This is the 2nd time Axel has competed in Special Olympics. The first time was a month ago and he really had NO CLUE what was going on. But on this day, after watching all of Angela's races the day before, he finally got it. Suddenly it all made sense to him, all of our explaining "pump your arms and RUN." was for a purpose!
Hi all you people! (I know my mom is out there somewhere. I can hear her.)
There she is, pointing that camera at me again.
Runners on your mark...
Running running running...
Look at all those people cheering for me! HI PEOPLE!!!!!
While I was at the starting line taking pictures, Dean was at the finish line taking video. :-) Axel is the very last green shirt.
Woo! That running is hard work!
Alex...I mean Axel getting his first medal EVER! (and clearly he has been watching Angela too much.)
Look Papa! I got a silver medal!
Leaving with one of the coaches for his next race.
He looked so small out there on the field!
Keeping his eyes on the finish line.
Here I go! Pumping my arms like Mama showed me.
This running business is SO FUN!
See the orange cones? Yea that would be the finish line, but he's still running. LOL
(whistling to himself)
As I was watching him walk to the awards stand, I had to capture this face. You have to wonder if he thinks about how different his life was 18 months ago. There were no races, no Special Olympics, nobody cheering for him. Life was very different then....
Now he has this: A big sister who is more proud of him than anyone else could possibly be!