Our First Night Time Run

Hi Friends,

Well, we decided to try something new. Anyone who knows us knows that we love a good fun run.  I had heard of color runs in Portland but we had never had the chance to do it. So, when we learned of the Prisma Run and heard it was going to be held in District 2, we jumped at the chance to try it. We had know idea what we were getting into but that’s never stopped us before, right?

The Prisma Run

                        The Prisma Run

It was a glow in the dark paint, bass pumping kind of night and we had a blast (for the most part). The evening started out kinda iffy. As we’re leaving the house, it starts pouring rain. In true Saigon style though, it stopped about 20 minutes later. After we got to the run, we starting loading up on glow in the dark paint and glow sticks. As Bailey is cracking a glow stick, it breaks and she gets it in her eye. Of course that stuff burns so we’re trying to flush her eye out with water which makes the rest of the paint she’s put on run everywhere. Eventually she can see again but she looks like she survived a zombie attack.

Umm, do I have enough paint on?

Umm, do I have enough paint on?

The race starts and the crowd goes crazy! People are everywhere. The crowd control doesn’t even attempt to get people at the start line so we just jump in from the sidelines. Since it’s not timed or tracking place, we figure it doesn’t really matter. It was really fun running through the different stations of strobe lights, paint splashes, etc. I would say the only real issue is that the parts of the course that didn’t have the stations were pitch black. Made avoiding potholes and other runners a bit difficult. Of course I lost Tony & Bailey at the beginning and I didn’t bring music, so I entertained myself by watching the other runners.

Finally I can see that I’m getting near the end as the music gets louder and I’m being blinded by strobe lights. After I find Tony & Bailey, I learn that they got 1st & 2nd overall place and I finish with a respectable 35 minutes(ish). I wasn’t wearing a watch and they weren’t timing so I’m just guessing.

Parent Selfie!

                       Parent Selfie!

relaxing after & jamming to music

     relaxing after & jamming to music

There was a concert by Lil Jon but we decided to leave as Bailey was starving. As Mr. Khoung picks us up, he’s laughing at us (and probably cringing at the mess we’re going to make in the car). We head to dinner and decide based on the time it’s not worth going home first.

We got a few stares at the restaurant covered in paint

We got a few stares at the restaurant covered in paint!                                       

We had several stares and a few comments about the way we looked. One woman actually ran into a post staring at Bailey.

Overall, we had a great time but I’m not sure if it will be on our list to do again. Next week, we’ve got the Terry Fox run and that’s a bit of a more traditional 5k. We’ll see how that goes!

Love to everyone…

April, Tony & Bailey

Turning 13!

Hello friends near and far,

We’ve had a big week as Bailey officially hit “teenager” status (cue the eye roll here). This was bittersweet for a few reasons. Bailey was missing her friends from home and was sad that they couldn’t share this milestone birthday with her. Top it off with being sick on your birthday and it’s a recipe for a few tears shed.

On Tuesday, Bailey woke up with a 102 degree fever that never subsided. She spent most of her last day of being 12 laid up on the couch. She was hoping that it would go away so she could go to school on her birthday but that wasn’t to be. Wednesday morning saw us at the doctor bright and early to rule out anything serious. After ruling out both Dengue Fever and Strep, she was sent home with strict instructions just to rest. With a big sleepover party on the line, she was willing to comply.

Even though she didn’t feel well, she still managed to request and (sort of) eat her favorite foods. Buttermilk scones for breakfast and lentil soup for dinner. Even though I was having a hard time mustering enthusiasm for lentil soup in 90 degree weather, what are you going to do when it’s a birthday request?

As Saturday drew near, she rallied because there was no way was she going to let me cancel the party. I’m glad we didn’t as Bailey and the other girls had a great time.

ready to party!

                      Who’s ready to party?

The evening was filled with lots of singing, dancing and pool time-followed by homemade macaroni and cheese. With the cost of cheese here, we probably could have taken her out for a really nice dinner for the same cost but again, when it’s a birthday request, how do you say no? Then of course, it’s cake time! I started baking the cake at 6:30 am since I needed time just in case I had to run to the cupcake shop as a backup. Bailey typically requests a chocolate cake but this year she requested a “rainbow cake”. Thanks Pintrest…

So about 2 weeks beforehand, I started the search for food coloring. I found some and we all said a silent prayer that it would work. A couple of the food coloring’s never tinted the batter, so I told Bailey to lower her expectations and I could always make a chocolate one if I had to.

Our attempt at a rainbow cake. Not exactly what we were going for but oh well.

Our attempt at a rainbow cake. Not exactly what we were going for but oh well.

As I was frosting the cake, the icing was literally melting off the case. I turned down the air conditioner to18 degrees Celsius and hoped for the best. Our new fridge had just been delivered a few hours before, so I stuck it in there as it started to get to the right temp.

Sprinkles hide icing disasters

         Sprinkles hide icing disasters

The girls went out into the compound armed with tons of glow sticks to play a little night time tag and jump on the trampoline. By 10pm it was time for a little dance party and finally a movie before heading off to sleep. By 11:30, I was exhausted but heard them still singing. When I came down this morning, this is what I found…

Sleep where you can find space

       Sleep where you can find space!

After everyone was picked up this morning, we’re in recovery mode. A run followed by a little pool time. Smoothie’s to help the sore throat and just general relaxing at home. I have a feeling that 13 will be a good year for us!