Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Broomball followup

We had our first chance post event to do a wrap up at a Debra Board meeting to finally confirm the numbers raised from our Treasurer.   As well it's taken time for myself to decompress, assess and catch up with my life in many ways.

Anyhow, I had bantered about some numbers to many in the following days that were in the $14-16000 range, fluctuating almost daily up or down as far as expectations and numbers I had control of counting myself.  This was great as far as preliminary expectations were for the event, as they far exceeded our bench mark.  I think in my first proposal to Grouse Mountain and Derba Canada for the event back in December was in the $6000 range for the upper expectations.
Grouse Mountain pushed back and told me to make it 'bigger and better'.
I wasn't sure what that meant or how I'd accomplish it, but along came Deep and a few exceptional people who said 'what can I do' or simply chucked us some wonderful silent auction items and or threw down some serious coin.
Then Anne Drewa came on board with Global and did the news piece in the 6 o'clock slot.  It was very interesting to hear those who weren't exactly close to what EB or Debra was all about but were headed to the event anyway and were able to get a little glimpse before hand and understand why we were all doing this.  
I think what stands out loud and clear what wasn't accomplished was letting people know the programs and places the money goes within Debra, but I promise next year we'll have a nice big board and hopefully a little web page to explain it all in clarity.  
It seems to take money to make money to give money.  
Although, in the end the actual number for the event after our meeting Sunday was a few dollars shy of $18000!!  
I can't say this actually took much money to raise, because of Grouse's very generous participation as well as the organizational background work done by Race Online.  There is no way this happens anywhere close to the scale or seeming ease were they not involved.

Debra Canada wishes to thank each and everyone of you and please pass along thanks to those whom I can't reach via email or this blog that participated or in one way or another lead to this great accomplishment. 
I hope everyone had fun and left feeling it was a positive experience as the trickle down will be felt by those who need it most.  There are some great plans for Debra in the coming years and results like this sure help us realize those lofty dreams.
I can assure everyone we at Debra Canada are already working to make next year that much better and more successful.
Congratulations everyone, this was a total success!!!
On a personal note.  I can't be happier and proud of the people I know and those they keep close.  I certainly drew upon so many of you to help start this and it's clearly a testament to the quality of people you all are.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Debra Book

Coco made this.
It's her Debra - EB awareness booklet.
She's clearly headed for a publishing career.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Silence means?

Silence means everything is going very well,
Or that it's going very badly?

At the moment and for a long while things have been amazing.
Raquel has become a total chatter box.  She'll be talking to herself in a world of her own at any given moment.  On and on and on she'll go.  It's hysterical to listen to.  But of course I'm caught on her vocabulary and the fact she's a couple mumbles from nailing the alphabet.  She has the tune, rhythm and bars but a few letters sound like me singing any song not made at or before when I was in high school, nahhh not even then.  Words smerds are for nerds.  So I make it clear I'm not bothered by a couple omisions and it's perfect to me.  It's just that today I urged Raquel to phone Simona to sing her the alphabet and as I momentarily basked in my daughters glory Simona pushed the needle screaching off the record to the reality of silence and that M, N, O, P sounded more like mnnnnohhee.

What ever.....

Raqu has learned a few other things too.
As Coco is in the the million question phase sometimes her questions require answers that are short and to the point and it was difficult realization hearing what Raquel has gleaned from the answers to certain types of questions.

At the moment "because yeah" is funny when she's intent on doing her own thing, but I see in the near future her kicking and screaming "BECAUSE YEAH!!!" while she is carried to her safe zone for a (I hate this phrase) 'time out'.

The kicking and screaming happens quite a lot around here actually.  I often come into a room when Coco is crying and calling for help.  Raquel has her pinned and is either hammering at her head with a plastic object (thank you Simona for not listening to anything I say about what you bring into this house for toys for my kids as a wooden block would have my #1 child long concussed and delirious) or trying to suffocate her.
Coco knowing better than to push her off or hit her back as she knows how that will end and an irate father is much less the evil than a 'Terrible Two' taking liberties.

Recently I was making fun of a friend by having
when she posted a Dire Straights record with player in shot.
Coco made me all of that on Sunday.
She had her last ski day with her club and there was a few gates set up.
At first she didn't want to race me, but then did after a practice run with her buddy.
At go she was gone and as we made our way down the gates she just seemed to increase the gap.
Yeah whatever.  Give the little one a good feeling by letting her win.
But not a second time.

Back to the gates and Ren counts us down and off we went.
I tried and did my best, but she was simply faster and smoother beating her dad by an elbow length.

My skis were dull.
Gates were too tight.

Dammit I was beaten by a 7 year old.
Sucks to be OLD.  I really did figure I wouldn't see her pass me till I was at least 50.

Ren & Coco

Coco beating daddy down the moguls

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Global spot #2

I'm a little off.
Too busy with Debra.
Here's the link post haste to the Broomball Fundraiser we pulled for Debra.


Monday, April 1, 2013

Broomball images

I'll write later when I have time to think about it. It was basically far beyond what I expected for raising money for Debra Canada. I had made a few suggestions of what we could make, but I didn't think we'd blow the higher number out of the water.
Here are some images from a friend.
The ice had over heated from the sun and plus 15 degrees and turned to slush. Probably not a bad thing for how hard people were working to play the game.
Good Nights Sweep vs Braydenators
Montessori North Stars vs Boom Boom POW
Trudge Club Broomsteres Vs Moe Tappins
Mr Moe Tapp giving his team a pep talk
Raqu and Nurse Weezie
Just what I was looking for - blood and suffering from a non EB sufferer
Surveying the game with our NINJA friend rarely caught on camera
Brayden's dad chopping down the competition. I actually watched a Good Night's Sweep player hip check Brayden.  So I'm not surprised his dad was out for retribution.