This year the PTA decided to change the name of this special event to more accurately reflect when it's held!
I was in charge of the Relay Races for the elementary school. I have accepted this responsibility for the past 3 years. The first year . . . I learned a whole lot of what not to do! The Relay Races for the past 2 years have gone off without a hitch! Experience does count in this instance!
The races included the K3 classes up to the 5th grade classes. Each class competed in each race separately . . . not the whole elementary together . . . this allows for more winners and therefore . . . more ribbons! We love us some ribbons in the Ferrell house!
The first couple of years that Zach and Alex competed, they each placed in some of the races and came home with various ribbons . . . but they couldn't tell me which event they had placed in! Now this Momma wants to know these kinds of things! So the first year I was in charge of the races, I made certificates to go along with the ribbons to tell how the child placed in each event.
K3 through 5th grades equals out to 8 separate classes with 5 different events with a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner . . . which equals out to about 120 certificates!
The first year I didn't fill out any of the certificates until that day and I spent the whole May Day afternoon filling out the certificates and signing them! Last year and this year, I learned from my first year and had all the certificates filled out and signed . . . just waiting on the winners' names to be written in.
I have so enjoyed watching the children compete in the Relay Races all 3 years I have been in charge. . . especially those sweet Ferrell boys! This is the first year that Shane got to compete too.
Dave was off that day so he came out to the school to watch the boys in the races and help me coordinate all the events. Here he is helping Shane get ready for the sack race:
He was so cute all geared up for the sack races . . .
Of course, he couldn't cooperate with me and wear some practical shoes for competing . . . nope he had to wear his blue rain boots!
That picture is a little misleading . . . it looks like he won the 50 yard dash, but actually, he was racing over and over again to the finish line even when the race wasn't going on!
He and his best friend, Colt, were really having fun racing while the others were doing the "crab crawl" . . . which was the actual event taking place then!
Alex is in a small class and not many of the children participated in all the races. But Alex wanted to do them all.
He tumbled to the ground during the sack race . . .
But he didn't give up . . . he still finished the race.
He came in third place in the sack race (only 3 participants), third place in the crab crawl (only 3 participants), and third place in the 50 yard dash (4 participants).
I love his enthusiasm! The third grade boys participated in a tug of war game against the third grade girls. The third grade teacher joined in to help the girls and had anchored their end of the rope making it impossible for the boys to move the girls' position. Here are the boys getting ready to pull.
After watching the boys struggle to move the girls (anchored down with a grown woman), I decided to pitch in and help. I mean, it should be a fair contest! Nine girls with a grown woman versus nine boys with a grown woman! With my help, the boys were able to uproot Ms. Lori from the "anchor" position and win the tug of war! Yea boys!
Zach came in first place in the sack race. He fell down almost to the finish line, but popped up and recovered his position in time to win!
Zach also came in first place in the 50 yard dash. I love the expression on his face as he's crossing the finish line . . . notice the worn out, broken green crocs he's running in!
After the relay races, the actual Fun Field Day booths and inflatables opened for the children. My boys had a great time. Alex got on the bungee jump twice.
In fact, Alex probably enjoyed the day more than any of my other boys. He loves to play!
Shane loved the bouncy house and the giant slide.
Oh, and let's not forget the mechanical bull ride . . .
Zach had fun too. He loved the football throw . . . Zach loves anything sports related.
Zach got on the bungee jump too. He doesn't like to be up high, so I was surprised when he wanted to get on it.
Of course, being super athletic, he got on the bungee jumper and flipped over several times while jumping . . . effortlessly . . .
Alex needed a little help flipping over, so Dave gave him an assist.
Alex didn't care that he needed a little help . . . just look at that smile.
We had a blast, but when the Fun Field Day ended . . . I was pooped! All day in the sun and I was exhausted and sunburned! So I went home and crawled into the bed for a nap . . . but not the Ferrell boys!
They came home and went fishing!
Look at the monster fish that Alex caught!
And of course, what would a day of fishing at the farm be if they couldn't kill a snake!
A day full of Fun-Filled -- Fun Field Day -- memories for
the Ferrell boys and me!