Our first stop was the AOII house to check out Emily's room, shared with roommate Jeanette... (appearing incognito later in this post).
After a delicious dinner at a downtown Ames eatery, we went back to the hotel for some swimming and hot tub fun.
Warming up in the hot tub
While Emily and Anna went out for some sisterly bonding, Tom and I put the littles to bed with some soothing Disney channel programming (we girls) and college football (the boys). The next day, we were up and at 'em for racing. While Tom waited for his 5K to start, we posed for pictures with Stella the Panda, an AOII mascot.
Hmm... Stella looks an awful lot like Emily's roommate, Jeanette.
We couldn't find Daddy at the start, so we hurried over to the finish line to catch him there.
Tom at the finish
Finally, it was time for the kids' Fun Run. Thomas chose to run with the 5-7 year old age group with Candace and Sarah. They got off to a good start, first third of the pack. Thomas was a little speedster and passed many kids and finished third. Candace and Sarah were sixth and eighth. All of the kids were awarded a participation ribbon and a great time was had by all!