Ian at the Mayor’s Cup 5K

Recently, the City of Tuscaloosa sponsored the “Mayor’s Cup 5K Race.” Marysia ran and had a very good race — third overall woman and a time that almost beat her personal best. Plus, as this photo shows, she was this close to edging out the mayor, Walt Maddox. He’s the young guy in black. She’s a couple of runners behind him, in blue.

Ian and I were there, too, urging Marysia on. A Tuscaloosa News photographer caught him. He didn’t make the print edition, but the online slideshow features him. The caption reads:

04-26-08 — Tuscaloosa, Ala — Ian Butler, 4, waits with his father, not pictured, in the rain as his mother runs in the Mayor’s Cup 5K race in downtown Tuscaloosa Saturday, April 26, 2008. (Dusty Compton / Tuscaloosa News)


So, I’m the only one in our family who is “not pictured”! Well, at least my legs made the cut.

(Please note the Brown crest on the umbrella. In deo speramus, man! Ian is also wearing a “Bama” t-shirt so he’s also representing for UA.)

Easter at Camp McDowell

Last month, for the last weekend of spring break, the Butler-Galbraiths headed to Camp McDowell, a summer camp/adult retreat center. It’s about 90 minutes north of Tuscaloosa, but we actually drove there from Birmingham. Marysia and Ian had been in New York, visiting her folks. I picked them up at the airport and off we went.

We had a fine time canoing and hiking and hanging out with three or four other families in a lodge (visible at the rear of this photo). Plus, that Sunday was Easter Sunday and to our surprise the Easter Bunny came to Camp McDowell and deposited a couple hundred eggs near our lodge. All the kids had a great time hunting for them.

There’s a bunch of pictures from the weekend posted over here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/jgbutler/CampMcDowell

I used it as an opportunity to try out my new fancy camera. Even got some artistic shots!