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The best date June 25, 2017

Filed under: Random Travels & Exploring — Heather @ 8:03 pm
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This pilot can’t quite see over the controls!

I admit it’s been a long time since I’ve gone on a date that truly excites me. It’s been some time since I’ve sat across from a guy who likes me as much as I like him, or vice versa. Dating isn’t easy, especially when you have a good idea of what you want, and, maybe more importantly don’t want, in a relationship.

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So it was a fun, refreshing outing today with…..my handsome, funny, goofy, smart, talkative nephew. 🙂 (sorry, family, for the tease.) I try to take my nieces and nephew on outings throughout the year, and also try to spend time on individual activities. It was my 8-year-old nephew’s turn so I picked him up for a special date. I love exploring the outdoors and being active with the kids. You may have read my other blog posts about our previous adventures in the woods, geocaching and more. I decided today we would explore the outdoors in the city…..we headed to downtown Detroit to wander through the Michigan DNR Outdoor Adventure Center.

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I visited the Outdoor Adventure Center a few years ago when it first opened (read the

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Learning how to keep forests safe.

blog), and it was BT’s first visit, so I looked forward to it. Plus, it was a gorgeous summer day, which added to my plan to walk Detroit’s riverfront after the center.

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The Outdoor Adventure Center basically brings all of Michigan’s awesome outdoor fun indoors to the city for residents and visitors to learn about and explore. There are hands-on activities, exhibits and simulators. There are also tons of interesting facts throughout the center to learn about Michigan’s outdoors, as well as protecting the environment in general. It’s fun for all ages!

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We checked out some live fish, relaxed in a yurt, “reeled in” a walleye and pike from a fishing boat (great simulator!), walked through a mine shaft, and wandered behind an indoor waterfall (Michigan has more than 150 waterfalls!). We laid down in a small tent to discuss the pros and cons of sleeping in a tent and what happens if it rains, then I watched BT climb a tree and slide down. We discussed the awesome ability of beavers to build such cool dams, and I delighted at his laugh upon seeing a hibernating bear inside of a den.

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Eek! Black bear behind us!

He loved the second floor of the center, where there are numerous hands-on activities and simulators. We discussed recycling and energy conversation inside a small mock kitchen and bathroom. Then we tested each other on the sounds of various frogs and birds. He refused to hold my hand across a suspension bridge (um, I wanted it for MY comfort) but did sweetly come back when I was mid-way to “help me.” He piloted a very small plane used by the DNR to monitor hunting and trapping, and I discovered I might stick with commercial airlines for a while!

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We kicked butt as a team in a hunting game, and I almost bounced out of a dune buggy that he drove (seriously, wear a seat belt!)! His huge smile while driving a snow mobile warmed my heart, and he actually congratulated me when I barely won a mountain bike race (he can be a little competitive). On the third floor, we talked about bald eagles, climbing trees and protecting nature.

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Back on the first floor, we sat around the campfire again while we discussed our next

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Love our time together!

plan. With a decision made, we grabbed some sunscreen, snacks and water from my car and headed to the river. I love walking Detroit’s riverfront! Much work and improvements have been done over the past few years. Many people were using the ride share bikes, as well as sitting on benches and standing along the railing. We wandered a bit, then found a shady spot along the river to eat our snacks, watch the many boats coast by and talk. We discussed summer vacation plans, third grade, his book recommendations for me, when I might get married, Canada, birds, the Coast Guard’s duties, sailboats, Corvettes, his dog, my favorite candy, why I don’t like sour Skittles and much, much more. I truly have an adorable, charming, silly, sweet, intelligent, fun nephew (I’m not being partial, it’s the truth!).

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I knew the day was a success when, as we walked along the river front, BT took my hand and shared how much fun he had with me. And then added with his charming smirk, “My sisters are going to be pretty jealous.” Ah, yes, a successful day.

 

Upcoming events entertain children and adults December 26, 2015

My sisters and I usually go in on gifts for the nieces and nephew for special occasions such as birthdays and Christmas. This year my younger sister commented that her kids were having a tough time coming up with Christmas present ideas, which reinforced that our family is blessed with good tidings and ‘things.’ So I decided to come up with a ‘gift experience’ rather than toys or games for the three younger children (ages 8, 7, 4). My husband and older sister (their other aunt) were totally for this idea. So next we had to come up with some ideas!

