Dr. John Wagner, Head of the EB Bone Marrow Transplant Program at the University of Minnesota! He is flying out to speak at our Wings of Hope luncheon benefitting Pioneering Unique Cures for Kids at the Anaheim White House in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday January 11, 2012, from 12-1pm. How many prepositional phrases or web links can a guy slam into one sentence?! LOL.
We are so excited he can make it! We just found out over the past few days that he can make it work in his crazy schedule. Normally, when you want a big time speaker like Dr. Wagner, it makes sense to plan the date around his schedule, but since we were gifted this event by 2011 CNN Top Ten Hero Bruno Serato, his team set the date, so we were retrofitting our speakers to a pre-existing day!
The luncheon is coming along wonderfully. We have 100 seats and we are just about half full so far! Jennifer Edling, Daylon's mom, is not only speaking as well, but helping with the decorations, along with the rest of our fabulous Team Bella: our friends Jennifer Thomas, Sara Cooper, Maria Hernandez, and Lara Seto Davidson. To ALL of you ladies, we couldn't do this without you. Thank you for your undying support!
We have seats available if you or someone you know from our area is interested in coming. To register: CLICK HERE. Tickets are only $25 for a 5-star, 3 course meal valued at $60!
Angelique goes back to work next week! She looks forward to getting back to work on one hand, but is really gonna miss Julian. They have really bonded. I was at a seminar last week having lunch with a friend who lives in Canada. When I told her how long Ang had off, she smiled and simply said, "You should move to Canada, we get a YEAR off as moms, and you as the dad get 6 months!"
Aside from the cold winters, Canada sounded really good right then!
Jane, did I get that right? A year for moms and 6 months for dads? Who was it from Sweden who told us how long you guys get? TWO YEARS? Is that right? You guys have great priorities. I really appreciate that a lot.
Here's potentially a powder keg of a topic... NO offense is intended by the following... just a genuine curiosity over a recent set of events...
Ali now comes home singing Hanukah songs from our public school... should she be learning religious songs of any denomination in public school? All I'm sayin' is the Christmas songs she's learning (if any) better actually be centered on the coming baby Jesus and not Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, or I'm calling foul! LOL. I don't recall them learning any songs for Ramadan... I maybe assumed naively that church and state had been split up in the classroom (for better of for worse) such that we took "the minute of silence" out of the classroom, made the fall music programs "holiday music" and not christian Christmas carols, etc...
Again, we're just now re-entering the public school system, having been out since we were kids... I call it the Rip Van Winkle Syndrome. We have handouts coming home daily of dreidels and menorahs, but I'll be surprised if any handouts of the nativity scene or the cross at easter come home. More likely Santa and the Easter Bunny. Anyone have any insight as to curriculum inclusion/exclusion criteria related to religious subjects? Please enlighten me! I HOPE I don't come off ignorant in all this, I genuinely don't understand. Thanks!