Thursday, May 31, 2007

Title's are so hard to come up with!

I can never figure out what my title should be! I have actually been ready to come and type for the blog and been stopped by the title. I sit here staring at the computer thinking what do I call this?? Then I realize I don't have a title, the kids are fighting, the baby is awake, the cats need fed, dinner needs to be started, and I have to get off the computer before I even started!
So, when I sat down this time I thought forget the title just get busy!

We had a conference call planning meeting for the Alumnae rooms last night. I tried desperately to walk around, using one hand to hold the phone and the other keeping the kids happy, but away from the speaker for half of it when Jim got home from his softball game. He looked at me and said "you have a cell phone with hands free and a clip holder - minutes are free why aren't you using hit? - DUH, why wasn't I using it!
So I switched phones and was able to participate much better in the call!
I won't be available for next weeks call ~ we will be in the middle of the woods - no phone, no cell phone, no TV, no computer, no email - NOTHING but woods !
What was I thinking? Five kids, a husband that loves to work and hates not to, and a conference just 49 days away! Jim asked me months ago, what do you want to do for a vacation, want to go to the beach? I said lets camp! HELLO, lets camp - ocean - camp ?? What was I thinking? Well, I was thinking good bonding time, family time, fun! I hope it works!

I have been busy getting the labels ready for the donation drawing bags. One label for the bag and one label for the item. I hope this will keep the confusion to a minimum, just match the item number on the item you want to the item number on the bag and drop in your ticket!
I have also started to bid sheets for the silent auction, thanks to Jessica, I have one ready I just have to modify it for the conference! I have no idea how many bid spaces I should have - the one used in Maryland was just 18 ~ I have it done up to 73 but don't know if I need that many for every item or if I will need more.
I wish I knew if I would have a printer available to use if I should need more. Right now I think I may have to make all these copies and have them there - but what a waste of paper if I don't need them. I would much rather just have one bid sheet for each item and then print more as needed. I guess I need to see if that can be done at the conference without incurring an expense!
I also have NO IDEA how many bid numbers I should have - anywhere from 100 to 1000 I guess!

We have so many items already - I have a list of 23 items so far, we have much more I just don't have them typed up yet~

Donation Drawing Master List


Autographed Book by Jan Hunt – A Gift For Baby
Autographed Book by Jan Hunt – A Gift For Baby
API Canvas Tote Bag filled for Peaceful Parents:
One Year API Membership
2 Peaceful Parenting T-shirts
3 Issues of Attachment Parenting Mag
Hard Copy of The Successful Child
Peaceful Parenting Bumpersticker, Scribble Pad, and Magnet
2 Peaceful Parenting Wristbands

Silver Ipod ( donated my Marilyn Thompson)
Brown/Beige Beaded Necklace (Donated by LLL of Texas/Tracy Malone)
Blue Beaded Necklace (Donated by LLL of Texas/Tracy Malone)
Autographed book – Companion to Cornucopia by John F. Froehlich (Donated by Helene Scheff)
Autographed book – Enjoy Yourself Under This Cover by John F. Froehlich (Donated by Helene Scheff)
Autographed book – Three of a Kind by John F. Froehlich (Donated by Helene Scheff)
Watercolor painting – Prairie Rose by M. Cahill-Fisk (Donated by Helene Scheff) 8 ½ x 6 size of painting without matting; 9x12 with matting.
Swarovski Crystal Rocking Chair (Donated by Helene Scheff)
Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - Two Complimentary Terrace Reserved Tickets for Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at 7:05 p.m. in Chicago.
Doll from Pakistan (Donated by Louise Cox)
Doll from Brazil ( Donated by Louise Cox)
Crystal from Brazil (Donated by Louise Cox)
Elephant from Sri Lanka ( Donated by Louise Cox)
Cup from Japan (Donated by Louise Cox)
Tea Paperweight from London (Donated by Louise Cox)
HMONG Needlework bag (Donated by Louise Cox)
Book – The Divine Feminine by Andrew Harvey & Anne Baring (Donated by Louise Cox)
Book – To My Daughter with Love by Susan Polis Schutz (Donated by Louise Cox)

That is the list so far! Impressive isn't it!

We are also having a quilt made - with a family theme.
Remember the last quilt the woman was amazing Sarah from Maryland made it. She is a true artist - it wasn't just a quilt it was a artistic piece. I wonder if I can post a picture of it here - it was amazing! I can hardly wait to see what she makes this time!

Well the kids are starting to get really loud and Claire is napping. We leave in two days, so I need to get packing and sitting here typing I am not packing :)

Until next time!

Karri

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

57 Days (55 Days until I leave :) )

Well looking over the last post and getting feedback from wonderful friends, I have noted that light colors and not so good and italics are hard to read! So I am trying a darker color - let me know if it looks better!

I am so glad to hear I am not the only Star Wars geek fan in La Leche League. I have always said that if I ever had twins I would name them Jaia and Jason - the name of Han and Leia's twins! I am currently reading a book on what happened five years after the fall of the empire - it is a three book series that a fellow Leader's husband gave me - thanks Paul. I am only on the first book but I grab it when I need to leave the stressful world of working on a conference behind!

