Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Promise Walk

We ran 4k and raised $770! (E had a great time. I promise.)
One of the goals on my 40 year bucket list was to Walk in the Promise Walk down in San Diego. There are only two walks in California yearly and this seemed like a good one for a fun family weekend. The Promise Walk support preeclampsia research, education and awareness. Preeclampsia is a disorder present in 5-8% of pregnancies. Normally it is diagnosed through the presence of protein in the urine or elevated blood pressure. It is one of the leading causes of premature birth. You can read about my journey here. My next step will be to join the Preeclampsia Registry and next year do a virtual walk locally here with others who have had the disorder. For more information, you can visit the Preeclampsia Foundation website or watch their 3 minute video. Thank you for all the support through comments, questions and money donated!

Parks for Siblings

University Circle Park in Noleta
As we approach summer, I have been thinking of the parks that are great for bigger and smaller kids. My girls are almost 6 and 2 1/2, so some playgrounds definitely work better than others. For me, the park that is ideal for us has equipment that is suitable for little kids, but also enough equipment to interest big kids too.  Perhaps parents with kids closer in age will think of other parks (please chime in with comments).

Santa Barbara
Alameda Park (Kid's World)
Chase Palm Park (Shipwreck Playground)
Dwight Murphy Park
Elings Park
La Mesa Park
Oak Park
Parque de los Ninos
Shoreline Park
Stevens Park
Willowglen Park

Calle Barquero
Tucker's Grove
University Circle Park

Santa Barbara County 
Sunny Fields Park
Tomol Interactive Play Area
Goleta (including Isla Vista)
Bella Vista Open Space
Girsh Park
Goleta Beach Park
Stow Grove Park
Wallis Park