I forgot to send out probably the biggest (most?) kudos to Granny, the original Brazen Hussy (ask us), for standing her ground and being CJ's biggest advocate when we couldn't be there. It doens't take Fellini to figure out where Rachel and Charlotte get their maddeningly lovable firey streaks.
Speaking of her, the word from the hospital this morning is that she woke up happy. I actually got to talk to her on the phone for a bit. I asked her if she wanted me to shave off my goatee and she said no, 'I like your goateer on your face." So on it stays. I didn't shave the jowels this morning because I thought everything would be coming off. Sorry if I'm a bit scruffy this morning.
The interview on WHAN 1430am went very well and Bob got a $100 donation out of it. Good thing he rolled out of bed! :-) Thanks to Bill and Skip for being so willing to have us in the studio multiple times.
Spoke to Scott at Glen Allen Golf this morning confirming the prizes for today and revisited having the Spirit Night on Wednesday, May 6 from 7-10pm. Should be fun and my idea for the longest-drive and closest-to-the-hole contests is to sell golf balls used specifically for the contests via the government stimulus method. That is $1 per ball or $5 for three.
Hey Devon, hope you got SOME sleep last night.
Gotta go get Open Gym going. (Man! Annette does a lot in the mornings! :-)
Here I am sitting at a very quiet Romp n' Roll. Open Gym is over, birthday party won't start till 3. I'm catching up on paperwork and listening to the Dixie Chicks' Lullaby. If you've never heard it, it's a must listen...calming to anyone...
And I'm probably about the happiest I have been in weeks. Last night's Head Shaving Party was an amazing event. Let's just put aside for the moment that we raised somewhere around $5K (!!!!!) for Charlotte's ever-growing medical expenses. There was fun, fellowship, head shaving and painting by some very brave and enthusiastic volunteers, great food, and the best part about it was that I did hardly anything to make this happen. There are so many people to thank but let me start here:
o To Jackie Plank for getting the initial ball rolling
o To Bob Flangan for grabbing the baton and sprinting to the finish
o To Amanda at Great Clips for coming by on her lunch break and shaving heads
o To my fabulous employees for coming out, showing support, cleaning up, signing in guests, bringing food, etc.
o To Chick-Fil-A at Virginia Center and Cicis Pizza for providing food and a visit from "The Cow"
o To the folks at Glen Allen Golf for providing a great prize for our head shavees
o To Margie (our resident Avon rep) for another prize
o To Annette's dad for yet another prize
o To my Aunt Phyillis for the Bose Wave Radio & CD player
o To the now bald heads in the HOUSE:
Mitch Hayes, Bob Flanagan, Jeff Reynolds, Mark Bishop, Wyn Price, Kolbey Hogeboom, Bruce King, Chris Murphy, Daniel Edwards, Xavier Madrigal, Aiden Feria....AWESOME!
We did have plenty of fine folks taking pictures. Please send them our way and we are happy to post on Caring Bridge and/or Facebook. If you are on the Get Well Charlotte Reynolds site on Facebook, feel free to post pics there as well.
Thanks to everyone for showing up. We had such a great crowd and it was so good to see so many kids playing...including the guest of honor, Miss Charlotte herself. She held up really well and we were very happy that she stuck it out as long as she did.
I snuck off midway through the event for some "girl time" with one of my best friends from college (Kelly) in town on Spring Break. We treated ourselves to pedicures and a Girl's Night dinner where we got to catch up and talk about LIFE...
Then her husband Nate, who is quite the chef, treated us all to breakfast this morning: French toast, homemade blackberry syrup, fresh whipped cream, and BACON for the whole family. Charlotte's favorite part? She dipped the bacon in the whipped cream!! That's my girl!
Oh, and I almost forgot the best part: Charlotte pooped last night! Hooray! Hopefully we can keep everything going.
It was so great to feel the positive energy blowing in our direction last night. That's the kind of stuff that energizes me and keeps me going. Thanks again.
As mentioned in a previous post, bracelets are in at Romp n' Roll and some of you who paid earlier may stop by any time we are open to pick them up.
There is another fundraising dinner coming soon (April 25th) in Charlotte's honor out in Sandston and I will post the details on that soon. It is a $10 a plate all-you-can-eat feast. We will probably be selling tickets for that at Romp n' Roll as well.
Hope everyone has a great weekend and a Happy EAster. More posts later...Gotta go get ready for a Super Birthday Bash!