Oct 11, 2009

The Phatwater/Wedding Weekend

This past Friday we set off for Natchez, Mississippi, and the Phatwater Kayak Challenge: a grueling 42 mile paddle in the mighty Mississippi River. Damon and Grandpa Ray went to compete; Stella, Grandmere, Grandpa Crane, and I went to have fun. First up, we have Stella in front of the official race sign. Turns out that even though it was in the 90's in LaPlace every day last week, it was chilly in Mississippi, so Stella is sporting her new sweater that we had to pick up on the trip. The concern is evident on Stella's face as she scans the river for signs of her daddy and grandpa's boat...
They made it! And in only 5 hours and 45 minutes, arrived well before the 7 hour cut-off. Whew! (Sorry there are no action shots...the photographers were too busy stuffing their faces and seeing the sites to actually follow the race)
Speaking of stuffing your face, Damon prefers to use supplements like Gu and Powerbars to maintain energy while racing, but Grandpa used a different approach. I caught him at the finish line indulging in one final Snickers after his long, chilly ordeal...
Daddy had good paddling gloves, and his hands looked like they had never even been in dishwater after the race. It makes you wonder what kind of gloves he gave grandpa...
At the Magnolia Grill in Natchez-Under-the-Hill, Stella claimed this newspaper rack as her throne and took a reading break...
Snacking with the river as a backdrop...Stella refused to smile at the camera, so I just took a picture of her eating.
Packing up was a family affair. Grandmere took pictures while Daddy and Grandpa loaded the gear and Stella and I spied on them all from inside the cozy truck.
Loading the kayak...can you tell I feel guilty for not taking more pictures of the racers?
Stella was also introduced to Burger King French fries on the trip. I know that McDonald's fries are better, but they include a dairy ingredient so they are on our "no" list.
As soon as we got home from the race, we did a quick change and headed off to Lindsay and David Peterson's wedding. Here's Daddy and his date heading into the reception hall...
The three of us as wardrobe coordinated as we ever get...
Stella and the beautiful bride...in this first picture, Stella was going for the thoughtful and serious look...
In this second shot, she chose to display her "cheese face."
More cheese face while hanging out with her friend Talia...
The aftermath of a nose kiss from Emma...
We had a blast with Lindsay and David, and most of the rest of our church family. It was the FBC LaPlace social event of the season, and I must say, those Griffiths know how to have fun.
Our final photo is Stella representing the Razorbacks in honor of their Saturday 44-23 victory over the Auburn Tigers. I have recently had complaints from readers that Stella has been rocking too much LSU gear and not giving the hogs their fair shake. To that Stella responds, "Soo-wee! Go hogs, go!"

7 comments :

U Silly Pickle said...

I just wanted to say HI! My husband, Marty, also competed in the PhatWater this year (4:14:21- I'm so proud!). I was trying to find race results and came across your site. I actually saw you guys in Natchez and commented on how cute your little girl was! Please tell your husband "Congrats" from the Puckett family.

Christy Puckett
http://usillypickle.blogspot.com

Grandma Tonie said...

The first picture with the lovely bride is so a Sarah Faye look. Check it out and is if you agree.

Grandma Tonie said...

I meant see if you agree---did not proof read. Also thanks for the wearing of the Razorback shirt.

Marylou said...

thanks again so much for letting us crash your house while you were gone! It was such a blessing and saved us packing many baby items! :)

The Sharbono Family said...

We would have met you there, ya butt!!! I haven't eaten at Magnolia Grill, but I have heard good things about it! Was it fabulous?? I'm so impressed with Damon and his dad...42 miles!!! Unbelieveable! Totally proud of him! See you in a couple of weeks for the November race.

Grandma Tonie said...

See, Scarlett, I told you that you should have called Jen for all the hot spots in Natchez. She would have even come to spend the day with you!!!!

sugarpie said...

I also prefer to eat Snickers during long workouts!