Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Went to STL Children's Hospital today - Hannah got a great report from the cardiologist! YEAH! Since we were going over to the hospital, we decided it would be a great chance to take the art therapist (and her daughter) new Art with Heart T-shirts and Bracelets along with the last checks from the McAllister's/Coldstone Fundraiser night in June. It only takes a few minutes of sitting in the lounge area by the front desk to remind us why we do Art with Heart - so many kids coming in and out of that door with so many different medical issues. Reminds us that even on our worst day, we are truly blessed!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Working on Art with Heart

When our oldest daughter came up with Art with Heart 2 years ago, I had no idea how much it would effect the rest of our family! I spend lots of time working on the advertisements and paperwork that it takes to do the quarterly fundraisers at McAllister's Deli & Coldstone Creamery, Hannah hands out all the flyers and recruits the volunteers (which always includes her sister Megan and lots of both of their friends). Since Stephen has been either deployed, remote or TDY when we've had the fundraisers, he's missed out on a lot of them, but when he is home, he also delivers food at McAllister's with the rest of us and is constantly doing proof work for me.

I just spent about 3 hours this morning working on brochures, tote bags, etc. with the new logo (thank you Mark!). We're trying to get AWH to grow and looking for new ways to make it bigger and more effiencent! If anyone has any ideas, please share. We're always up for a new thought!

Hannah will be working on the website artwithheartonline.net over the next few days - loading pics of the last fundraiser and info on the next one. It's not a huge organization, but every time she throws a fundraiser night, I am always impressed at all the kids that show up to volunteer time after time. These college/high school kids take nights off their own jobs to come work for free to give art to little ones in the hospital. They make me so proud - that's one more reason we keep doing it!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Stephen's Birthday

Celebrated my dh's 44th birthday yesterday! We went out to the Pasta House (can't say I would recommend it though) and then came home and had cookie cake with a few friends. I made the cute little banner to celebrate his day! Happy Birthday Stephen!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Mary Engelbreit Inspirations

I've been working my updating/redecorating my home. I've always decorated very country and used dark colors. I could never get it to feel quite like "me" though. I think I'm having a mid-life crisis and to get me thru it, I'm brightening my house up! LOL! I love Mary Engelbreit products - they just make you happy! Here are some pics of a few ME items my mom just sewed together for me! She's amazing and her and my dad help me with projects CONSTANTLY!