Monday, July 17, 2017

helping the homeless in the heat

it will be hot in KC this week!  it made me think about people going thrugh homelessness agin.  Last year we made bags to hand out from our car to help the poor and homeless servive in the hot days.  We are going to make them again.  Here is what we put in the bags so you can make some too if you want to.  my mom is going to type the rest./

-----a note from mom :)----

I feel like this is sometimes an uncomfortable or controversial topic, but still worth mentioning.

I admittedly never know the best way to handle encounters with people experiencing homelessness.

People seem to pick one of two camps:
1. They give money, or,
2. They give nothing, for a variety of reasons, including fear, disdain for the practice of begging or a concern that their money would be used for something unsavory.

Anyway, in my awkwardness, I will continue…

Last summer Max and Sullivan became increasingly curious about the people who stand on curbs next to stoplights holding signs:  "Homeless.  Please help."

"Why aren’t we helping?!"  they'd asked. My go-to responses were: We donate to charities that help them.  Or, I don't have any cash on me.  And I'd briefly explain why some people experience difficult times,  and then the light would turn green and we were off. 

While visiting Chicago last summer, we were at yet another stoplight where we encountered an older man with a dog, holding a sign on a particularly hot day.  Sullivan yelled out the window to the gentleman..."DON'T WORRY...YOU CAN HAVE ALL THE MONEY IN MY PIGGY BANK!"  My heart broke and then swelled with pride for his selflessness.

My kids were wide-eyed and intently watching how I handled these situations and all they saw was ME not helping.  So I started to think about a tangible way to get them involved in helping and discovered this idea of handing out care packages.  

I figured the more "hands-on" they could be the better.  This is not just quick solution pulled from an adult’s wallet. It takes some time to put together and they’re made of things that kids understand, like snacks  for grumbling tummies and Band-Aids for scraped knees.
Max & Sully, circa Summer 2016
 I did some searching on what items are best to include and was very interested to find that some of the items I thought would be helpful actually are not 
(ie. mouthwash and soap are surprisingly on the "Do Not" list).

We found a good guideline here:

We included:
Sunblock, First Aid kit, antibacterial wipes, socks, travel mug, beef jerky snack, applesauce, Chapstick,
And a handwritten drawing/note from the kids that said “We wish you the best.”

The kids had a lot of fun shopping and picking out all of the items.
the boys packed and packed until we had a nice stash to keep in the car.
This obviously isn’t saving the world, but the kids sure think they are.  And I want them to always believe that they’re capable of making a difference.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Good stuff at Goodcents!


There are exciting new things to try at one of my favorite restaurants, Goodcents!  

There is rainbow bread for kids.  It is really yummy and looks cool but tastes like regular bread.  Also there are new healthy Sensible Sandwiches for adults like my mom.

We got invited to a special event at Goodcents to try their new sandwiches.  
my mom took these pictures for me
My Mom and Dad got to try the Sensible Sandwiches.  They said they tasted really good and had lots of meat on them.  I asked my mom what her favorite one was and she said it was the Chicago Beef.  I asked my Dad what he liked and he liked the Horseradish Beef.  They both said the Turkey Garden Club was their second favorite one.  My mom thinks I should mention that the new sandwiches are all under 500 calories each.
We all left feeling full.  We even got to choose a cookie before we left!

Thank you Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs!

We even went back already.  That's how much we liked the new menu choices.  Here are pictures from lunch last week.


written by Max
(spell check by mom) 

Here is the new Sensible menu we copied from the website.
The new Sensible menu features six sandwich varieties that are all under 500 calories, including: 
  •     Skinny Italian Club – roasted turkey, salami, tomato, lettuce, giardiniera
  •     Horseradish Beef – roast beef, cheddar, lettuce, onion, creamy horseradish
  •     Turkey & Cranberry – roasted turkey, cranberry relish, lettuce, onion, olive oil mayo
  •     Turkey Garden Club – roasted turkey, bell pepper, house-made sour cream cucumber spread, tomato, lettuce, onion
  •     Chicago-Style Beef – roast beef, giardiniera, tomato, lettuce, olive oil mayo
  •     Spicy Ham – ham, capicola, pepperjack, tomato, pickled jalapenos, spicy mustard
Go to your nearest Goodcents and try these new items soon!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Learn About | Summer Book Club

In the summertime my mom reads us chapter books at night and we get to stay up later.  We call it Summer Book Club.  This will be the third summer we have done Summer Book Club.  We get something fun to do at the end of all the books.

