We'd like to share a thank you from the LRPOA board and a note from Elizabeth Dixson, as well as some pictures of the event. See you all next time!
On behalf of the LRPOA we wanted to take a few minutes to thank EVERYONE for all of their hard work & effort, donations & loans!!
Without all of you we could not have pulled off such a FUN event.
Thank you to the neighbors of Calle Elaina for hosting all of us! We appreciate your graciousness and putting up with any inconveniences...
Thank you to the Boy Scout Troop for an amazing flag raising experience...
Thank you to the young woman who sang so beautifully...
Thank you to ALL OF THE MANY VOLUNTEERS cooking, setting up, tearing down, decorating, games, face painting... WOW!!!!
A special thanks to Elizabeth Dixon who lent her kitchen, bathroom, organizational skills and good nature... you're amazing!!
This event has become a favorite for the families of the Ranch. People look forward to it every year, and every year it seems to grow and more families participate. It is such a wonderful thing to me personally, in this crazy world of ours, to find the time, community, neighborhood, and people to all come together in celebration and good ol' fashion fun... Thanks for everyone who participated!!
LRPOA Board of Directors:
PS. Please forward this note of thanks to anyone who helped and is not listed in the addresses above, thanks. :)
What a super day we shared yesterday!
It probably took each of us a bit of time to rest and then reflect on the joyful faces in which we delighted during our the Lynn Ranch Family celebration. Here are a few of my thoughts. I have to apologize that I cannot delineate the numerous different contributions of each person and thank you more specifically, more accurately - since it was mostly a blurr for me. I do know that the day was full of happy faces, making happy memories and many conversations in anticipation of next year's celebration.
Many families commented on the music and the singing in particular. The kids were enchanting with ABC's and Twinkle Little Stars. Thank you Rick and Danielle for sharing time and talent to set - up and pick up all the high-tech equip that made this possible. Did you know that their baby girl # 3 is being delivered right now???? - congrats you guys. I can't believe you were here helping yesterday when so much was to be going on today. Look forward to the Bridges little daughter next year who will help lead sign language America the Beautiful and will help with the Star Spangled Banner. (Kristen, see what you have done???)
Kristen was so moving, the Star Spangled Banner could not have been sung/lead with more honor anywhere than by the songs and hearts in our cul-de-sac yesterday. What an inspiration we shared together.
Our Scouts reminded us of the real reason we celebrated yesterday. Watching them made me proud and confident in our American future. The are inspirational always. I can hardly believe that Kyle is so old while I have not aged a bit. They helped plant flags, delivered and moved tables and chairs, stepped up to whatever I asked without hesitation. Kerry, you mobilized an essential group of workers, brought tables and chairs and cooked all day - so many thanks by so many were expressed during the event and I echo them now as well. Please also thank your Master of Ceremonies - he will have many job offers I am sure and so may not have time for us next year, though I hope he will return.
Our art family, the Kano's, again made happy faces layered with more happiness via creative face paintings. Kids eagerly waited in line watching the process, marveling at the outcomes. Our patriotic backdrops also were creating many delightful moments recorded on phones and posted to relatives to share in the wonder of your talents. So much work ahead of time and during our day - thank you. You magically haul in your stuff, set up, work without any break and then clean up and vanish - so lovingly dedicated to the joy of so many.
Our cooks and grill haulers and pancake makers and water melon slicers and juice makers and giant orange jug haulers and table set ups and breakdowns and and and....I know I will leave out names, please please forgive - thank you Karen and Kirk, Kelly and Kristen and Joe and John and Jeannie and Jackie and Jim and April and Stacey and Joe and al the others who fetched and produced all day and cleaned up. Karen and Jackie - thank you for the thoughtful kitchen efforts behind the scenes that make my kitchen return so much better than I expected. I am a bit embarrassed in case you looked at the tube on the window sill above the sink- this is a cheap source of glycerine used in the play dough I made yesterday a.m. - felt like I needed to explain so that you would not have further confirmation that I am a bit crazy.
Mimi came early and kneaded the cherry scented, mint and berry and coconut play dough into the softly colored red ,white and blue the kids so enjoyed. She made our patriotic bird feeder tree of activity, and then she and Jeannie managed the spinners as well, always with a smile and an offer of more assist.
Magic JC Jo and her newly drafted graphic designer, Andy, got our patriotic poster letter and hand prints all beautiful and full of personal touches to give in thanks to those who take care of us. These guys bent over and produced perfect lettering in the heat and helped throughout. thank you sincerely. Jo provides décor items, leadership decisions, crafts.... always with an energy level and creativity of which I am envious - thank you for your magic.
Gini and Kaitlyn and Lynn were facilitators for details as they arose, making tables and chairs land where they were needed with decorations of table cloths and flowers and streamers etc - always at the ready to make details run smoothly, fetch markers and spatulas and whatever detail that comes up -Also we "stole" and filled Lynn's trash can so I have no idea where she put her own items for take out today!!!.
There are so many people who embraced the responsibility for set up and clean up, that our day appeared and disappeared like magic ( well there is a bit of "magic" debris that still needs to be reorganized here in my drive and car port but our logistics are easier with all this help.)
I am mentally working my way around the cul-de-sac with gratitude to all and fear that I certainly have failed to acknowledge folks who contributed in all ways to make our day so lovely. We are a family of workers each year and hope you will again gift us with your efforts, your talents, and YOUR SHADE SHELTERS... ( we are missing a shade shelter that has letters KW to be returned - did anyone nab the wrong shelter by mistake?????
Please forward this note on to friends who should be thanked but I do not have the mails.
SO start making a plan for next year to contribute a new idea or to be slave labor again or whatever talent you want to share, Get kids involved please with singing and crafts and remember - BRING SHADE SHELTERS
With sincerest appreciation - Elizabeth