who loves a parade?

i am organizing a parade. more specifically, the kiddie day parade, which is a *huge* event here and the largest community service project our kiwanis club sponsors. last year, about 200 kids participated.

and i am starting from the ground up. the woman who organized the event for the last several years is no longer in our club and “misplaced” all her computer files and documents regarding it. in other words, she *deleted* them out of spite. how very mature of her.

but, that’s ok. i already have lots of ideas that will blow any parade she put together out of the water. usually, after the kids parade through town, we have refreshments and activities for them in front of city hall. every year, the past organizer used inflateables for the kids to play on. those are fun, but i think it’s time to change it up a bit and get away from the same-old, same-old.

i am proposing a fair atmosphere. i am going to contact the minor league baseball team in rome to see if we can get a few players to come, meet the kids and give autographs; i think a face painting booth would be fun; and i would like to have a few fair-type games, such as tossing softballs into buckets. i want something that is low-maintenance but a lot of fun for the kids.

do you have any other suggestions?

i’m also going to contact local businesses about being sponsors for t-shirts, which i’m going to have to start on asap.

it’s going to be busy between now and september, but it’s ok. i’m up to the challenge.

the last of the birthday surprises

i’m a few days late on this, but i just finished editing pictures.

joe had a few more surprises up his sleeve monday evening. when he arrived home, he had a birthday cake and gift for me. yay! the cake was chocolate with chocolate icing (yum!), and the gift was “the holiday” on dvd. i loved that movie when we saw it in the theater.

the cake

make a wish!

aj wanted to join joe while he sang happy birthday to me.

after digging into the cake, i headed out to the city council meeting i had to cover. joe said i would know what my last surprise was before i saw him next. i just thought he was crazy. apparantly, he is. at the end of my meeting, the city manager said, “we have someone with a BIRTHDAY here today.”

that was when the “oh crap” look hit my face. the newspaper reporter, who was sitting next to me, started laughing.

“how does he know that?” i asked.

“guess,” she said.

“i’m going to KILL him,” i said, as i had realized what joe had done.

kevin, the city manager, looked at me with a HUGE grin on his face and said, “miss CADY with (insert call letters here) is having a birthday today. let’s all say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to her.”

sigh. but wait. it gets better.

kevin came over to me and said, “i won’t tell anyone, but i know exactly how old you are.”

now, i’m not sensitive about my age, but you just don’t say that!

joe thought the whole thing was hilarious, and he said kevin jumped on board when he called about it last week. that doesn’t surprise me. he’s a young person too.

so that was how my birthday ended. oh, and also with a voicemail with our kiwanis club singing the “yadda yadda” happy birthday song since i wasn’t able to go to the meeting on monday.

how will joe top this next year??

rollercoaster of emotions

it’s been a rollercoaster of a week. lows then highs then lows.

joe’s grandmother died wednesday morning. his parents called him tuesday night while he was here and told us she was in the hospital. we asked if we should come down to see her, but they said she’d have a few more days. at 3 a.m. joe’s mom called and told us she was dying. we dressed quickly and headed out, but we got held up getting gas and then finding a gas station with a working air pump.

at 4 a.m., while we were still on our way to atlanta, his grandmother passed away. i was so sad. i wanted joe to see her one last time, but he didn’t get to. it broke my heart.

we spent wednesday morning with his family, and on our way back home i got the call saying i had gotten the radio job. we were back on a high for a little bit.

that afternoon, we went to my doctor appointment and found out i’m having surgery next friday. sigh. another low.

yesterday was the funeral. it was a very nice service, but seeing joe’s dad crying broke my heart again. i hate seeing him like that because i like his family so much. what really touched me though was that about 30 people showed up, most of them people who either work or have worked with joe’s dad. that really spoke to me. it says a lot about what kind of a person joe’s dad is that so many people would show up to support him and comfort him and his family.

after the service we had lunch and hung out at joe’s sister’s fiance’s parents’ house (how’s that for a mouthful?!). rachel (joe’s sister), joe’s parents and tommy (a cousin from new york) went out and we met up with them at this very nice outdoor mall. we had a fun afternoon shopping. rachel and i browsed through banana republic and chatted. it was a lot of fun. we found an arch that we both liked at one store, and rachel said we could both use it for our weddings. hehe.

so now i’m back home getting ready to go to my shift at my kiwanis club’s pancake day while joe is at training for his club. what a fun service-oriented morning for us! one of the biggest perks about moving to cartersville is that i will get to transfer to his club. i love the people in it. they’re so great. and the like me more than joe. 🙂 hehe. funny story and then i will end this long post…joe was telling some of the women in his club a few months ago that we were talking about getting married. linda, the immediate past president, asked if they could be the flower girls. without missing a beat, joe says, “you can be the flower women.” needless to say, that didn’t go over too well at first. hehe. now every time i talk to linda she asks if she’s going to be a “flower woman” in our wedding. i told joe since linda helped me find this job down there that she will be our official flower woman. hehe.

and now i’m off to serve pancakes or pick up trash or whatever it is i’m assigned to do this morning. woo hoo.

civic-oriented me

today i’m going to kiwanis to decide if it’s something i want to join. i probably will. i grew up in kiwanis, helping my dad with his club’s activities in baltimore, and now i help joe with his club’s projects in cartersville. my dad was a kiwanian, joe’s a kiwanian, so why not join?? 🙂 besides, i can take all joe’s ideas from cartersville and implement them here. good plan, no? 😉