Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Alec's Birthday

In March, Alec turned 12!! He wanted his friend Steven to come stay for a few days and do some "fun stuff" while he was here. Steven came over on a Sunday night and stayed until Thursday around lunch time. Alec's birthday was on Tuesday and he was so excited that he woke up early for his presents.
He really liked his Star Wars birthday card. His favorite thing is to open presents.
His reaction to his requested Lego set.
Alec had requested to visit the Tupelo Automobile Museum, so we went!
Photo op!
The kids really enjoyed looking at all the neat cars. This was one that Richard Petty drove for his 200th victory in NASCAR.
All the kids were really excited to see a Delorean car (like the one in Back to the Future). They were looking in the back for the flux capacitor -- HAHA!!
Alec really liked this one!
The Model T Ford was a favorite for all of them.
We went to Olive Garden for lunch.
Alec was born on our anniversary 12 years ago, so this was our anniversary dinner too!! Happy 19th, Honey!!
We went to Gigi's cupcakes to pick up some cupcakes. We got there and decided we had to eat some there. This is mine -- a Samoa, which has my favorite Girl Scout cookie on top!! Yummy!!
Some of the ones we brought home!! They are so good, but not good for your waistline!
The kids wanted to go to Healthworks!
It was a lot of fun, but I think they realized that it was not quite as fun as they remembered. They are growing up and not as easily amused as they used to be.
Alec had requested this kind of cake at Nonie's -- it is a DIVINE chocolate cake, complete with four different kinds of candy and ganache in between the layers.
We ate too much, but you only turn 12 once -- right?
The boys played NERF that afternoon.
They had lots of fun and always are ready to play some more.

The Amanda Price 5K Memorial Run

In March, we drove to New Albany for the kids first race of the year. This was a very emotional one for us. A young teacher was shot and killed in her house in December, her husband was also shot and their 3 year old daughter was watching everything happen. This race was run in her memory and to raise money for a local charity that helped her family after this tragedy. This is one of the biggest 5K races we have participated in. The kids were very excited for this race to get started.
Amanda's husband spoke to the crowd before the race began.
The children all got to release a purple balloon in her memory.
This is the start of the race.
My pictures got out of order -- Alec and Chandler were racing together at the end (see picture at the top). They raced all the way across the finish line, with Alec just barely finishing ahead of him.
This is Kirsten finishing her race. It wasn't one of her best, but we are working toward getting her faster and stronger.
Amanda's husband and daughter run across the finish line. She had such a big smile on her face, and everyone couldn't help but tear up watching them finish.
Alec and Macain are on the RIGHT side of this, while Brandon is on the WRONG side. HAHA!! That's a little Mississippi rivalry going on there.