Sunday, September 21, 2008
Yes, those are my children wearing the stuffed animal backpack leashes and jogging across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Kids on leashes? Yeah, don't be judgin'.
6am- I heard my three year old singing and having a party in his room. We needed to leave the house by 6:45 if we were going to be on time for the Sydney Marathon's Family Fun Run we were attempting this morning. Yes, I know that's funny, they should really check credentials before allowing people like us sign up for this kind of stuff.
I rolled over in bed to turn off the baby monitor. I grabbed the monitor, slung it toward myself and was suddenly soaking wet; I had grabbed my big gulp size cup of water instead of the baby monitor. Wow, that sucks.
For a brief moment I considered perhaps this was a sign of the chaos to come, a 4K run/walk with two preschool age boys which begins waking up drenched in my own stupidity is bad. But I quickly dispelled that negative energy and began visualizing how great this was going to be.
With the largest double stroller in the world, we conquered two train stations-- one of which had no elevators. The four of us jogged, walked, and puttered across the Sydney Harbor Bridge, exiting onto the the Cahill Expressway, then hesitantly merging into the stampede of full-blown Sydney Marathon runners approaching the finish line.
I got into bed tonight sore, exhausted, and feeling pretty damn proud.
This expat thing has been difficult, but I can finally feel it becoming easier-- and at times, somewhat rewarding. Even more importantly, I was happy the wet spot in my bed was dry... some of you may know how that is.
Photos from Sydney's Races/Marathons today, all ending at the Sydney Opera House:
The stampede, just a few hundred meters from the finish line.
This is the roundabout directly in front of the Sydney Opera House.
Our four year old who "won" the race, he totally fell for the whole "everybody's a winner" thing.
My husband and boys midway across the Sydney Harbour Bridge; one of them getting the ultimate view.