Saturday, February 25, 2012

Race Across America

Last year I went on one of the craziest adventures of my life. I was on a crew for a non-stop bike race across America. And I just agreed to do it again.

From June 16th to June 22nd, I will be on the crew for a bike race across America as a member of Team Donate Life , a non-profit organization that raises money and awareness for organ and tissue donation and transplants. By joining others and contributing to team donate life you can help give hope to thousands by raising money and awareness for organ/tissue donation and transplants, and feel good about it all. Every little bit helps.

The Race Across America begins in Oceanside, CA and will end 6 days and 3,005 miles later in Annapolis, MD.  Our relay team will ride 24 hours a day, racing from the Pacific Ocean, through the Mohave Desert, climbing 3 mountain ranges (including the Colorado Rockies) totaling over 118,000 vertical feet, traversing the Great Plains, with all its wind and rain, riding throughout the day and night on our way to the Atlantic Ocean until finally, worn out yet victorious, we’ll celebrate with actual organ donors and recipients, as we cross the finish line, to support the miracles associated with organ donation~ LIFE!

Your tax deductible donation of any amount can either be made by check to “Team Donate Life” mailed to the address below, or you may go directly to our fundraising page here: to donate online.  Please note on your donation who you are supporting. We are committed to reaching our goal by June 16th.  

Event: RAAM
Event Date: 6/16/2012
Fundraising Goal: $1,500.00
Current : $0.00

Donate Now

This is my 2nd year being associated with Team Donate Life and you can call me a believer. There is no more important cause in my book than life and Team Donate Life demonstrates that on many levels. Most importantly organ donation. I remember as a teenager coming up on a car accident where they were flying someone out. Word quickly got out that the person being transported had already died but was an organ donor and they were racing to get his organs to someone in need. That moment I decided that is what I wanted to do and have registered as an organ donor ever since. Join me in helping me reach my goal of $1,500 toward this cause, every little bit helps. 

Thank you for your support,
Kyle Gardner
Team Donate Life
El Dorado Hills CA, 95762

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Birthday and a Funeral

We had a very busy weekend! Kyle needed to go down for the valley for a Music Conference, and we tagged a long with him. Kyle spent most of the weekend in Mesa for the conference, and the girls and I tagged along with my Mom and Dad. It was my Mom's 50th (!!!) birthday so we started out by meeting up with my siblings at My Big Fat Greek Restaurant (YUM!), sadly we don't have a single picture, but we had a lot of good food and lots of fun. For my Mom's present from the kids Kati had the idea to get together 50 memories and put together a book of memories for her. I got on Facebook and e-mailed her family and friends and they sent memories back to me, we put them in a small scrapbook and gave them to her. She LOVED it. Kati and I couldn't find a time to get together and scrapbook them before we gave it to her, but Kati printed out pictures of everyone that participated and then that Sunday we were able to scrapbook about half of it. That just means next time we get together we'll have a little project to finish. 

Saturday was spent in Prescott with lots of family. My Great-Grandpa Randall (Macy and London's GREAT GREAT Grandpa, crazy huh?!) passed away earlier in the week so we went for his graveside service and had a BBQ with the family afterward. 

Here is everyone at the graveside service. 

The kids were getting a little restless so Kati was awesome enough to watch them while we listened to everyone talk about Grandpa and their memories of him. Don't worry- they aren't playing in the dirt on graves, this was a patch of dirt next to them :)

When I got the call that Grandpa had passed I couldn't help but be so excited for him, my Grandma passed away several years ago and he has missed her so much, and they finally get to be together again.  
 My pretty Mama, Aunt Steph, and my cousin Amber
 Here is the whole gang! It was so fun to see people that I hadn't seen in years.
That Sunday was the Super Bowl, so we all gathered at Mom and Dad's and watched the game and ate dinner. Cindy Carroll was there and snapped a few spur of the moment pictures for us. Here's everyone!

Our little family.