Yesterday I took the day off from LLL and took the kids to the zoo. We had a great time and guess what I learned ~
First - the elephant Tasha - is half way through a pregnancy - but the best part - she is also NURSING her son Moja - who is six!!!!
Second - they have a Gorilla that nursed her son until he was seven - he stopped around age 5 but then she had another baby and he started up again - so she tandem nursed!
I met this woman that is doing a study on their behaviors and she was talking to me about a study that was done that determined that the actual age a human should nurse to was age SEVEN! It was very exciting to learn about nursing at the zoo in front of all of my children - and those standing nearby learned as well! So, even when I take a day of from LLL - it is still there!

Monday was however a busy conference work day. More talk about Donation items and Silent Auction items. I am going to buy the bags and begin work on the labels today. Andrea a Leader from Maryland has agreed to make jewelry for us to sell. She does beautiful work and I am so excited that we will have her items there. She is also sending the materials for me to teach a jewelry making class, or if you know how to make jewelry you can come in and buy your materials and make an item to take home! That is going to be so much fun. She is also sending some onsies with a breastfeeding logo, I can hardly wait!

Sue and I also decided that I will be teaching a get off your feet at the next wedding and dance class! The cha cha slide - electric slide and the macarana - it is going to be TONS of laughs! I think that will be my most favorite session :)

And lastly and most important on Monday I learned that La Leche League Alumnae Association is officially recognized by Mission Fish - what is that you ask? Mission Fish is the official non-profit used by eBay !
We now have an eBay account - and a mission fish account - as well as paypal and we can begin selling items to raise money for the Alumnae Association! I can list the items as the direct seller or someone can choose us and have the profits of their sale go directly to us!
the ebay account is
lllalumnae Come check us out!
I am hoping to list a signed copy of the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding as our first item! As many of you know the copies that are out there are all that will be of all seven founding mothers at this time. I have a personal copy that I think I would like to have as our first item - check back in a few days to see it up for auction!

Well off to take care of the kids -
See you in 57 days or less :)

Karri

Sunday, May 20, 2007

60 DAYS!!!

Can you believe it just 60 days until the conference - two months away!

This is when things will really start getting busy!

Three weeks ago I went back to Maryland for Leader Day. I feel so rejuvenated toward La Leche League after being around other Leaders and Interested Mothers. I came home so excited about the conference, I immediately sent out more donation requests!
I sent a letter to George Lucas creator of Star Wars. My children and I are HUGE Star Wars fans. Jim (hubby) bought me an exact replica of Luke's lightsaber from Episode IV - which means it was Annikin's from Episode III, for our wedding Anniversary. You know your husband loves you when he buys you a lightsaber :)
My children all have FX Lightsabers they use to recreate the movies. Anyway, I sent a letter to Mr. Lucas requesting answers to my son's questions and a donation for La Leche League. When I arrived home from another trip to Maryland I had a letter from his office. His personal secretary sent me a very nice letter, but they were unable to give me a donation for the conference. What a complete and total bummer! That would have been cool!
But, I am still excited about what we have donated so far.
I am waiting on a list of items from Sue. Once I have that I plan to post here the list and then begin working on the labels and ticket bags. I REALLY need to get that going.
My sister is going to have surgery the day after I get home from the Conference. I am going to be worrying about her while I am gone, but at least the surgery is after the conference not before.

I need to figure out how to add a counter to see if anyone is even reading my blog :)

Karri

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Getting Worried

Well there are only 74 days left until the conference, which means I leave in 72 days!

I am feeling overwhelmed about three things -
Leaving my family for that length of time
Not having enough Donation Drawing/Silent Auction items
Not having all the Rejuvenation Activities filled!

I work on the Alumnae Donations almost daily, sending out emails and letter, but I am just not getting the responses I want! Hopefully things will pick up SOON! I think tomorrow I will send out emails to all the Leaders - for the last conference I just used the Leader locater on the LLLI website. This year I tried to do that and I can't find the page. It had all the countries listed English speaking or language spoken it was great - I have NO CLUE where that is on the redesigned site! I know I should be looking for it instead of complaining but I am not that computer literate!

As for the Rejuvenation well I haven't worked on that in a bit - I guess I should sit down again with that list!

Leaving the kids with my husband - oh that makes me so sad every time I think about it! I know once I am there I will be so busy and having adult chat that time will fly by but until then - I can't help but think about how much I will miss them!
I was looking yesterday for a carseat pully thing to bring along the baby seat - I didn't need it when I went to Chicago or Maryland the last time - I had a ride that brought one along - this time the limo place that will take me to the hotel doesn't provide one! I have to figure out how to carry Claire in the sling - her bag of meds - almost a weeks worth of clothes for her and I - toys - and an extra bag for all the stuff I either buy or win :) and a car seat! I saw this great car seat pull thing at BWI - I asked the woman where she got it and found it online - almost $90- that is a lot for a one time use - I bid on one on eBay but was out bid :( I have about 65 days to find one!

Well off to take the kids outside!

Kare