Slick Nick - "Sunday Snapshot"

June 19, 2011

On the last day of school, Nick and I always do something special. We usually go out for lunch and then spend the afternoon together. This year I had to be in Baltimore the last day of school, so I promised I would make up for it the next day.

Nick wanted to go to Lehigh Valley Grand's an indoor race track where you can drive motorized cars, so we invited a few of his friends and off we went! He had been there once before, but I had not. WOW..... what a COOL place! I can see why the boys were so intrigued!
The Gear Collage
They had all the gear that a Race Car driver would need!

Tires Collage
And a killer track with lots of twists and turns....with lots of tires to support you if you get a little carried away going around the corner!

Gearing Up COLLAGE
Shortly after we arrived, the boys started to get all suited up!!
Helmuts were mandatory, but I could not convince them to wear the optional racing suits. I think they would have looked great in them, but they had no interest. After they were all geared up, they were given their slips that had their "racing names" and car numbers. My son is now known as "Slick Nick" and he was the proud owner(for the afternoon)of lucky #38. The excitemnet in the room was growing by the minute. They were itching to get behind the wheel..... you can see that Nick and his friend did a good luck "Head Bump" to kick things off. Boys..... they are funny!!!

Buckle Up and GO COLLAGE
Once we entered the pit, they got some brief instruction from the "pit crew" and they were ready to race!

Lucky 38 Collage
The second the light turned green, they were off....... It was pedal to the metal for all of them!!

The final Lap Collage
It's hard to tell from these photos, but they were REALLY FLYING super fast. The race went quickly and before we knew it, the "pit crew" was waving them in. It was all over in a matter of minutes........ so we let them do it, just one more time:)

It took me a couple laps before I could get the photos to come out without blur. This scenario is one that having a dslr came in handy. For those that are photography enthusiast, you will appreciate this.... my shutter was all the way up at 1/2000 of second and my ISO was at 5000 because of the poor lighting conditions inside. The setting resulted in some noise and grain in my photos, but at least I was able to capture the boys in all their glory:)

The boys had a terrific afternoon......and it was really fun for me to be there and watch Nick and his friends. Nick has changed and grown up so much this year. I really notice it now more than ever. He is busy going out with his friends and meeting up places....and he gives me the "just drop me off" speech. You know, it is not cool for him to be seen with his Mom.....but I still do get a big hug and the "I love you Mom, you are the best" on occasion.......and this day was one of them:) Regardless of being a teenager, my little boy is still in there deep down!

I hope everyone has a Happy Father's Day!

We are having a little cookout here at the house to celebrate. My parents are coming over and they are bringing my nephews.... the girls are very excited!

~Have a great Sunday~

Sunday Snapshot


Jodee said...

Oh my word! What a blast! It looks like the boys had soooo much fun!

I hope Pat has a fabulous Father's Day today! Enjoy your cookout! We are headed to the College World Series soon!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

It looks like a blast Lisa. He is a lucky boy to have such a thoughtful Mom!

The "Dadd's Girls" post is so sweet.

Have a great day celebrating!


Unknown said...

I totally see why they were so excited! That looks like a ton of fun! Please email me where you took them :-D

Happy Father's Day to your Dad and Husband!

Love and hugs!

ellieshine said...

I love these photos - you did an awesome job - SS 2000 WOWZA! They were going fast!!! I think the grain totally works in these - and you did a great job with the color (I struggle with that when the light is so low).

How fun for Nick - It is so fun to have those little traditions (we just go for ice cream :)

Have a fun Father's Day!

xo ellie

Gail said...

You're one amazing mom to take Nick and his friends there!!! Love them all, but especially the 'head bump' one. Boys are so fun!!

Love the color, lines, angles and everything about these Lisa. What a cool place. :)

Have a wonderful Father's Day with your family!


Marla said...

LOL @ the head bump, that made me giggle. Boys are too funny.

Love the pics, that does look like a cool place and you did a great job capturing the fun! You gotta love a camera that can handle ISO 5000. :)

Hope Pat and your Dad have a wonderful Father's Day!

Patricia said...

Wow! That looks like so much fun!!
Nick sounds like such a great kid!

Wishing Pat a wonderful Father's Day! Enjoy with your beautiful family!

redmaryjanes said...

Wow, that looks like a very cool place! Happy Father's Day to your family.

3 Peanuts said...

My boys would LOVE that place. It looks like such fun and I am sure Nick appreciated this special time with you and his friends. The photos are fabulous!!!

Football and Fried Rice said...

oh my goodness!! **i** would have had a blast too!!!!!!

Jboo said...

Wow - what a fun time!! Nick is so lucky to have such a great Mom!


jennifer said...

These pics are amazing!! Indoor places like this are SO hard for me. THese look great!! My boys love stuff like that too! So fun!!

Carolin said...

wow, that looks like one fun place for the teen guys!

Virginia said...

Oh yeah, I can see why they were excited to go there. Looks like they had a blast and you scored points for coolest mom ever.

Gin =)

Everything Beautiful Shay said...

Now that looked like a GREAT place for some afternoon fun!!! LOVE all your photos!

Faith Hope Love Photography said...

I have been slacking lately and missed this post. What a fun one!! We used to do this type of stuff..pre-kids ;) I can't wait to have those special days with my girls...although I will take what I have now, as I agree they grow too fast. I love that you added the photography info...It is great to always learn!

Dita said...

OK, you realize that when WonderBoy sees these photos he's going to go OVER THE TOP. We HAVE to bring him here with Nick....this place is AWESOME!

Great shots of the whole pit crew!


Jen said...

OK, that looks really fun! My kids would love it. You got some great creative shots, too.