Dec 16, 2010

Egg Nog Jog

The Saturday fun continued with the race that we did not miss, the Egg Nog Jog. The forbidden Santa Claus kicked off the race, and Stella was eager to go see him, much to my chagrin.  I was almost relieved when she got close to him and clammed up...
Mattie Ann was all about the guy in the red suit...
We were optimistic about Stella's speed at the start of the race.  She looked really good coming out of the starting blocks...
Oh, actually that was a false start.  Here's Mattie Ann, patiently waiting for the real start...
And they're off...
The fact that our 9-months-pregnant friend is walking on the right side of this shot should clue you in about how fast Stella and Daddy were "running"...
Eventually, Stella decided that being a passenger would be a heck of a lot easier...
Aren't they cute?  Immediately after I snapped this picture Stella yelled, "Slow down, Mattie Ann!  You're running too fast!"  My cross country dreams for this child might have to be revised...
Please note that Cille is in the lead in this shot.  Maybe she'll be my runner...
Maybe we should tell Stella about towing.  I think Mattie Ann would be game...
We made it to the halfway point!
And, boy howdy, were those Varsity Sports guys thrilled!  I think they were excited because we were the last ones and they could finally take down their sign...
Our entire Egg Nog Jog team (minus me, the photographer)...
So sweet!
At this point I feel the need to point out that an entire portion of Canal Street was closed for this race.  As the last ones on the race course (by several minutes), the city of New Orleans had effectively closed down one of its major, world-famous surface streets in order for our toddlers to run down it.  Pretty cool, huh?
A half mile may not seem very far to you, but imagine if your legs were the length of a two-year-old's.  About 30 yards from the finish line, Mattie Ann was done...
Stella (the kid who got carried for half the race) talked her friend into finishing strong...
Sweet Chaela was near the finish line to cheer on the Egg Nog Joggers...
A well-meaning spectator awarded this colorful streamer to Stella before she crossed the finish line.  That little gift almost kept us from finishing the race...
Mattie Ann wanted to see it...
Stella was not really all about sharing with her friend...
But after a little scuffling, we finally crossed that finish line, complete with coverage from a local television station and several photographers...
Tomorrow, the aftermath...Stay tuned!

1 comment :

Emily Allen Raney said...

I LOVE THIS POST! This is so funny!! I think it's great that Cille took the lead for a little while. She's super fast...watch out Maddie Ann and Stella!!

I'm so mad we missed it!! Hope we can do this together next year.