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We did it! We survived our first family race! Today, CLIF Kid is sponsoring this story about how it went.

Earlier this year when I began my partnership with CLIF Kid we set a family goal to do a race together. I’ve done a couple of thematic races before. One was a wipeout style event where I ran through all sorts of hilarious obstacles, and another was a Color Run where people chuck paint at you as you run through.

Both were fun but I really wanted to do a race together, as a family, or at least as mother and daughter. I saw an ad for a Kids Obstacle Challenge coming to Austin and I knew this was our chance. I was so excited. And I thought she’d be too. Boy was I in for a surprise.

I pulled up the preview video of the race on my phone and showed it to my daughter her eyes got wide with horror as kids ran, jumped and crawled through the mud.

“Mud?” She exclaimed. “I don’t like mud!”

“Oh it’ll be fun!” I tried to convince her. “And mommy can run with you. And Aunt Kimmie too!”

I thought tossing in her aunt as a participant would up her excitement level. It didn’t really work. It took weeks of coaxing and motivating and encouraging for her finally to get a little bit excited about it.

We participated in a kids obstacle challenge. A great family activity to bring you closer to your kids and a fun way to get active together as a family.

I learned 3 important lesson after our first family race together:

1. Be prepared

Both mentally and physically. Drink lots of water, and make sure you have a power snack on hand. CLIF Kid was there with some free CLIF Kid Zbars at the ready. And if you have a child who is reluctant to mud, or racing, take some time to talk about it beforehand, even practice a little and find ways to get excited about it.

We participated in a kids obstacle challenge. A great family activity to bring you closer to your kids and a fun way to get active together as a family.

2. Remember it’s a race, but not really

The most important thing is to have fun. My daughter got worried about being last, and at one point people in the wave behind us were catching up, but that helped her to not feel “last.” I realized part way though that she reacted better when I (jokingly) talked to her like a drill sergeant. She was laughing and working harder at all the obstacles when we made it our own game.

We participated in a kids obstacle challenge. A great family activity to bring you closer to your kids and a fun way to get active together as a family.

3. (From my daughter) You might fall, but it’s still fun

There were several times where we slipped and she fell a couple of times. But she got right back up and kept going. One of final obstacles was a rope swing and while I plowed into the muddy water, she practically cleared the entire pool.

“The rope swing was easy, most were easy but some were hard,” my daughter adds.

I asked her what advice she has for kids or families who are thinking of doing an obstacle course like this: “You think you won’t like it but then you do,” she said. “So give it a try!”

We participated in a kids obstacle challenge. A great family activity to bring you closer to your kids and a fun way to get active together as a family.

Our stronger bond

Seeing her gritting her teeth and powering through new obstacles both physically and mentally was really something to witness. Having that experience together and running that course hand and hand was really a one-of-a-kind bonding experience. Something I’d never had as a kid, but I’m glad I was able to share with my daughter.

In our latest vlog I dive more into this.

I think she would have had even more fun had my husband joined us so next year my goal is for the four of us to try this together.

But first, we are going to start training for our next event. In a couple of months we are flying out to another race sponsored by CLIF Kid: the Kids Adventure Games in Vail, CO.

We participated in a kids obstacle challenge. A great family activity to bring you closer to your kids and a fun way to get active together as a family.

My daughter is a little nervous about zip lining but now that she has one race under her belt, she’s getting more confident in what she can do. I’m so impressed with her. And I admire her drive and courage to try something new, even if she’s a little afraid.

I’ll keep you posted as we plan some summer activities to prepare for our next race. My husband may even chime in here with some family workout tips!

Have you ever done a race alone or as a family? How did it go?

I’m passionate about getting my children outdoors to play, and making meaningful memories together. That’s why I’ve partnered with CLIF Kid for 2017, to share our adventures together as a family. CLIF Kid ZBar Protein bars have 5 grams of protein and are now gluten free! You can learn more about this product here

This was sort of a last-minute decision. Long story short, Disneyland Resort loves Lil’ J’s Disney Princess photo series and asked if we wanted to come out to take pictures of her as Aurora at Aurora’s castle.

Now how could we say no to that? Since we don’t live close, and have to fly, we decided this trip would just be for Little J and I. I was SO torn on this decision and really wanting to bring both kids. But in the end we came to the conclusion that it would be easier and more affordable if it was just the two of us. My husband has been to Disneyland, my daughter and I have not.


