Photo of the Day: A Beautiful Storm

Yesterday brought several rounds of quick, but fierce, thunderstorms through the Kansas City area. Some of my friends posted photos on facebook of some crazy-looking frontal clouds, but unfortunately I was stuck inside work without a good view. Yesterday at sunset, however, there were some storms off in the distance, causing the sky to have a really unique, gorgeous hue.

Photo of the Day: Cancer Hero

This weekend my family participated in PurpleStride, a 5k run/walk for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. This year’s Kansas City event has raised $297,000 – a HUGE growth for its third year. The best part about the event? It’s more than just a walk. It’s more like a carnival with booths, thousands of people, and a huge kids activity area complete with a blow up slide, face paint, crafts, and popcorn and cotton candy. I love how this event is raising awareness about pancreatic cancer. In 2013 45,220 will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the U.S., and 38,460 will die from it. Hopefully fundraisers like this will change those grim statistics.

See my photo from the inaugural Kansas City walk.

My cousin Taylor is going to be a great supporter of cancer awareness when she grows up. Tay lost her grandma to pancreatic cancer almost 3 years ago.

Photo of the Day: Pretty Little Weed

Now that we’ve had a few warm days and some nice rain, we’ve been doing a lot of yard work at our new house. We really have no idea what we’re doing, but we’ve attempted to lay some grass seed and keep moist. It should germinate in the next few days. We’ve also been clearing out the flower beds, raking, mowing, weed eating, and many other things that seem to keep us busy. (Coming from an apartment, we’re keeping Lowe’s in business!) While outside I ran into these random flowers. They are kind of pretty, but they seem to have spread throughout our yard, so I’m not sure if they’re weeds.

Coming up soon…a home tour! (Many bloggers may not care to see the inside of our home, but some of our friends who know personally us have been asking to see pics.)

A little flowering plant in our front yard. According to Google it’s a grape hyacinth. There’s, well, a lot of them.

Project 52 Week 45: What Do Hockey & Cancer Have in Common?

What do hockey teams and fighting cancer have in common? They both have a desire to kick butt! Saturday evening was the annual Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Night at the Missouri Mavericks hockey game. We had a great time with family & friends supporting a cause near and dear to our hearts. This will be the third Thanksgiving and Christmas without my aunt, but I don’t think the holidays have gotten any easier for my family. She’s greatly missed … we’ll continue this in her honor.

Three young girls cheer for the Mavericks as they sport their purple Pancreatic Cancer Action Network apparel.
Stretching before the 3rd period – the most flexible hockey player I’ve ever seen.

 

Days 316-317: Night of Hope, Day of Renewal

This weekend finally arrived … and passed too quickly. I was so looking forward to the Night of Hope – a Pancreatic Cancer Action Network gala – 1) because it was our first time attending a gala, and 2) the cause is close to my heart. My aunt passed away from pancreatic cancer last July, just 8 months after being diagnosed. Since then I’ve met so many people who have been affected by this horrible disease. It was a roller coaster of emotions; it was fun to dress up and get a fancy hotel room, but it was also incredibly touching to witness the Vigil for Hope, where everyone lit purple lights in memory of their loved ones.

A view of Liberty Memorial from our hotel room before the gala.
As my aunt’s name appeared on the screen, the entire venue was lit in purple for the Vigil of Hope.
The day after the gala we walked around Liberty Memorial and Union Station. We even laid down on the lawn for a while, just to relax!