Wednesday, July 13, 2011

All Tasmanian Cross-Country

Symmons Plains - 7 degrees - wind chill factor off the chart - a whole heap of primary school kids from all round Tasmania (according to the man on the microphone 1500 of the little tykes) - competing against each other in a 3km cross country.

But not all at once. They were put into age groups, about 200 in each race and then in shorts and t-shirt (brrr), off they ran!!

( our group of girls)

Sarra and Matilda were in the under 11s. Matilda came 122nd.

Sarra came 133rd. I didn't get the other girls as I was feeding Flynn in the nice warm car.

Check out the mud on the back of her legs.

And over the finish line.

And who did we run into but a certain teacher from Scottsdale Primary (hi Mum)

Jonty was more interested in playing in the trees, rather than staying in his seat.

And Flynn was a hit with the girls.

It was so bitterly cold but so worth it to see the proud look on Sarra's face as she heard me cheer her on as she ran past. These moments are priceless and when we look back, I won't remember how cold it was or how Jonty kept running to climb the trees or how when I was trying to take a photo Flynn was screaming in the pram and a random lady came up and rocked the pram for me and how I scurried back to the car to quickly feed him before Sarra's race.

All I will remember was that I was THERE, being part of an important event in my daughter's life. And I think that it was worth all the effort because sometimes as the oldest child, I place a lot of responsibility on her to help out and she sacrifices things for the younger kids and so it was good to shine the spotlight on her for a time.


Launceston Weeden Family said...

Brrrr just looking at the photos make me cold! I agree Simone I think the time running around to events for our kids is the most important part of being a Mum. To see the expressions on their face to know that you are there supporting them is something that can not be replaced.

Collette said...

I was supposed to go to that but I had a meeting in town, i went last week to the seconary one and it didn't get above 2 deg. !!!

The Kings said...

Aren't we lucky to be 'stay at home' Mums and be able to do things like this. Noah was home sick today and Harri was in tears because I couldn't go watch him share his work in assembly. It broke my heart and then I thought about all the Mums who do paid work and wouldn't be able to get to their kids things at school. Sarra will always remember that you were there.

Nettie's Blog said...

You are a super mum Simone ...and SHE will remember that day and the sacrifice you made for her...and for all your children for that matter...perhps not right at this moment in time but more like when they are mums and doing the same for thir kids perhaps!!!!
bout time you did a drive by to check out the tiles and the rest of the house yourself i reckon....

Cullis Family said...

Totally the moments that count!

leetai said...

So true - the fate of the eldest! They are special little spirits. Everytime you blog something I just want to get on and say "AMEN!"