Colour me Rad Edinburgh 2014

A while back I stumbled across a great wee 5k event. This wasn’t like anything I had heard of before. Everyone starts the race in white t-shirts. Then whilst moving through the race course volunteers throw large amounts of paint sent in your direction. Awesome!

I found a friend willing to take part, the same lovely lady who completed the road block run with me last year. Our sons are in the same class and we thought it was a great opportunity to get the kids involved in something for charity whilst keeping fit.

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Sundays are normal a very slow paced day in our house, preparing for school the following day and enjoying each other’s company. But this Sunday my second eldest son and I were up dressed and out of the house for half past seven.

We could have got a train to the venue in Ingilston, Edinburgh but this would have proved more costly and the train link was a bit far away. My awesome compadre volunteered to drive us over.

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From the side of the road we were able to catch a glimpse of huge tall colourful banners, and lots of people heading that way in the uniform white t- shirts. The two min members of our team were very excited. A registration fault on line had made us unable to pay.

After a length traffic jam we got parked and made our way to the field. I had never been here before but knew it was used for country fairs, live stock shows etc. As we walked in the field we could feel the squelch of mud underfoot.

Porta loos were a must after a lengthy drive, then to check our registration.A registration fault in line had made us unable to pay online. Settling on the day set us back an extra £14 – not what we had expected. Children aged 7 and under were free to enter with a paying adult.

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Upon registration you received a race number, a snazzy fluorescent pair of mirrored glasses and a RAD tattoo. You were also given a t-shirt for participating. (I think it would have been better to get presented this upon finishing.)

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As a wee team we joined the queue to start. There was a massive buzz of excitement surrounding us. Some entrants opting for a colourful tutu or full fancy dress. We travelled on the course steadily doing a walk/ run variation with the two boys. They were full of beans and could have sprinted through the whole course.

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Approaching the first stop, where we would receive our first pelting of colour, pink clouds of smoke filled the air with shrieks of glee. My son was unsure at first but I showed him it was ok, nothing to worry about. It was like being on the receiving end of a powdered paint snow ball. Terrific!

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The next stations were yellow, orange, green and purple. The green was a wet paint so no photos I am afraid. The boys realised if they asked nicely they were allowed their own hand fulls of paint to throw all over their Mums and each other.

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It was so lovely seeing the boys running free and enjoying themselves….. until. We had a wee accident, my son tripped grazing his knee. But the wonderful first aiders were in hand to help him.

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Overhead we saw aeroplanes taking off for tropical destinations and the sun shone down from start to finish.

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We made it, crossed the finish line all in one piece, all multicoloured. We were presented with our own pack of colourful paint, which we of course threw all over each other. Entrants partied on down to upbeat music celebrating the day and their achievements.

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It was nice to take part in something different with such an amazing atmosphere. There was a buzz of happiness and positivity surrounding everyone, just what you want whilst raising money for such a worthwhile cause – make a wish foundation.

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Thoughtful Thursday

We are lucky enough to live in an area of such natural beauty. It makes not possessing a driving license more bearable as everything is so pretty. Even in the rain!

I’m still on a quest to make myself more healthy and the constant to- ing and fro -ing which goes hand in hand with 6 children is an added bonus. Lots of uphill walking getting the heart pumping faster and your mood significantly better on these dire dark January days.

It’s great fun exploring nature and appreciating what is around you, even more so with small children. Mud, squelchy leaves and an unlimited amount of puddles.

Some photos from today. Note the horse shape concealed in the cut down tree trunk truly amazing. Get off your couches and appreciate just exactly what you have.

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Halloween

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After the emotional roller coaster of heart surgery for my Husband of late I decided we must make the most of Halloween and enjoy ourselves ‘together’.

Normally we would all get dressed up in costumes, Mum and Dad included and go guising /trick or treating in our wee village. But the wicked weather and general tiredness in the house changed matters somewhat. We decided to have a Halloween evening in. The new going out is staying in don’t you know lol!

After all we had all been to various events over the course of the past week, school discos, charity fundraisers, nursery and toddler parties. We were all partied out.

So our Halloween evening consisted of an easy dinner, I normally cook from scratch but I opted for treat meal as we generally eat so well other nights. Once fed those who decided to dress up had full use of our extensive dressing up box.. Everyone enjoying playing pretend till I put the final touches to our games for this evening.

Our lanterns that we carved throughout the day were looking fabulous and flickering in the warmth of our wee house.
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To start off we all had a wee go dooking for apples. everyone tried very hard and ended up with very wet faces. For the next game I hid lollipops underneath a blanket of flour. The object was to catch the stick part of the lollipop with your teeth – leading to a dusty flour filled face. The last activity was more hands on – hidden wrapped sweeties in cold baked beans. This was so messy but incredibly good fun.

Once everyone had had a shot at each activity we all had a wee Halloween cup full of popcorn and sweets whilst watching Hocus Pocus- a classic Halloween film.

I was so pleased we had a fun filled night that everyone enjoyed, no soaking wet jackets,no traipsing door to door, no overload of sweets for us bliss.