Dan running in the Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10K. He had originally signed up for a slow jogger's group, since he was uncertain how fast he'd be by race time. His actual time was TWENTY MINUTES faster than he had initially expected, a respectable 55:23. He's psyched.
The boys and I headed up to Monument to cheer for him. Griff heard that some people run in costume, so he wanted to wear one, too. It should be noted that he is not Spiderman. He is Venom.
I was psyched that Reese got into the cheering action and picked up the sign and yelled "Happy birthday!!" of his own accord. :o)
We came home and made cupcakes on time for the house to smell yummy when Dan got home.
All three boys were heavily involved in making the cupcakes. All of them added ingredients, stirred, helped get things out / put away, each of them cracked an egg, and, of course, all of them helped to lick the spoons/bowl.
They also all got in on the gift-wrapping action. I have never had a four-person team working on wrapping one gift before. I'd be happy not to be a part of such a team again. What was fun, however, was Reese's idea to hide the presents so that Dan would have to find them. First we went out for lunch, though. Then presents.
We had a break before cake. I experimented with the external flash that arrived a while ago but which had intimidated me too much to get it out yet. I had hoped to use it at the auction tonight, so practicing was now or never. A few test shots taught me a lot about bouncing the light (soooo glad I did all that wedding/flash photography research in January). I'm pretty happy about the quality of pics I can get with it inside the house. Lots to learn, but not bad on auto.
Oh, yeah, birthday. Here we go:
Yada yada yada, yummy cake, nap for Dan, screen time for kids, practice time for me...get ready, babysitter here, AUCTION.
The birthday boy got to do the drinking and I was the designated driver. Ok, I did have some wine, but had to remain very clear-headed for auction work and chauffering!
Dan also got to do all the hanging out this year with lots of gorgeous women (doesn't everybody clean up well?) while I snapped a few pics and then headed to the check-out table to help tally sheets and close out people's accounts.
Look at these girls, aren't they fabulous?
Also fabulous: auction chair Zoe Bunnell, who looked amazing in a Butter by Nadia signature wrap satin dress. (One of my favorite things about the auction is seeing everybody in beautiful clothes!)
We got home close to midnight, tuckered out but with a full and satisfying day behind us.
Happy 38th, Dan! (and happy 28th to my brother Todd!)