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“Growing Together”
April 9, 2008

What is more precious than gold and impossible to buy? Everyone has it but you can’t have more than anyone else even though it may seem like someone has more than you. No matter how rich you are you can’t buy more. Did you guess? What is so precious? Time. Time is the most underappreciated thing until you don’t have it anymore. The past couple of weeks I haven’t had much time to work on the newsletter and I apologize for missing last week. It seems like I haven’t had time for anything! No time for laundry, very little time for dishes, and not enough time for friends! Where has all my time gone you ask? Work, puppies, more work and more puppies…

The puppies have their eyes open now and are mobile. They are just cute as a button! Chevy is a good mama and takes good care of them. It’s amazing how in a short period of time these hairy creatures have taken over our lives and our house. The kitchen table is gone, but we didn’t use it anyway, and a swimming pool sits in our kitchen to hold the puppies. When questioned about why we are doing this for a dog that doesn’t even belong to us, Vince put it the best…”These puppies are the most important thing in our lives right now. That’s just the way it is.”

But it will soon be time for them to find their own apartment. We’ll be shipping them to the barn in the back with the fenced in yard as soon as it is warm enough. Not that it will keep Chevy in…she’s a digger! But we need to reclaim our kitchen and thoroughly bleach it! I didn’t know such smells existed! So far only a few of the puppies are spoken for so if you are feeling that you have a void in your life that can only be filled by a Walker Hound/lab mix puppy, please, call me!


The SOS Spring Carnival will be Friday, April 18th at the Elmwood-Murdock Elementary school. The kids are selling raffle tickets and tickets for the carnival now. If you are interested in going and want tickets or want to buy a raffle ticket contact an elementary kid! They will be glad to help you out. This is the biggest event of the year and the kids just love it. The SOS must work on this for the whole year. There will be carnival games, food, Build-A-Buddy (similar to Build-A-Bear), and the silent auction, too. Each classroom collects items that are bundled together and everyone has an opportunity to bid on them. The themes are:

Kindergarten: Gardening
First Grade: Scrap Booking
Second Grade: Art
Third Grade: Kitchen
Fourth Grade: Barbeque
Fifth Grade: Coffee and Tea
Sixth Grade: School Supplies
Mr. Backemeyer: Golf

The raffle is chocked full of great prizes. Everything from cash to a Nintendo WII. There is an MP3 player, portable DVD player, digital camera, passes to the Lincoln Children Museum, Henry Doorly Zoo, and gift certificates to various local businesses. The prizes are awesome and the tickets are cheap…only $1 apiece.

Tuesday, April 29th

This is a unique opportunity to learn about agriculture while enjoying the great outdoors! See a cow being milked, pet a baby calf, and sample locally-produced Legacy Milk! Take a guided tour of the 127-year-old farm where you'll learn about farming practices 100 years ago, 50 years ago, and today.

Reservations are now being accepted for groups of 10 or more people. Children of all ages are welcome, and we will customize your tour to suit the age level of your group. The cost is $3.00/person. Children ages 2 & under and paid school staff members are free with a minimum of 10 paying guests. We'll provide every group with a packet of farm-related coloring and activity pages so you can continue your learning experience after you leave the farm. SPECIAL VALUE: Add lunch to your tour for just $2.00 more--that's just $5.00/person! Lunch includes hot dogs, chips, carrots/celery and Legacy Milk or bottled water.

Morning and afternoon time slots are still available. Call 402-267-4104 or Email now to make a reservation. Bloom Where You're Planted Farm is at 911-108th St. rural Avoca, NE. Visit our website,, for a map and directions.


Elmwood/Murdock Baseball/Softball Program is having an all you can eat pancake dinner April 20th from 10:00-1:30. Free will donation. It will be in the old gym at the high school in Murdock. Please encourage everyone to come and support the ball program.

That is a good question this year! We’ve been able to use the Summer Knights day care program in the past but they are taking a break for two summers to allow the construction at the school to proceed without Joe and his friends wanting to help run the skid loader. I’m sure the day care at the Methodist Church will pick up some of the Summer Knights kids. I bet there are some responsible junior high and high school kids who will be picking up some babysitting jobs, too. If you ask the kids they will tell you that if we only had a pool they would be happy. I have to admit that this would make me very happy, too. We love the Weeping Water pool but if we only had one in Elmwood it would solve a lot of problems. But since we can’t have that we’ll have to make do with what we do have. So if your kids are old enough tell them to sleep in for awhile, get up, have brunch (pop and fruit loops), and do their chores. Don’t forget to feed the dog! And then on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons they can head up to the Flying Wheels to hang with their friends. They can skate, play games, socialize and have some fun. It’s not a pool but it’s better than nothing! We are still working on our schedule of activities but we will keep you posted! Don’t forget to check out the website for more schedule information.

We can! And we are going to prove it again! You just don’t know what you are made of until you stay up all night with 100 kids. The time just flies and we usually run out of time to play all the games and activities we have planned. We will be serving breakfast again. We’ve done pancakes and waffles and are trying to decide what to spring on them this time. Vince thinks cinnamon rolls will hit the spot. He’s usually right so we’ll probably go with that. Besides the usual concession treats we have a special planned for the night…old fashioned PBJ’s. Yumm!

We do have an age limit, you must be 16 or under. Parents are always welcome and we sometimes have them stay for awhile…rarely can the make it all night. Wimps. All kids must register at the door so we know who is there and they must give a parent phone number, just in case. We are going to have a lot of fun…I’m looking forward to staying up all night with your kids! By the way, don’t call me on Sunday, I won’t be answering and we will be closed Sunday night, too. We will need to recharge our batteries.

The Elmwood-Murdock, Louisville, and Eagle fifth graders came to the rink last Friday as part of the D.A.R.E. program directed by Deputy Wes Tuttle. Sheriff Bill Brueggeman always joins Deputy Tuttle for the D.A.R.E. skates and this time he got to skate! You will see him in the picture skating with a guitar but it looks suspiciously like a broom. The kids were having an air guitar jamfest. Sheriff Bill was a real life Guitar Hero to the kids!


Jacob came into the rink Saturday night after attending a wedding reception…we decided that we liked his outfit so we suggested this should be his new dress code when he is at work. As you know…”every girl’s crazy ‘bout a sharp dressed man!”

As you go through your week keep this in mind…life is not perfect…it is not guaranteed…while we make our own choices…we don’t know where it leads…as long as we are here let’s take a chance…as long as we’re here we might as well dance.

Have a great week!!!

Julie Anderson


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