Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thinkin' about great people....

Tonight my mom and I wrote notes to people in our lives we are thankful for.  Thank goodness she didn't make me write them to EVERYONE I am thankful for... so, if you don't get one don't feel bad.  I still don't write that fast and I drew a turkey on the bottom of each one with a speech bubble that said, "gobble, gobble".  It was fun.  We are lucky to have lots of great people to help take care of us.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Come Say Hi or sign up for a shift

I'm so excited!  I'm so excited!  I'm so excited!  I get to ring the bell again this year.  My mom and I will be at Sears Essentials on Riverside on Black Friday, November 27 from 4-6 p.m. to Ring Bells for the Salvation Army.  We have so much fun... we put on our Christmas hats and sing songs..... and tell everyone who passes through--  MERRY CHRISTMAS!  It's like the official kick-off to the Christmas season.  Then, we get a Christmas tree... a real one, of coarse.. right there from the Christmas tree forest in the parking lot and take it home and decorate it.  Don't worry I will get my mom to post some pictures. 

Come say hi or go to http://www.ringbells.org/ to pick a shift to ring some bells.  Here's my mom to tell you why she likes it.

MOM's NOTE:  It's two hours of community service where Tanner gets to use all of his energy and his fabulous skill for making noise for a good cause.  It's really hard to say no to this one. 

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Lights Festival on Chicago's Magnificent Mile

Earlier today my mom and I drove into Chicago to meet our friend Wendy.  She lives in Chicago and knows how to get to all the fun places.  She took us downtown to the Lights Festival...

We got to see a concert, a a couple of free Cuties (clementines--they are super yummy), I got to make a snowman out of marshallows from Whole Foods, ....so much fun stuff and it was all free--which my mom says is really important right now. 

One of our favorites parts was accidentally catching the Holiday Train-- my mom and I had never heard of it.  We were waiting for the train to come and I was looking down the tracks.  I told my mom and Wendy that I thought a medical train was coming because the lights were different colors and it looked like there were lots of lights.  I had no idea it was the CTA Redline Holiday Train.  What a treat!

The best part of all was getting to meet Ralph Covert (right).  He is a great musician.  We have loved his music for years.  I must admit.  I didn't really know it was him.  We listen to him, so much more than I see him... but, he autographed a bookmark for me and when I saw the pictures on the bookmark I knew EXACTLY who it was and started singing one of my favorite songs of his.... well, I was going to have my mom post a link here, but we were having trouble picking just one.  We will make another post about Ralph's World til then, feel free to check out his website: http://www.ralphsworld.com/ there's lots of music to listen to there... try to pick a favorite, I dare ya.. it's really, really hard.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

This, that and the other on the internet...

The blog I do with a little help from my mom.  There are a few place she lets me enjoy on the internet on my own.  A couple of my favorites are StarWars.com, Cartoon Network online, Club Penguin, I still check out Webkinz every now and then, when I'm not tending to our Farmville farm, Restarant City or Roller Coaster Kingdom on Facebook.  There are also a bunch of cool Christmas websites, we had fun with Elf Yourself tonight, check it out.....

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Monday, November 16, 2009

Operation Christmas Child

This is our Operation Christmas Child collection of shoeboxes from 2008.  Each year our church collects, decorates and fills shoesboxes to children all over the world. 

They send this boxes to give the kids items that they don't have that kids like me, just have... like toothpaste and a toothbrush, socks, sometimes we even send shoes... we also include notebooks, pencils, pencil sharpeners, washcloth with soap... and then, we fill the boxes with other stuff they will enjoy like candy, stickers, toy cars (and dolls for the girls). 

My church packed over 1000 boxes this year.  It was tons of fun to pack all these little presents.  This Saturday we will take them to be shipped to the kids, so they will arrive in time for Christmas.  I feel really lucky to get take part in something like this-- even if you don't pack Christmas boxes you and your family can do something else to families in need.