The Journey of Jerry AND Julie the July Fireflies! COMMENTS

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The Journey of Jerry AND Julie the July Fireflies! COMMENTS

The Journey of Jerry and Julie the July Fireflies!

What are the Rules?

1. Community Guidelines are the golden rule!!!

Exchange Guidelines (apply to card, gifts, coupons, etc.) In order to both encourage more participation as well as to help safeguard member's private contact information (full names; mailing addresses; phone numbers; emails; etc.) we have put in place the following rules below. Obviously this is not going to resolve all issues, but at least we do hope that it helps those involved have a more pleasant experience:

1. A host or preferably two (in case one gets sick) are asked to be the ones that are in charge of organizing all exchanges held on the board. This includes baby showers, birthday, holidays, cards, *secret sisters*, birth buddies... anything that involves collecting and giving out member's personal contact information -- full names; mailing addresses; phone numbers; emails; etc.
2. It is fine and even encouraged to involve members in the actual planning process -- i.e. setting $$ limits, type of exchange, day of opening, etc.
3. Make certain when posting about the signup that you DO mention that the member accepts any / all risks involved (i.e. neither you nor Pregnancy.org are responsible if they choose to participate.) **see below**
4. You do respect the confidentiality of ALL personal contact information submitted and under NO circumstance share it with anyone outside of admin(that would be in an emergency) without the permission of the member other than within the guidelines for the exchange (i.e. the person they are matched with would receive their info. No one else.)
5. NEVER post anyone's personal contact information or allow anyone else to. All submissions should be sent to the host organizing via pm or email.
6. We do have eligibility requirements for participants. This is not meant to prevent members for taking part in the fun but insuring some protection for our members that those signing up are *legitimate* members onsite. Eligibility for participation in exchanges (any form!) are set at a minimum of 3 months Pregnancy.org membership and a minimum of 300 posts. Of these 300 posts, for birth boards that are 2 years and younger -- 100 posts should be on the board hosting the swap. For all others -- 50 posts from the board offering the swap. This information may be found via a search (limited to posts) on the individual participant’s profile for that particular board. If you need further instructions on how to do this, please let us know.
7. Please try to respect requests that ask NOT to have their private info sent to certain members. Obviously not everyone is going to get along and yes this does require a bit of extra effort. If you have problems please notify us and we will try to help. This is not something that you should publicize -- simply if someone does come to you and specifically asks "Please do not give ______ my mailing address" then try to respect that if at all possible. (We obviously may have to revisit this in the future if it becomes a big ordeal.)
8. for shipping, a return receipt (delivery confirmation) IS required. Once the member has shipped their item encourage them to save their receipt and give you the tracking number for your records. Generally these tend to run approximately $1 U.S. dollar or less additional expense and greatly help avoid potential problems.
9. If, for any reason, a member finds they will not be able to meet your agreement, they should please notify the host of the exchange immediately. We understand that there are certainly times that “life happens” and you cannot fulfill your obligation. Still, for fairness to the group as a whole, if this happens on two (or more) boards, you will not be able to sign up for further swaps/exchanges onsite.
10. Finally, remember that this IS meant to be fun and enjoyable for all involved.

2. All correspondence about mascot's travels must be submitted to myself or Deidre VIA a PM... PLEASE DO NOT POST A THREAD ON THE BOARD! We will try to handle any issues quietly... if we cannot get them resolved then we will take further action at that point. But we don't need any finger pointing or blame posted for the world to see...

3.Mascot arrives clean, mascot leaves clean! We don't need to spread national and international germs about!

4. By signing up for this exchange, you have taken full responsibility! DO NOT just drop off the face of the earth! If you find yourself suddenly unable to participate, drop a quick PM and let us know. There is no need to feel embarrassed or ashamed. We can and will make other arrangements.

5. BE PATIENT with your fellow board members! Life throws everyone a curve ball now and then! Unforeseen events like weather, job losses, car trouble, and sick kids can happen to anyone. I will keep everyone posted on his whereabouts, but chances are he may get stuck a time or two.

What do I do with him?
1. Once Mascot arrives, take lots of pictures and even video if you like. Post his "adventures" on the Official thread so we can all enjoy! Creativity is the key... the more fun we make it the longer the enjoyment will last! There is NO standard here... just have fun with him and share that with all of us! Here are some suggestions:

*Take photos with LO
*Take him to any landmarks you may have around your area...
*Have him "Help" around the house
*Puppet Show
2. Clean him up and send him on his way!

Where do I post the pics/videos?

1. Post them on this thread!

How do I know where to send him?
1. We will post his destinations on the thread... and I will PM everyone with their proper forwarding information. I will be sending a PM as your times draws near, not just all at once… this is for safety reasons!

Shipping Questions:
1. how should I ship him? Use whatever shipping method you prefer, but keep in mind that UPS and FEDEX may be more costly, and do not deliver everywhere...if you have any questions, PM me and I will get any questions you have answered.

2. What if I need to ship him out of the country? I will be contacting the people who need to ship him out of the USA BEFORE I assign the destination to be sure the person sending it is ok with that. Again, if you are unsure of how to get him sent, just PM me and I will find out the best way.

