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Happy Mothers Day!


Happy Mothers Day to two wonderful women, who mean the world to Greg, Zoey and I:

DSC01495My mama with Zoey

Greg’s mama with Zoey (We miss you, Carol!!!)


St. Baldricks 2013, Part Two


If you missed the first part of our St. Baldricks adventure, check it out here.

Okay, let’s get right to it:

When we left off, the team was heading to Kitty Hoynes to take part in the St. Baldricks event there. This is the view of Kitty Hoynes (on the corner) from the parking garage across the road:

Looks like a quiet, Sunday afternoon at the bar, right? Take a look at what it was like INSIDE Kitty Hoynes:

Wall-to-wall people, holy moly. You couldn’t walk one step without running into someone. It was CRAZY. The boys signed in and then we slowly made our way towards the stage (see where the people are shaving hair towards the middle of the picture?) and hung out there until it was our turn.

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St. Baldricks 2013, Part One


First of all, let’s hear it for Team Carol Freeland, who raised $2,730 dollars for childhood cancer research!! Greg, Cory, Pete, Jason, Mike and Keith–your family and friends and this here dog-and-pony-show blog are incredibly proud of you boys.

Oh my gosh, St. Baldricks was SO much fun this year. Just the same as last year, we made it into a whole day thing and it was totally worth it. And don’t worry–as promised, I took lots of pictures.

So, let’s get right to it:

For a couple of days right before St. Baldricks, Greg and I were a little worried because we had arranged for Zoey to spend the day with her Aunt Kim and cousin Lisa at their house, but then Lisa got sick. So we weren’t sure if Zoey was going to be able to go there or if (because we had no other alternative) we’d have to take her with us to the event. Down the road, I’d love if she did go with us to support her Daddy, but right now she’s a sort of too little for all of that. Thankfully, though, Lisa was feeling better by Sunday, the day of St. Baldricks and we dropped Zoey off right before lunchtime.

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Wordless Wednesday (Sort Of): In Memory of Nana



This is Zoey’s Nana. She lost her battle with cancer in 2011 and all three of us–Greg, Zoey and I–have missed her every day since then. But we continue to honor her in any way we can.

On March 3rd, we are SO EXCITED that Greg, along with his cousins and a couple of friends, is going to be participating in his second St. Baldricks event at Kitty Hoynes in Syracuse. As Team Carol Freeland, the boys will be getting their heads shaved to support the fight against childhood cancer. Carol (Zoey’s Nana) would be so proud of them. I’M so proud of them.

So what I’m asking is that you find it in your heart to donate a little something to the cause. Donations can be anywhere from a dollar on and all you have to do is click HERE to be taken to Greg’s profile to donate. All proceeds go to childhood cancer research. All support is greatly appreciated.

As an added bonus, if you donate even a dollar, I’ll post your name on this here blog to give you props where props are due. Donator names will be listed as a thanks in the post I write about our experience at the event. And, of course, there will be lots of pictures.

This cause is incredibly near and dear to our hearts and any support the boys get from anyone will mean a lot.

The Preble Road Crew proudly states they have already donated to this amazing cause. Will you?

Go Team Carol Freeland!!!

St. Baldricks Event 2012, Part Two


Okay, so this is actually a three-part post about how Greg, Zoey and I participated in two different charities on the same day and have an AWESOME time. If you haven’t read the other two parts, you might want to give them a go before getting into this one. Read about Zoey’s and my adventures at the Lupus walk here and read about Greg and I getting ready for the St. Baldricks Event here.

Here we go.

So when we last left off, Greg and I and the rest of Team Carol Freeland were on our way to Kitty Hoynes pub in Syracuse to take part in a St. Baldricks Event. For those of you who aren’t familiar with St. Baldricks: this charity raises money for research to eliminate cancers commonly suffered by children. Participants raise money and then get their heads shaved in solidarity to children who are fighting cancer daily. St. Baldricks is such a fantastic organization and it’s completely worth it to donate money or time.

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Hello, Brain Dump


Inspired once again by one of my favorite mommy bloggers, The Reluctant Housewife, I am about to do another brain dump. Here we go:

1. Our laptop charger may or may not have a short in it, which means that our laptop may or may not be headed back to the shop–depending on what the problem is, the cost and all of that good stuff. If it’s something bigger than just the charger that’s the problem, then I might not be able to post on here for a few days. So, if I disappear, fear not. The Preble Road Crew will return when we get this whole charger mess cleared up.

2. Zoey invented a new game last night. While holding a little plastic ball, she yelled, “Ba…ba…ba….ball!” When she got to ‘ball’, she threw the ball in the air, which meant it only went about a foot in front of her or sometimes behind her or sometimes it hit her in the head (relax. Plastic). And then she’d run over to pick up the ball and start her game all over again. I love watching her use her imagination like that.

3. Tonight, it’s Girl’s Night for The Preble Road Crew. Greg is traveling with a couple of his friends to the Carrier Dome to watch a third friend coach lacrosse. Greg hasn’t seen the third friend in years and I’m so happy that he’s going. I told him to take pictures while he’s there so I can put them up here. Hopefully, he’ll remember to take the camera.

4. My mom sent a little container of her homemade macaroni salad to work with me today. She had it all ready in a lunch bag when I dropped Zoey off this morning. My momma is awesome like that.

5. This Sunday is SUPER IMPORTANT.  Sunday morning, Zoey and I will be participating in the Lupus walk at Carousel Mall to support my mom, who is currently in remission. This will be our fourth year walking (Zoey’s third year–her first year she was still in ma belleh). Because I’m such a slacker, I haven’t been trying to get as many donations as I should, so if you’d like to donate to this important cause, click here.

Sunday afternoon, Greg is taking part in the St. Baldrick’s Event at Kitty Hoynes Pub in Syracuse. He has volunteered to get his head shaved to raise money in support of finding a cure for common childhood cancers. This cause is near and dear to our hearts this year because he and his cousins are volunteering in memory of Greg’s mom, who we lost this past November in her own battle with cancer. I know she’d be SO proud of those boys for doing this. To support Greg by donating to their team, click here.