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We’re Famous! (Kinda)


Remember when I told you guys about participating in the Lupus walk with Zoey, my sisters, my nieces and my mom? If you don’t remember, click here for the whole story. Anyway, part of our experience this year was that the volunteers for the Lupus Alliance stopped my mom halfway through the walk and interviewed her. Lookee what my younger sister, Cristy, found on Youtube yesterday:

After the walk, when we were hanging out waiting for the raffles to begin, a woman from Syracuse Woman Magazine approached us, took a picture of our team and said we might just be in the next issue. Check out what I realized is on their Facebook page this morning:

There you have it. We’re awesome. The end.


The Lupus Walk 2013 In Pictures, Part Two


If you haven’t read the first part of our Lupus Walk 2013 adventure, check it out here.

Let’s get right to it:

So, after the kajillion pictures of the team and Zoey losing her mind over meeting the Build-A-Bear bear and consequently attempting to break into the Build-A-Bear store, we actually got some walking done:

L-R: Rowan, Zoey, Keagan and Cristy

The cousins

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The Lupus Walk 2013 In Pictures, Part One


Yesterday was a CRAYHAYZAY day. Zoey and I pulled ourselves out of bed super-early and got ready to head off to Destiny USA (formerly known as Carousel mall before they made it into a behemoth of ridiculously expensive restaurants, upscale stores and, apparently, some sort of ropes course). For the fifth year in the row, I was ready to participate in the annual Lupus Walk at Carousel mall (whatever. It will always be Carousel mall to me) and Zoey was going along with me for the fourth year (if you include the year I was impregnito).

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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!!!