Monday, May 29, 2006

From My Dad

Another original...

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Niece in the News

My little niece, Brooklyn, was in the news today. Check it out. This footage wasn't as good as some of the coverage I saw, but you can see her. She is the little red head with the governor and Ed Smart. She was the first child in Utah to sign up for the new child ID program. What a cutie!

Sunday, May 21, 2006

The Newest Little Whiting

As per requests, here are pictures of the newest little Whiting, Anthony - Dillon's cousin Carol and her husband Brad's baby. He is 8 days old in these pictures and SUPER tiny! They get big so quickly it's easy to forget how small they are at first. He is very cute with his olive skin and lots of dark hair. To me he looks just like his older brother Christopher. His parents think he looks more like his cousins River and Tyler. Congrats Whitings!!!

Grandma Hawkins holding Anthony

Me and Anthony


I will post more pictures when Carol and Brad send them. :-)

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Race for the Cure

I went to bed last night with 60% of my fund raising goal reached. I thought, well, what I was able to raise will do good, even though I didn't meet my goal. This morning at 6:30a, I decided to check my email before I went to the race. To my pleasant surprise I had an email titled "Congratulations, you've reached your fund raising goal!" I was stoked! Dillon's dad made the last donation that put me to my goal. The support of my sponsors (and husband) really motivated me throughout the race. Thanks sponsors!!!

Steve Oliver

Lori Olson

The Bill Kennedy Family

Norma Mitchell

Doug and Kathleen Craven

Cheryl Rasband

I was also motivated by the cause. It felt really good to be out there physically doing something and knowing that I, so many others and our sponsors were funding and supporting life saving research and awareness. I was most of all motivated by my sister Sasha (Dillon's little sister). We've only been sisters for a little over a year and a half now, but I love her very much. She is living all the way up in Alaska, but I felt very close to her today as she was in my thoughts even more than usual.

It was a beautiful day to run. The sun was out and there was a breeze. Some people that had raced the prior year told me that it was 40 degrees and raining race day last year. Yuck!

I started out right behind the elite runners - which I wasn't supposed to do. Based on how long it takes me to run a mile, I should have been in the very back of the runner's section. I got passed... a lot! But it was fun to be up front for a little while and not be last!

My unofficial time for this 5k was 40:35. I paused my watch when I got to the water station. My asthma medication makes my mouth so dry! My official time was more like 41:35.

About 2 minutes before the race began, they announced that over 12,000 people had registered for the race and people were still registering at that time. There was such a great feeling in that giant crowd of people.

There were moms, dads, children, and grand parents there that have been affected by breast cancer at some point. A special shirt was given to the survivors that where there. Many wore the names of the people that inspired them to be there. It was all very touching.

Click here to see the news coverage of the race. In a couple of days you can visit the komen.org to view pictures of this race. Prior event pictures are posted also.

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