Thursday, July 23, 2009

A 50 States Challenge Update

As many of you know, my kids and I are participating in a challenge this summer- A 50 States Challenge- where we are attempting to collect a postcard from each state. We are learning where all the states are and some neat facts about each one too. I have been overwhelmed with how much help we have received with our challenge- many of my bloggy friends and facebook friends are reaching out to friends and family in other states to help with our challenge!! With less than a month an a half left to reach our goal, we are well on our way to achieve it!!

Our tally so far (drum roll please...):

62 postcards
29 states!!

Our map appears to be covered pretty well. I was most concerned about getting many of the eastern states, but a sweet friend in Chicago went on a road trip and sent us 13 postcards from her travels!! Thanks Austin & Ashley!!
It is so very cool to me that we have received 62 postcards from all over this country!!!
This would not have been possible without the help of so many of my bloggy & facebook friends that have reached out and sent us postcards. Thank you so much!! Maybe you see yours' in the pile!

The furthest distance a postcard traveled to us: Alaska
And the closest one traveled: My sweet state of Texas
Our sweet Chicago friends also sent us a great puzzle to tackle once our challenge is complete:
But the challenge is not over yet!! I still need your help! We are in need of a postcard from the following 21 states to meet our goal. If you live in one of these states, are traveling to, or know someone who lives there, won't you please send us a card? Also, we are trying to see where we get the most cards from (so far, Alaska is winning- go figure!), most unusual shaped card, etc. so even if we already have a state you are from, we would still like to get a card from you!! Please help us out!
New Mexico
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
West Virginia

Thanks my friends for all of your help!!


Chrissy said...

I live in Phoenix Arizona, I will gladly send you one! Just shoot me your address and I will get it sent off tomorrow! How fun, I think I might have to snag this idea and do my own!

Chrissy said...

Oh and I can get you Iowa too since my DH is from there and we have tons of family still there ;)

Anonymous said...

Looks like you guys are doing great! Send me your address and I will see if I can get hold of some for you :-)

Tina said...


What a very creative mother you are....great way to use the summer time and continue to teach your children!

I think I will tell my daughter about your great idea and see if she may want to do the same...

Maybe next year you could do countries....

Anonymous said...

If I can find a great postcard I would love to send you one from Oregon!

Send me your address!

♥Amber Filkins♥ said...

Since you already have a couple from Cali, I'll get my brother to send you a couple. He lives in Kentucky, and can throw a rock to Tennessee. :) He works in Tennessee too. I'll have him mail you one from each.

Vivienne said...

I have peeps in some of these states. I'll get the message out.

Rhonda said...

Hey...Arkansas will be coming your way this week! I'm so sorry...have had it in my car a week! Ugh! Didn't realize stamps went up since Christmas...again.

Looks like it is successful so far! Yay! I would like to do this someday!

shortmama said...

I already sent you AZ!! I see it in the pile, the black and yellow looking one. The cactus with the moon behind it!

Miller Racing Family said...

This is such a great idea. I bet your kids love to go to the mailbox each day! I am so glad you got our card from the Show-Me State.
Have a wonderful day!

Kelli said...

Ooh, I'll totally hook you up from Ohio. Not to worry. What a cool idea.

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

So fun! I'll get you one! If you'll send me your address, I'll pick one up the next time I run into the postcard racks :)

Priscilla said...

Fun idea!! I'll have to do this when my boys are older :)

schwadette said...

We're driving to FL from OH next weekend so I'll try to nab a postcard or two along the way... I also have family in MI, so maybe they can hook you up too :)! Such a fun idea!

Tanielle said...

This is so much fun! Glad you've had such a great turn out!! Too fun, and one of these days I will do this too!

Have a great rest of your weekend!

Aimee said...

What a great idea! My kids and I love postcards. They would have a great time with this! I just might use this idea with them in the future.

We would send one. Just send me your address. (I think you can email me from my blog.) Of course, we are in Texas too so it probably won't be as interesting as the other ones. :)

Xazmin said...

Okay, I know Tanielle already sent you one from here...but I'll be on the lookout for a really cool one!

Humero said...

Well, we've canceled our Florida trip and will be going on vacation to Ohio now so we can get you a postcard! Hee hee! Can't believe that Alaska is winning!

MiMi said...

Send me your address and I'll get you one from Oregon! :)

Connie Weiss said...

I'm so sorry but I was only able to send one post card on our trip. We zipped through the other states so fast I couldn't even find post cards.

A Wisconsin Post Card should be arriving soon!

This is the coolest idea ever!

Peterson Family said...

I can help out with about 4 of those! Gotta love the bloggy world! Michigan, TN, Arkansas, Arizona and I might be able to get one from West Virginia for you too! Just send me your address and I will take care of it!

Stopping by from Traveling the Blogosphere! (I was featured there a little while ago! Yay!)

Jenn said...

Hi Becca! I am doing a post card challenge right now with my little home schooler! My kids are about your kids age... minus that adorable baby you have! We are studying the 50 states as our postcards arrive! and I have enlarged a map to post them on as they come.. it is SO much fun! Rhonda sent me over to see your success! I am hopeful we can finish our project by the end of the summer! I am a new follower! hope you see this comment! a year later!

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