Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Relay for Life Experience

Sorry for my lack of a post-I've been catching up on sleep from last night:) Last night was awesome! It was a great night to get together as a group of friends to remember Peter Barr, remember all of those who have gone before us because of this disease, and help in the fight against it. Anyone not familiar with how it works, each person on the team takes turns walking laps for one hour so that someone is always walking. It symbolizes how cancer never sleeps. And when you aren't walking, you are eating, hanging out, watching live entertainment, dancing, and eating-did I already say eating? Thats because I ate WAY too much! Good thing I walked it all off:)

Peter's Polar Bears 2008-It was a privilege to be part of this group
Joey and the girls came for the first couple of hours to join in the potluck dinner and watch some entertainment. The kids enjoyed being around other kids from the ward and most of all, candy sticks! I had never seen these candy sticks before. Some group hot glued candy to wooden sticks and sold them for a buck. Every childs dream. All the kids were getting them so of course,the girls were dying to have one too. How could I say no to these cute faces? :)

Aubrey and Ella loved playing in the tent with some of the other kids.

There was a hip-hop group performing and Cali started to jam to the music

Me and my walkin buddy, Melissa
Me freezin my booty off. It was in the 50's and I had no blanket. So, I used my pillow for a mini-sleeping bag. Genius, wasn't it?

Jen, Sally(our fearless captain!) & Laurel

Melissa, Nicole & Melanie

Emily and Kim Robertson(Kim is the eyes behind the chair:), Cindy and Gina

So, I admit I didn't stay up the entire night. I stayed long enough to have a little fun and walk Melissa's lap with her(we made a deal-she walked with me on my 10pm shift and I walked with her on her 1am shift:) I ended up getting home around 2:45am, but I was still pretty tired this morning. Luckily, Joey let me sleep in and even made a big breakfast. He is such a stud!

It was an awesome experience. I was able to raise money(thanks so much everyone that supported me-it meant the world to me!) and was able to feel like part of something bigger than myself. Some parts of the evening saddened me, thinking about the struggles of families having to deal with this disease, the lives that have been lost, and suffering that many people are having. But then so many parts of the evening brought a smile to my face. I mostly loved the feeling I had being part of a group that was all there together for the same purpose. I really look forward to next year's Relay!

21 comments:

Jori said...

Holly you are SO awesome!!! What a great thing to be a part of. Honestly virtual hug from me to you!

Tara D said...

How neat that must've been to be part of something so special.

Wendy Lee said...

It looks like you guys had a really great time and created some awesome memories. I am so sad that I wasn't able to be there:(

100 Percent Cottam said...

that's awesome, holly! that looks like a way cool experience.

-Melissa- said...

That was a neat experience last night. Thanks for being my walking buddy.

Emily Loria said...

GOOD JOB!

Jan said...

Yay for you! I'm so glad you did it - and I love that feeling you had of being part of something way bigger than yourself. You're awesome.

Mindi said...

i did relay a couple of years ago and it was a powerful experience--nice that you could share it with all your friends.

Tiburon said...

How fantastic! I have never heard of that before. Good for you :) Great cause!

Grammy Staffy said...

I'm proud of you Holly blogger. What a neat thing to be a part of. I think that it is great that you participated in such a good cause. I really enjoyed reading this post and seeing the darling pictures.

This is my week to fix dinnner for my daughter and her family. We take turns every other Sunday. Our ward gets out at 12:00 and hers at 2:00 so I get a head start but I'd better stop blogging and get busy. Have a good Sunday.

Grammy Staffy said...

I'm proud of you Holly blogger. What a neat thing to be a part of. I think that it is great that you participated in such a good cause. I really enjoyed reading this post and seeing the darling pictures.

This is my week to fix dinner for my daughter and her family. We take turns every other Sunday. Our ward gets out at 12:00 and hers at 2:00 so I get a head start but I'd better stop blogging and get busy. Have a good Sunday.

Grammy Staffy said...

I don't know how my comment got posted twice.... I clicked preview and saw a type error. I fixed it and clicked publish but it came up twice. Oh well, now you've heard from me 3 times....so have a triple good day.

Erica and Orlando said...

That is so cool that you did all that. Looks like everyone had a good time.

Sarah said...

Congrats! Looks like you guys had fun, and made a difference at the same time. Awesome!

Hacking it up said...

That is so awesome! We had a massive storm come through, so ours got mostly cancelled... :( Some kids were able to go inside the school to do laps in there, but it was too crowded...at least there were lots of people wanting to participate!

Bergen Blog said...

yeah that was so fun. Can't wait till next year :) I ate too much and haven't danced like that in forever.

Zim Family said...

What an awesome experience. You go girl!

Kristi said...

Holly!!!! Holy crap! You are an amazing woman--what an incredible thing you were apart of. I am seriously impressed! And what an good example you set for your kids! Way to go girl.

Kristi said...

Holly, will you email me? kjwrig@yahoo.com

Katie said...

Looks like it was a great night. You are all so awesome! Wish I could have been there.

Hirschi Family said...

What a great way to show your support and love for Peter, his family, and all of those who are faced with this devastating disease. so tell me more about these candy sticks - they sound awesome!