Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Bake Sale this Sat!

We first met the Christopherson family two years ago, when we were lucky enough to help grant a part of Abi's wish through the Make-A-Wish organization. Abi wished to create a basement playarea to enjoy with her 2 younger sisters and parents. Abi came to kiddywampus with her sisters and friends for a giggly paint throwing afternoon and created three inspired canvases to hang in the new playarea.

We've been cheering this family on for two years and Abi's medical issues, as well of those of one of her younger sister's, have continued and expanded.

Abi's Mom, Tracie, has been keeping a journal of her family's experiences for several years. The writing, a compelling snapshot of parenting a child with serious health issues, is at times startling, funny, raw and inspiring.

Read her journal here. You will laugh and cry, you will hug your kids, and if you're like me, you'll marvel at how this family just keeps on going on.

Abi needs to go to Chicago next week to meet with a new neurologist, and this Sat (7/18) the family is hosting a bake sale from 10-2 at their home to help defray the expenses of the trip. Please stop by if you can, or help in any way if you're able. The address is: Christophrson Family, 2337 Harding St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Third Anniversary Party

It’s so good to see you again. There have been many changes since we last spoke. The seasons have changed, but so has our open studio, class offerings, we turned 3 years old and of course a new smattering of fabulous and quirky toys at kiddywampus.  What has stayed the same is kiddywampus’ dedication to being an inspired and fun place for kids to play and create.

Recent news at kiddywampus was our third anniversary party last week. We had a jammin’ concert and mini session by the Okee Dokee brothers band, face painting by Miss Sarah, art projects by Kids Art, an ice cream truck, as well as new additions to our town instillation in open studio that we’d been working on for the two weeks prior.  It was so much fun!

We are also excited to welcome Mannerly Manners to kiddywampus. Offering the fanciest tea parties in town the 3-6 year olds who attended in June learned etiquette and respectful behavior and came out as ladies and gentleman. It will be fun to see the 7-12 year old tea party in July.

Kiddywampus has also been pleased to house a slew of abrakadoodle summer camps. Thus far we’ve had weeks of female artists, pirates, my museum artists and so many more to come.  We have seen so many masterpieces!

As the summer is approaching its half way point it is so good to continue to see new and old friends in and out of our store, open studio, kiddyplay, camps and classes. The rest of the summer is sure to be just as fun and creative in kiddywampus.  Hope to see you soon!