Sunday, January 31, 2010

Our weekend

On Saturday I ran my 2nd half marathon! Yay, I'm so glad it's done! This particular run benefits local families fighting cancer. It's named after a little girl, London, who passed away 5 years ago during her treatment of Leukemia. For more info on her, click here.

It was neat to be there for the opening ceremony and see the families and children that are continuing their fights with cancer. I knew a few of the kids and parents there and I am so glad to see the money that was earned for the race will be going towards the treatment of these kiddos.

During the run, there were pictures posted next to the mile markers of the kids currently fighting or those that have lost their battles with cancer with phrases like "Running is Easy, Cancer is Hard!" or "Keep going" or "Dont give up!" Pictures like this one of our Bree:
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(taken almost exactly 1 year ago)

Everytime I would pass a picture, I would get shivers & feel touched by these sweet children. I even ended up crying while I ran because I would think back to when Bree was battling cancer and all the emotions that came with it. I also thought about Layla (see my post below). Seeing the pictures would also give me the motivation to "keep going" and finish the race.

I'm glad I did it and accomplished my goal. It felt good to run! Here's a few of the girls I trained with. (L to R: Amber, Collette & me)
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Here's a few other pictures of our weekend. I actually took this one last week because Gunner was cracking me up. He loves swords (go figure) and kept trying to put it through the belt loops on his pants. Instead, he figured this would suffice:

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The kids were having a blast in the bath together and I wanted to capture their sweet faces. I didnt get too many because they were tossing water everywhere and I feared for the life of my camera!
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Then, today we just relaxed as a family after church. We made cookies, had a yummy dinner and just hung out! I snapped a few pics of my favs!
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I promise Bree didn't stick her finger in a light socket, this girl's hair is just naturally fluffy! It's so wild & crazy, just like her! I wouldn't take her any other way!
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Until the next time....


Jessica said...

Those pictures of Bree just make me laugh! They're so cute though and I'm so THRILLED that there is hair to be fluffy!

Anna M said...

Bree's hair is AWESOME!

Congrats on finishing such a great race.

Sommer said...

Way to go Kari, great
Darling family pictures.

brownymama said...

Way to go Kares! Cameron does the same thing with his "swords". Cracks me up! They need to play soon. And I love Bree's hair! (: Wild thing!

the bates motel said...

seriously SO awesome! sounds like a perf race. i got chills just thinking about seeing the pics of sweet kids struggling to fight cancer. can't imagine going thru something like that. and love all the pics! you look super skinny and love bree's crazy hair! so cute. sounds like a great sunday too. i can't wait to make cookies and eat um! lol.

Anna said...

Congrats on accomplishing such a great and meaningful race. Way to go!

Kathryn said...

Kari - glad to see you ran that race! I was going to do it but we were out of town! My goal is to run a 1/2 marathon this year. So glad to see life "normal" for you. I have to laugh because our little Addison's hair is exactly the same as Bree's!!!!

Nancy Pitney said...

It was neat to see you there! Congratulations! I did the 1/2 the very first London's Run (1 month after she died). Obviously it was very special to me. I am hoping one of these years I won't be in charge any more so I can actually do the race! I'm so glad Bree is one of the survivors of cancer and that so many of the people we've sponsored over the years have conquered it as well. It gives me hope! Love the pictures in the bath!

Jared and Allyson said...

That's so awesome that you did your half marathon. Good for you! What a neat experience and such a great cause! Thanks for posting more pictures. Bree's hair is so funny - what a darling little girl!

The Driggs said...

Kari, I am so proud of you with the half marathon. But I'm even more grateful that it was London's Run and that you had such an amazing experience with it. I love that they posted pictures of cancer victims throughout.

I also love Gunner's sword as well as the bath pic. And Bree's hair is amazing!

Steph said...

I can't imagine running a half marathon! That is awesome! Great job!

Love Bree's hair---reminds me of a baby chick. :)

Scott+Tiffany said...

Wow Kari what a neat event to be a part of. you are a super mom! I was thinking about you the morning of your race, 13 miles, that's incredible. Congrats!
P.S. it's been too long, we need to do a date or family night!

Melissa Bosen said...

I have never seen such adorable hair. She is so special! :)

Melissa Bosen said...

I am so excited for you to be running like you are! I want more than anything to be running again. I feel like such a chump that everyone is but me.....but soon I will. I'm proud of you. Thanks for the inspiration!