Friday, October 8, 2010

Youtube waiting

So we have this great entry that we are just dying to post... but youtube is taking nigh on FOREVER! So I thought I'd talk to you about our stats. Why? Because that makes this post ALL ABOUT YOU!

I want to thank you all for your great support! You are really spreading the word!

One of the cool things we can look at is what countries people are looking from. We have viewers in Canada! Way awesome! To our Canadians, thanks for visiting! The bulk of our hits are from America, which makes sense since that's where we live.

We also see some of you are using smartphones and ipods. Cool. Checking us out while on the go!

We have one user using "Simplepie" as a browser. Man, I thought I knew all the alternative browsers but I have never heard of that one. Thanks for giving me something to google while cursing youtube today!

Anyway, we just want to thank you for visiting and sharing with your friends! Please keep sharing! We had 49 page views, which isn't bad since this is a brand new blog! I've added a counter for Pillowcase Lovers. We also received a shipment (hence the youtube upload) so I've started a counter for how many pillowcases we have. Let's see how we can grow that!

Here's the latest on the paperwork: We've finally passed through our troop. Now we just have to take it to the next level which means we are close to being done with that. Then it's all the hard work here. This doesn't mean that those of you wanting to help can't do stuff now! We have a sew-a-thon planned because of an awesome fan. We'll try to do some video footage from that. We will definitely have pictures.

So there you have it. Meanwhile, youtube says 722 minutes. So sometime in the next 12 hours that will be loaded. We'll do a post ASAP so be watching for it!

--Lady Ozma and Caramon, the Million Pillowcase Kid

Caramon and the Packages

We've had some great response to the Million Pillowcase Eagle Project idea. GREAT response! People are buzzing and that excites us all and is totally carrying us while we deal with the paperwork aspect of things.

So there we were on Monday, doing some schoolwork when the doorbell rang. Packages!

That's right! Caramon has two of the coolest Aunts ever! (In case anyone is wondering, Caramon thinks that all his Aunts top the cool chart and this just proved it.) We decided that his next vlog entry should be him opening the presents. His guest aide? Tenderfoot brother, Joram!

Check the two of them out as they enjoy opening the packages! And check out the loot!

I know we blew through three boxes, but we knew we were limited for time. You should see all of this stuff. It was awesome. After the video we enjoyed really looking at stuff.

Caramon loved the sixteen pillowcases. Some of these were super cute and some of these were awesomely cute and some of these were amazingly cute. So really? Sixteen super cute pillowcases! Some are flannel and way soft. There's camo pillowcases, sparkly pink pillowcases, pillowcases for littles, pillowcases for bigs. It's a great way to start off the pillowcase collection! Thank you so much to Caramon's amazing Aunts for their generosity and hard work!

You can see 16 pillowcases stacked up right here. Nice, right? What else was in the box? What WASN'T in the box? Let's just say that *someone* had a little bit of fun at the dollar store! Holy cow. We couldn't believe everything crammed into those boxes!

In fact it took us several tries to get everything BACK into the boxes. Super cool Aunts? We are impressed with your packing skills!

Some of the contents in the boxes:
  • folders
  • crayons
  • colored pencils
  • pads with paper games like tic-tac-toe, dots, and hangman
  • a bazillion silly bandz
  • army men
  • lego packets
  • crazy straws
  • notebooks
  • coloring books
  • activity books
  • puzzles
  • door hangers
  • cars
  • pencil sharpeners
  • pencils
  • cards
I'm probably missing something. Or a bunch of somethings. All I know, this is going to be great!

--Lady Ozma and Caramon, the Million Pillowcase Kid
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fundraisers for Charity Last Week!

Last week was a pretty cool wee for us. We love to help promote good causes ans support businesses that raise awareness as well as funds for various things. One of our favourite things to do every September for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month is to eat at our local Chili's Restaurant. During the month, children can colour a chili pepper however they please and the staff hangs these around the restaurant. Each year they select a handful to frame and display. Every year, Caramon puts that he's a cancer survivor and how many years clean he is at. They display each one! So our local Chili's has a pepper marking years 5, 6, and 7! This year, Caramon gave them one for his year 8! Isn't that awesome?

You are asked to pledge money to then go to St Jude's. St Jude's is a wonderful hospital just for kids with life threatening illnesses. The hospital does a whole lot of research to try and find cures. The really great thing is that NO child is turned away because they cannot pay. One day, usually the last Monday of September, the restaurant then offers all of their proceeds to St Jude's. That is when we go. We always make sure to thank the staff for their awsomeness! This is nationwide at any Chili's restaurant!

Above, you can see Caramon with the staff of our local Chili's. When we told them about his story and his Eagle project, we asked if we could get a photo. The entire staff wanted in! Thank you Chili's for a wonderful dinner and for helping St. Jude's!

If you are looking for another venue that supports St. Jude's, look to The Melting Pot. They will run special deals and money goes to St Jude's. They even give you a $20 gift card for a future visit. Caramon's father and I always watch for those nights and attend. The manager at our local Melting Pot always greets us! The last one was a while back, so nope, no photos.

Another really great organization is Make A Wish. This organization asks those with life threating illnesses/condtions if they could have any wish in the world, what would it be... then they grant it. A lot of kids choose to visit a Disney Theme Park. I've seen kids choose to go to sets of TV Shows they like, meet singers they adore, go skiing, whatever. The organization works with the medical teams to ensure everything is safe and in order for the children. Some kids get better, some earn their wings. All I know is that Make A Wish is truly an awesome organization.

Every year, Cold Stone Creamery hosts an "Ice Cream Social" at all their locations. They call it the "largest". They offer a special treat, generally created by a child they select. This year Cold Stone Creamery got to grant a wish because one girl wanted to make her own ice cream treat! At the ice cream social you get a free scoop of whatever the creation was. This year was something much akin to apple pie a la mode. Talk about YUM! While there, you are asked to donate to Make A Wish and they give you a star to sign. Caramon made sure to label his that he is a survivor and how long he's been cancer-free!

Above, you can see Caramon with the staff of our local Cold Stone. Once more, when they learned about Caramon's story and his project, they were more than happy to nab a photo. Take a close look, they are having loads of fun! That's just part of the Cold Stone experience! I love to hear the staff sing and stuff!

Thanks to the great staff at both Chili's and Cold Stone for posing with Caramon, being joyful and excited to help out good causes, and agreeing to let me post pictures to my blog! You guys are the best!

What a wonderful way to wrap up the month of September! Watch for Caramon's next video! It's coming up soon and it's going to be a real treat. Here's a hint: *Someone* heard about Caramon's project and mailed him stuff! I'm not giving any more spoilers, you'll have to check back later!

--Lady O and Caramon, the Million Pillowcase Kid
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