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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Fall vacations and Ethiopia on my mind

We went to aunt Shawn's for a mini vacation. It was great to spend time with my sister. We went hiking, to the zoo and visited a wonderful playground. The fall colors were amazing.


We were in the car for over 4 hours one way so I started creating my list of things to do before we leave for Ethiopia. Rob is not a list person. He is delighted that I will organize everything but really doesn't like lists. One of the things we must have done before we go is get Henry's car seat ready and Christmas presents must be purchased, wrapped and mailed!

I need your help- my nephew wants Toy Story for Christmas but I'm not sure which one to buy, there are 3 Toy Story movies. He wants the one with this story line (or close to it):
the family in the movie has to move (I think) and the Space Commander, and the cowboy have to find the family because they fell out of the window. . . . .
I haven't seen the movies. I read the plots of each movie but none match the above description. Do you know which movie this is? If so, could you leave me a comment?

Also, we need to bring a gift for the nannies at the orphanage. If you have any ideas, I would love to hear them. The creative part of my brain, which is very small, has been over taken by the list making side of my brain!

The dining room table has become Ethiopia staging area. We have collected diapers, wipes, hand sanitizer, clothing, books, toys and games to take to the orphanage and transitional home. If you'd like to make a donation, check out the list of needs on the Schmidts Blog. We'd like to take the smaller items since we know other families are taking diapers and formula.

While the Susan and William were in Ethiopia they met Henry! They took some really cute pictures of him. It was great to receive more pictures and have William and Susan love on him.... Several families are in Ethiopia this week so we should get more pictures when they return.

7 comments:

kangaj1 said...

That's Toy Story, the original. :)
Melissa

Rob & Candy said...

thank you Melissa! I knew someone would know!! I'm off to buy the movie.
Candy

shawn and tisha said...

Sounds like a fun trip!

I wish I could help with the nanny gifts, but that was one of the hardest things for me to get ready before we left. Your donations for the TH and orphanage sound great!
Tisha

jill coen said...

Glad you had a fun trip! We will bring some donations for you to take when we see you on the 15th. Woo hooooo!!

Carpenters said...

It looks like you had a good time on your vacation! I'm a little jealous that you still have so many leaves on your trees. Fall is so beautiful. I'm actually ready for some real snow now that the leaves are gone.

The best suggestion that I have for nanny gifts are smocks. I think a few families have made some already, though. Another suggestion someone had was to treat the nannies to a pizza or ice cream out. Rachel might also have some suggestions. I hope that helps.

With Love,
Penelope

Team Dragovich said...

Can't wait to see everyone this next weekend! Nice to have something to look forward to :)...

I second what Jill said. I'll bring stuff on Saturday.
Hugs,
Shari

The McNary Family said...

Nanny gifts - inexpensive watches or jewelry. JCpenney or the military exchange are great for deals. If JCP, usually there are sales and coupons.
The watches and jewelry can be bartered for necessary items.