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    The Auction is OVER.....

    I somewhat disappeared for a while from MiceChat to work more-than-full-time on my daughter's preschool auction this last month.

    The auction was last night and it went flawlessly!! Good food, good wine, great beer, amazing auction items, and an energetic crowd! I actually didn't even have to work, I was able to work the crowd, see old friends, meet new people, it was great! I had more fun last night than I did last year, and I was in charge!

    We raised over $39,000 for the preschool....last year we did $23,000, which was great for us, so we just about had a heart attack this morning when we got everything totaled. Seriously, the teacher was crying, and I was actually speechless. We knew the live auction was a hit--everything went for waaaay over value (we ended up with the painting that we wanted!), and the overnight packages were a HUGE success, but the rest of the silent auction just blew us away. We had 419 items on the tables, a lot for a silent auction, but they all did amazingly well, had some major bid wars going on!

    We were able to buy Courtney's summer camp, horseriding lessons, two months of ballet classes, three months of gymnastics, overnight stay at our favorite Portland boutique hotel with dinner and spa, we bought in on two other live auction items with some other couples--a summer taco party with a popular local chef and a party hosted by the teacher for eight kids (we got to raise our paddle A LOT, it was fun!), Kelly got some acupuncture treatments, two massages, a homebrewing set-up (complete with in-home help!), hockey tix, a soccer birthday party, slots at a Pump it Up Party, a tea party at Peanut Butter and Ellies, slot at another garden tea party, a family night of laser tag and dinner, a Dixie Laws linocut, slots at a cocktail party, and we got a few seats in a Blazers executive suite for next week....in other words, we spent what I might have used to go down to Disneyland this spring!!

    My mom bought quite a bit of stuff, too. She gave me $1000 to burn for her...and I burned it! Some overnights, tickets to shows, more horseriding, spa stuff. She took the kids for us for a few days so I could get everything done with no distractions and so they could have some fun at her house. It was great!

    We got renters in our other house a few weeks ago, thank goodness!! That was so stressful with everything else going on.

    The older two girls are starting softball, and they're doing spring soccer (no practices, juuuust games!), and Cass is taking swim lessons. Chloe is doing swimming, gymnastics, and a soccer class. So our spring is going to be nuts, but all about the kids. We're SO freaking sick of the auction, we're ready to just do kid things.

    Kelly's uncle died on Wednesday, and the funeral is Tuesday. He wanted to die, so he left his assisted living place to die at home last week with no notice to anyone in our family. It's been awful.

    And on Thursday morning, I was running errands and came home to a phone call from a reporter at The Oregonian. He wanted my reaction to the news that our school was closing. WTF?!?!?! That was how I found out that our school is getting the ax in 2007. It's not for sure yet, but it sounds like a done deal. Ugh. I haven't had time to process yet, but the middle school two blocks behind our house will be converted to a K-8 school and it looks like NO OTHER SCHOOLS will feed into it, so it actually sounds like a really really great thing for us...the families in our current school are amazing, the families from the two other schools that currently feed into our middle school are not so hot...so it might be a better thing for us in the long run? That's my thinking right now...but we're still crushed. Our elementary school is one of the best in the city, so it's a huge loss, we just need more details.

    Long story short:

    Auction over, big success. We bought too much. Oh well.

    Girls just about into crazyass spring schedule and I've never looked forward to it more!

    Death in the family, sad.

    Elementary school closure.

    I've missed MiceChat!!!

    ~Claire

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    Re: The Auction is OVER.....

    Welcome back!

    Sounds like you've been busy (to say the least). Great success though!

    Sorry to hear about the loss in the family.

    You'll be at 4,000 in no time!

    We always enjoy your posts!

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    Re: The Auction is OVER.....

    I'm so Happy the Auction went so well, you put a lot of freakin' work into it! (and money too ) It's sad about the Uncle, but he got his way in the end, and I'm sure he's in a better place now.

    Welcome back.
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    Re: The Auction is OVER.....

    Glad to hear the auction went so well

    Sorry to hear about the death in the family

    Glad to see ya back on MC
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    Re: The Auction is OVER.....

    Wow . . . ain't life crazy sometimes?

    Welcome back. We missed you.

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    Welcome back, MIAbell!!

    How we have missed you. And I really needed to see your smiling... uh, name... this morning!!

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    Re: The Auction is OVER.....

    Welcome Back Honey We've missed you.

    Congratulations on the Auction...You worked your butt off, and you made it a fantastic success. That Pre-school is lucky to have you.

    SAounds like your spring will be crazy too, but a good crazy Have fun with your girls.

    Sorry to hear about Kelly's Uncle

    Glad you finally got Renters

    It sounds like everything is finally settleing back down for you....it's nice to have you back, we've really missed you.

    Now, I'm Dying over here.....What about the Baby Shower???
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    Re: The Auction is OVER.....

    Yeah, what about the crazy baby shower???

    Congrats, good luck, I'm so sorry, and maybe the school thing will work out for the best in the end. We miss you, get down here.
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    Congratulations Claire! That's good money for the preschool. My mom works for a school for kids with special needs (Preschool-High school). I love those kids and volunteer my time for the school whenever I can.

    I'd like to know how you were so successful. the school has a fundraiserunlike what your school just did and I know thye would love to hear some suggestions about how to do things better. (No need to answer me publically if you don't want to-a PM will do just fine)
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    Re: The Auction is OVER.....

    Yay!!! You're back!!! I'm so glad the auction was a huge success! Sorry about Kelly's uncle. I heard about those school closures on the news; glad it will end up being okay in the long run for you!

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    Welcome Back! Glad the auction was a success and sorry to hear about Kelly's uncle.
    Hope all turns out well with the school.
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    Re: The Auction is OVER.....

    Stinkerbell, Stinkerbell, Stinkerbell
    The name is familar, I can't seem to place it though.

    Oh well whomever you are, that auction is more than over that's a bondife success!

    I'm so sorry to hear about Kelly's uncle



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    Phew! Sounds like a rollercoaster of emotions for you. Glad to see you're recovering....and back
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    Homer: But Marge, this one came with a corn-cob pipe!
    Marge: [reading from the test box] "Ahoy, Maties! If the water turns blue, a baby for you! If purple ye see, no baby thar be!"
    Homer: So, which is it? Blue or purple?
    Marge: Pink.
    Homer: D'oh!
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    Re: The Auction is OVER.....

    Quote Originally Posted by stinkerbell
    Long story short:

    Auction over, big success. We bought too much. Oh well.

    Girls just about into crazyass spring schedule and I've never looked forward to it more!

    Death in the family, sad.

    Elementary school closure.

    I've missed MiceChat!!!

    ~Claire
    WHEW!!! I'm glad your auction went so well! And that you made a bigger profit than last year! I know how hard you have been working on it and I'm glad that it was a success for you.

    I'm so sorry about K's uncle. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    I hope that even with your crazyass spring that you'll be on MC a little more! Always good to see you here!
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    whoooo who Stinkybuttbelle is back!!!!!!! You've been missed!!!!

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