giving thanks…

This morning Mia, myself and a few hundred folks assembled food baskets for disadvantaged families for thanksgiving thru Chicago Basket Brigade.

Three of Mia’s girl scout daisies and their families came along for the ride.  It was a wonderful experience.  There was DJ who spun music.  The ladies that were also passing out the biscuits were having fun and making our group very lively.  Mia was  dancing, singing and just having a good time that she didn’t complain about the work she was doing.

She handled the biscuit line: 
“Don’t drop the biscuits!” was a gentle reminder to be nice to the cans.

She also helped assemble a basket:

 It was heavy by the end (there was jello, gravy packets, a pie and a bag of salad added after the second picture was taken) but she managed to get the bundle to the table with help from another volunteer. I had my own and couldn’t quite help her.

We then went back to the biscuit area and she started to put the cans in the trays.


At the end of it all, there was enough food to assemble 1500 baskets.

I hope my little girl understands that we can’t save the whole world but we can do our part by doing good deeds like this.  I hope we do this again next year.

cookies…

We have survived our first ever cookie delivery day.  I have never ever seen so many Girl Scout cookies in my life.  Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils oh my!!!  Just check out the cookie craziness that went on:cookie galore!!!

After we were done sorting per cookie type, troop order and scout order, we were finally done.

And now the fun starts. We need to sort all these boxes to fill out orders that our wonderful family, coworkers and friends bought from our Daisy. Here is what 327 boxes of cookies look like:
Mia and her cookies

As you can see, Mia is 5 1/2 Thin Mint cases tall and missing quite a few teeth.

Before you know it, it will be Cookie season again. It will be bigger and better next year. Bring it 2016!!!

a daisy in training…

After a few emails back and forth, I can now say that Mia is now a Girl Scout Daisy.

first day as a Daisy, 9/24/14
first day as a Daisy, 9/24/14

I never thought about Mia being a Girl Scout. I would see them at school with their sashes or vests, selling cookies or their project posters. But I never ever thought about Mia being one of them.

And so here we are, one meeting under her (and my) belt. I have put all the patches on her vest. I have been obsessing over the Girls Scout GCNWI Programs website.  I am waiting for the second meeting.  I have bought the Daisy manual (it is not required but still). I know where the Girl Scout office it.  Already planning the Girl Scout cookie assault that will happen in a few months.  She is working on her Girl Scout promise.  She needs to learn that to get her first Daisy patch.  So much to do.

And yes, this is after ONE MEETING. I just crack myself up. Daisies is a two year commitment. Bring it!