Monday, May 16, 2011


We braved the cold.  We braved the wind.  We braved the chemo treatment (okay, that was mostly me).  And we came out for our second year to the Path to Progress 5K in Chicago, IL.  5 kids in 4 strollers.  2 runners.  Lots of t-shirts.  And over $2700 for brain tumor research and patient support.  It was amazing!

Part of our 5K walking team
I can't tell you how humbled I am by the support I have received from friends, family, friends of family, and family of friends.  The notes, donations, and phone calls remind me of my support network and how wide it spans.  You guys rock!

Me with Isaac and Luke at the after party
The after party, hosted by Adam's cousin, Becca and my cousin, Dania was incredible!  We had food and fun and lots and lots of kids.  You couldn't find two better hostesses!

Ayisha sandwiched by Laura and Lilla
Have I convinced you to join us next year?  I hope so.  What if I promise warmer weather?  :o)  Okay, okay, I know I can't do that.  But I can promise fun, food, and t-shirts.  Lots and lots of t-shirts.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Honor Roll

It is time for me to recognize all of the wonderful people who have donated to my efforts so far with the Path to Progress 5K.  For those of you still interested in donating, you can check out this website to make a donation to the American Brain Tumor Association:

There are 7 days left yet to donate!  Then our team of 16 will get our 5K on!  

Now, on to the honor roll.  Here is a list of the folks who have donated.  Your efforts have brought our fundraising total to $2220!! 

Susie S., Marg L., Sharon P., Bob E., Mary Alice S. and Bobbi B., Aaron H. and Sara P., Joann M. and Susie S., Lulu T., Christie S., Michelle N., Tim and Karen S., Kristen S., Paul and Marianne G., Linda B., Erin W., Kelly and Matt H., Tom and Valerie G., Rogina N., Hanann M., Marie M., Samir A., Haythem M., Molly S., Linda B., Jill K., Lori S., Claudia, Casey, Patty S., Mary Jo, Diana A., Yvonne, Brenda H., Andrea C., Lori B., Monie S., Gwen H., Bea F., Glenn and Laura Jo T.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you.  I am amazed by your generosity, your encouragement, and your support.  It makes me teary-eyed and emotional to think of how awesome you are and how lucky I am to have so many wonderful people in my life.  Thank you!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Did I mention I saw Michelle Obama?

Now that I have a (paying) job, I am afforded certain opportunities.  For example, just the other day, I got convince a young man that eating 8 doughnuts after school is not the best idea he'd had that day.  Some opportunities are greater than others.  Like the time I got to see First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden!  Apparently, now that I have some work-related notoriety (that doughnut story got to the White House fast!), they came to visit.  See, there is Michelle (we're on a first name basis) waving at me!

After my run-in with fame, I had to take a vacation.  I mean, I love the famous folk, but they can really wear you out.  So, I went down to visit my grandparents at the beach.  Not without a stop in Charlotte first.  We saw the Schwarzeneggers, the Lakemans, and the Spaughs + Alyssa.  Picture below of Alyssa, Meredith, Chris, and the kids.  Note the presence of my good friend The Sun.  The Sun was pretty much in every picture taken on vacation--that camera hog!

What is a visit to my grandparents at the beach without a visit to the beach?  It was warm, it was sandy, two of the elements that constitute a good time.  Throw in some family and/or friends and a large body of water and I'm all set.

Who sees an 8-piece pick-up bluegrass jam band at a Hardees?  Umm, me, on vacation!  Of course, blogger is being difficult about the videos right now, but we also have some pictures!  Here are the kids, trying their hand at the washtub base with Jaja.  They really got the knack of it.

Have I been busy?  Yes.  Do I miss posting on my blog?  Definitely.  Hopefully another post to come VERY soon about my Path to Progress...progress.  Be excited!