Monday, November 24, 2014

Busy, Busy

You know the old saying, feast or famine?  Well, we are absolutely in the feast mode!

Mommy and Daddy have had 4 events/bookings in the last 4 weeks.  With nine for the whole year so far, this was a very busy time for us.  Prepping and presenting take a lot of thought, motivation and time.  This was especially challenging, since all the bookings were of a different nature.

In late October, we had the Storytime with Stacy and the Harvest Festival fund raiser.  In November, Mommy was invited to present her story to an adult education group at the First Presbyterian Church of South St. Paul.

She hadn't done one of those in over a year, so she updated and practiced a new presentation.  It was basically the same type of theme, "Taking Life's Challenges and Turning them into Wonderful Opportunities" or "Don't Let Anything Stop You."  Of course, we have had more challenges since her last adult event, that's the way of Mommy's life!

Two days later, Mommy and Daddy had an event for a Mom's Group in Hastings at the United Methodist Church.  It was a quick turn around, but they handled it like pros.  Even when 40 people showed up instead of the 28 expected.  They did great.  We read 3 stories to the children and had an informal chat with the moms about the importance of reading.

Mommy really enjoyed presenting again.  She likes being asked different questions and tries to be prepared for any thing that might come up.  She thinks of possible questions and comes up with an open, honest response.  Of course, there are always a few surprises!

For the Adult Ed booking, she had her presentation, time for questions and some talking points the group could discuss if there was extra time.  There were so many questions, the talking points weren't needed.  Maybe, next time!

We are looking forward to Ringo's first Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Who knows what the weather will be like?  We are blessed.

Boomer the Mellow Yellow Lab

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Ringo's First Halloween and Harvest Festival

Crisp fresh air and falling leaves mean autumn is in full swing.  We may even get our first snowfall soon!

Ringo and I have enjoyed jumping through leaf piles.  Ringo tries to catch them as they fall off the trees!

Mommy and Daddy participated in an event at the church called the Harvest Festival.  They said it was very fun.  Some kids were dressed up in costumes, many people shared their talents and wares and a big chili cook-off rounded off the evening.  Mommy and Daddy talked to many people and even sold a few books!  Laughter and music filled the room.  What a great event for Fall!

This was Ringo's first Halloween.  He didn't know what to think about it.  We had matching costumes!  We were both bats!  I think we should have called ourselves the "BOO! Brothers!"  Ringo kept trying to eat my hat while it was on my head, he was very confused.  I included a picture so you can see how cute we looked.

Mommy and Daddy have two events scheduled in November.  On November 16th, Mommy will give a presentation for an Adult Ed. class.  She will talk about not allowing challenges to get in the way of achieving life's goals.  She believes everything happens for a reason and we should treat every day as a blessing.  I think she will do well.

The other event is a program for a Mom's group.  There will be about 30 people there; many little children.  Mommy will have a great time!  She met one of the moms at the Story Time last month.

We had a nice book order from Canada earlier this week.  We always appreciate the support from our friends north of the border.

My little brother is continuing to charm many people.  At the groomer's last weekend, he gave the woman a hug while she clipped his nails.  She thought that was so cute!

We had a couple friends over for dinner last night and they thought we were both very cute!  Ringo was bouncing all over - he is a puppy, after all.  I tried reminding him of his manners.  Our friends thought I was an excellent big brother - very tolerant!  We had a great time and were very tired!

Boomer the Mellow Yellow