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Alladin pictureAfter tossing around, and nixing, a few options, we settled on….Disney on Ice tickets! The kids were thrilled to open the presents and learn of our outing. I think they were a little bummed we have to wait until March but as we explained, it will be Christmas again when we go! I love these type of outings with my nieces and nephew as I believe in the importance of spending quality time together….and while quality time doesn’t always have to mean being on the go to events such as this, these are fun memories to make too!

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If you’re looking for something to do with children and teens during the winter months, there are some entertaining events approaching in the new year. Here are a few suggestions to get started:

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Disney on Ice – This Disney show celebrates “100 years of magic” as the ice-skating spectacular highlights many of the favorite characters. The  core group, as I call them, of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto and Goofy will be joined by more than 50 other characters, including Alladin, Belle, Elsa and Olaf. The show is at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Event dates: March 10-13, 2016.

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Cinderella – This Rodgers & Hammerstein’s play weaves the original story we know with some updated twists and fun in this musical event. I love plays and musicals, especially Broadway events that bring some of my favorite stories to life. I’m hoping to see this play when it comes to the Detroit Opera House. Play dates: February 16-28, 2016.

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The Snow Queen – In this play, the Snow Queen wants to make winter last forever (I shudder at the thought!). Two children embark on an adventure and make new friends as they try to save the world. This play is hosted by Stagecrafters in Royal Oak as part of their youth theater productions. I’ve been to several other youth theater productions at the Baldwin Theatre and enjoyed every one. And while you may think a play with children won’t be that great, you’d be wrong as the stage set, acting, costumes, lighting and more live up to the great reputation of any Stagecrafters’ play. Tickets are very reasonable and the run time is usually 1 hour, 30 minutes – perfect for young children to sit through as they’re sure to be very engaged. Play dates: March 3-6, 2016.

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Are you my mother? – I love this children’s book so I think the play version should be great! This play follows baby bird to find her mother but first she encounters several other animals. This is part of the Children’s Series at Meadowbrook Theatre in Rochester (on Oakland University’s campus). Play date: April 2, 2016

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Curious George: The Golden Meatball – Our favorite, curious monkey hits the stage for a new musical in another play in the Children’s Series at Meadowbrook Theatre. Play date: April 23, 2016

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The Lightning Thief – This adaptation from the popular book by Rick Riordan follows the adventures of Percy Jackson, son of Perseus and a mortal woman, as his friends and him try to find Zeus’s stolen lightning bolt. This is another production from the Children’s Series at Meadowbrook Theatre. Play date: May 7, 2016

 

Go back in time at the Michigan Renaissance Festival September 25, 2015

festivalKids may be back in school and Fall officially started, but there is still plenty to do outside in Michigan’s beautiful weather! And we’re still in the midst of Michigan’s busy festival season. In my quest to be outdoors as much as Mother Nature shares this nice weather, my husband and I decided to check out the Michigan Renaissance Festival this past weekend.

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The Michigan Renaissance Festival started in 1979 in Clarkston, Mich., but has been hosted in Holly for the past 37 years. Each year the festival welcomes attendees to travel back in time to the 16th century to experience life during this time. A 17-acre village showcases reproductions of Renaissance shops, taverns and a castle. More than 300 artisans display their work. Ongoing entertainment, including full-contact armored jousting, comedy, music, games and more, occur throughout the event days.

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I haven’t been to the festival years so when I received some free admission tickets, I thought it would be a fun outing. So my husband and I headed north to Holly. The weekend’s theme was Harvest Huzzah, which was perfect for the kickoff of the fall season. Parking is free, which is nice since it’s a bit costly to get into the festival. We were stunned at the size of the crowd! It was much more crowded than either of us remember from the past so it’s obviously gained in popularity. Some people get really into the Renaissance theme – dressing in full costumes from the time period. There are some beautiful, detailed costumes worn by some. We also saw some zombies and a few random people who used the opportunity to dress in outrageous costumes not at all related to the time period. It was entertaining!

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festivaljoustThere is so much happening throughout the day! With 17 stages, there is ongoing music and entertainment. There are also entertainers wandering through the ‘village,’ including jugglers and people playing period games. A full-armor jousting contest drew a large crowd. There are games, such as archery, toss tomatoes at the insulting jesters, and knife throwing. There is a children’s area filled with age-appropriate games and activities. The marketplace was bustling with activity too. There are many clothing and costume vendors, as well as pretty jewelry, musical instruments, and fun toys for sale. You won’t go hungry, as there are tons of food and drink vendors (including the famous big turkey drumsticks!). You may go broke though, as there are many items to purchase. Plus, we noticed that many (maybe all?) performers pass baskets around to collect ‘donations’ from the crowd.