3.What if I cannot pay the shipping? These are very unsure times. If you find you are unable to come up with the money to send him PLEASE contact me and we will do what we can to help you out! Don't be embarrassed, please! It can happen to any of us! There is no need to feel bad about it. We are above all things, friends, and will do what we can to help.

4. PLEASE! Keep his packaging sound... don’t ship him off in a ratty old paper sack with some duct tape on it!

What about the bib exchange?

1. When sending mascot off, send off a Bib with him! I know we all have a bib or two lying around, lol... so no one should have to go and purchase one. But that is entirely up to you.
2. This could be loads of fun, ladies, if we get creative or funny with it! So get to know the person you are sending it to, and have some fun!
3.Obviously, it needs to be clean, unstained, etc...
4.Post a pic of the bib along with his adventure!

How long do I keep him?

1. About a week... If you need longer, well then PM me and let me know...I think if we all remain flexible about this, it will make it much easier!

2. GET THOSE PICS POSTED! Please if at all possible post them as soon as your able… everyone will be super anxious to see what he is doing!

Can I send any additional gifts too?

1. I don’t see why not! If that’s what you wanna do, go for it!


2. If you do send/receive an additional gift, please try to keep it personal between the two of you… and obey the community guidelines!

Who is your Backup Coordinator?

Deidre (blueyesongod) has volunteered to be the co-coordinator. If anything should happen to me, all info will be forwarded to her and she will continue on!

Disclaimer about Personal Information!

I do hereby solemnly swear that I will keep you personal information safe and sound. I WILL NOT give your info to ANYONE except the person who will be forwarding the mascot to you. DO NOT solicit me for anyone’s information. You will be politely but sternly declined. I am not a troll… have no affiliation with any companies honorable or otherwise… I have no intentions of using your personal info for monetary gain.
That being said… you have willfully given this information and you must take any risks associated! Pregnancy.ORG, Myself, or Deidre cannot in any way be held responsible for any unfavorable outcomes. (See guidelines, that is where this is from)

Here is the Official Itinerary!
Jeffininer NC G
PHuff VA G
Leigh Anne WV G
Coolmama72 VA B
Tetons MD B
awini8 MD B
pitlove PA B
suzemumtohollie Scotland B
rickypaige NJ B
kimmie preggers CT B
PWammy MA G
loveapom MA B
Jamie81 Canada G
Serendipity IN B
emtmomma04 WI B
kiss_the_fiddler MT B
kris_W Canada B
ddublino CA B
sme950 CA G
girlisrad CO B
sarabeth_311 KS G
Tryingforbaby2007 TX G
blueyesongod LA B
CourneyS AR G
Weezlesgirl AL G
NIDIA! GA B
cybergal TN G
Jeffininer NC G
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:bump:

WE NEED THIS STICKIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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And so it begins!!!

Moved to picture thread Smile

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OMG! This is great! Jennifer! You Rock!

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Yay for Jerry!!!!!

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Love it!

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LOL! How cute! I'm excited it should be warmer here by the time we get him!

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Yay! too fun!

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jen you are so creative. the is will be so fun.

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Love the pics Jen!! Post more, post more Smile

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Oh oh.. Maybe Jerry will come to me when we go to GKTW.. That would be awesome.. Mayb eI could get him his own wheelchair.. haha

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yeyeyey!! can't wait to see more Biggrin

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Great pictures!

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New Stuff in my original Post!!!!

We're heading out today for some fun times around Raleigh. I hope to get some good stuff for ya'l!!!

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Awesome pics and commentary Jennifer! Rylee and Jerry look BFFs!

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So awesome! I am going to retype the rules post... it is driving me BONKERS!! Too long, too strange.... Never again will I copy and paste from word, lol....

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MORE PICS MORE PICS!!!!

This will probably be it for us. I think we will be sending Jerry on to Peyton tomorrow. I hope everyone has enjoyed meeting Jerry and seeing his home town!!!

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ROFL :ROFL: ROFL

That was fricken hilarious! Everyone needs to know at least one mentally ill person.... LOLOLOLOLOLOL!

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Hehehe, sorry Joee. When DH suggested going there, I thought of you Lol

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Those were great Jenny! I think Ray is hilarious! And the pic of Jerry on a sleeping Rylee is my fav!

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Jennifer, that was great! I LMAO at Jerry looking at himself online, that's great!!!!! I really enjoyed your narration and pictures, I can't wait for the journey to continue!!!

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Jen those are some great pics and you have set the bar high for the rest of us.

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Thanks ladies. It really was fun doing all of this. It was also neat because I doubt we would have gone to those places had we not had a purpose!

I can't wait to see what's in store for Jerry next!!

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I love it so far. I cant wait to see what other adventures await Jerry

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Awesome pics!!!

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it looks like y'all had so much fun, Jennifer! can't wait to get Jerry :]

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Great pics!! It was great seeing where Jerry comes from! and him and Rylee are so cute together! Smile
this is way too exciting !

