Sunday, January 20, 2013

Z Man's Fundraiser

The Team Mom did a very good with this placemat, making sure that she had each and every player on it :)
I love our children's sports: it's fun to watch, they usually have good coaches, the other parents are fun to cheer with, and our Beloved's love us there. The only thing that bothers me about going to their games is they don't have any other family cheering them on but us. It was really hard for me when we were in TN, one of my son's baseball teammate had not only one set of grandparents, but two set of grandparents that came to most of his games. Although that was unique situation, the average player would have an aunt, cousin, grandparent come to at least one game. So Yes, we moved away from California, but we didn't have that support even when we were there (hence why we moved). Both Humble Dad and I do not have any siblings our age, we both grew up as only children. His sister and my brother are both 14 years old- two years older than Big A.

The same feeling came over me when I would send them to public school during a "breakfast with Grandma" event or something like that. So when this fundraiser came up and we had to sale a certain amount of tickets, I got depressed. The fundraiser was a breakfast at Applebee's Restaurant, where the player (Z Man) would have the opportunity to serve his guest. Not only were we responsible to sale tickets, but the player with the most TIPS would win a prize. We have only been in Maryland a year and we didn't have any buyers, so we decided to buy the tickets ourselves and give them to whoever would come. I was really sad that Z Man would not have anyone else to serve.
Homeschooled children don't normally have to wake up this early, he looks tired as he
hold his tip jar.

My friend agreed to bring her family, but she surprised us by bringing her mother also. Z Man was so happy her boys were there, he was looking a little worried before they arrived. And my friend played the part of a customer very well saying things like "I need my server" with a demanding voice. It was hilarious and added to the fun of the morning. It also taught him some really great skills in time management, customer service, and hard work.

Customers could have all you can eat pancakes and sausages (not halal) as well as drinks that included orange juice, fruit punch, coffee, and soda. Big A and I helped Z Man serve the drinks and food, if he needed it. The team was responsible for doing everything, including cleaning dishes. Many older siblings were there helping to bus tables and usher guest to their player's tables.

Another friend was supposed to come but it was flu season and her family was down with it. However, her sister came in her place. Her daughter is a good friend of Big A and they had just spent the whole day before together, so Big A was super excited to see them show up.

Not only that, when all the tips had been counted: Z Man had the most TIPS at about $180. Some friends had offered to give money although they couldn't come and my mom sent a check towards the fundraiser that all helped Z Man win.

We are so grateful to the two families that came and gave big tips. We love you! Thank you!

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