Race for Literacy

Or more like the Stroll-with-a-two-year-old-in-pouring-rain for Literacy. :)


She is singing, “Go Laelia! Laelia walking! Yay Laelia!”

The cup holders on her stroller are filled with water. :-/

It was five miles of non-stop rain after every weather report said it wouldn’t rain. We took turns holding an umbrella over Lali’s breakfast so she could eat something as we went. Had to stop several times for different Laelia-related things, and we started in the back of the race due to the stroller so let’s just say we didn’t win. :)   I did one diaper check, but thankful we didn’t have to change her in the downpour.


They closed down Hwy 163 so we could walk on it.

Our shoes were completely soaked: squish squish squish.

For the first three miles Lali yelled, “Rain!! Laelia’s rain!” and was having a great time. :) Every time we passed a mile marker the event people would cheer Lali on like she was a rock star, and she ate it up! But around mile 4 she was just sick of being wet and cold. She started to say, “Laelia soggy bottom,” over and over–even on the bus ride home. :) It was awful cute. And her bottom was awful soggy from rain water.

We got home and rung out our clothes. I put them in the dryer and put the little girl in her bath until she warmed up. Then we got pajamas, ice cream from McDonald’s, blankets and cuddles galore. :)

As for the race, we finished 2020 of 2114. :) We were beat by a couple of blind people, a guy with bow legs, an 89 year old man and SEVERAL small children. But I only actually saw seven or so people behind us so I’m wondering if some of the people we “beat” were the people we saw abandoning the race because they were in short sleeves and shorts and soaked.

But we did it! Hooray! :)

4 Responses to “Race for Literacy”

  1. Randi says:

    Wow 163? I bet that was pretty! And rain in San Diego? But it’s sounds like fun, crazy but fun.

  2. Carolyn says:

    HAHAHAHAHA, I LOVE the photos and the stories! I’ve got to meet Laelia someday, because she says the best stuff and I can totally hear it in my head (“soggy bottom,” that’s awesome!) but I want to see it in person ;) You guys are wonderful.

  3. Joann S says:

    Congratulations! You guys are awesome! Laelia stole the race. It’s not who wins the race that counts but how you run it. Great job! I loved the story and the pictures. perks my morning up!

  4. Melissa Rowe says:

    So that’s why the 163 was closed when we were trying to go to church. hehe… :)

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