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Overall, it was an interesting afternoon. Frankly, it was a bit too crowded for us to really enjoy as we couldn’t wander through the village without being bumped. I’m not sure I’d recommend for small children. I’m glad we experienced it after many years away and it was nice to see so many people having a festive time. It was a beautiful day to spend outdoors with my husband. We ended the adventure with a delicious meal at the Union Woodshop in Clarkston, which serves great barbecue food! We waited about an hour for a table, but the restaurant opened an upstairs bar for waiting patrons. I love their wood smoked pizza.

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The Michigan Renaissance Festival ends Oct. 4, 2015. That weekend’s theme is Sweet Endings, featuring free samples at the Chocolate Festival, cupcake baking contest, craft beer tasting, many activities for kids and adults, and more.

 

Tips for hiking with young children September 21, 2015

kidshikingI enjoy hiking our local nature trails and try to pass that love to my nieces and nephew whenever I get the chance. They all thankfully seem to appreciate the outdoors too, which makes me very happy! Lower Michigan is enjoying some nice weather as we come upon the end of September so I took advantage of the mild temps to take my youngest two nieces and nephew hiking (ages 8, 6 and 4).

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We’ve been to Dinosaur Hill in Rochester a few times so I decided to head to Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township. The park covers 4,461-acres across Oakland and Macomb counties. There are lots of activities to do throughout the year, including visiting a great nature center that also has several miles of groomed trails surrounding it. The older two previously hiked there with their cousins and me but this was the first visit for the youngest. She was pretty excited to ‘get in the woods’ (as she said!).

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You have to do some preparation any time you head out for a day hike, but especially when taking young children into the woods. I always come prepared to entertain and feed them to make the time enjoyable for all. Some tips I’ve learned when taking day hikes with children:

  • Let them lead the way. When the trail is wide enough, we all end up hiking alongside each other as we talk and point out cool things in the woods. However, when it narrows, I usually ask one of them to lead (my nephew loves this request). This makes them feel special that you ‘trust’ them to take the lead. The good thing about Stony Creek trails is that they either intersect, end up at the nature center/parking lot or circle back, so you can’t get lost. An adult should always bring up the rear of the group to ensure no one wanders off or falls without any notice.
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  • Let them carry a small backpack with water and a snack. Small backpacks shouldn’t be too heavy but I’ve found that my nieces and nephew like to feel involved in our activity so want to help carry stuff. Great for me so my pack isn’t too heavy! While I carry my water, sunscreen, wipes, first aid kit and a few other items, a small water bottle and granola bar are perfect for them. I discovered snacks are a big motivator to keep the youngest moving (she was starving 5 minutes into the hike, even though they finished breakfast right before we left)! We found a clearing with a bench where we could take a short break, eat and talk about what we’d seen so far. Even though the kids are definitely taught to not litter, I was so proud that my 8-year-old niece reminded her siblings to put their wrappers in the backpack to carry out.
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  • Show them the map and let them pick the trail to hike. There are good trail map signs at the start and throughout the nature Stonytrailsigncenter trails so we stopped to read the map as a group. I gave them a few options of trails we could hike, then left it to them to decide (although when they couldn’t agree, I had to play the ‘pick a random number’ game before we stood for hours!). As we encountered trail signs and maps along the trail, they were excited to check our progress. These interval trail maps also helped encourage and motivate our littlest hiker!
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  • Make it fun! I sometimes will make a scavenger hunt list so that the kids have something to look for while we’re on the trail. Examples of item to include are leaves, certain color flowers, squirrel, chipmunk, deer, bird, snake, etc. Signage along the trail gave us a peek into the history of the area – we learned the area was once a family’s backyard, which really impressed the kids and led to some great conversations about playtime and our ‘dream’ backyard.
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  • Go to the bathroom before you get on the trail. We always ‘try’ even when everyone says they don’t have to pee – and every time we all end up happy we tried.
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  • Give them a camera and let them be creative. I love seeing the world through other people’s eyes. We’re all so different and appreciate various things. The kids love taking pictures so this makes it fun for them.
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  • Dress appropriately for cool or warm temps. Let them wear ‘old’ shoes or some that can get dirty so you can let them be kids and not worry about getting dirty while outdoors. Of course, all the same I do encourage them to avoid jumping into the middle of a mud puddle on the trail (just because I like my sister!).
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  • Teach them about Leave No Trace, which teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. We talked about staying on paths rather than traipsing through plants, never littering, and respecting nature and wildlife since the woods are home to plants and animals.
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  • Please don’t forget to apply sunscreen – on children and adults.
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  • Have patience. I never start these outings with any preconceived notion we’ll hike a specific length of the trail or that it will be a quick trip. Just the preparation at the car (put on or remove jackets, check shoe laces, apply sunscreen, put on backpacks, and more!) takes plenty of time. When I take the kids hiking, I’m there to spend time with them, sharing something I love and hoping they develop a similar interest/love. These are truly moments that are about our time together. When we are leaving the park and they ask when we can go back, then I know it was a successful, special outing for all of us.
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Have you hiked with children? What tips do you have to share?

