Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A little update, a golf tournament, and a pageant

I am still here :)

I have been so busy with work, Emily, Jude, Emily's Smile Boxes, and Regal Princess that I have not had time to blog. I just wanted everyone to know that Jude is doing wonderful. We are waiting to hear if his equipment will be approved. We cannot wait for him to get his new wheelchair. Emily is doing very well too. She was in a golf tournament yesterday hosted by the FPR foundation. They raised funds for Emily's Smile Boxes, The Roanoke food pantry, and the Liberty Institute. This foundation has truly been amazing to Emily. Not only have they donated numerous times to her charity they even sent a sponsorship for her Miss Texas Teen USA endeavor. Emily's Smile Boxes is still going strong and we have been shipping out about 5-10 boxes a week. I explained to someone today the dynamic of the need for donations. Each box costs about 10-15 dollars to ship (depending on location). Then there is the expense of the box itself which is about $5-$7. We love making kids smile but it does take funds to make this happen. So we are so thankful for company's like FPR! We have some funds right now that we are hoping to put towards a fall box party. We would love to load the kids up with Halloween and Christmas boxes. I have also learned that there is just so much I can do. I really like the pace of her charity right now because I can keep up with it.

So I am also working away on Regal Princess. The pageant industry is hard to explain sometimes. I have poured everything I can into this system and I am stressing. Without the turn out I need I struggle with continuing my system. I know I will, but I still struggle. I have so much in store for each one of these precious kids that will attend this summer. I cannot wait to see their smiling faces and how they respond to the surprises I have. I also have so much planned for them to teach about the benefits of community service. If you help your fellow man you help everyone!

Jude is over here talking and smiling and it is truly making my night. I hope everyone is well and I am sorry about the delay in updating.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The 4th and more

Tuesday July 3rd they start fireworks shows near our house. So we brought the dogs (Aka..Houdini's) into the house because they hate loud noises. We have tracked their escape tactics start during thunderstorms, fireworks, or loud noises. So they were inside and then we started to sedate Jude because the loud fireworks can cause startle seizures.

July 4th we went to my dads house and they had a mattress set up for Jude to lay on. It made our lives SO much easier! So we hung out over there for awhile eating a great meal and visiting with family. Jude really enjoyed having his family around.

We are still having issues with our dog Bigsby giving Jude startle seizures due to his barking when someone knocks on the door. I had purchased the Sonic Egg and it worked for about two weeks. Now Bigs just runs upstairs and barks through the egg. It's so strange because he knows what he is doing is not allowed. I know dogs bark, but it's a nervous bark with Bigs. I am wondering if I can get the Dog Whisperer...lol.

It's getting closer to my pageant that I run and that means I start to have nightmares due to stress. It's actually very comical. I am OVERLY organized so I have ridiculous dreams like not having enough score sheets, forgetting contestant numbers, not having a tabulator, etc. It will all be perfect, but I still have these dreams.