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A buck-fitty? How about $1.49?

December 23, 2008 - 6:33 PM

Mama is about to make good on her deal...

With final cans, bottles and plastics being returned today, Max made it to 77 gallons!  Woo-hoo!!!  77 gallons will take him from the middle of MO to the Gulf of Mexico (and then back to the middle of MO)!

Look at those dance moves!  He couldn't have done it without so many of you giving of your empties and piggy banks!  Thank you so much from the bottom of Max's Big Heart!

We checked on Gas Buddy and in MO today gas was $1.49.  I think as soon as he sees signs anywhere saying a buck-fitty he will be bouncing out of his seat.  I at first was praying for it in IC of a buck-fitty but now I am praying for MO to do the job! 

AHHHHHHH!!!!  We're going to the sea!  (I'll write another blog soon to tell you the who's-it's and where's-it's.  AND!  We did save up all our funds and have used part already for a deposit on a place located RIGHT ON THE SEA!)

A Quickie For Ya!

December 12, 2008 - 3:22 PM

Update to the update of the original deal!!

Empties, empties and more empties!

We have been totally floored lately with cans, bottles, and plastics!  Oh my!  (And I am beginning to think that ours friends must not like returning empties as much as me, :)!)

Notes, notes, and more notes!

Max has been receiving notes, dollars, and coins from you dear friends!  Those unexpected gifts are blowing us all away, you all are too kind!


As you can see on Josh's Gas-O-Meter - Max has only 16 gallons to go!  (And that is not counting the empties we are picking up today!) 

Smarty Pig!

There are deposits made into the Smarty Pig but they take forever and have not been cleared yet, but if they were and it was, then you could sea that we are getting our end done too!


We're going on a sea star hunt! 
We're gonna catch a big one! 
Oh no, we're not scared! 

(Just praying IC will catch up with the rest of the world and lower their gas prices already!)

We're walking... we're walking... we're driving?

December 2, 2008 - 8:14 PM

UPDATE on Max's Trip to the Sea!

We ran some numbers for both mileage and gas... took into consideration the fact that we will be south after Christmas... considered that we already have a plethora of travels planned for December... made note of the fact that this month is Christmas... grimmaced at the thought that our economy is in a recession... did not forget that we are in the midst of a fundraising campaign at church... and took into account Josh's work schedule... and... and... gas has not technically hit a buck fitty in IC... yet.

BUT we are not about to crush Max's dream based on a technicality (just don't tell him that yet!).

We came up with two plans to get us to the beach after we considered the cost of the whole trip... one on our front and one on Max's.  Our's is "simple" - we will squeeze and scrimp as much as we can to get the funds out of our budget.  And in essence, our's is to match every penny of Max's.

Max's is to find ways to raise funds to pay for the gas - 77 gallons specifically.

How does a six year old raise funds?  Good question!  We're still figuring out all the specifics of that one... he has used some of his spending money and got a check for his first gallon from his awesome relatives (you Q's are too cute!) and is doing extra chores around the house and asks politely for any spare change we have here and there and in the laundry room and (his main bread winner) returns cans for cash. 

Now let me tell you something... I HATE returning empties!  YUCK!  I don't care how well I clean them, they are always gross to me.  I would rather give away my empties (which, quite hoestly, is what I generally do) than collect from others.  And, I HATE the empty return places because they are always so sticky and smelly and noisy and who knows what you are going to touch and with kiddos in tow around such conditions... AHHHH!  I am not a notorious germ-a-phobe but empty redemption places are about as nasty to me as they come.  Thankfully, Josh has been the one to return so far!

Thankfully too, I love my son more than I despise empty redemption!

Today, we returned 2 (yes 2!) shopping carts full of empties we were given from a friend.  (Thank you ladies!  Thanks you Gates'!)  The boys love the thought that each can gets them 5 cents closer to the sea and they love the auto machines that eat the cans.  True, they had to jump up to reach the hole and in the process got all sorts of sticky liquids on their hands and down their sleeves and on their coats BUT they did not care!

No amount of stickiness was able to deter their utter satisfaction and beaming smiley faces of watching the $ go up by 5 cents each time.  No amount of germ-a-phobia will now stop me from helping them and their joy of doing empty redemption.

Because seriously, you should've seen Max's face coloring in 9 (yes, 9!) gallons on his gas bar graph!


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Begin Our Adventures of Fall/Winter 2012 to CA, MN, CO
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Begin Our Adventures of Summer 2012 to MN and CO
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