Saturday, October 16, 2010


I know I've said it a million times... but I am absolutely, 100%, in love with Carden. Never in a million years did I ever think I would be THIS happy with our choice to send Deacon to Carden... I knew I would like it... but I don't just like it- I love it. Carden is like family to us.

Today was our Harvest Fair- which is our big fall fundraiser... and it was so much fun. Perfect weather too- high 70's (maybe low 80's... but Carden is very shaded). I got there at 8:30am because I had entered the chili contest and I was judging the bake-off... plus, being on the committee, I needed to help set-up. I brought Deacon with me and he did such a great job playing with the other kids and staying out of the way while we were all setting up. My mom showed up with Zac around 11, but left pretty shortly thereafter because Zac was feverish :( I was planning on Deacon being supervised by my mom and going home around 1:30 to nap with Zac... but when Zac and my mom left early I decided that I'd let him stay the rest of the day with me. Dawn & Aiden showed up around 1ish and Deacon loved showing off his school to Aiden.

By 4, Deacon was DONE. Thankfully Damien was back from his soccer coaches course and was able to take home Deacon... and I stayed until about 6:15 helping with the clean up. And as exhausted as we all were, we all had a good time cleaning up... and no one was complaining... and everyone was so appreciative of everyone else... and I love that (I'm all about "words of affirmation").

I'm so proud of our little school... we raised so much money and we did such a great job, despite quite a few obstacles along the way!
My big contribution to the Harvest Fair this year was coming up with the idea for the Class Project (each class puts the project together... hence "class project).  The Class Project is auctioned off at the Harvest Fair and is typically a decent money maker.  In the past, the classes have made scarecrows and decorated styrofoam pumpkins-- and both these class project ideas were cute, but they were HUGE and no one really wanted to bid on them because of size and the storage issue.  Anyway, thanks to my amazing friend, Dawn, who came up with this calendar idea... and when I presented it to the Harvest Fair Committee they were all a touch skeptical at first, but agreed to let me do it.  I can honestly tell you that I have been SHOCKED at how well received this project was... I have received so many compliments about the whole thing... but the biggest compliment happened today during the live auction.  In the past, the class projects auction off between $15-$30... this year, the kindergarten calendar (the one pictured above) went for $82!!!- and all the other grades were similar!!!  It was amazing how much everyone loved these!!!  Yay!  (and a huge thanks to my mom who really helped get these put together)

 Sundi did a GREAT job as our emcee!!!  He really got the parents bidding higher and higher for the calendars.  This is during the bid-off for the 3rd grade project.

 This is Sundi yelling at me to bid higher for the kindergarten project

Me and Deacon right before he went home... 

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