I mentioned yesterday that Fitz and I made a pound cake for John's (40th!) birthday. John's birthday was yesterday, but we acted like it was on Saturday since he was off that day. What goes great with pound cake? Strawberries, of course!
Saturday morning, Fitz and I left early to meet Tootsie and Mrs. Pam at the Strawberry Festival in a nearby town. Mrs. Pam's son, Seth, works for that city and helps organize the festival, and this year, for the first time, they had a 5k to go along with it. Mrs. Pam and I were the only ones from our group who were able to participate in this one. Here we are before the race:
The guy in charge of the 5k told us all about how flat the course was before we got started, and how we should PR (get a personal record) in this 5k because this route is so awesome. Well, he was right, it was a flat course...but it's pretty difficult to get a PR when a flippin' train stops you halfway through the race! After the midway, turn around point, this is what I saw:
I was so mad! I had been having a great run until that point! I was so disgusted that I didn't even think to turn off my Run Keeper, or at least pause it, I just let it keep going! So, my time should be at least 3 minutes lower than this:
I know there are bound to be hiccups with a first time race, but I've never had to deal with crossing live train tracks before! Anyway, here we are post-race, after we crossed the finish line together:
How about Mrs. Pam got 1st place for her age division?!? Yay!
Of course, we had to pose with some strawberries, too.
We looked for Tootsie and Fitz after the race, and heard them before we saw them! They were in the petting zoo area, inside the fence with a pig, goat, ducks, chickens and a rabbit! Both of them squealing and giggling!
The goat was chasing the other animals, and Mom was trying to stay between the goat and Fitz, so they were in the middle with the other animals running around them, and Fitz thought it was hysterical. Tootsie? Not so much. We didn't think we would ever get Fitz out of the animal pen, but he finally gave in and went to jump!
Then we took a break and listened to some music, which Fitz loved! He loves any type of live music!
It sounds like we stayed all day, but since we got there so early, we were gone by about 10:30...home for lunch with the pretend birthday boy, and then had some pound cake with strawberries and cool whip for dessert!
John's mom made the best pound cake ever, and I'm so thankful that she shared the recipe with me (and bought me the proper pan!) before she died, so I can continue to make it for John and his dad, Greg. I think this one turned out pretty perfectly, if I do say so myself.
We all 3 took a nap after lunch, then met Greg for John's birthday dinner, and had some more pound cake and strawberries when we got home! It was a great family Saturday, full of perfect combinations!