The birthday boyThursday, May 10, 2012
Posted by: Shane Gray, Gray Motorsports Camaro

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I guess you could say I felt real special on my birthday
Yesterday was my birthday, and the birthday elves stopped by (I think Amber and Kim might have had something to do with it!). We had a good lunch and some laughs, and yes, it was all at my expense, but I know it’s out of love. Well, I hope anyway.
Amber is a great wife, a great mom, and a great friend. She always goes above and beyond to make everyone feel special, and I should have known that Kim Ward was in on it, too. She runs the show at the Gray Motorsports shop handling more than you can imagine in the front office. Anyway, it was a good time and a nice break for all of us in the middle of our day. So a special thank you to the girls and to everyone in the shop for being involved – and to everyone on Facebook and in the Twitter world who took the time to stop by and say hi. I appreciate all of you!
It feels like so much time has passed already, but it really wasn’t too long ago that we got to spend some family time together for Easter. Bryce was home from school and motocross camp so the whole family was together. I also got to spend a lot of time with my dad on the fishing boat that weekend, and you know that made me real happy because I love being on the water. I’ve said before that if I wasn’t driving a race car and working at the Gray Motorsports shop, I’d probably be doing something with boats. It’s just one of my favorite things, and I love being out there whenever I get the chance.
We also took the kids for an Easter egg hunt on Saturday that weekend. Jason and Cindy Line’s little ones, Jack and Emma, they were there too with Taylor, and it was neat to see them having fun and enjoying themselves.
Sunday morning the family went to Church and then afterwards I got to get back on the lake to do a little more fishing. We went over to my mom and dad’s place and picked up Bryce’s new motorcycle they bought him for his birthday (next week already!), and Amber took some great family pictures before it was time to say goodbye to Bryce before he headed back to MotoCross camp with a  friend who came to pick him up. We finished up the weekend with dinner on the lake with Amber, Tanner and Taylor and my parents.
It was really nice to have that relaxing time with the family. We are so fortunate to get to do what we love and race our Service Central car, but sometimes we get so wrapped up in it that we forget for just a minute what really matters. I have a great family, and weekends like that are the ones that are the best of all.