Happy Birthday Dr. Suess!
3 years ago
|The old bands|
|Close-up of my straight teeth!|
|Trying out a background|
|Nice face Jolee...|
Also, on my last blog post I mentioned about Doernbecher Week. Well, everything went well with that and so far our school raised about $2500 for Doernbecher. It's just a tiny amount compared to high schools around the state that have raised tens of thousands of dollars- but our teacher told us that it's not about how much we make, but how much effort, time and care that we put into it. We still will have the car wash this Saturday and I'll be sure to post photos of the fun! We raise around $900 from that.
The people who organize the Kids Making Miracles* foundation selected certain schools from around the state and each school got to choose 2-4 kids to ride in a "party bus". (See the video below) As a reward from all of our hard work, Naivit and I were chosen to do this for our school! :) The bus came to pick us up from school on Friday and drove us to some Doernbecher offices along with 6 other high school students. (Not Newberg High) It was a TON of fun :) The radio was blasting and we stuck our faces out these tiny windows at the top, screamed the lyrics, and waved at random people on the streets of Portland. Yep, it was pretty awesome. When we got to the offices, we met with about 40 other students who had driven there in different party buses. We all split up into different cars from there. My group got to ride with Myron Child! The founder of Kids Making Miracles. We all went out to a free dinner at Stanford's, and from there we were driven to Doernbecher Children's Hospital. This is where everyone else comes as well, to the "Pajama Jam". Even more different schools and kids come at this time. Our school brought around 30 kids, and there are at least 25 schools participating that all bring around 10-40 kids. Everybody that comes receives a free t-shirt. There is a candlelight ceremony in the auditorium at which patients, doctors, students and teachers speak to everyone there. Then, we walk down to the Eternal Flame in the front of the hospital (even if it's raining!!) and certain kids carry torches on the way down to "re-light" or "add" to the Eternal Flame. We wave at the kids in the windows of the hospital as we go along. When we get there we all cheer as they touch their torches to the flame. After all that and group photos we drive with our school in school buses over to Bullwinkles and have a lot of fun until 1:00am. :) I'm sure that was super confusing, as it is to most people that I try to explain this to. But hopefully you understood a little bit of it. To sum it up, it was a great night!!! And Naivit and I hope to bring Doernbecher to Newberg High next year since at this point, the high school doesn't do Doernbecher fundraising.
*Kids Making Miracles (KMM) is the organization through which our school gives money to Doernbecher.
Here are videos/photos of that night:
On the bus!!
I didn't actually get any photos at Bullwinkles... Haha! What a great night!!! :)
Also, the Brown's came to visit a couple weekends ago, and it was sooo much fun getting to play with their kids again. They are super special to me. Here are a few cute photos:
This is the last section :) This last weekend (same weekend as the Pajama Jam) there was a Mother/Daughter retreat out at Tilikum at which my mom was the speaker. (Not Twin Rocks) I was able to be there for Saturday and Sunday morning and enjoyed listening to my mom speaking, eating good food and hanging out with our friends the Sommervilles. (Grace and Sarah)
A posed "hike" ... Yeah, we're cheesy like that.
Well there's that! Hope you enjoyed this long update, as it took me a while to put it all together :)