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Old 11-21-2012, 09:12 PM   #61
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Every year our the Make A Wish Foundation of Iowa, along with other local sponsors, has an event called Jolly Holiday Lights. They have been doing it for as long as I can remember. It is a giant holiday light show set up through one of our big public parks. It is open from the week of Thanksgiving until Dec 31. People volunteer to take the admission, $10 per car, and all proceeds go to the Make A Wish foundation of Iowa. It is a great holiday tradition in town and every year the lights are set up like different characters, themes etc. It takes about 10 to 15 min to drive through the entire park. Last year they raised enough money for 30 wish trips! This year we were invited along with some other make a wish families to "light" the jolly holiday lights. The kids were given magic wands to wave around and "turn on" the holiday lights. This is a photo of my boys that our wish representative shared with me. After the reception/party we were able to drive through the park and enjoy the lights before it opened to the public.

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Old 11-21-2012, 10:17 PM   #62
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Love the looks on their faces as they're "lighting" the lights. What a wonderful fundraiser - the light show sounds fantastic.

So much fun that you're surprising them with such a wonderful Christmas present. Can't wait to see pictures

We hope your family has a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:14 AM   #63
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Commented on the WT thread, but I LOVE that your MAW chapter hosts this event.






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Old 11-22-2012, 07:27 AM   #64
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Love the looks on their faces as they're "lighting" the lights. What a wonderful fundraiser - the light show sounds fantastic.

So much fun that you're surprising them with such a wonderful Christmas present. Can't wait to see pictures

We hope your family has a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:29 AM   #65
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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:09 PM   #66
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We went down to grab the mail and found something very special...Mickey Mail!!! The boys were very excited. Thanks so much to dianemom2 they love their pool robes!




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Old 11-25-2012, 07:20 PM   #67
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THey look adorable in them!!!!
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I am glad that you received the robes and that the boys liked them! Have a wonderful trip!
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They are super cute! Thought of you guys tonight when we ate at our favorite local pizza place that was holding a Make A Wish event!
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We went down to grab the mail and found something very special...Mickey Mail!!! The boys were very excited. Thanks so much to dianemom2 they love their pool robes!
Those are so cute! They will come in so handy!!
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:22 PM   #71
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For our fish extender bag, I bought a canvas bag and paint and made stick people of our family. Super cheap if you use coupons from michaels. Are you crafty? Easy cheap fish extender gift that we received was disney coasters using small ceramic tiles 3 x 3 perhaps and disney scrapbook paper. The paper was covered with découpage. Tiny Velcro pieces were used on the bottom so as not to scratch the table. This would be an easy and cheap project to make and perhaps fun for your kids
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:43 PM   #72
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They are adorable in their robes!

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Old 11-26-2012, 12:01 AM   #73
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Love the robes, and the boys look adorable in them.
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joining in on your fun!

your boys are ADORABLE! what a journey you all have been on! so happy Shawn-Brooklyn has received his wish! you will have a great time on the cruise and extra days at WDW!

those robes are so cute! will come in handy after a day in the Mickey Pool!!
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:11 AM   #75
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I forgot to say, I came up with a decent idea for the big reveal of adding park days as a christmas gift. You could buy one of theose helium tanks at walmart or target (they are like 20 bucks) that come with the balloons. Blow all the balloons up and attach mickey heads to the end of the strings. Your kids will come out Christmas morning to all the balloons. Still working on how you can connect that up with extra park days. Maybe a bigger mickey head under the tree. Or Mickey Doll holing the tickets? THe big bonus is that blowing up the balloons will really make you happy. At least it does for me. Something about sitting in a room and watching balloons float to the ceiling.
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