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Awesome narration of his stay with you guys! DF and I thought of some cool places to take C and J.

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It looks like Jerry had so much fun!!

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Penny, have you got em yet? Huh? Have ya???/?

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He should arrive any day now!!!

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Hee Hee... i was trying to bump without saying bump...

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Nope no Jerry yet..I checked yesterday and all I got were bills....But I will check today also.

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YAY!!! Peyton and I went to the Post Office today and guess who was waiting on us?

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He brought a really cute bib and letter with him from Riley her Momma & Daddy.

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Then I took him out to meet Peyton.

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She really liked him. Here she is reaching out to touch him.

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And as I am about to shut the car door she has him in her arms!

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To be continued. Will update soon with more..

Here is a short video from last night of Peyton and Jerry in her crib.

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Since we had pretty weather today Peyton and I decided to take Jerry out around our city. Jerry hung out on the dashboard!

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I decided to take Jerry to the top of the mountain (Mill Mountain) you see in this pic. On top is a man mad star that lights up at night and has been there for a very very very long time. It's a symbol for the city of Roanoke. They also change the color of it for diff. events.

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We made it! Here is the star on a very windy mountain.lol

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The overlook on the mountain.

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Jerry checking out the city..

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We were the only nuts out on a mountain in the wind today... Empty parking lot...lol

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So back in the car and down the mountain we go!

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Thought we would drive by the college I attended Virginia Tech. We didn't mess around there to much so I just snapped a quick picture of the football stadium!

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We stopped by the mall and picked up a bib for Sydney so Jerry would have it for her when he goe's to visit.. Peyton and Jerry are holding the bag for momma.

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Jerry decided to ride with Peyton on the way back home. This is the view I get when I look back at them...

To be continued:

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Virginia is for lovers. (That's our state motto) and since it's Valentines day Jerry got a girlfriend.. Hee Hee

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Her name: Julie July Butterfly...

Jerry and Julie hung out with other friends and Peyton in her Play Pen today.
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Then Peyton decided to bite Julie...We like to call it a love bite..lol
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Jerry wanted to meet our dog too!
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Then it was time to eat..
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Our weather is crazy and now its cold here again so we stayed in today.
Jerry, Julie and Peyton hung out in the recliner for a little while.

Peyton kissing on Jerry. (OK maybe biting a little)
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Then on Julie
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Peyton decided to play dress up for Jerry & Julie.. She wanted to tell them about the Easter bunny since he will be here soon!
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After watching a little to much of COPS. Jerry wanted to do a ride along with DH...(Don't worry he is safe)
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After all the crime fighting he decided to take a nap with Peyton..
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Daddy giving Peyton her last bottle before bed and Jerry watching on his shoulder...
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Jerry and Julie are both cleaned up and ready to meet Sydney. They will be heading out tomorrow...

One more thing. DH made Jerry a passport..lolol It will be in the box with him he didn't realize that Julie was going too so maybe someone else can make her one...lol Its pretty cute, we stamped Virginia inside..lolol
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They left today and are on their way!!!

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Aww that is cute.. Peeking out of the po.

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So cute!

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It looks like Jerry is happy to be out of that dark box!

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I'm glad that Jerry made it to you safe, sound, and FAST! It looks like he and Peyton are already good friends Biggrin

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Still working on the other video....Ughh!!!

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she's so cute, Penny! can't wait to see more Biggrin

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ahhhhh! looks like Jerry is having a good time with Peyton! love the pics on the mountain, glad you braved the wind to take Jerry up there Smile

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Hey, Joee, can I make a suggestion? Do you think you could put what page the main mascot posts are on (not the comments) on the first post with the rules so they would be easier to find? This thread is going to get huge and hard to naviage. I thought it would be easier if we had some help on the first post.

If I'm just being lazy, nevermind. Wink

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Wow. What a great view from the top of that mountain!! Great pics!!

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Penny...those pictures are great! i love the video! and how she pulls down on the bumper...too cute! what a big girl!

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Thank you...We will do a few more pics tomorrow and then Jerry will get a good washing and packed up to be mailed out Monday...

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aww, Jerry got a gf!! will she come with Jerry??

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Yeh, I thought maybe she would join the travel..lol I don't need her back she can stay with Jerry forever if Riley and family will let her?

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aww, that'll be so sweet Biggrin

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"cybergal" wrote:

Hey, Joee, can I make a suggestion? Do you think you could put what page the main mascot posts are on (not the comments) on the first post with the rules so they would be easier to find? This thread is going to get huge and hard to naviage. I thought it would be easier if we had some help on the first post.

If I'm just being lazy, nevermind. Wink

What about just a link to the picture posts? Like the direct link to the exact post.. That might be easier.. Because for me all of the pictures are on page 1. I have my threads set to show 40 posts per page so the page numbers might be different for others.

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Looks like Jerry is having a great time! And a girlfriend... How sweet!

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Awww, Jerry's in love!! I just don't see how we can split up Jerry and Julie!! She is more than welcome to spend her days here with us once their travels are over Smile

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