A Most Colorful Mother’s Day

We like traditions in our family.  We have one for each and every holiday you can imagine as well as some holidays we made up that aren’t as well known.  For Mother’s Day, our tradition has always been to let me sleep in until I am awakened with a scrumptious surprise breakfast.  (Of course this means that I pretend to sleep while wishing for a cup of coffee and listening to the sweet whispers and giggles of two little girls intertwined with the slamming of cupboard doors and laughter of their daddy.)  That didn’t happen this year. 

Instead I was awakened by Mimi gently shaking my shoulder and asking what time we were supposed to be there.  I mumbled the answer and rolled back over.  Mimi shook my shoulder again and said that I needed to get up because it was 6:30 and we were supposed to be there now

We quickly dressed (I was pretty impressed that I managed to match my socks without having had any coffee!) and trudged up the hill to my neighbor’s house.  As soon as everyone had arrived we piled in the cars and headed across the bridge into Seattle.  For the second year in a row we were going to do the Color Run, which is billed as the “Happiest 5K on the Planet.”


We both started out clean and blindingly white.  (When the heck did my baby girl get to be taller than me?) Mimi took off running with one of her friends at the starting line, while I hung back and walked with the mom crowd.  At each kilometer  there were about a dozen volunteers waiting to bombard us with brightly colored corn starch. 


It probably seems like a strange things to do, yet it was SO much fun to spin around and get covered in color! (We won’t talk about how I was laughing at the blue station and ended up with Smurf Teeth!)

Of course, by the end of the run/walk we all looked like we had been attacked by a rainbow.  Aren’t we bee-u-tee-full?

Now that we have done this two years in a row, it just might become our newest tradition.  I can’t wait to do it again next year.  Maybe, if we are lucky, it will be on Mother’s Day again. I had a such a great time with my darling daughter!  Then, again, sleeping in really wasn’t a bad idea either…


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13 Responses to A Most Colorful Mother’s Day

  1. Tammy says:

    That looks like it would be a BLAST!!!! Love the photos. 🙂

    • Susan says:

      It really was! There is something called the Mud Run (?) that Mimi wants me to do in June. It looks like a muddy boot camp to me and I think I might have to pass on that one! lol

  2. bittygirl51 says:

    The colored cornstarch sounds like so much fun! In 2009, I celebrated Mother’s Day in Corpus Christi, TX with my youngest daughter by running in a 5K with her. It was a memory I will always cherish! Afterwards, she treated me to a “spa day” with all the pampering a girl could want! We also had an awesome seafood fine dining experience that evening. Thanks for sharing your Mother’s Day with us.

  3. Susan says:

    Spa Day? Oh my…I need to have a chat with my girl, that sounds wonderful!

    • bittygirl51 says:

      It was awesome! We had massages, facials, manicures, pedicures – the whole enchilada! She’s my baby and she claims I spoiled her growing up and so now it’s her turn to spoil me! I’m blessed, in deed!

      Haven’t done a mud run, but have heard they are definately a full workout! I think I’ll pass too!

  4. Edie says:

    Coffee or no coffee, I’ve come to accept that the washer and dryer take turns consuming one sock out of every pair. Therefore, I have declared it permanently cool to wear mismatched socks.

  5. Susan says:

    Not me! Apparently I’m just a wee bit OCD because my socks have to match. Even if they are white with just a band of color around the top. I wouldn’t want to walk lop-sided all day! lol

  6. Debbie Stevens says:

    Looks like fun! Glad you had such a beautiful, colorful day.

  7. Lynne says:

    So lovely to see a blog post from you. You should blog more often. (hint, hint … )
    What a wonderful way to spend your day!

  8. Well you are both brave AND beautiful! I’m way too self-indulgent to get up on Mother’s Day at 6:30AM and run. Or walk for that matter. Cuuute pictures though!

    • Susan says:

      Doing a 5K had been on my List for a really long time. When this one came up last year, we just jumped on it. I don’t think they are going to switch the day around just for us moms though!

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