Monday, October 12, 2009

Walk for Will and Hope

The weather was swell. The cause, worthy. The company, wonderful.

Under cool but crisp skies, about 75 kindly souls trekked 2 miles Sunday for the First Annual Walk for Will and Hope. We're proud to report we smashed our fundraising goal and raised nearly $5,000 for the Cornelia de Lange Foundation. We're absolutely tickled and humbled by the response.

All credit goes to Big Mo. This was her dream and goal for the five years after Will died, so we were honored and grateful to host the walk four days before what would have been his fifth birthday. Mo sweat the details, wrangling insurance, designing T shirts, coordinating refreshments, charting the course, navigating surprisingly cumbersome park bureaucracy and cajoling donations from near and far.

My job was mostly comic relief and doing as told. As such, I'm updating the blog as she enjoys a well-deserved lounge, Cheez-Its and "Dancing with the Stars."

We are terrifically appreciative and have so many people to thank. The response bowled us over and we're lucky to have such great friends and family to come out and support a cause that means a lot. There's a video yet to come with some highlights, but right now, we're just basking in the glow and preparing to write thank-you notes.

So thanks to all. It was terrific.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

They're here....

Two months and four optometry office visits later, Hope FINALLY has her first pair of glasses. As you can sort of tell from the pictures, they're pink wire frames with cable arms that wrap around her ears and a rather large plastic thing called a universal bridge. They're a little big but I think we did the best we could given Hope's small head and features. I went to four different places -- two of which had to order special frames for us to even try on -- before we found these on Tuesday and I decided to go with it. They arrived yesterday.

So far, Hopesy is actually doing pretty well with them! She kept her head down for the 15 minutes she had them on yesterday, as if they were heavy. Today, she's doing much better. Apparently this seeing stuff isn't so bad.

But some sights, as you can tell from the picture below, are good no matter whether you can see them clearly or not -- like Hope's thumbs. She's been fascinated with her hands, and particularly her thumbs, for about a month now.