Sunday, April 25, 2010

March for Babies

Team Three Cheers for Babies represented at the March of Dimes March for Babies walk. We were incredibly disappointed when we woke up this morning to the predicted rain, which we knew would seriously hinder the planned 5 mile outdoor walk. Even though the weather was terrible, the walk was on, so we headed over to the park as planned. We were blown away when we got there to find that nearly ALL our team walkers, many with children in tow, had shown up despite the weather, fully prepared to walk five miles in the pouring rain for us. It was incredible. Luckily, the organizers decided to move the walk indoors so that we could stay dry. So rather than stroll through the park, we walked 5 laps around the ice skating rink. Not ideal, but better than nothing! Charlie and Lily had a fantastic time taking in the crowd, listening to the music and meeting all the friends and family they had yet to meet. Since the walk was so short Joe and I sprang the babies from the stroller and carried them as we walked. Amazingly, towards the end of the walk both babies fell asleep in our arms despite the pounding music and hoards of people. Marching for babies is very hard work!

After the walk we invited our team to join us for brunch at a local diner. We were thrilled to have so many people join us there (and missed those who had to get home!) and had a great time chatting and eating. Charlie and Lily had a blast at the restaurant too. They are definitely not used to being out of the house yet so everything they see is so exciting and new to them.

All in all, we had a wonderful day. Thank you once again to all our amazing Team Three Cheers for Babies supporters. We can't wait to do it again next year - hopefully on a bright, sunny day!

Oh - and as of this moment our team fundraising total is $6,864!!! Woo hoo!

Charlie and Lily model the special shirts we bought them for today.
Our team in the ice rink, waiting to start the march.
"Come on, Mom! Put the camera down and let's go!"
Family photo (or an attempt at one, at least.)
The back of our team t-shirts. My best friend Colleen also brought butterfly stickers for all of us to wear on our shirts in memory of Annaleigh.
Our family poster.
So tired from all those laps around the rink.
Relaxing at brunch and telling Grandpa Fred all about the walk.
Charlie was ready for another nap before long!
Our hungry walkers getting ready to enjoy brunch.

8 comments:

Newman Family said...

Brandon had the same shirt for the walk today. We were supposed to walk today in Ocean Grove but didn't because of the rain. That is great that they moved the walk indoors. We almost came to that walk instead since my parents live near there. I am glad you had a great walk.

Meg said...

Looks like you guys had an incredible time. I love the shirts both yours and the kids--so cute!

JoLynn said...

Where did you get those shirts for the kids? They are great - I need a pair!

Jayme said...

I never realized until I saw those shirts that your babies were born the same day as my 25 weeker Elora, only she was in '06!

Jill said...

Great job guys! Impressive team, and WOW on the fundraising!! I'd also love to know where you got the kids t-shirts!

Brooke said...

Thanks everyone!

I got the shirts on a website called www.zazzle.com.

Metro said...

wow, they've come a long way! I love logging in from work and seeing new photos, makes my day
Lynne

Anonymous said...

I can't wait till next year. Count me in again...

All My Love, Auntie :) xoxoxox