The day is finally here; or will be tomorrow. I’m making my Relay post now because tomorrow, there is just no way possible for that to happen.
We will wake up around 5:00 a.m. and get ready to pack up the cars and leave for the Relay around 6:00 a.m. My daughter, who is nine, will be spending the next 24+ hours with me at the Relay. She is very excited to be a participant and is looking forward to manning the booth and selling items to add to our team donation.
This will be my first year being a team captain and I can guarantee it won’t be my last. This will be a way for me to honor my sister, Kathi, while we support those who have won or are still fighting their battle.
The theme of the Relay is “Movies”. Being my co-captain and I are both military moms, we chose to go with a military-type movie. We didn’t have a lot of time to choose and picked, “Max”. I contacted a local movie theater to see if they had any promotional posters. As luck would have it, they did. Phew…I didn’t know where I’d get a Malinois on such short-notice.
I’ve printed up words and laminated them: Honor, Loyalty, Semper-Fi. We are going to hang them around our booth. We’ll hang our poster and decorate with red, white and blue streamers.
We received some donations to raffle off: a tutu dress, an afghan, and a few other items.
We will donate some homemade brownies for the dessert part of the evening that will take place at midnight. We are going to also sell homemade cookies, biscotti, muffins, popcorn balls (gluten-free) and brownies (gluten-free) lip balm, glitter crayons, earrings and rings.
We should have a lot of fun. The lil miss is looking forward to staying up as late as she wants. I don’t think she’ll make it much past midnight, but we’ll see. I am pretty much taking the 12-6 shift to be walking. For me, that is “my time” to remember my sister.
The luminaria dedication is at 9:00 p.m. I am glad it’s then because I was in tears when my daughter started decorating the luminaria bags. I shed a couple more when she completed them and almost lost it when I received an email about a caption for Kathi’s picture for the dedication. At least the red circles that develop under my eyes will be somewhat masked by the darkness of the evening; even though the track is somewhat lit up.
I am excited for tomorrow and what it will bring. Each year we will continue to grow our team and make more strides to wiping out cancer and making it a permanent memory!