Wow, what a week! Oldest daughter arrived home this week, and she'll be with us for most of this month, until law school starts up again. She drove down with some friends, and they all competed in the Disneyland runs this weekend. (Running both the 10K and the half-marathon constitutes the Dumbo Double Dare.)
Oddly, this was the first Disney race in years that I hadn't signed up for, so I didn't run with my daughter. In a way, though, it was good, because I got to experience the joy of being a spectator. This week's Ten Things of Thankful is filled with observations from Disneyland.
1. I'm thankful for my daughter, and her great taste in friends. Although I hadn't met these particular friends before, they didn't feel like strangers at all. They all supported each other through the experience of running a 10K one day, followed by a half-marathon the next. As you can tell, they were all smiles!
|Photo: Oldest daughter and her friends show off their 10K finisher medals|
2. I'm thankful that we got to spend time together in the parks. We noticed "Happy Clappy Guy" again. We've seen him before, but this time, we found out more about him, thanks to Google. Watch this video, and you'll understand why we always smile when we see Peter.
3. I'm thankful for the moments when daughter and I are delighted with the same things. When we sat down to ride Mater's Junkyard Jamboree, we both looked at each other and grinned. The reason? The seat belt was adjusted to the biggest possible setting, which required us to tighten it, rather than loosen it!
|Photo: Daughter and I standing by a little "Tow Mater" tractor|
4. I'm thankful that our timing of the rides worked out really well. We were afraid that we would be turned away, because our Radiator Springs fast pass window had passed while we were watching Frozen (the performance went over time due to technical difficulties). Just as we approached the fast pass return line for Radiator Springs, the ride broke down. That meant that our fast pass would be good at any time after the ride started up again!
5. I'm thankful for the inspirational runners I watched on the course. I saw runners in wheelchairs. I saw runners with prosthetic legs and missing arms. I saw first responders running in full firemen suits and carrying flags. I saw runners who were held up by both arms, but managed to cross the finish line before collapsing into a waiting wheelchair.
6. I'm thankful for how much effort Disney puts into the runs, and how supportive they are of the runners. After my daughter finished the race and picked up her banana and snack box, we returned to the finish line to cheer on the last runners. As the final runner approached, the announcer said that this was the runners 2nd half-marathon, but the first she would finish. Mickey Mouse ran with her the last few yards, and as she crossed the line, confetti shot out, just as it had for the winner. We were all cheering and clapping for her. Goofy looked at me and put his hands over his heart to indicate, "How touching!" Then he gave me and my daughter a big hug. Even though there were over 13,000 finishers, it felt like a much more personal race.
|Photo: Daughter and Goofy smile for the camera|
8. I'm thankful for the chance to cheer for the runners. I made a sign that said, "Mickey is so proud!" and enjoyed watching tired runners grin and get a little boost of encouragement. I was able to get a photo of my daughter holding the sign near Mickey after the race.
|Photo: Mickey is so proud of all the finishers!|
|Photo: Celebrating daughter's run, at the Disneyland entrance|
We followed (at an acceptable distance) the party down Main Street, drew upon our limited NBA knowledge, and listened to the comments of people around us. We still couldn't quite figure out the celebrity's name, but when someone asked to take a photo with him, and he obliged, my daughter snapped a photo, too.
|Photo: Robin Lopez poses with a fan outside of the Tiki Room|
Thanks to Google image search, we learned that our anonymous photo bomber was no other than Robin Lopez of the Chicago Bulls. Not only is he a former Portland Trailblazer (Go, Blazers!), but he is also a huge Disney fan. I really wish we had that photobombed picture!
10. I'm thankful for John. He held down the fort while I cheered oldest daughter on during her races. Next weekend, he and I will be the ones running our first half-marathon. I'm so glad we can run together!
Stay tuned for next week's TToT post, and I'll give you a report on a non-Disney (gasp!) run!
Did you run this week? (Running errands counts!)
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