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Children’s Dream Foundation / Give Kids the World (GKTW)

All I can say is WoooooooooooooHooooooooooooooooooo!

We met with the ladies from the Children’s Dream Foundation last week @ the Chik-Fil-A on 4th St N in St Pete. Channel 13 didn’t show up, but channel 8 did. We had the dvr set for channel 13 so if we made the news we missed it. The Mayhew’s were there with new haircuts and shiny new tap shoes on Peyton’s feet.

Peyton and Adelaine received 2 huge baskets full of fun including Fairy wings, a frilly skirt thing and other girly princessy stuff. Before Adelaine, Angela was definitely in a male dominated house, with sports toys, sports apparel, and toy army men. Adelaine is all princess and can often be seen sprinting through the house with her high heels on chasing the boys with a Star Wars light saber in her hand.

We also received a 3 day Disney Park hopper pass for Ashley. She will be staying with us at GKTW for the weekend. She has been such a huge part of our family through this ordeal and it is only fitting that she join us on our adventure. Also, this will allow Angela and I to go out once or twice while we are in the Orlando area. We have finally started a weekly Date Night. This is something that we were supposed to do from the beginning of our marriage, but hey it has only been 8 years since we consistently focused on each other. This past year has been trying emotionally as well as financially. We are committed to making it a pleasant life, but it ain’t always easy living with me. Of course she is perfect and smokin’ hot too…but I digress.

We are trying to tentatively figure out our schedules. We will have 3 day Park Hopper passes to all the Disney resorts, 2 days worth of Universal Studio/Islands of Adventure, Buccaneer Training camp, secret cool fun stuff @ GKTW (we could spend the entire week just at GKTW and have an unbelievably great time), along with all the other fun things to do in the Orlando area.


Did I just mention Buccaneer Training camp? Oh yeah, I guess I did. Buccaneer’s Training Camp player check in is the same day we check into GKTW. Coincidence? I think not. I was talking to Peter about camp while we were at Chik-Fil-A and the ladies from the Children’s Dream Fund mentioned that maybe they could arrange for us to do something extra special while we are there. In fact yesterday, Sandy called me asking what exactly I wanted to do. I was at a loss for words. I felt like Ralphie when Santa asked him what he wanted for Christmas and he couldn’t think of the Red Ryder BB Gun! I mentioned maybe meeting Mike Alstott from the Buc’s as well as Ron Diaz & Ian Beckels from the local sports talk radio station. I really want to hang out in the Sports Animal air conditioned tent to enjoy the camp and not completely melt. These 3 gentlemen all have separate charity fund raising events for The Children’s Cancer Center. I want to make certain that they know how much CCC means to our family as well as every other family that utilizes the center. I also emailed the Executive Director of the Children’s Cancer Center, Mary Ann Massolio, to see if she is able to help me realize my dream…uh uh uh I mean Adelaine’s dream.

Adelaine is excited to go to Buc’s camp. At first it was going to be just the boys. Adelaine was very upset about that. Angela said she would allow me to take all the kids and she would catch some rays by the pool. Last night I mentioned that she could wear her Chris Simms jersey and hopefully have him autograph it, and she instantly jumped in with what her whole outfit would be including the short black skirt?!?!?!? I guess she was just playing it cool. What woman in their right mind wouldn’t like to socialize with young, hot, muscle bound millionaires? You know what, maybe she should just stay by the pool.

Uncle Bob and Aunt Linda live less than 4 miles from GKTW, so we are hoping to see them a few times while we are there. My cousin Drew used to work for the Braves Minor League team that also uses the Disney Wide World of Sports complex that the Buc’s use. Hopefully he will be in town and can hang out with us too. We can have guests visit us while we are at GKTW and their meals cost a whopping one whole dollar.


I packed my bag last night. Angela and Adelaine packed their bags Sunday. Mason and Bowen will pack theirs tonight. Oh, another score for the home team yesterday. We received our latest MonaVie order and it was incorrect. The company told us to keep what they sent and shipped out the proper juice that we ordered. Bonus case! When you break down the cost per serving of MonaVie it is less expensive than a Happy Meal, and it obviously has much more nutrition, I think a bag of Cheeto’s has more nutrition than a Happy Meal. We don’t usually order a month worth of Happy Meals at a time. A bonus case is like hitting the jackpot.

Tomorrow is Friday for me at work. I am more excited than the kids. We haven’t been on a family vacation for over 4 years. Yes, we do live in sunny Florida and we spend many a Sunday evening at the beach, but a Family Vacation will be special. Just call me Clark Griswold. We are loading up the family truckster and heading to Wally World.

I know this sounds like a lot of fun, and believe me it will be. It still is not a fair trade for a sick child. Protect yourself and your family daily. Prevention of most diseases including cancer starts with a daily dose of exercise and good nutrition. If you think you do not have the time or money, imagine the time and money being sick would cost you.

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