Saturday, June 22

A Colorful Day

Back at the end of April, our family had signed up to do the Graffiti Run through downtown. When I signed us all up I didn't think twice about the logistics, I thought we will figure it out, it will be fine! But as the race day approached I started getting nervous about whether it was a good idea or not to take the littles mostly because of the color powder. I was worried about it getting in their eyes or if they would be able to breath. The website for the race said it was non toxic and safe for all ages and I reassured myself that they would know!

 I decided we would go and at anytime that it wasn't going well we would leave. We didn't have to pay anything for the littles to do the race, just my mom, Brandon and I.

It turned out to be a blast! And a learning experience...

.... Get there EARLY and get as close to the front of the starting line as possible. We were walking the 5k so we knew would take longer to get through, but add in littles 3 and under and it takes even loooonger. By the time we crossed the finish line they were cleaning up and the color parties were over. But we finished and everyone had a great time. Caleb even took a nap in the stroller for half of it!

We had our own color party after we finished (that's when everyone that's crossed the finish line gathers up and on the count down they all throw their color packs up in the air at the same time, they did it every 15 min) and the kids danced and threw their color powder on us and each other. The powder wasn't even an issue. It's a real fine powder of corn starch and it would dissolve in the air before you could breath it in and no one complained of it in their eyes.

Lastly, the clean up was surprisingly easy too. We brought extra clothes for the kids and changed them before we got in the car. We used wipes to clean their skin as best as possible and then we just put towels down over the seats for us. I never saw a trace of it in the car.

The littles talked about it for months and still mention doing the 'color run' when they are doing laps through the house. They have asked when we could do it again! We may just have to make it a family tradition to do it each year.

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