Sunday, July 5, 2009


For those of you that may not remember, Tom and I got to do what's called the racing experience at Talladega Superspeedway. I bought a package where you ride with a professional driver around the track for 6 laps with another car. I had bought it as a gift for him for Christmas, and due to a mix-up in May, they gave me a free ride! So, a little over a week ago, we got to do our race! It was beyond spectacular! Unbelievable!! 180 mph around the track while racing side by side, or drafting is definitely a racing experience!

Here we were with our suits on waiting for our names to be called to race

Getting into the cars...Tom is in the blue #5, and I'm in the red #9

Racing side by side

Coming into pit road at the end of the race

Jenna with her "boyfriend" Ty. His mom came to the track to watch the girls while we raced & take pictures for us

Now I know it looks in these pictures like Tom's car was always in the lead, but we actually kept switching back & forth for the entire 6 laps, and on the last lap when we raced side by side, my car actually BEAT Tom's by about half an arm length over the finish line :)

And let me mention that it was HOT the day we got to do it!! It was about 95 degrees, not including the humidity. By the time you put on the racing suit & a helmet, it's crazy hot. But, again, so worth it! They had a couple tents set up for the spectators to sit under, but it was still hot for the kids to sit out & watch us. Plus, my friend Jennifer took them up the tower that I think the media uses on race day, where you can see the entire track, and it's literally right next to pit road, so the kids were more than ready to go when we were done! But, they said it was fun to watch us going so fast. If you ever have a chance to do this, I would definitely recommend it!

Our 4th of July

We spent a quiet 4th of July at home yesterday....didn't do much other than spend time on the lake & jet ski. We did have a couple "1st's" though - Trevin had his 1st jet ski ride, and Camden went tubing for the 1st time. Both enjoyed their new experiences!

Tom had a week of vacation this past week as well, so we did a couple fun things. We went swimming at our neighbor's pool Monday, went to a pool party Tues. afternoon/evening, visited the McWane Science center Thurs. where we ran into some friends that we ended up hanging out with, and then I got to hang out with some girl friends Friday afternoon!

So here are some pictures of what we've been doing:

Camden "digging for bones" at the science center

Swimming at the neighbors....the boys LOVE swimming just as much as the girls!

The day that we were at the pool party, Camden wore his floaties on his arms & swam around by himself most of the day. He even jumped off the diving board by himself! He has no fear!

We decided to make tie-dye shirts one day

Camden was being awfully quiet one day, so I went to see what he was up to, and discovered he had opened the drawers to Tom's dresser, climbed in, and was having a ball playing in the drawers and on the shelves!

We made matching red, white, and blue tie-dye shirts and wore them for the 4th

After Camden got done tubing with Jenna, he refused to get out of the tube! He loved sitting in it and was all curled up inside it.