I will most DEFINITELY make it up to Big T through the years to help ease my guilt. I’m already planning on taking him to an amusement park when we visit family in Utah at the end of the month, and maybe even a Disney trip of his own when he turns 5.

Ok, so after I convinced myself that I’m not an evil mother for taking just one of my kids to the happiest place on earth, I got REALLY excited for our girls getaway. Flying with just one child, doing whatever we want without daddy or little brother slowing us down. Princesses and magic all day and all night. I can’t believe we’re actually going to Disneyland. It’s going to be amazing!

So, after my husband agreed to us taking our mommy/daughter trip we decided to reveal the surprise on her birthday so we could try a quick countdown. Before we left for Disney World we told her a couple hours before we left. We still haven’t told her about our Disney Cruise that’s five months away. We’re trying to see how she can handle waiting and so far so good.

Hindsight, telling her on her birthday when she’s waiting for friends to come over for a sleepover, and wanting to play with her new toys wasn’t probably the best time to tell her.

Here’s the setup for the video… Elsa came to Lil’ J’s ice skating birthday party. When we got home we gave her a letter that “Elsa dropped off” from another one of her princess friends. Lil’ J was trying to guess who it was from as the video starts.

I was only a little surprised that the first thing she thought of was Cars. She’s loving that movie lately and a while back I told her Cars Land was at Disneyland in California. Ever since, every time she hears about someone who went to California she asks if they saw Lightning McQueen.

At the end of the video, when she talks about meeting Sophia, that’s because though I tout her meeting all 13 Disney Princesses at Disney World, she corrects me and says she didn’t meet Sophia. She did wave at her at Hollywood Studios, but didn’t get a picture or her autograph, and she wants to right that wrong.

Disney Pixar Lightning McQueen Cars dress costume

We made a paper chain to countdown the days and she’s gotten really excited realizing how close it is, but she was also concerned about something. Yesterday morning she came to me.

“Mommy, you can use my money so we can go to Disneyland,” she said.

“Aww, you don’t have to do that baby,” I told her.

“No, because we need to save lots of money to go, remember?” It’s true, I’d been saying this every time she’s asked about visiting again, and said it would probably be when she was 6 or 7.

“Yes, but Princess Aurora is helping us come,” I told her. Since actual admittance is covered.

“Oh, she’s using her money?” She said getting excited. Apparently she understood the invitation as just that, an invitation to come and see her sometime.

“Well, yes, to come and see her castle, but mommy still used some of her money for the airplane rides,” I explained.

“Ok, well you can use my money for that.”

“How about you save your money, and if you see something cool you want to buy at Disneyland, you can use it for that.” I suggested.

She was happy with that idea.

Disney Pixar Lightning McQueen Cars dress costume

Already we’ve been having a fun time crafting a Minnie Mouse paper chain to countdown to our trip, and after browsing for something she could wear to Cars Land and coming up short, we sewed our own dress (adapting this pattern for anyone who is curious). We will be taking lots of photos there too, and meeting up with Vanessa from De Su Mama who is a Disneyland PRO!

If someone told me a year ago that we’d be going on three Disney trips this year I’d laugh and say they were nuts. But they just keep falling into place. A perfectly-timed multi-generational family trip to Disney World, a Disney Cruise port popping up in Texas, and a Disneyland invite during their Diamond Celebration. PINCH ME!

Now I’ve just gotta find a way to take my family to Disneyland Hong Kong, Paris and Tokyo in my lifetime and I’ll die a happy woman.

Have you ever taken a trip with just one of your kids? Did you feel guilty?

Thank you all so much for the encouraging and sweet comments on my last post! Here’s a couple sneak peeks the photographer’s shared of my hair… I mean, pictures of me with my kids.

While in Utah, we took extended family photos with Jordan Huntington, and we each got some shots with our individual families, then the next morning I did a candid shoot with Rebecca Loren.

mommy and son

I absolutely love everything I’ve seen so far. I have over 200 proofs with Rebecca that I’m desperately trying to narrow down to my 25 favorites, and I only have this one tiny tease of our photos with Jordan. I’m completely stoked that we’ll have our photos done well before Christmas though, including even our tiniest new family member.

Our flight back from Utah was pretty painless, and I’ll do it all again next week when I fly to Atlanta for Blogalicious. More on that later! I’m currently up to my elbows with freelance work, but I’m seeing an end in sight! Looking forward to scraping the non-necessary, non-fun duties off my plate, and focusing on the things I love. Which includes, at the top of my list, these two.

me and my kiddos

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