It's amazing how quickly the past few weeks have gone! We've been so busy with many things. School has gone well, even among the busyness. Katie is learning to read more every day and Emily is zipping right through her math.
Every year for the past seven years, our family has participated in the Relay For Life, which is the American Cancer Society's main fundraising event. Relays are held across the country in many different cities, usually in the Spring & Summer. Our Relay was held this past weekend and our team raised almost $2500! The event total is at almost $50,000 so far, which is amazing! To prepare for the 18-hour event, our team prepared on-site fundraisers and created our team banner. Emily made 40 bracelets to sell and sold 30 of them! She was thrilled! Of course, she wanted to keep some of the money for herself but this was a good lesson in generosity. I was on my feet for about 21 consecutive hours, walking at least 14 1/2 miles and standing at our fundraising booth. It was so much fun. We walked from 3:00pm until 9:00am, as did many others. Emily walked almost 13 miles, Katie was right around 8 or 9, and Jason walked a little more than 12. Emily tried to walk more than me but didn't quite make it. At least she beat Daddy! I'll try to post pictures soon.
Now that the Relay is over, we can concentrate on other things, like all the weeds in the yard, the shed that needs painted, the garden that needs planted.... the list goes on! Twitching my nose isn't working and I can't seem to find my magic wand! At least I have some helpers to get it done. =)
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday was a good day. We swam, collected shells on the beach, swam again, made sand castles, and swam again. Don't worry, we had plenty of sunscreen and no burns! We drove to Ft. Lauderdale just to check it out and had pizza for dinner. Then, around 3am, I started with the puking and diarhea. It went on non-stop for 6 hours! I was miserable. Thank goodness Jason didn't have any meetings Wednesday morning and was able to go to the store for some Pepto and ibuprofen. I slept the majority of Wednesday while Jason took the kids to the pool. They kept checking on me throughout the day and I was glad that they were able to still have fun. I just wish I could have had fun with them!
I packed up on Friday while my husband worked for a little bit. We went down to the pool one last time. Emily was exhausted but wanted to dip her feet in the pool before leaving. We went for lunch and Emily actually ate half a grilled cheese sandwich and some chips. I still didn't have a stomach for food and here she was eating a grilled cheese! The journey through the airport was rough for Emily and I felt so sorry for her, especially knowing exactly how she felt - tired with a sour stomach. By the time we got on the plane, she looked totally wiped out and slept almost the whole way home.
I was glad to get away but wish we had all been well for the trip. At least it wasn't a kidney stone, like the the camping trip we took last month!