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Family camping trip near Lake Huron September 1, 2015

What a view!

What a relaxing view!

I enjoy camping, especially in Michigan where we have some of the best parks and campgrounds. You really don’t have to drive far to find a campground. Most campgrounds have plenty of options for pitching tents, parking a trailer/camper, or even renting rustic cabins to sleep in if you prefer to be off the ground.

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My older sister, niece, cousin and their friends plan an annual camping trip. This year, my sister invited the rest of the family (read some reasons why I enjoy camping). It was the first camping trip for my younger sister, husband and three young kids. My husband couldn’t make the trip, so between the rest of us, plus our cousin and sister’s friend, there were 11 of us heading to Port Crescent State Park in Port Austin. The 640-acre park sits on Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. There are 142 modern campsites with electrical hookup and a new camper cabin that sleeps six.

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From the metro Detroit area, it’s a nice, relaxing drive to Port Austin/Caseville in Michigan’s “thumb.” You eventually start passing farmland, vegetable stands and small towns. I made it to Port Crescent State Park in approximately two hours.

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The campground was hit with a big storm the night before so everyone was drying out their campsite, including tents, sleeping bags, clothes, wood and more. My mom and niece had to take a bunch of stuff to the laundromat to dry (some of them arrived a few days earlier). When I arrived, though, the sun was out and a decent wind off of Saginaw Bay was keeping the gray clouds moving.

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Port Crescent is a nice campground – I like the wooded sites and well-maintained grounds and bathroom areas. The campground has several access points to the three miles of sandy beach along the Great Lake’s Saginaw Bay. There is also a play structure for kids, as well as the ability to borrow games, books and movies.

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Making sure this is where we want to sleep!

Making sure this is where we want to sleep!

My sister reserved two campsites for our group that offered a spectacular view of the bay. I waited for the younger kids to arrive so they could help me pitch my REI Quarter Dome Plus tent. This backpacking tent is easy to set up, even alone. But I thought it would be fun for my nieces and nephew to help since they’ve never before done it. I went over steps to pitch the tent: I showed them how to choose a spot on the campsite to place the ground cover, then lay on it to look up (make sure no big branches are hanging over the tent in case of a storm that might cause the branch to fall) and also make sure you’re not laying on uneven ground because that very quickly gets uncomfortable. We then spread the tent on the ground cover and connected the pole sections. This tent is color-coded so as long as you can tell the difference between gray and orange, you can connect the poles to the tent! We easily staked the tent and added the rain fly. I usually stake the tent last as it’s easier to move the location or make adjustments if necessary.

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My 8-year-old niece wanted to sleep in the tent with me so we unpacked our sleeping pads and bags, as well as her multiple stuffed animals who also wanted to experience camping. My mom and I then took the kids on a walk around the campground and to the beach on Lake Huron. It was awesome to feel the fresh breeze and cool water! I always love walking through a campground as you often encounter friendly people, and I love watching people having fun together outside.

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Back at the campsite, we ate lunch, then had a fun dance party and limbo contest. When it was time to start a campfire, we sent the kids to forage for firewood and kindling. This provided a fun distraction/game for them, plus helped them feel a part of the campfire process. One tip I’ve learned is to wander the empty campsites in the morning. Many campers will pack up their belongs and leave the leftover firewood in or around the fire pit. And of course the tree branches, pine cones, and dry needles provide great kindling and tinder.

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Making yummy scrambled eggs at the campsite.

Making yummy scrambled eggs.

In the evening, we enjoyed s’mores and stories around the campfire. The next morning was very windy and chilly, but thankfully the clouds moved on by mid-morning and we had a beautiful summer day to enjoy. We enjoyed scrambled eggs, made by adding eggs and other ingredients in a plastic bag, clipped and placed in boiling water for 15 minutes. It’s an easy meal to make, with easy clean up (making it even better!).

