Monday, May 3, 2010

Crazy Day 2010

About once a year (some might suggest much more frequently) I decide to do something totally crazy. Sometimes the things are harmless, like making an advanced-ability quilt with no prior quilting experience. Other times my decisions are just dumb. Take last July when I decided to "magnify my calling" by attending a church leadership meeting when I had clearly overdosed on pain medicine for my back. (Who thinks it's a coincidence that I had a new church job soon after that? Not me.)

This year's crazy thing started the day after the half-marathon. I decided to do another one - only 13 days after the first. Can I blame this on peer pressure because a bunch of my friends were running in this one? Since the hot weather is just around the corner I decided I NEEDED to do this next one and not only did I need to do it, but I thought it would be a great idea if the whole family got involved.

So we all joined in and had a great time! Scott ran a half (and bettered his last half by 12 minutes!), Emily did a mile and Molly and Heidi did a quarter-mile run. My walk was not so shabby either. Now, hold on to your hats and get ready for this - I WON. Out of all the walkers (600 of us who said we wouldn't even run one step) I came in 12th overall - men and women combined - and WON my age group!! Is that crazy? It's crazy.

By the way, is that not the cutest photo you've ever seen?

Don't think the craziness stops with the whole family running around all morning. It gets crazier. Instead of getting a large pizza and passing out on the bed (which I am still not admitting that I did) I got home from the race and a hour later I had a birthday party at the house!

It wasn't an ordinary party - it was a Hawaiian Princess Luau party and here is the hula-girl cake. Note to others who want to make a Barbie cake - you have to take Barbie's legs off first. I was kind of tired and tried to stick her in the cake without amputation and it didn't quite work. Her legs are taller than the entire cake. Luckily Barbie washed easily.

The only disappointment was that the frosting decided to slide off the cake! I kind of freaked out when I went to put it on the cake platter and realized what had happened. Sadly, I could not salvage the grass skirt look. I ended up frosting the whole thing and scoring it with a knife so it kind of looked like a grass skirt still. I don't think the kids even noticed the difference. I did, but remember, I'm crazy.

The party itself was a big success! I just wish I had remembered to take photos of the FRONT of the kids' heads. Oh well. Maybe I wasn't thinking clearly when it came to the photos, but at least I can honestly say I have not had any of that pain medication since last July.

10 comments:

Tiffani said...

You must be one crazy fast walker! My mom made me a birthday Barbie cake similar to the one you made your daughter only she used my fav. Barbie and the frosting stained her legs bright pink and wasn't too happy...glad yours washed easy!

NaDell said...

There's a lady in our ward who is 80 something who has won for her fast-walker age group in the Boise walk for something like 10 years. AND she is really fast. I used to walk with a friend on the same path she and her husband walked on and even when we tried to walk faster, she breezed right by! Kind of embarrassing since we are in our 20's still....(and it was a few years ago.)
Your cake looks great! I kind of like the back of the kids picture because then you don't have to worry that their parent's won't like their kid on your blog...

Herlehy Family said...

You are truly AMAZING...a party and a race in the same day!

Amy said...

Yeah, I thought you were crazy too. Very fun, but still crazy! :)

Stacey said...

I've know you were crazy since Richmond Court apts. 17 years ago! Insane!!

We need to talk. I'm thinking of walking the Helvatia Half in June. I'm a great walker, can't run to save my life. I'll call ya!

sanpinney said...

I don't think you're crazy, I think you're AWESOME!

Jen said...

I can't believe you did a birthday party after that - crazy girl!

Raimi said...

Congrats on the win! yoo are a fun Mom!

Gina and the Gang said...

Wow, you deserve a medal for the entire day, cake included, not just the race!

Farrah said...

Oh my gosh, when you decide to do something, you really do it RIGHT!! Congratulations!

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