Sunday, February 20, 2011

They're Going Bald for a Cause

I've been living in my neighborhood now for just over nine years. In that time, I've gotten to know a few of my neighbors, some more than others.  Some are cool, some not so much.  Some friendly, outgoing and fun to hang out with, some, well, not so much.  This is the story of the cool ones...

Last year at this time, my neighbor Kathy, and I were chatting and she asked me what I thought of her husband's newly grown beard.  I said it was a new look for him and asked what made him decide to grow it out.  Her response blew me away.  Very calmly Kathy said, "Mike is going to get his beard and head completely shaved bald the week of St. Patrick's Day." I think she was expecting my response of  "What? Is he nuts? It's so dang cold here in Michigan.  He'll freeze his fool head off."  That was the day I learned about the St. Baldrick's Day Foundation.

2011 Team Clintondale Shavees - Mike, Dennis, Ryan & Jason

What an amazing charitable foundation this is!  Their mission is simple: "The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives." Can't get more simple than that, now can ya? 

That evening a check was delivered to the neighbor's house. 

My neighbor's husband, both sons and their best friend will be shaving their beards and their heads to benefit St. Baldrick's.  Our check has already been forwarded and we're looking forward to seeing our bald neighbors. We're extremely proud to say that we've helped work to kick childhood cancers' collective asses!!

Mike, Jason & Dennis - Post Shave March 2010
Want to help make a difference? Just visit Team Clintondale's page and make a donation. Every PENNY helps. Together we CAN and WILL show kids' cancers just WHO is in charge!

NOTE:  I "borrowed" these photos from our participants. Thanks for sharing guys! And thanks for your bravery!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Project 365 - Chapter 3

Ok, so I made the commitment to take a new photo one a day for 365 days. And so far, I've only missed a day or two. And now without further ado, here's the next Chapter in our lives.

Lego Creations Abound in Our Home
January 17, 2011

Working on My 101 in 1,001 Days
Making My Own Greeting Cards
January 18, 2011

Junior Chef
January 19, 2011

No Pictures Today Mom, PLEASE!
January 20, 2011

A Pleasant Pick-Me-Up from the Big E.
January 21, 2011
A Day Well Spent With  Buddy's Best Friend
January 22, 2011

Thinking of My Angel in  Heaven, Samantha Marie
January 23, 2011

I LOVE Turtles!
January 24, 2011

Testing Out the New Purex Complete Crystals
January 25, 2011

Thinking of A Future Vacation in Holland, Michigan
(Maybe I'll get to meet Julie)
January 26, 2011

My Favorite Souvenir from Our Holland 2006 Trip
January 27, 2011

Waiting for Warm Summer Nights to
Swing, Sip Wine and Star Gaze
January 28, 2011

Thirst Quencher - My Daily AddictionJanuary 29, 2011
My Other Daily Addiction
Jalapeno Cream Cheese Poppers and Pretzel Nuggets
January 30, 2011

Counting Down the Days till We go to Illinois
To see Jim Henson's Fantastic World
at the Lakeview Museum of Art and Science
January 31, 2011

And so we bid a fond farewell to the first month of 2011. It was an interesting, snow and illness filled month for our family, but we survived. Here's to a great February, 2011. Hoping it's filled with all the love St. Valentine will allow!