Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My "Buddy Walk" Story

Our family and friends waited a long time for this day. Kendra had worked hard preparing for this event: thinking up a slogan, buying and preparing shirts, teaching several of us how to make our donation pages on the computer, thinking of all the details that would make this first walk for our family successful plus preparing for Nicholas's 7th birthday party which was to follow. She was a master planner in all of this! Best of all was the Master Planner's perfect weather! Being October 23rd, we knew that the weather could be rough but it was perfect!
We walked along the White River Canal both coming and going for a total of 2.6 miles. There were 3,500 other people besides us.

Armed with wagons for short legged walkers, we set out on our beautiful journey.

It was easy to spot our sea of red!

Tom took time along the way to give a photography lesson to Layla. She loved the challenge!
Lexi was the star of the show!!! With a Dr. Seuss theme (hence the "Lexi Lou's Whos), we had several stuffed characters from his books that we took with us. She loved the Grinch!

Jason is so in love with his little Lexi Lou Who and she so loves her daddy right back. (He might not like being photographed but I catch him any time that I can.)

Tom took this photo with the girls (Layla and Marley) by the flowers. In the photo below, he was very creative having them peek through the wooden slats. Good ol' boy does good work!

Here are the participants in the walk: Kendra, Jason, Alexis, Nicholas, and Blake

Brent, Elizabeth, Layla and Marley

Uncle Ron and Aunt Paula Bowman (my sister and brother-in-law) who live a few steps from Kendra. What would we do without them!!! They are a life support for the family and are another wonderful set of "grandparents".

Grandma Connie and Pops Jim (Jason's parents who live in Kokomo)

Tanya, Gabriel and Mia Bella (Kendra's friend from Indy)

The Gaier family: Conya, Mark, Caden, Caylee, Conner, Catlyn (don't hold me to the spellings!!!) Conya is Jason's sister from near Kokomo.

Big Scott Ewing, Melissa, Kinzy and Joslyn (again...forgive me for not knowing the spellings). They are friends with Kendra and Jason.

Tom and I had a wonderful time being with the family!

Here are my Favorite Five in the world!!!!! Nicholas (7 on Oct 30, ) Blake (5 1/2), Alexis (18 months), Marley (3), and Layla (6)

Blake, Lexi, Nicholas

and Marley.

Now to decide which picture to use in my Christmas letter...................

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