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“Growing Together”
April 16, 2008


The Spring All Nighter at the Flying Wheels was more fun than a kitchen full of puppies! About 125 kids turned out and several adults, too! I don’t think we’ve ever had a parent make it all night until now. Anthony’s dad, Sergio, partied all night with us. He led the pack in dodge ball and managed to keep up with Anthony most of the night. Kids started arriving around 6:00 p.m. and the last one left at 7:00 a.m. The first two hours seemed to drag on and on but by the time we finally made it to midnight we were getting wound up. DJ Jacob suggested we play dodge ball and it was a brilliant idea! We tried several combinations of teams but the one that was the most popular was the little guys against the old guys. I had a lot of older kids/young adults volunteer to supervise the evening so we had plenty for the “Old” team but they really weren’t all that old.

We danced, too. Noah is teaching me the dance to “Crank that” by Soulja Boy. Lucky for me he is very patient. He did recommend I look it up on Utube and try to practice by watching them do it. If you haven’t seen this dance yet you should look it up on Utube. I prefer to watch these kids do it though. They really have fun with it.

Then we had Hula Hoop relay games. This was quite popular with the girls. Can you imagine hula hooping on skates? They did it! Besides those games there was also a guitar hero tournament in the back room that Wade Mumford won. We karaokied a little bit and I must say I was a hit when I sang, “Can’t Smile without You” (by Barry Manilow). The kids just love it when I sing to them. J

I just want to thank everyone who sent their kids down Saturday night. I can’t begin to tell you how much fun it is to stay up all night with them. Kids love to stay up all night and their enthusiasm is catching. We laughed and laughed all night. Then, we ate breakfast! This time it was cereal and toast. That was easier than pancakes but I think the pancakes are a bigger crowd pleaser. We’ll have to do that next time.

Saturday was also Prom night and we had a special appearance by Travis Brewer, Kalee’s brother. He was on his way to the post prom party and needed some coffee. We were glad to accommodate him!

Mrs. Colbert and Mr. Hansen and everyone who helps them put on a wonderful concert Thursday night. The kids were pumped and you could tell they loved the songs they were singing. Mrs. Colbert picked some songs that were very familiar to the older people, like me. I love songs from Sound of Music and they sang a couple. They sang “That’s Entertainment” and even danced to it! Great job ! Thanks for another outstanding show!

Take a look at these pictures. Do you spot one of the Blues Brothers? After the concert everyone headed down to CD’s Express for ice cream and snacks. I ran into the Ritnour’s there getting their treats.

THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2008, AT 9:30 AM

There will be a press conference to view the proposed environmentally sensitive development plan of the proposed 400 acre Seven Hills Business Park; to be located adjacent to the new Pflug Road Bridge on the I-80 Omaha/Lincoln corridor. This will continue to stimulate economic development in western Sarpy County on the important Omaha/Lincoln I-80 corridor.

The press conference will be at the Atrium in the Nebraska Crossing Outlet Mall located at the I-80, Highway 31 Interchange. Look for the red awnings north of the Sarpy County Tourism Building.

July 7-11, July 14-18, 2008


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Contact Amy Snodgrass @ Platte Valley Tumbling for more information. (402)234-2218 - Space is limited!



Well, the puppies are getting bigger and cuter. They will be four weeks old on Thursday. Most of them seem to have blue eyes or glass eyes. Check out the picture below of Millie holding one, you can see her blue eyes and the puppies blue eyes. Chevy is trying to wean them a little and we are feeding them milk and food. It’s like a trough of pigs when we put the pan on the floor. I bought a swimming pool to contain them in one spot and that actually worked for about three days. Then they learned how to climb out. But Chevy likes it because she can lay in it and they can’t get back in and she gets a break. The kids have named them everything from Roughshod to Tank to Izzy. I can’t remember them all. I just call them puppies and they come running! Just yesterday they started noticing the humans. Now they are in love with us. I’m not thrilled with the mess they make but Chevy tries hard to keep it cleaned up. They go for their first puppy shots this week. Hopefully soon they will be outside. If you are interested in a cute puppy let me know! They are very sweet…just take a look…So far only a few parents have said yes. Once they leave our house there is a no return policy so we have to make sure it is okay with the parents!


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.

Take care and send me your news! Had a baby? A birthday? Any special event? Send me a picture and the details. Believe it or not people love to see these things!

By the way, did you notice my pictures are a bit fuzzy? I dropped the camera and it hasn’t been the same since. Time for another new camera!!


Julie Anderson


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