If you’ve read any of my other posts you know that our plan A since the kids got too big to ride in a stroller for our races is to have my husband’s parents watch them. Plan B is to have my husband’s sister to watch them and then plan C is to pay the girl down the street to watch them. Well somehow we skipped all that and ventured upon a whole new plan.
My husband’s parents went out-of-town to my Father-in-law’s high school reunion. My sister-in-law agreed to watch the kiddos several months out from the zoo run. We knew that far in advance. As we got closer to September I wanted to confirm with her one day when her family was visiting our house. They totally forgot and made plans to be out-of-town, but her husband’s parents were going to watch her kids. They thought his parents wouldn’t mind watching our kids for an hour or two. Sure enough they were okay with it.
My kids are twins (I mean I’m Goofy For Twins after all) and they were born early which happens a lot with twins. We usually have a family day at the zoo when we do the run, but this year things went a little different. Overland Park Regional has a NICU reunion every year. This year they planned it the same day as the zoo run. At least it didn’t conflict with run. They were a different times during the day. The zoo never does anything special inside for the kids or the run or anything. So we decided to do the run, check out the after party in the parking lot real quick, and then leave to take the kids to the reunion. We haven’t missed a NICU reunion yet.
Our shirt and medal this year
I looked at the weather forecast and holy hot jalapenos! We had some weeks that were in the seventies this September but all week before the race was going to be the upper eighties and the day of the race was going to be eighty-nine. Why? I mean really. Why can’t it be a nice seventy degrees for the race and NICU reunion?
I got up early that morning and tried to wake up Hubby. The plan was to let the kids sleep until the last minute and take them to my sister-in-law’s with a change of clothes and breakfast. I tried to wake Hubby since he told me to get him up a little after I was awake. I figured fifteen minutes was enough time. He acted like he was going to get up so I went back to the bathroom. Five minutes later he still wasn’t awake. I tried to wake him again on my way downstairs to get something quick for breakfast. He said he didn’t want to get up until 6:30 am. I shrugged and went on down to the kitchen. I wasn’t down there but a few minutes when he whispered from the top of the stairs. Work had called him and needed him to come in for a bit. He asked if I could get the kids to his sister’s house by myself. I surprisingly didn’t say anything sarcastic because I’m usually alone with them during the week. I just said yes.
It was actually kind of nice to NOT have to be the one pushing my husband out the door. He got ready all on his own without any nagging from me. So nice! Then it was time for me to get the kids up and out the door. I spent ten minutes trying to get them up when I decided to just carry them one at a time into the car. Sissy was a little easier not only because she is lighter but she was more cooperative then her brother. He was tired and did not want to go. I had already warned him that his cousin’s grandparents were going to watch them. He had all the knowledge before he went to bed. There were no surprises. He was just tired.
I left the house a little later than I wanted, but I thought that was all okay because the last two years we got there so early we just stood around for what seemed forever for the start. I got them to their aunt’s house okay. I got them in the house and breakfast in front of them. The kids have been around their aunt’s in-laws because they have had several Thanksgivings with us. Our brother-in-law is an only child.
I’m only familiar with the roads between my sister-in-law’s house and our house. The other roads I do not know well. She lives kind of close to the Plaza. So I used my GPS to try to get to the zoo. At first I thought it was taking me some crazy way, but then I recognized 63rd Street. We usually enter the zoo from the other end of it. I wished I was coming from that direction today because my side was barely moving. Nobody was letting us in the line to the zoo. Even though the other side had to cross traffic to get to the zoo, once they were over, they had the right of way and we had to yield. The only time our line moved was when there was traffic from the lane on the other side of us which didn’t happen often. There was a police officer at the intersection but he did not seem too concerned with letting any of us from the side I was on into the street. I spent fifteen minutes or more in traffic. I guess that is reason enough to get there early and just stand around the starting line.
I was on the phone with Hubby while I waited in traffic. He left work to meet me. I had his arm band for his phone. He complained about the traffic as well but he realized he was driving on a road near the start. So he did like a lot of people did and parked along that road. I finally got parked and walked to the starting line. I had a hard time finding him because he wasn’t being real descriptive about where he was standing. I finally spotted him, but I had to stop for the National Anthem. I got him his arm band and we started together just fine.
After run party
The run itself was okay. It was hot and muggy. I took off too fast. They did not have any water stops until after the second mile. I did see one of the cheetahs up close. It was lounging on a rock. They do not do that often or at least they don’t during the times we have visited the zoo. One of the runners actually stopped to watch it.
Kudos to the dancing doughnuts. It was hot!
As I got closer to the finish I recognized some runners from last year that finished with me. My time was okay. It was 42:24. We grabbed some waters to cool off for a bit. We got our Sweet 16 prizes which were hats and beanies. I had asked the gentleman at packet pick-up if we were okay with our make-up runs. He was the same person I had emailed. He said we were fine. Speaking of packet pick-up, I wish we could have more races with the packet pick-up at the Overland Park Gary Gribbles. It is so much easier for me, but of course that is probably just me.
Star Wars characters at the NICU reunion
We looked around the after party in the parking lot a bit before heading out to get the kids. I was disappointed that Shatto Milk wasn’t there this year. I didn’t see any chocolate milk at all. I didn’t get anything except water. I just wasn’t impressed. The band was playing some fun songs. They even had some people dressed as doughnuts out dancing. It was super cute.
More Star Wars
I got the kids. They had a great time with cousins. We went home and got cleaned up since we got the gas back on our water heater. The NICU reunion didn’t start until one in the afternoon. So I figured if they had any food it would be snacks and dessert and I was right. We grabbed some quick food at nearby McDonald’s. I mean three dollar happy meals and one dollar McDouble for the Royals double play is pretty good deal. That is when McDonald’s doesn’t forget about the double play deal.
Wonder Woman and the top of my daughter’s head. I’m still not comfortable putting their pictures out here.
The theme for the NICU reunion was superheros. They had characters, inflatables, face painting, snacks/desserts, and balloon artists. Sissy got her face painted like Wonder Woman and Bubby was Spiderman. She got a butterfly shaped balloon and Bubby got a Spiderman balloon. We did everything and stayed almost the whole four hours.
It felt soooo good to be home and in the air conditioning when it was all said and done. It was a long, hot, and fun day.