I'm excited to start Summer Book Club again.  We don't do chapter books during the school year because I'm not allowed to stay up late and I have to do book worm reading first and practice sight words so there is not enough time. I also think my mom is more tired to stay up to read long books.  This summer I will read part of the chapters to everyone and not just my mom because I learned to read in Kindergarten.

These are pictures of my favorite book clubs we have done before during other summers.

// Mouse & the Motorcycle + the movie + Ralph-the-Mouse's fav snacks \\
We got to eat snacks in our laundry basket motorcycles.
Ralph the Mouse loved peanut butter sandwiches and bacon delivered to his mouse hole in Room 215

// The Chocolate Touch + a trip to The Melting Pot for CHOCOLATE! \\
 

// Mr. Popper's Penguins + visiting penguins at the zoo //
{our first Book Club July 2014}

We are starting to read The BFG by Roald Dahl.  We started it at the end of last summer but had to stop because school started.  It was my mom's favorite book when she was in elementary school.  I'm excited that they are making a movie about the book so maybe we will get to go see it when we finish the book.

I want to invite any other kids that want to do Summer Book Club to do it with us.  We can read the same book and then do something fun like seeing the movie or have snacks together at a park or something.

-Max Murray
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a note from mom:

Anyone who wants to join our Summer Book Club email or message me...Max is serious about wanting friends to join :)  I plan on throwing a couple small parties or outings together once the books are finished.  We're going to try to finish The BFG by July 1st.  **IF you do read this to your kids, though, know that you might want to censor some parts and a few questionable words.  It just depends on how old your kids are and what you're comfortable with.**

Also on our reading list this summer (more of my childhood favorites):
  • The Boxcar Children
  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School
  • The Indian in the Cupboard

Forcing my children down my own memory lane one book at a time ;)

-SM

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Learn About | Never giving up.

My Dad told me about the word perseverance.  It means that you never give up even if you want to quit trying.  Even if you're frustrated and can't do it right you need to keep going.

When things are not easy it feels like stopping is a good idea.  It makes me mad to keep trying when I can't get things right or when I'm tired. My brother Sullivan always tells me that "Murray's don't give up" because my Dad tells us that.  I didn't give up with reading and now I am good at it.

During soccer Sullivan felt like giving up every single game.  He only wanted to go to the snack bar and would stand in the middle of the field when he got tired of playing.  My Mom and Dad kept making him go to the games.

The last soccer game of the year was also the day of my Dad's race.  He told us that running is hard but he doesn't stop until he gets to the finish line.  He said it is a challenge.  He said he ran because he wanted to show us how to not stop when you want to stop.

So my mom took us to the finish line so we could see my Dad have perseverance.  He was tired and had a lot of sweat when he came across the line but we were proud of him and I think he was proud of himself too.  I think it helped Sullivan at his last soccer game.

Perseverance is still really hard to do even after I learned the word and saw Dad running across the finish line.  I still have to get reminded all the time that things are never easy the first time you try them.  I wish they were.

Here are pictures of my Dad running that my mom found on a website.

 Later that day Sullivan had his last soccer game and he played very good.
 He didn't give up once.

 He ran the entire time and didn't ask about snacks until after the game was over.
 I think he was proud of himself.
 I'm proud of myself for being good at soccer too.
- Max

Monday, January 11, 2016

Learn about | Brothers

I really like having brothers.  
They are nice and helpful and like to play the same things I do.  

My mom lets us all share a room except for Milo.  It's really fun and we like to be together a lot.  Sometimes we talk or throw our stuffed animals in bed but my mom still lets us stay together. Even if she has to remind us that it is bed time sometimes.

I feel lucky that I have brothers to be friends with.

Here are some things to learn about having brothers:
1) You need to share and be patient
2) It's nice to help them open their snacks
3) They sometimes make you really mad
4) They do a lot of nice things for you

These are pictures of us being brothers.

-Max Murray

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Learn About : Leaves. Fall is here!

My neighborhood last fall.
The leaves change and fall from the trees every autumn.  When the wind blows the leaves get picked off.  Sometimes the colors are pretty.  Sometimes they are yucky and brown.  The weather starts to get nice outside and less hot.  Enjoy the weather!

Here are pictures of me with leaves.  I was the same age as Fletcher.
-Max
Collecting leaves and other nature things.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Learn About : Art

You can make stuff with art supplies called crafts.  You can make all different kinds of creative things.  And there are a lot of supplies you can build with.  I love to create art with paint or glue or other stuff.  My family really likes art.  These are pictures from a long time ago of me making art.
-Max

June 2011 | 16 months

Me and Sully  - Aug 2013 |  3.5yrs and 2yrs

Me and Fletcher - Aug 2015 | 5.5yrs and 21 months