Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there! Your contribution to the world is immeasurable and underestimated. Your ability is beyond the capacity of us dads and we are grateful to be paired with such powerful, graceful, nurturing partners.
We began our festivities when my mom was in town two weeks ago with a sunset boat trip through Newport harbor with wine, fruit, cheese, fellowship with friends, family, and jazz. Last night and tonight, Ang got to pick whatever restaurants she wanted to eat at, including dessert. This morning, we went to church, followed by brunch at her brother's house where he cooked an amazing meal for us all. We then went shopping and scored a few deals for the kids and our selves while down in Huntington Beach. Now, it's 10pm and the kids are very reluctantly going down at last. Tomorrow morning will be rough, but it was a great mother's day weekend here.
Friday night was Ali's school carnival, and being rookies, we agreed to volunteer to help. I was on hamster ball duty from 5-6 and Ang was on prize booth from 6-7, and somehow we were supposed to hand off the kids in between. Well, at 6:20, my replacement still hadn't shown up, so Ang was stuck with Julian and couldn't help at the booth. Finally I told the pres. of the PTA who was in charge that I had to split so I could take over on baby detail, and at 7:50, when no one had shown to replace Ang, and Julian was screaming for dinner, Ang finally had to just walk out of the booth. Moral of the story, don't volunteer at the carnival when you have a baby in tow! LOL. Won't be doing THAT again! Ali had a blast, though. She made a cake with mommy and daddy for the cake contest and cake walk (see below), won a goldfish (which was awesome because her betta died THAT morning!), ate funnel cake for the first time (then woke me at 2am for TUMS), and played with her friends, so it's all good.
In other news, thanks to those of you that have written about considering coming to Time to Fly! P-L-E-A-S-E register on the website and join our team! Just click the big button on the right, and then when you get to our team page, click on JOIN TEAM PUCK and follow the instructions. The main thrust of this walk is for children's cancer, but we want to have a small army of Team PUCK in our super cool custom t-shirts handing out business cards with QR codes to our website, advertising our text-to-donate campaign on our shirts, and raising as much EB awareness as possible that day. However, the purpose of the event is to raise money for research, so the sooner people register, the sooner you get your very own customizable page (here's mine, for example) where you can send people on facebook or email to with a short little post and a link!
This is probably going to be the only fundraising event we do in MN this year (planning a luncheon in WI in the fall), so please, if you are local, will you join us? It's an amazing combination where we as PUCK have no overhead to produce this event, AND every dollar raised will be matched by the EBMRF/JGSF Challenge Grant... no overhead and twice the proceeds! That's a pretty cool (and rare) opportunity.
Lastly, big congratulations to Patrice Williams and her friends and family that helped put on "Jogging For Jonah" yesterday! I haven't heard the details yet, but Patrice and co. worked HARD on making it a great event and I'm sure it was!
Lastly lastly, today is also Tripp's 3rd birthday, and I know it's a rough and tough Mother's Day for our dear friend Courtney Roth. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers tonight/today/whenever you read this. When we walk through our grief together, we divide our pain and multiply our joy, when it finally returns. I know you continue to walk with her as you did with me, and I thank you so deeply for that, because I know what a difference it is making with her, just like it did with us.
Bless you all.