Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Saturday, October 15 ~Arthur's 1st Birthday Party

What a beautiful fall day.  A perfect day to celebrate Arthur's 1st birthday.  On Wednesday Luke had his 9th birthday, where on earth does the time go.  They are babies one moment and growing up so fast in the next.  Sara and Matt had the party at their home in Cincinnati and both sides of the family gathered to celebrate the October Fest themed party.
Kudos to Cake Creations of Hilliard, Ohio.  Beth did another fantastic job on this cake. Original design by Sara & Matt. (Modeled after Shorty the dog and Savannah the cat)

The "Smash" cake that didn't get smashed!

Some party shenanigans! Lillie, Olive & Evelyn

Thursday, September 29, 2016

September 23-25: CHOP Walk, Philadelphia, Pa.

It's that time again! September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month.  It doesn't seem to get the publicity of the Pink Ribbon but because of our personal experience we feel that we want to do our part to support the research and treatment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where Lily had her surgery and follow-ups.  Each year, usually the last week end of September, Chop has the Parkway Run/Walk on the Ben Franklin Parkway downtown. This year we stayed at the Sheraton which saves us the early drive into the city.

Evie flew out with me this year to participate in her very first walk and her first airplane ride since she was a baby flying here from Hawaii.  On Saturday we got to watch Luke play flag football.  Although it was a short trip, we had a great time!

I may be a little bias, but I think this guy had the cutest smile on the field!
Less than excited cheerleaders! They were making mud pies.
After the game we drove to Philadelphia.  It was a beautiful day, a little cooler than it had been the previous week.  We checked in and walked around until we found the Marathon Restaurant where I had my annual Philly Cheese Steak.  I had already had a chicken cheese steak at Giocomo's in Dover.

When we got back to the hotel the kids and I went down to check out the heated pool.  After starting down the steps into the pool we quickly realized that the pool was definitely NOT heated!  We did have some fun and made it back to the room and watched a movie, The Secret Life of Pets before falling asleep.  Race/Walk time in the morning is 8:30!

It's Race Day

Lily passed out stickers and gold beads to other walkers during the walk.  Even the boys got into the fun!
Team Lily had an Olympic theme this year.

The Finish Line!
Some of the over 10,000 runners/walkers on this sunny Sunday morning. It is actually quite humbling as you pass walkers that are walking in memory of a child who lost a battle to pediatric cancer but also very uplifting to see the support.
Tradition mandates a run up the art museum stairs!

Captain America
and the walk would not be complete without a team photo with Rocky Balboa!
Team Lily 2016
When we got home, we asked Evie what her favorite part of the trip was.  Surprise, surprise! She said, "letting Lily help her put make up on and dressing up!"  Girls!