Lily’s Birthday

Good food and all the gifts from her wish list. She’s a lucky 12 year old!

I made raspberry dark chocolate ganache layer cake. Bryant made his macaroni and cheese speciality, with crayfish this year, the Swedish lobster, because they’re in season.

With her new Switch gaming system, we decided everyone would be happier with some bean bag chairs.Lots of extras made it into the cart, and we nearly couldn’t fit in the car for the return trip.

And then came Lily’s extended celebration when a package arrived from her friend, Zoe!

Zoe, Sophia, Deb and John included lots of fun gifts for the whole family. We miss our friends! It was fantastic to have a taste of home.

A bit of birthday badminton. And her special song from Nana and Gramps so she can listen to Darling Lily whenever she wants!

Lily Is Going To Space!

Lily applied for and was accepted into Reach for the Stars Space Camp! She and her friend, Zoe, are part of a group of 32 kids from Minneapolis and St. Paul.  You can read more about the programs here. Select “Program” at the top for an overview and select “Content” and expand the Science Saturday and Space Camp tiles to see more – Lily is doing both!

We’re helping to raise funds so that all 32 kids can complete this 6 month program that culminates in a six-day trip to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Space Camp (grades 4-6) students train for and perform simulated space missions! Please check out the Reach For the Stars Give To The Max page here.  Give to the Max Day is 11/15/2018!

Also, if you’d like a token of our appreciation for donating, please check out the crafts here and here and here and let us know if you’d like one!

Here’s a pic of Lily and the rest of her crew!

And (since we’re proud of it) you can see the acceptance letter here.