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Cheeseburger Festival was occurring in Caseville so a group of us piled into vehicles and drove the short distance to Caseville. It was packed! There was music playing, lots of booths displaying jewelry, toys, clothing and more for sale, plus many food stands to purchase burgers, fresh lemonade, dessert and more.

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Back at the campsite, the kids and their parents went swimming in the lake, while the rest of us relaxed around an early campfire. Dinner was homemade pizzas, which was fun for all of us to make as we got to choose our own ingredients, then cook on a camp stove. These were delicious! The kids especially enjoyed making their own.

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Saturday morning, we visited the farmers’ market in Port Austin. Lots of vendors set up food booths to sell vegetables, fruit, honey, seasonings and more. There is also a flea market with many booths selling a variety of items, from furniture to candles to purses/bags to clothing.

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All too soon, it was time to pack up camp and go home. I wished I would have had time to hike the nearby trails or go geocaching, but overall it was a fun experience camping as a family. We all agreed we will do it again, and possibly longer. Since both adults and kids enjoyed it, we’ll chalk it up to a successful trip!

Enjoying nature!

Enjoying nature!

 

A few of my favorite things November 26, 2014

Filed under: Life Lessons — Heather @ 1:19 pm
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A few of my favorite things

Barbara Streisand and Maria from the Sound of Music sing about raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens as a few of their favorite things. While my husband, family and friends rank as my favorite people in my life, there are some things that bring smiles to my face and warmth to my heart. As we kick off the season that celebrates blessings and gratefulness, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things in life (in no particular order):

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1. I could get lost in time and thought wandering through a bookstore or library.  One of my favorite pastimes is reading. It distracts me, soothes me and brings me enjoyment. I mostly indulge in fiction works because I love using my imagination to be transported to another place and time.

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2. Being outdoors on a warm, sunny day. I love a soft breeze of fresh air, hearing the leaves rustle and feeling the sun’s warmth as I sit on the deck or walk through the neighborhood.

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DawsonCC23. I may not be able to ride horses anymore but cancer can’t diminish the joy and peace these animals still bring to me. Their graceful, yet powerful movements make me pause to watch and the warmth and softness of pressing my cheek to a horse’s neck instantly soothes my soul.

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4. Phone calls and in person visits with friends. Texts and social media messages have taken away from these precious bonding activities, which lately leaves me feeling sad and detached from some friends. I truly enjoy and love connecting with friends, even if only for a few minutes to say hello and thinking of you.

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5. Seeing the world through the eyes of innocent children makes me smile and marvel at how our thinking and imagination changes as we age. Children ask the best questions and tell great stories. They also love unconditionally. These moments take me to a less stressful time in life.

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6. I love exploring the world and finding new adventures with my husband. He’s always game to try new activities and visit new places, which certainly makes life pretty fun as we create new memories.

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7. Zumba and other activities to get my body moving and feeling strong. I love my regular Zumba class – the music and instructor give me energy, confidence in my body (despite the titanium rod in my leg), and generally put me in a great mood by the end of the class. I’m blessed to have a strong, healthy body after a terrible illness so am always satisfied when pushing myself physically.

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8. Warm, soft slippers make my feet feel great and relieve pressure on my knee.

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flowers9. Bright flowers bring cheer to any room. Sunflowers and daisies are my favorite.

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10. Laughter – the kind that makes your stomach hurt and tears fall down your face. We don’t laugh enough in this society. I think our problems would be less if we laughed more.

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11. Road trips bring the promise of adventure and new experiences.

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12. Making something with my hands. Whether working on projects for my new Etsy store, Be Happy Designs, or planting flowers in the garden, nothing brings easy happiness and satisfaction than seeing a project finished that I did with my hands.

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13. A hot bubble bath. Granted, this might be on my mind since the cold temps are hitting our Michigan home!

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14. Music is so powerful and can mirror our emotions with the various lyrics and sounds. I couldn’t imagine a world without music.

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15. Feeling love. Sounds cheesy but it’s so true. Whether it’s the goofy smile I find on my face after a sweet text from my husband, the feeling of my nephew’s arms around me in a hug, hearing “I love you” from my mom as we end our phone call or the knowledge that I’m important to someone else, nothing can match that warm, happy feeling that love provides. I’m grateful every day for the people in my life who love me, despite my many faults. I hope everyone feels that love in their lives too.

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What brings smiles to your face?

