|Normally Benny doesn't let Ty hold him, but he did after his incident.|
|After the race. My mom made them all hats with reflective yarn. Benny got to be in the picture because of his impact on the race.|
The next morning my mom got up with Carter so Ty and I could sleep in which was amazing! I woke up around 9:00 and then woke Ty up around 10:00. He came out dressed for the Polar Bear Plunge, announcing we all needed to be ready to leave within a few minutes. We all started rushing around to get ready and made it to the race about 10 minutes before the start. My dad and Ty did the race alone this year. I ran with them last year, but decided against it this year since being submerged in freezing water wouldn't be a very good idea for sweet Elise. Read about last year's race here. The location of the race was changed due to construction and Ty and dad both felt the change was for the better. Rather than a 2 mile race, it was only 1.5 miles. The course was a half mile loop in between jumping into the same pool 3 times. This year the race included a water slide. Everyone ran a half mile and then entered the pool area to jump into the pool. They then headed out on the same half mile loop and entered the pool area to climb a ladder and go down the water slide. Then they were off on one more half mile loop before jumping in the pool and retrieving their medal off the bottom of the pool before exiting the pool and crossing the finish line. After the race there was an indoor heated pool, saunas, and showers at the facility. The temperature during the race was 28 degrees and there was a 90% chance of snow. Unfortunately it was drizzling rain when we left for the race and the rain never turned into snow. The entire time we were there before the race Carter was trying to get into the pool and pointed at the water slide exclaiming, "Play?!?!!!" It was difficult to wrangle him because he was so determined to get wet! Dad finished in the top 10 and Ty wasn't as far behind him as usual. Carter laughed hysterically when he watched Ty jump into the pool on the last jump and dive under to pick up a medal. Between that and his eagerness to get wet, I have a feeling he'll be just as crazy as his daddy and want to run the race when he's older. Both Ty and my dad were talking about running the race again next year as we drove home. I guess the Polar Bear Plunge might become a yearly tradition for us.
|Ty going through the pool the first time which they could actually wade through rather than swim.|
|I loved Ty's face after getting out of the pool the 2nd time.|
|Dad finishing with his medal.|
|Ty finishing with his medal and a beer.|
Before we started running the Race into the New Year we always celebrated New Year's Eve by eating fondue for dinner. Now with the race we have fondue on January 1st instead. This year with all the trauma of Benny's incident and lack of sleep we postponed fondue until January 2nd. We started the day off with New Year's hats left over from the race. Carter ran around the house wearing one while yelling, "Happy Day!!!" It was the absolute cutest! Rather than traditional meat fondue, we had cheese fondue which Carter loved. Each time he took a bite of something dipped in the cheese sauce he would proclaim, "Good!" My favorite part of the entire day was cheering with Carter. My mom brought champagne, wine, and sparking cider. Carter, Jeremy, and I all enjoyed the sparkling cider while everyone else had one of the other choices. We held out our glasses while saying "Cheers!" to welcome the new year. Carter loved cheering and would randomly say "Cheers, mommy!" or "Cheers, Uncie J!" during the meal so we would clink glasses with him. Each time he clinked our glass he would do it twice in a row. Hearing the word cheers come out of his sweet little mouth was the best. I am excited beyond words for what 2015 will bring to our family. A new baby, this time a sweet little girl, and a more communicative and continually happy toddler. Life doesn't get any better than that!