Monday, December 14, 2009

Jingle Bell Run/Walk!

Handing out blankets, coats, food and water to the homeless....

The kids waiting for the car after checking out of the Westin

Arthritis Foundation cocoa party for kids with arthritis (and their families)

The Westin Hotel, Seattle

Ava and Hayley

Harrison at the finish line!

Harrison, Sophia and Gilbert

Jordan and Arlie

Signs worn on our back......

The Windermere part of our team....

Jeff and M-L

Arlie and Jeff

Doug and the kids

My cute kids!

Jordan and Arlie - all smiles!

Lori Trammell, Hannah the honoree, and Shelby Trammell

Hannah onstage with WARM 106.9 radio personalities (and her entourage!)

Hannah, her rheumatologist, Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (and her son) and Santa!

Hannah cutting the ribbon for the Children's Run With the Elves 1K

Amy and Julius getting ready for the kids' run - go Jules! His first race!

Santa and Hannah waiting to cut the ribbon

Team Hannah!

Hannah, Hayley, Arlie, Jordan, Donnie

Jeff and M-L ready for the SeaGen holiday party!

Arlie and Jordan
Westlake Center tree

Hayley and her new fuschia Jessica McClintock dress!

Arlie and her new dress!
Hayley and her other new dress!

Hayley and Arlie - so grown up!

Arlie modeling a pretty dress!

Hayley in a little black dress

Hayley in an angel dress!

We had a busy and fun weekend! It started out on Friday evening with a packet pick up party at our house, with homemade Bailey's and treats. Saturday we volunteered to pass out packets and t-shirts at the last-change registration. THAT was a busy four hours! Nonstop people and moving really fast to get everyone their run numbers, pins, bells and t-shirts. We went home for a couple of hours and then headed down to Seattle to check into the Westin hotel. The kids loved staying downtown in a hotel. We went to eat at Westlake Center (kids chose sushi) and then got sidetracked by an amazing sale at Jessica McClintock where we bought three beautiful dresses (two for Hayley, one for Arlie) at incredible prices. Jeff and I had his company party that night at Seattle Art Museum, so we headed back to the hotel to get ready. The party was pretty boring so we only stayed a couple of hours and went back to get some sleep. We needed it - our wake up alarm came at 5:40 a.m. and we had to be at the JBR start at 7 a.m. We were late (of course) but in time to get Starbucks, meet some people, take a team photo and then head to the start line so Hannah could cut the ribbon for the Children's Run With The Elves 1K. After that, Hannah was interviewed onstage by a local radio station and introduced her siblings. Then, it was time for us to walk! We had about 32 people on our team, some running and some walking. We finished the course in just over an hour, then went to a kids' cocoa party sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation. The kids created calendar pages for an advocacy calendar and got a cute bear in return. We wrapped the day up by checking out of our room by noon and heading downtown to pass out sleeping bags, blankets, coats, shoes, and toiletries to the homeless. It was a LONG, exhausting but REALLY fun weekend!

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