 

Help me bring a horse to the home of a child with cancer May 14, 2014

Filed under: Cancer Tips,Life Lessons — Heather @ 6:32 pm
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CampCaseytrailer_frontI’m raising money to bring a Camp Casey Horsey House Call to the home of a child with cancer. I’ve never used this blog to ask for direct help but I decided to share this organization with all of you because it’s that awesome. Read more to learn why I’m asking for a donation to Camp Casey, then follow the directions at the bottom to make a difference in the life of a child.

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In the 15 years I’ve been blessed, fortunate, lucky to be a cancer survivor, I try to give back every year to an organization or people making a difference to those touched by cancer. I currently am a volunteer board member and equine therapist for Camp Casey, a Michigan-based nonprofit that provides horseback riding experiences to children with cancer, and sickle-cell and aplastic anemia.

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Camp Casey offers three programs at no cost to participants. During a Horsey House Call, volunteers bring a horse to a child’s home for a surprise visit, rides and party. Cowboy Camp Outs enable families to enjoy a getaway to a Michigan dude ranch resort, and Outlaw Outings include various outings, such as baseball games, theater shows, or museum tours.

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One of our Hero Herd members.

One of our Hero Herd members.

Because of my past horse experience, I trained to be an equine therapist for Camp Casey, which means I help coordinate the day-of activities for our Horsey House Calls. What happens on these visits? A lot of awesome! We bring a horse from our Hero Herd, a group of amazing, calm horses that are ‘interviewed’ and vetted out by the Camp Casey staff. These horses’ owners agree to let us bring their horse to surprise a child at their home. Imagine living in Detroit, Rochester, Royal Oak or any suburb or community and seeing a truck and horse trailer pull up in front of your neighbor’s house – you can guess the great reactions we receive!

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The child doesn’t know we’re coming so we unload the horse while volunteers are setting up tables and equipment. Then we knock on the front door, making sure our horse is the first thing they see. Surprise and smiles! During the two-hour visit, the child and a limited number of siblings or friends (17 years or under) ride the horse along the sidewalk or wherever depending on the location. We enjoy pizza and drinks, make crafts and horse treats, take lots of pictures and have a lot of fun.

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I love watching children’s expressions when they see a horse on their front lawn. I love watching the smiles on faces of children who were at first hesitant to ride a horse, then fall in love. I love interacting with the amazing volunteers who commit to these experiences. And of course I love being around the horses who never fail to bring laughter and smiles to these children.

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One of my first Horsey House Calls was to the home of a 10-year old child with both leukemia. I led a horse to her front door so that when she opened it to see us waiting for her, she squealed in delight. The experience brought tears to my eyes several times – the magic that animals provide, the opportunity this experience provides to a child and family to forget about their disease for a short while, and witnessing the impact on volunteers. As a cancer survivor, I know how precious those “normal” moments are. For some participants, this is the last great experience they have….because cancer is a terrible, terrible disease. Which inspires me even more to help share the Camp Casey mission with everyone.

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Raising awareness wherever we drive!

Raising awareness as we drive!

And selfishly, the experience brings me comfort as I remember why I love these beautiful animals and how much I miss riding and regularly being around them. Cancer took my ability to ride when I was diagnosed with  bone cancer and had my femur/knee replaced with titanium. I lost much of my confidence with horses after so many years away and knowing I have this titanium rod in my leg that could be hurt with one fall. But the habits and knowledge came rushing back to me each Horsey House Call I attended. For a few hours I can feel normal and absorb the love and comfort these animals bring to me while sharing that love with children who could use a reason to smile.

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Now I’m asking for your help in bringing a Horsey House Call to the home of a child with cancer – giving a child an opportunity to laugh, have fun and be ‘normal’ for a few hours.

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My goal is to raise $1,000 to support one Horsey House Call. My husband and I are kicking in the first $100. ANY donation amount will help make a difference for this small nonprofit. Here’s how to donate:

  • Visit Camp Casey’s website (www.camp-casey.org)
  • Click “Donate Now” – you’ll be taken to Pay Pal’s website where you can enter your donation amount.
  • At the top left, you’ll see “Donation in honor of” – click that and please write “Heather’s HHC” so Camp Casey can track our progress (I won’t know the amount you donated).
  • You can also mail a check payable to “Camp Casey” to 333 W. Seventh, Suite 230, Royal Oak, MI 48067 (please include Heather’s HHC in the memo or with a note)
  • Feel good because you’re going to make a sick child very happy!
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Thank you for helping me share my love of horses with children who deserve a smile in their lives.

 

 
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