Sunday, May 30, 2010

Rest, Relaxation, and Racing

We had a great day yesterday in Great Bend for the drag races. The last time that I actually went was 3-4 years ago. It felt like 110 degrees, with straight line winds blowing you all day. There wasn't a bit of shade. And I had 3 small children running amuck everywhere. We were hot, dirty, and bored. Hmmm. But, I didn't have a lot of things needing to be done here, and D was really wanting to go, but both the older boys had other plans. So I signed us up. I was pleasantly surprised at how things went. Since the last time that I went, J invested in an enclosed racing trailer. In that includes a small air conditioner, a sleeping bunk big enough for a queen size mattress, electical outlets, and a microwave.
So we cooked our own lunch when we got there. The two little guys layed in the bunk after lunch and watched Nemo. Getting Cami to nap was a little difficult with all the loud motors roaring by outside and the novelty of being in a new place. But she was able to sleep for about an hour. J had brought his shop laptop with us and I spent that quiet time working on a powerpoint on bird ID'ing for our 4-H day camp coming up in a few weeks. D rode his bike all over, watching everything. Cami found it entertaining to chase after him when he was riding in circles, just giggling all the way.

We lounged around

D helped C learn to ride her trike, but she still found it easier to push it than ride it for very long!Grilled hot dogs for supper on the little propane griddle.

J enjoyed catching up with his buddies who had saved him a camping spot by setting a gas can in the middle of it?! HA! He came and checked in on us frequently. After it cooled off a little, we enjoyed the great outdoors and the smell of burning rubber and grape smelling alcohol fuel. The guys each get 3-4 timed trials in the afternoon and then the actual race starts around 6 or 7 in the evening. J was pleased with how his car ran. He was even more excited to take 3rd place and bring home a check!! Though he was disappointed because his car actually broke right after that last race started, which he states, is why he lost! He has been working on that this afternoon and is finishing it up as we speak. Actually, the rear bumper broke loose, so he may be lucky that he didn't have a wipe out!

The kids finally gave it up around 10:30, and we didn't head for home till after 12:30 this morning. We were whipped, so I worked really hard to stay awake too! Pulled into the yard around 2:20 am, and decided that we are getting much too old to play with the big kids!! We weren't sure that we were going to be able to stay awake through church this morning, but we made it--and C was even pretty well behaved--one never knows how that will go if she is short on sleep!

The resting pace was great. I found it refreshing to catch up on a magazine and enjoy the kids without being reminded of all the laundry that needs done, or things that need to be cleaned that I would have found to do at home. The only thing that I found that needed to be cleaned were these :-) and a wet wipe or 5 took care of that pretty easily!

After some naps and that homemade Butter Pecan ice cream this afternoon, all is well again here!!


  1. I love the pic of C's feet! Sounds like a great day. We've had meltdowns here at my house all day. (Including me) 10 year old meltdowns are not as funny as 2 year old meltdowns. >=-/

  2. Love those feet! That close-up pic of her looks just like you, you know. I'm glad you had a better memory of the races this time. J has a pretty sweet car!

  3. That sounded like a fun outing! By the way, it was great to get to see you and say "hi" last Thursday. :) Yes, I loved the "dirty feet" picture, too. It means a kid has had a lot of FUN. :)