Sunday, October 26, 2014

New York NEW YORK!!!

Elena had the great joy of traveling to NEW YORK CITY with her Nana and PaPa.  (Thank you again and again and then a whole lot more for taking her on this amazing trip Mom and Dad.)
Elena was able to enjoy all the things that New York brings including trying her first latte and riding in a plane for the second time...but first that she can remember. 
 She rode in a carriage around the city with her favorite tour guide, my cousin Brandon.
 Who took her on her first subway ride...and...
 of course took her to Grand Central Station and showed her a fun trick of whispering to each other on opposite sides of the station.
 View from hotel!
 Outside the building of Jimmy Fallon! She ALMOST saw Jimmy, but he was out of town for the week.  She was bummed BUT she DID get on the set of...
 The Colbert Report! On the set and sitting at the desk of Stephen Colbert!
 Times Square

 Top of the Empire State Building.
 The Statue of Liberty.
 The Bull on Wall Street.
 The Twin Towers Memorial.
 Wicked on Broadway!
 The Museum of Natural want gum gum.

Radio City Music Hall and a tour WITH a Rockette!

Amazing trip for an amazing young lady.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Rosebuds calling all potential Superhero Sponsors!

Dear Potential Sponsor and CF Superhero,
Our Rosebuds team is a group of kids helping kids with Cystic Fibrosis (CF).  Elena is a bright, talented, and motivated young lady who was born with CF.  Elena's mom runs and fundraises with Team 65ROSES on behalf of Miles for Cystic Fibrosis, a local nonprofit that raises awareness and money for CF research and to help CF families struggling with the high cost of caring for this disease.  In 2009, when Elena was only 5 years old she declared that she wanted to run on her own "kids team" to raise awareness and money; just like her Mommy!  To bring this vision to life, Elena ran in a kids fun run at her Mom's 65ROSES race beside her parents, siblings, friends and CF supporters.  Her theme and inspiration was "Kids helping kids with CF" and thus the Rosebuds were born!
Since 2009, this charity of young runners has worked to raise awareness and money to support local CF families and for CF research.   The Rosebuds have raised over $45,000 for CF charities!
The Rosebuds would LOVE to list you and your company's name as a corporate sponsor on our website, social media, and our shirts!  Your sponsorship will help to pay for costs associated with the Rosebuds team including our runners rewards of CF Superhero tees, Superhero capes with masks, and small prize/toys to give to all our runners who raise $65, $165, or more.  Join us as we raise awareness and money for Cystic Fibrosis.  Being a corporate sponsor for the Rosebuds goes beyond your monetary contribution, it means you are supporting a tremendous group of young runners who are to be Superheroes for CF!
Please be sure to check out our website at

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Balentine's Littlest Supporter!

Elena returned to Balentine's office with all siblings in tow to thank the CF "Wish for Wendy" supporters for all they are doing to raise awareness and funds for the cause. 
She enjoys speaking about the disease and mostly making new friends. 
After her talk, we enjoyed walking around the office and found this sculpture by Michael Stipe of REM called "Foxes"! Very cool.
Thank you Team Balentine and to all the friends and family that have supported us in various ways over the years. We are extremely grateful.

CF Fundraising: Yard Sale Style

Kids hosting a Rosebuds CF fundraiser table at our neighborhood yard sale for their December race. Necklaces, earrings, scarfs, by Elena and Artwork by's awfully sweet.

Want to see what my family is up to?