Where to start? As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!
I started Relay day at another awards ceremony for Harrison. It truly never gets old!
We went to this ceremony knowing that Harrison would be recognized for his straight E report card and 75 AR point award. Could we be any more proud? But then, he was called to the stage for his teacher's citizenship award. He received the award for "honesty and integrity". Wow! Talk about a few busting buttons (and not just because I am eating everything that doesn't eat me first these days)! This was a fabulous way to begin a long day!
O.K. I know I said a picture is worth a thousand words not a thousand pictures. But, I can't help myself. The Relay for Life is so much more than just a night of fundraising. There are SO many emotions tied up in it, It is always a night a laughter and tears...but always, in the end, hope. If you or a loved one have ever received a diagnosis of cancer, you "get it". Your life will never be the same again but that doesn't always mean a bad thing-just different. It makes you look at things in a different way and cherish what you have so much more. And, as your diagnosis and treatment slip further away, you forget for a few minutes and life seems normal again but a night like this reminds us of what is TRULY important. It is "normal" for little things to become big things again and for families to go back to doing what most of them do best-looking at things in so many different ways and wondering if we really were all raised in the same house. But a night like this serves as a loving reminder-in the end, it is all about family and unconditional love-no matter what! This crazy gang of mine is like that. We all go our different ways and get caught up in life's whirlwind but in the end, we are there for each other-no matter what. It is a wonderful feeling to know that someone always has your back and is looking out for you whether you want them to or not. I could not love any of them more than I do and a night like this just makes you want to gather them all in the biggest group hug ever-and not let go-for a long time.
So, come along and share the laughs and tears.
Our two beautiful survivors!
Since Caitlin's 15th birthday is this week, we decided it would be so appropriate to celebrate while we were all together and at such a wonderful event. So hard to believe that we started this process so many years ago-she actually took her first steps at our first relay.
The munchkins gearing up for the party. The relay does special laps each hour and if you are walking and "doing the theme" of that lap, you get spirit points. No one could have more spirit than these guys. They suited up with bubbles, glow sticks and hats-all at the same time. They had the most wonderful evening. It is a safe environment and I think they just get the feel of the whole thing. So many lovely memories imbedded in my mind of these little people jogging the track, tossing around a football, eating snow cones, popcorn or Goldfish or dancing out in the open field without a care in the world. Presley had a wand in her hand, a glow stick necklace on her neck and a party hat AND tiara on her head and she was out there "dancing like no one was watching" as they say-but we all were and have never seen anything as adorable!
Some people will do anything they are asked if asked by a "very special little girl" in their life!
For some reason, it appears that this form of taunting Nana must run in the family!
Want to make sure we give a big thank you to Becky and Hannah. They are the ones that will not let us "slack off"-even in years when we are so busy that none of us ever think this will really happen again. It is a huge undertaking and they are willing to bear the brunt-could not do this without you both!