Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Creepy Cow and a Crazy Blonde Lady

Happy Halloween!!!! Haley is obsessed with the Chik-fil-A commercials, everytime one comes on the television she starts pointing and "moo-ing" at the TV so we decided she should be a cow for Halloween.

There was a Fall Festival at school last week. All the kids dressed up and there were some games. One of the teachers dressed up like a cow and Haley really enjoyed seeing her.

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Then tonight, we managed to dodge the rain and Haley got to go out and enjoy trick or treating for the first time, last year she was a little too small to enjoy dressing up and seeing people. And yes, we shamelessly used our kid to get some good candy loot too!!! I've never been one to get into dressing up for Halloween but thought I would do something this year and got a Kate Gosselin wig (you know, the crazy mom on Jon and Kate + 8 with that ridiculous hair-do??). Well I don't think our neighbors got my joke, they all looked at me kinda weird and sympathetically thinking to themselves "what did that poor girl do to her hair?" I ended up ditching the wig after 3 houses. Enjoy a good laugh at my expense!!!

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Year Long Fundraiser for JSF

I would like to introduce the new fundraising campaign for the Joubert Syndrome Foundation called the 10 by 10 Campaign. The idea behind the campaign is to ask 10 people to ask 10 other people to donate $10 for Joubert Syndrome. It is a year long campaign which kicked off this October 10th and will end next October 10 (get it???? 10/10/10)

Joubert Sydrome is a really hard thing to raise money for, especially in the current economic climate. Fundraising in general is hard to do, even for the more widely publicized diseases and conditions. Because Joubert Syndrome is so rare, the fundraising is truly a grass-roots effort mostly depending on families affecting by the disorder going out and raising money and awareness and often donating money themselves. We end up asking the same people over and over again to donate therefore our base of support is not growing. One of the goals of this campaign is to help bring in second generation donors and broaden the network of fundraisers. My personal hope is that one day JS will have even half of the recognition that some of the other disorders do. Money raised for and by the Joubert Syndrome Foundation will help further research into the genetic causes of JS, possible treatments/cures, strengthen the network of support provided by the JSF to families and individuals affected by JS, raise awareness for JS to aid in earlier diagnosis and easier access to treatments and therapy, and the list goes on.

The easiest and quickest way you can help is to simply visit the 10 by 10 website and donate $10 in Haley's honor. Be sure to put in the "purpose" blank "10by10 campaign in honor of Haley Buchanan" so they can track where the donations came from. You can take it a step further and ask 10 (or more) of your friends to donate $10. I plan to host an event at some point in the coming year (most likely AFTER the holidays LOL) asking for a $10 donation from all that come. If you were so brave enough to host an event yourself that would be icing on the cake!!! Something as simple as a car wash, or spaghetti supper at church would be great! But I know any help/donation is a lot to ask in these hard times, and it is totally understandable if you are unable to help at the moment. We are just grateful for thoughts and prayers if that is all you can offer.

I'm hoping that this is making sense to everyone, because when it was first presented I myself was a little confused about the concept. There is no one big event that will take place on 10/10, WE are the event. 10/10/10 is just a way to help us remember to concept I suppose. This is a year long effort, so you will see me post about this periodically (and you will probably get sick of me talking about it) so hopefully this "squeaky wheel" will get some oil so to speak. Thanks for your help, and if you have any questions or want to help in any way please let me know.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Fun Outings

Haley had a couple of fun little outings last week. Last Thursday she had her first official "field trip" with her preschool to the pumpkin patch. It was really chilly that morning, but she seemed to have fun. We heard a story about "pollination", she wasn't too interested in that....wonder why? Then we went and played for a bit and picked out pumpkins before going on a hayride.

I really like cows.....wow, thats a big one!!

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Lets go find a pumpkin Mommy

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How do I choose, there are too many?!

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Ok, I think I like this one!

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Daddy and I on the hayride

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She also got to go to the Kings Mountain Battlefield trail with Uncle Moo and PawPaw last weekend.

Not sure what PawPaw was trying to show me, but it must be interesting!

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Cooper sure is funny

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Gotta take time to pet the puppy

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Finally made it to the monument, boy that was a long walk!

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Me and Uncle Moo

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Almost Crawling

Grandma got a short video clip with her phone of Haley tonight almost crawling. She is so close!!!!

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