This morning started really early. After a late night! Our 6 year old had her race today - The city we live in holds an annual kids race at a central college track. Kids from all over the city come to run. It's more of a 'run' than a race. Every kid gets a medal and certificate. And my kids look forward to it every year.
The oldest, Boy, is running track at school. The next, S-girl, had a broken shoulder and isn't into running; our other Miss M. has been running with me to do a 5k (next week!)
And so we signed up the Princess M for this run. She had her clothes out and ready last night - actually I think she even slept in them. And she was up wayyyyy too early! 4.5 hours before her race.
The weather this year was perfect - not sunny hot, not rainy or cold.
|snuggling with Dad - a favorite pastime|
We had a pretty good seat and could see her taking off. When she started out, G counted her at about 87th. Then she made her way up to about 30th halfway through - he had binoculars and could see the cross country course well. And then the finish! Oh that was exciting for this mama. M. entered the track at about 20th, and overtook a number of other runners to finish about 13th (We'll get the final results tomorrow!)
(Can you tell by all my exclamation points!?!?!)
Miss M is at the X in the photo.
(and can someone tell me how to get that black spot off my lens?! I can't wipe it off!)
After lunch and a nap (not my nap, unfortunately) it was time to get the kids cleaned up and dressed up. Not always an easy feat at 3 in the afternoon with 5 active children.
But we did it.
We met a friend from church, who is also a photographer,
at a local park, to get the kids' pictures taken.
Little K did pretty well for the first half hour. The 2nd half hour there was a but more of a wrangling ... not just for little K either! The older kids' focus was distracted by the lure of sticks and rocks and a running creek nearby. But we managed to get some nice photos taken, and I am really looking forward to seeing the final products in a couple of weeks!!
I even managed to resist getting take-out supper and made it at home instead.