Saturday, November 24, 2012

Turkey Trot...

This year since I have been working so hard (working hard the last five weeks anyway lol)  I invited myself and my girls (plus Thor) to join our neighbors and friends Greg and Eileen and their daughters to do the Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot this year.  It was a 5k and it started at 7:30 in the morning.  This meant I had to be up at 5:15am so we could get there by 6:30 for a 7:30 race.  OUCH!!  It was so much fun.  According to the newspaper there are more than 17,000 people who do this race every year.  There are three different races two 5k's and one 10k.  There were 5600 people doing our race.  This was only my second time doing a race, I did the Gasparilla 5k a couple years ago.  I'm still really intimidated by the crowds especially when it first starts, but after it gets going I love it.  This one was really fun because most of the course was through residential neighborhoods so people came out on their porches with their coffee and cheered us on.  There were quite a few homes that had small bands set up in their driveways playing music for us.  I loved this!!  What I loved most of  all was doing it with my girls.  I was really surprised they would be willing to get up that early to do the race with me.  You know teenagers they don't like early mornings.  I definitely want to do this race again.  I think Dave was sorry he didn't do it with us, he was really worried about the house not being ready for  all our guests that would be arriving later in the day.  So he stayed home and straightened up.  We were home by 10am though so we all helped get everything ready.

Here are the kids. Megan, McKenlee, Thor, Natalie and Sydnee

Eileen explaining the race route to the kids.

Greg, Eileen and their daughter Megan.  Their other daughter was with a group  of her friends.

The kids when we first got there, can you tell the sun had just come up.

My girls and I (I''m not looking real pretty here lol the hair slicked back look is not for me)

Sydnee and I

I was trying to get a picture of the crowd behind us.  There are so many people it's insane.

Here is one of the several bands we passed playing music for us. 

The old people.  LOL 

Later in the day our family came over and we enjoyed a wonderful dinner that went off without a hitch.  I'm just disappointed I didn't take any photos later in the day.  We had fifteen at our Thanksgiving table and everyone enjoyed the day.  The best part was that my last two baby hamsters were adopted by my Uncle's granddaughter's family.  Yay!!!  Just kidding the best part was a day spent with family reflecting on our blessings but the hamster adoption was a definite bonus.  LOL

1 comment:

The Carters said...

Congrats!!! What a great Thanksgiving tradition to start! and 17000 for a turkey run - that's huge!