I am actually writing my first rough draft of this post the day after the Four on the Fourth race, and I have to say I am exhausted. The kids and I slept in this morning and Hubby had to work, bless his heart. We had such a full day for the Fourth! Let me go back and tell you about the packet pick-up for the race first.
I had some family drama on the third. My mom and sister were not having a good day. I got some phone calls while the kids played inside. I was so busy with talking to my family, doing laundry and watching the kids that I almost forgot to get our race packets. Hubby was working from home that day. So I left the kids at home with him to get our packets. Surprisingly they were not upset about that. They asked to stay home. I thought that weird since they always make out like bandits at the packet pick-ups. So I headed out in the early afternoon to get them. This year they gave women a choice of a regular shirt or a tank! I was so happy I wasn’t forced to get a tank. I’m actually wearing my shirt right now. To the race directors, thank you, thank you for no tanks this year!
So with no in-laws in sight this holiday we got the girl down the street to babysit that morning. The kids love playing with her. They were up when we left which had me worried. I mean we left pretty early and they were supposed to watch fireworks at the Royals game later. I knew they would be tired later.
We made it to the race with plenty of time. I saw some tents up and wanted to check them out before we headed to the start. Hubby pinned and unpinned his race bib about a million times!!! I was so frustrated. I mean, who cares! You are running. When a picture is taken you’re not standing perfectly still. Nobody is going to say, “Oh! Look how perfectly straight that race bib is! How wonderful!” Right?
Anyway, no exploring for us. I finally got Hubby out in time to walk to the start. We were back a ways from the starting line and worked our way toward the front a bit. It was still a tight squeeze for a while trying to pass people when the race started. Then of course a ton of people passed me as well. It leveled off a bit by the time we hit the first mile. At the second mile I was passing some people. I saw Hubby about that time. I caught glimpses of him here there until the end. I almost caught to him toward the end. It’s funny how you noticed some people when you run.
I passed some people never to see them again. Then there were a few here and there that would pass me and then I would pass them. Back and forth we would go. I ran the whole race expect the two water stops and one hill. I got some water and walked just to drink and then started up again running. I also walked a bit after the second hill toward the end. I mean the first hill is pretty big, and it levels off for what seems like no time at all before you do another big hill around the corner. After I made it up the second hill, I ran the rest of the way to the end.
My chip time was 45:31. I don’t think that is my best time. I’m kinda of in the middle of my age group. I mean there was one hundred twelve women my age and I was fifty-eight. Hubby did it in 44:33. Hubby said he wished it rained like last year. I didn’t want that! It dumped on us last year! He does better in the cooler races. The heat really seems to zap him. We got our root beer floats after cooling off in the shade. Even though it wasn’t raining we were soaked. It was so hot. We didn’t stay long.
Hubby and I came home and paid the babysitter. We got the kids ready for the yearly neighborhood Fourth of July parade after drying off a bit. They did really well this year. They rode their tricycles the whole mile and half to the pool for ice cream. I thought about getting them big kid bikes for their birthday, but they said they still like their trikes. Even after the parade I asked them if they wanted big kid bikes and the answer was that they still liked their trikes. Hubby thinks they are getting too big for them. We’ll probably get them bikes for Christmas or the next birthday.
The kids got ice cream, and Hubby and I had our second helping that day. They really wanted to go to the pool, but we had plans to meet friends at Oceans of Fun later. We went home and relaxed a bit because our friends’ little ones still take naps. I thought we should go ahead and get ready since our friends live closer to Oceans of Fun. That way we would get out there the same time. Hubby was wiped though. I almost thought we were not going, but then we finally left. Just as I suspected, our friends were out there before us.
My boy just got over getting splashed and getting his head wet. He has started to jump in the pool in our neighborhood even if it is with a pool noodle. He has had several swim lessons. I thought he would deal with Oceans of Fun better this year. Last year was terrible. He didn’t want to do anything but the baby slides then. It started to look like he wasn’t going to do anything this year as well. I found Hubby and Baby Girl and traded with him. Baby Girl and I went down Aruba Tuba twice. When we came back Little Man was having fun and doing stuff like going down little slides that he wouldn’t do with me. Thanks to Hubby what would have been a bad visit for me and Little Man turned into a great visit for all.
Our friends left to go eat pizza with their kids and we stayed to ride Fury of the Nile in Worlds of Fun. Baby Girl and I had to go back and change into our dry clothes even though you can get wet on Fury of the Nile. There was a sign that said no swimsuits in Worlds of Fun. The boys just needed shirts and they were fine with their swim trunks. Funny thing was that after all that Baby Girl and I got the wettest on the ride. Ugh!
Baby Girl and I dried off before we knew it because it was so hot. Hubby and Little Man changed clothes and we were off to the Royals Game. We were a little late and hungry. Hubby didn’t want to pay stadium prices for food so we stopped on the way and got something quick to eat. We got to the game already in progress. Little Man was so wiped. He acted like he really wanted to go to sleep. He did crawl in my lap at one point to snuggle and get a quick cat nap. I looked at Hubby and his eyes looked so tired. Baby Girl was in his lap snuggling but she was awake. I’m sure I looked wiped as well. I was yawning quite a bit. Little Man was awake for at least most of the firework show. Both kiddos were out cold on the ride home. I’ve gotta say, Mommy and Daddy were pretty tired too. What a day!