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Hi, My name is Dannelle and I am currently insane.
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It all started in the fall when I had a little accident that involved a flight of stairs…I was lucky that I wasn’t hurt worse than I really was. Let’s just say it will be another few months before I get back to kick boxing as I still have dents from the stair treads on my left shin and ribs…
That meant for a simpler holiday season, me still have almost a 2 car garage of boxes to unpack for the new house, and not being able to even bend over and pick something up off the floor. It’s funny how God occasionally reminds us to slow down in our lives…I just wish he had not given me that little push when I was at the top of a flight of stairs, LOL!
January brought Miss Sarah being accepted to the University of Wisconsin! Being too young to actually be ON campus, she is a freshman through the University Of Wisconsin Online program until she is old enough to transfer to campus. It was time to create a system to make sure she was organized, could handle the course load and see how to integrate it with her elementary school. I can’t say enough about the UW, honestly: They even had private entrance exams for her! Her adviser has been a wonderful addition to her learning team and she should have her first degree by the time she would be in 10th grade.
Did you know a 9-year-old college student is big news? She has already been interviewed several times, picked up as a Girl Scout “poster child” for their STEM program and is soon to be on Television. This all leads to our new website being launched this week: www.SarahLynGay.com
The message is simple: If kids learn through play, give them great things to play with! Unplug them from video games, get engaged with them and amazing things can happen! Miss Sarah will have a weekly column under “Sarah Says” that lets her share her thoughts her educational journey, daily life and how she feels about our balance between her emotional age and intellectual age. We will also have product reviews, educational insights and what we do to keep her balanced and as “normal” as possible.
Speaking of normal, it is Girl Scout cookie season and I am not only a troop leader, council trainer, on the leadership team and a delegate for the council but I agreed to be a cookie cupboard where lots of troops can pick up orders for a few weeks to restock for their booth opportunities.
Yahoo for early March — if you follow on Facebook or Twitter you have been seeing a lot of the hashtag: IHHS2016. That is because I head to Chicago soon for the annual event: International Home and Housewares Show. This year Ann (from our team here) is going with me and we are taking the event by storm! We are looking for all the fun new things to make lives with little people easier, meal prep simpler and feeding our families a healthier experience. She is BEYOND excited for her first time at the show and is looking forward to meeting Emeril Lagasse and Rick Bayless. (OK, I may be a tad excited to see them too…) I have enjoyed previous shows with fun visits …
If you think that all wasn’t enough, we are gearing up for a family mission trip, summer camps and are looking forward to bringing our Ukrainian daughter back! Diana isn’t really our daughter but we “adopted” her through the Circle of Love child of Chernobyl program two years ago and are having her back this summer. She is two years older than Miss Sarah and a total blessing to have around. We have simple, yet fun, things planned to do with her six-week visit like attending the Farmer’s Market, going to the Madison Zoo, hitting the Madison Children’s Museum, and more.
WOW — that was 700 words of all kinds of crazy happening around here!
We are slowly starting to get back to normal…thanks for being patient with us! Monthly Bargain Deals, Freezer Inventory Reminders, even a calendar with fun/frugal things to do with the kiddos is coming back!