Monday, September 29, 2014

Race for the Cure and a birthday celebration

This past weekend was a busy one! 

Future Spartans?


It was Bryce’s birthday weekend, and for his present, he wanted to go to the Michigan State football game.  Our friends have season tickets, so in exchange for them transporting him to the game, we bought a ticket for their daughter to go to the game with Bryce.

It was a beautiful day and they all had a great time . . . and MSU won, so that was icing on the cake!



While Bryce was at the game, Tom and Nick helped Grandpa with some yardwork, and I went to my Mom’s house to make spaghetti sauce and meatballs for Sunday’s dinner.

Sunday morning came bright and early as we drove through the fog to downtown Toledo for the Race for the Cure.

Walking for Tina


My sister, Tina, is a 1-year survivor, having just completed her treatment last month.

It was a rough year, but she got through it, so our family and her husband’s family all gathered to celebrate with her by walking in the race.





Tina's Ta Ta Team

It was a beautiful morning, and everyone was in great spirits as we waited for the festivities to begin.

Sue, Jeff and Caitlin

Silly Tom

Tom was determined to photo-bomb Diane & Danny’s picture!

I finally got a good one of them, though!

Dee and Dan

Most of us were walking the 5K route, but the boys were running the race, along with Larry’s sister and a couple of his & Tina’s nieces.

Ready for the Race

While the survivors gathered for the survivor ribbon photo,

Survivor Photo

we took some more photos of our own.

Donnie, Dan, Dee, Bryce & Nick

Donnie didn’t want to stand between Nick and Bryce because he didn’t want to look short!

Tina's other family











We watched the Survivor Parade,

Survivor Parade

and I just barely caught my sister in one of my pictures, completely by accident!!  I wasn’t expecting her to be in front of the person with the sign!!

Following the parade, we moved outside to the starting line,

Over 15,000 of our closest friends!

along with the 15,000 other people gathered for the race,

and waited through another 1/2 hour of announcements!


The runners moved up to the first starting line (if I were to do this again, I would sign up for the timed race just to be in the first batch of people to set out.), and they were off!

Soon it was the walkers’ turn to get started, and although we initially moved at a snail’s pace, our group made our way around to a spot where we could keep up a decent pace.  Jeff was our “pace car” -- as an experienced marathon and ironman participant, he was good at weaving his way through the crowd!

There were lots of bands and groups cheering along the route.

Bands playing along the route

For the most part, the route was pretty good . . . but there were a few spots where we had to avoid holes, uneven pavement, and broken sidewalks.

The boys were at the finish line in about 25 minutes, where they waited for us.  Before long, we could see it up ahead!

Almost to the finish line

We crossed the finish line at 1:14 . . . not too bad, considering the crowd and the slow start!

Not a bad time!

Tina and Alex


Yeah!  Our whole team made it across the finish line within a few minutes of each other!









We picked up pink bagels and bottles of water on the way back to the cars, and headed back to my Mom’s house for our next celebration – Bryce’s birthday.

Happy Birthday Bryce!

In addition to my sisters and brother, my cousin, Sue, and my mom’s twin sister joined us for dinner.

Enjoying a beautiful day

The boys played cards with their uncles while I got dinner ready,

Card Sharks

Learning Euchre











and Bryce opened his presents.  For the last couple of weeks, Bryce has been asking Grandma for a ham dinner on Sunday . . . and he hasn’t gotten one yet!  But, he did get some ham for his birthday!

Ham for a ham!

After dinner, we enjoyed the cake that Bryce picked out . . .

Bryce with his cake


strawberry swirl cake with strawberry mousse filling . . . YUM . . . it was really good!









It was a nice day, and we enjoyed spending it with our family and extended family!

Here’s a collage celebrating Bryce’s first 16 years!

Happy Birthday Bryce!!


  1. Looks like you spent a great day supporting a very worthwhile cause.
    Happy Birthday Bryce from both of us. Hope you got to enjoy your day and it looks like you'll get your ham dinner as well.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  2. Happy Birthday Bryce - looks like lots of fun. Becki


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