First, Braydon discovered that if you arrive early you could participate in a 5K. He was very interested and persistently kept Jerome moving (pun intended). Ricky decided to join in too and was always very loyal to stay right by Dad's side. To make it to the race we had to leave home at 5:30am. It was early, but we also got preferred parking. It was great.
Ready to run.
Cheering them on.
The Big Finish!
Braydon 33 out of 683 runners. Not bad for his first 5K.
It was so exciting. They want to do it again! We were so proud.
As great and exciting as the 5K was -- that was not really the start of our big weekend. A few days before, we got a call from one of Jerome's brothers (Joe) who lives in Washington state. He was going to be in the area for a work related training and could just make a visit for that weekend. He agreed to go to King's Island with us and we couldn't wait to see him. So the families here got together every moment we could; Anthony and Jerome hadn't seen Joe in 20 years. The rest of us had never met him. It was whirlwind, but it was fabulous.
Before a weekend of this magnitude there's nothing to do but throw on your apron and bake cookies.
Then, fire up the grill.
Joe, Anthony and Jerome
The first meeting. Isaiah's a little shy of new people -- slow to warm up I guess you could call it.
Hanging out at King's Island with their "new" uncle.
After all the thrill rides we stopped off at our favorite Chinese Restaurant. We didn't arrive home from it all until after midnight.
It sure was a roller coaster of a weekend, but we would not have missed the adventure for the world!