Saturday, March 7, 2009

Derby Day!

Max's (and my) first Pinewood Derby experience came and went this morning,
and I am breathing a sigh of relief.

I have spent the last week studying up, sanding, painting, drilling, weighing, and becoming completely obsessed with all things Pinewood Derby!

After a DISAPPOINTING first race, I got nervous and Max shot me a "What did you do to my car?" look from across the room. This was going to get embarrassing.

I knew something had to be done.

At the table where all of the participating cars sat, a gathering of dads were graphiting wheels as fast as they could. I knew if we had a shot, I had to get in on this.

So, I joined the derby dads and began adding as much graphite as possible to those little wheels I had spent so much time sanding and prepping! (Filthy job, I must say!)

Next race...much less humiliating. We shaved almost a whole second off our time. Max's mood lightened and I knew I was out of the woods. The rest of the races we came in first or second.

Not bad for these first-timers, huh?

We'll get 'em next year!

4 comments:

Lindsey Wood-Felstead said...

Way to go Max and Sara! I can't wait to do Pinewood Derby a hundred times with these boys! You'll have it down to a tee by time I get there so you can give us some pointers! By the way...Is that Bree in the background wearing a scout shirt? Too cute!

Keri said...

You are awesome Sara! Way to go!!!

Michele and I were thinking about going to yoga either at 6:15 or 8:00 on Monday night...do either of these work for you??? Let me know!

Wendy said...

YOU ARE UNBELIEVEABLE SARA! Here I was saying have your Dad or Lance help with this~I forgot who I was talking to!!! I HATE Piewood derbys~its always so intense and its all on the poor dads (or Mom) and your kid can be the most disapointed or the most excited~I was always mad at Curtis that he didnt start earlyier on the boys cars!!! Way to go!!!

Laura Smith said...

glad it's over for you! good luck next year. I'll let you know if I can give you any pointers...although we didn't win.!