If you haven’t been able to tell yet, I am obsessed with pictures. Clearly no one else has photographer for their wedding shower, ever if it was just my dad. I love pictures of everything and anything. This would be one reason I ran out of space on my computer a few months ago. I just can’t help it! Don’t say I didn’t warn you! Also, this ended up being way longer than I anticipated!
Sunday began bright and early for my family. Surprisingly, I was already awake before my alarm went off at 6:15. You see, we had a big event to get to. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure! We go every year to support my aunt (she’s the one in pink!) who battled Breast Cancer, and more importantly, she won! We are lucky that she was able to kick it’s butt (she’s a very strong lady!) so we have her around for many many more years! Our group has gone down in recent years (activities, young children), but there are still a number of us that go!
This race had about 27,000 people this weekend. There is a 5k run that began at 8:35, and a 5k walk that began at 8:45. The majority of people do the walk. My mom and I have run it a few times, but it is plenty more fun to walk it and catch up with the family! The race course for the run is also very hilly! The walk and run start at different areas. There is a Y in the road, where the walkers go right and down a hill to get to the start (literally probably .5 miles to the start line) and the runners go left and head up a hill (probably about .3 miles). To let you know just how large this event is, one year my mom and I ran it (probably finished about 30 minutes, or around there!), and there were still people walking to the start line for the 5k walk. It is ginormous, but SO amazing!
Beside the finish line (the walk and run meet up at a point during the race and have the same finish line!), is a huge field that is FILLED with vendors and different activities. There was face painting, tattoos, Zumba, manicures, and food distributors. If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know I made out on this walk! My mom and I ditched the boys while we walked around the area. We always scope out for the free things! One vendor was giving out snack bars. When we got to the front of the line, they told us to take a bunch. So, my mom and I took a few of the flavors. They looked at us again, and said, No, open the backpack and start shoving them in. Now, I really don’t know what brand this is, nor had I ever tried them. I just did as I was told! Later that night, I counted and had 47 bars, I think. I know, it’s ridiculous, but they told us to do it! Another stop we made was to the Sobe stand. They were just handing out bottles of Sobe like it was no big deal! Naturally, my mom and I took probably 6 or 7 of those. Unfortunately, this meant my mom and I carried all these snack bars and drink bottles for the entire race. My back was hating me by the end!
It was pretty cold on Sunday morning, so we all had to layer up. Underneath all of those layers, though, was our awesome shirt that said INSPIRED on it. This fit perfectly with my Aunt’s Breast Cancer Survivor shirt (there’s are always different!) that said “Proud to be your Inspiration!” I thought that was really cool for the shirt!
You can also my backpack full of snack bars. I tried to get Niko into the spirit by giving him the scarf they handed out, but Matt took it off shortly after.
These are pictures of us just being goofy! The bottom left shows the people who were still behind us, and that wasn’t even close to all of them! There is a picture on the bottom right that shows people in front of us, too!
Nothing better than family <3
Here is a picture of the different vendors and tents set up! Ice cream at 7:45 am? Sure, why not!
Upon finishing the race, we headed to my Aunt’s house, not the one in the pictures, for some brunch! We had about 15 or so more people join us for brunch. We had egg casseroles, bagels, fruit, potatoes, muffins, and bacon. It was all delicious! Aaron and I stayed for a bit longer to catch up with the rest of our family before heading over to see his family. This visit was short, though, because Aaron had to head out, so I headed home!
My mom’s family came over for a cookout Sunday night for Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, mother nature still hated us, and we had a “cook out, eat in” style for dinner. Basically, my mom wanted to have her family over to see our new kitchen, even though it isn’t quite done! We have the backsplash going in on Friday, and then it will be finished!
This mother’s day might have been busy, but it was such a great time! I’m lucky to have both sides of my family love getting together as much as I do, which makes it even more fun! Though we missed some people for both occasions, we knew they were still with us! Most importantly, we thought about my Grandma, who passed away one year, to the day, before Mother’s Day this year.
This ended up being much longer than I anticipated! Sorry about that!
What’s your favorite thing about family get togethers? I love hanging out with everyone!
Do you still have all of your grandparents? If you do, you are so lucky! I only have one grandma left.