Thursday, January 12, 2012

Ronald McDonald House

Last night I went from work over to Children's Hospital to help serve a meal to the families of children who are admitted to the hospital. I had volunteered through Allina 2 months ago and it looked like a fun thing to do at the time. Allina provides the money to buy the groceries, volunteers make the meal which includes a main dish, salad, fruit, dessert, ice cream and milk or water, and then more volunteers serve the meal and clean up. When the day came to do it I almost canceled myself out having just put in a tiring 8 hours at the clinic but I figured it was only 2 hours of my evening (I was signed up to serve the meal) and maybe when I get there it will get better. I found that it did. Some very weary moms and dads and some patients came through our line to have a nice hot meal and some time to relax. I was glad I went. I got to know some wonderful fellow employees and was able to play a part in putting some smiles on some very weary and worried families of sick children that are staying at the hospital. Many of them thanked us when they left and told us how much they appreciated our service in making their stay more restful and pleasant. The person in charge took a picture and I asked him to send it to me so I could put it on my blog site. It was a wonderful and rewarding volunteer experience!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Moving on from 2011

Here is hoping everyone enjoyed and/or survived Christmas. We had 7 at the table on Christmas Day dinner. Played a game of Sequence with partners, one of my mom's favorite games. Daniel and Karen came early to help with set up. I meant to take more pictures than I did which ended up as one pic of Daniel and Karen going over the friends and relatives Christmas cards. When one doesn't live at home the cards are usually found there even though they received a few at their new place. Will throw in a pic of DJ Fieds and the Fam since that is what I did the day after Christmas instead of clean-up at home. I do some photography for Daniel's DJ business which is thriving so far and they had gotten logo shirts so I thought it would be nice if I stopped over to take some pics for their web page. This particular event was for a couple that got married in Venuzuela a few months ago and then returned to the U.S. and had a welcome home party. Daniel works with the mother of the bride at Byerlys - thus the job.

Here's to 2012! Happy New Year everyone!!