunteers = an Imagination Station in Oconomowoc or a Possibility Playground in Port Washington and a future Kenosha Dream Playground Project =a playground where kids of all abilities can learn, play, and grow side by side.

So do you wanna come out and play?  Inspired to learn more? Where can you start?

Tammy, Jaimie, and Amity invite area families and communities members to a play date to “see how these kind of places work, to experience this and to see that is something completely different than what we have here in Kenosha. I think other people will appreciate it, seeing this beautiful playground where children with disabilities can play with other children”, said Conforti in an article published by the Kenosha News (Dream of accessible playground begins road to reality 8/31/12).

Here’s your invitation:

Please come out and play!

Use the links above for more information, plus read this great article written in Accessible Playgrounds website. Imagination Station–One of the best Universally Accessible Playgrounds

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