Tuesday, December 9, 2008

2008 Jingle Bell Run

This year's Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run was practically tropical! Here's Tottie's Team + add 7 more people including grandparents, aunt, teacher, friends = LOTSA love & support! It was great! I proved, once again, that I cannot talk about childhood arthritis without emotion, so the words that I dream of saying to folks never get said. Hopefully they just understand the heart of it - "Thank you for coming today & celebrating mobility & the spirit of the holiday season!"
At the starting line is: Laura & Gianna, Tara & Josie, Me+Ellie+Emma, our sweet friends Ellie+ Emma :) and Laura+Jim+Connor+Addison!
There's Charlotte! Josie, Charlotte, Ellie, Emma, Ellie & Emma. The big blowhorn went off & Charlotte burst into tears. Daddy came behind us with the stroller to pick her up so I could run with Ellie. Off they go! I love Connor in this picture - see him in black at the front?! 1st race!!! 1st race for Gianna & Josie too! Very proud of them!!Emma in green!And here's Ellie!

After the kids 1K, we did the 5K & Charlotte fell asleep snug in her stroller. :) Ryan ran in 32 minutes & felt great! Fantastic turnout in Portland! It was the kickoff to our holiday season for sure & the abundance of presents: support from family & friends wrapped in jingle bells! Thank you!!!


~Swankymama said...

Awesome! We didn't do the Turkey Trot this year..I was bummed!

Looks like a good time!

Lisa Milton said...

What a great day. I was a big slug and missed out on the fun - migraine joy all last week! Merry Christmas! So glad to see Ms. Charlotte had a great time.

Hooray for you all.