I’m sort of taking a little blog hiatus in my own way. I haven’t been photographing everything the past two days, but luckily I had so many events and photos from the weekend that I still have things to dump onto the blog. So here’s Sunday…
The boys and I were up dark and early to head downtown to volunteer for the Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Pete Half Marathon (that links to one of my posts from the RnR last year).
The boys and I met up with a bunch of my IRunMommies friends and we headed over to the finish line to start helping out.
We started out by unwrapping thousands of medals.
Did you know that each medal comes individually wrapped in a little plastic bag with a staple? Now you do. The sun rose as we got things ready for the runners that would soon be coming across the finish line.
Cal got to put the medal on the 5K winner!
Mack got to give my friend Mindy’s son his medal…he is 9 years old and he won his age group!
My boys handed out medals and waters, schlepped 40 pound bags of ice, helped keep the water barrels replenished, and pretty much did whatever was asked of them.
I was so proud of my little professional race volunteers!
They got to see the raw emotion of THOUSANDS of runners crossing the finish line.
We all had a great morning. I saw dozens of friends running, spectating, and volunteering. The race community in Tampa Bay is amazing. The boys thanked me multiple times for bringing them to volunteer. We also enjoyed Sean Kingston performing at the after party.
He signed race bibs.
I met up with my friend Ali who ran the half.
It was a gorgeous day to be outside enjoying the fit life.
Did you do something fun and active with your family over the weekend?
Sunday afternoon we relaxed until it was time to head back downtown for a little fundraising event to benefit Southeastern Guide Dogs. They are having a walkathon on March 9th that we are all going to participate in (with Chewie!). Click on the following image if you would like more information about the walkathon:
Did you know that Southeastern Guide Dogs breeds, raises, and trains some of the finest guide dogs in the world? The puppies are adorable, but to witness these amazing dogs in training is nothing short of miraculous. Thanks to their intelligence and fine training, people who cannot see are suddenly able to walk out their front door and go wherever they want and need to go…
When I learned that Southeastern Guide Dogs relies 100% on private donations, receives no government funding, and doesn’t charge their students a dime for their services – that’s when I decided to participate in their biggest fundraiser of the year: the Walkathon.
Won’t you join me in supporting Southeastern Guide Dogs in their mission to raise and train these puppies, and provide such a priceless service to the visually impaired? I’ve set an ambitious Walkathon fundraising goal, and your help means a lot to me – and to the students whose lives are changed forever because of these incredible dogs. Thank you for your help. Your donations make it possible for these puppies to stay healthy and grow into career dogs of the highest caliber! Click on the following image to donate:
My friend Katie (of A Full Plate blog) organized a little pre-walkathon fundraiser at The Ale & the Witch, a great community partner and dog-friendly establishment downtown.
Chewie was so happy to get to come along!
Southeastern Guide Dogs is doing an amazing raffle to help raise funds.
Let me know if you’d like to buy some raffle tickets! I’m hoping we win the cash…it would go a long way towards all the improvements we need to make on our home right now to get it ready to put on the market.
Katie was also selling dog biscuits to help raise money for Southeastern Guide Dogs.
We hung out a while…
and listened to some live music on the plaza.
I’m bummed that somehow I didn’t get a photo of Katie and her adorable Australian Shepherd, but Mack went around and asked people if he could take photos of their dogs…here’s a few that were hanging out and enjoying the day with their people:
If you are a dog lover I’d love for you to bring your pooch and walk with us on March 9th…there’s no cost to participate.
After we hung out a while we took Chewie for a short walk around South and North Straub Parks.
After our walk the boys dropped Chewie and me off at home and they went out for Chinese buffet to celebrate Chinese New Year.
And that concludes our fabulous, busy weekend. I need another weekend to recover!