Filed under: The Buffington Southern Experience | Tags: Breakfast With The Babies, Horse Racing, Keeneland, Kite Fest, Shaker Village
It was a beautiful weekend in the Bluegrass! We took full advantage of it.
On Saturday morning, Lily and I visited Shaker Village for an event called “Breakfast With The Babies.” We enjoyed a delicious buffet breakfast, and then ventured outside to meet all sorts of cute baby animals.
Lucky for my little horse lover, Lily found another special friend, and spent more time with him than any of the babies.
Later that day, while Rydan was hanging out at the ball field with some friends, Ryan and I took Lily to Kite Fest at Jacobson Park.
On Sunday, we took the kids to Keeneland for Family Day. This was their first time watching horse racing at Keeneland, and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.
After all of that fun, we were a little sad to see Monday roll around. We’ve got another busy week ahead, and Rydan and Lily are both counting down the days until school is out.Wishing all of our readers a wonderful week!
We hope all of our readers had a very Happy Easter! Rydan and Lily woke up to lots of baskets… some from the Easter Bunny and others from family in Pennsylvania.
Inside, they found all sorts of goodies…
Even Rosie found a basket for herself.
After checking out all of their Easter loot, we enjoyed a filling french toast casserole breakfast and then snapped a few photos before heading to church.
After church, Ryan and I spent the afternoon putting together Rydan and Lily’s trampoline, which has been sitting in the garage since Christmas.This was a gift from my mom, and the kids have been asking us to assemble it for months. We later enjoyed our Easter ham for dinner, followed by lots and lots of jumping.
And now, it’s time to enjoy SPRING BREAK!
Lacrosse has quickly become a big part of Rydan’s life. He is playing on the middle school JV team, which involves 2-hour practices four days a week and a game almost every weekend (sometimes even during the week).
Here are a few pictures from his past two games. The first was in Louisville, which they won. The second was this past weekend in Lexington, in which they came up one point short in overtime. These boys practice hard, play hard, and it’s pretty exciting to watch them in action.
Rydan plays as a defender, so while this position is not directly involved in scoring the goals, if a team’s defensive end struggles, they likely won’t be very successful on game days. So far, Rydan has gotten a decent amount of playing time and seems to be enjoying the game.
After his game on Saturday, it was time for a mommy-daughter date at Disney On Ice. This was a first for us, so we were pretty excited about going. Even though I ordered tickets months ago, I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived at Rupp Arena to see that we were in the second row! I hadn’t realized we would be THAT close.
This show was so much fun to watch. We saw Mickey & Minnie, The Lion King, Aladdin & Princess Jasmine, Ariel, Rapunzel, Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, and so many others.
I loved watching Lily wave to the characters as they skated by us. She was on the edge of her seat the entire time. Her favorite characters were Tinkerbell and of course The Little Mermaid. On the way home she kept saying “Mommy, I loved that show so much!”
Filed under: The Buffington Southern Experience | Tags: extend hope, Haiti, meal packing, one million meals
Happy Monday, friends! We hope you all had a great weekend. Part of ours was spent serving at our church on Saturday afternoon, where we helped pack ONE MILLION meals for Haiti – enough to help feed 3,500 kids for an entire year.
Over the course of 24 hours, 6,500 volunteers came together to extend hope through meal packing. With 80’s music blaring, motivating announcements, enthusiastic table captains, and eager, compassionate volunteers, this was a really awesome experience.
We were minus one since Rydan had lacrosse practice, but our Lily lady was ready to work extra hard to make up for her brother’s absence.
Her official job was to open up the meal bags so that they were ready to be filled with food. She was super focused the entire time, and as the youngest member at our team table, she did an awesome job of keeping everybody moving as quickly as possible.
Our table packed 20 boxes in just over an hour, contributing to the 110,000 meals that were packed in our afternoon session.
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” –John Bunyan
Happy Monday, friends. I know it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything. This morning I noticed that MM’s Facebook page had quite a few views, which tells me that there really are people looking to read our blog every Monday. I do apologize for the absence of my usual Monday post over the past couple of weeks. Honestly, with the cold weather and snow, we just haven’t gotten out and done anything too exciting that I could have shared. However, I’m putting together a little winter update on what Rydan and Lily have been up to lately.
Rydan has been pretty consumed with school and lacrosse. His midterms consisted of four A’s and two B’s. He seems to really enjoy middle school, and likes being able to change classes. He is currently taking a three month break from Taekwondo to focus on his lacrosse season, which involves after-school practices four days a week and at least one weekend practice. It’s rather intense, but this team won the championship last year, and they really prides themselves on hard work, dedication, and teamwork. They held a lock-in earlier this month, complete with all sorts of activities, food, movies and games so that all of the players and coaches could get to know each other. Rydan has learned a lot about this sport and made some new friends as well. It’s great to see him doing something new and learning what it’s like to be part of a team.
Lily is still enjoying Kindergarten, and has been working really hard to learn all of her sight words. This hasn’t been an easy task for her, but I’ve figured out some learning methods that work for her, and she’s made tremendous progress. Every week she adds a few more to her “know stack”, which now is much larger than her “need to learn stack.” She still loves to read, and has recently taken an interest in the Junie B. Jones books, so we read about one of those books every single week. She’s also working really hard on her spring recital routine at the Lexington Dance Factory. They’re doing a ballet number this time, and it is absolutely adorable. We just saw her costume a few weeks ago, which has her even more excited. Earlier this month, the classes all took a break from their routines for “Daddy Daughter Day.” Lily and Ryan did hip hop together and also learned a super cute ballet routine. Here they are doing the whip nae-nae.
One last note before I end this post – Rydan is selling Yankee candles for middle school, so if any of our readers are interested in supporting him, please let me know. You can order online and it will ship directly to you. Just send an email to email@example.com and I’ll get the info to you. Many thanks for your support!
In case you didn’t know, it snows in Kentucky. This is our fifth winter since moving to Lexington, and sometimes it feels like we’re still in Pennsylvania. Some people laughed at us when we decided to bring our snowblower along to Kentucky, but it has been used all but maybe one out of the past five winters. The difference between Kentucky snow and Pennsylvania snow is that we usually don’t get quite the accumulation that PA does, and ours doesn’t stick around as long. Regardless, I’m happy that the kids have been able to enjoy some fun in the snow even though we live in the south.
School has been closed since Wednesday of last week, so we’ve had plenty of days to play outside. This was Rosie’s first snow, and though she wasn’t quite sure what to think of it at first, her curiosity got the best of her and within no time at all she was bunny hopping through the yard and playing like a little kid.
Lily was the first to ask to go out and play, but since Rydan was content underneath his warm covers, I bundled up with her and out we went.
After playing in the backyard for a bit, they tried out their new sleds on the hills behind the elementary school.
Our second round of snow arrived on Friday and dumped another 11 inches for us to enjoy. By that time, Rydan had already had his fill of it, so Lily and I ventured out while he stayed in the comfort and warmth of his bedroom.
On Sunday afternoon, we picked up Rydan’s friend, Carson, and drove to a nearby park for some sledding. This was so much fun, and something we had never done together as a family.
After all of that sledding, we are sleeping in this morning thanks to a two-hour school delay. Happy Monday, friends!
I know this post is overdue, but right after our Christmas in Kentucky, we packed up the car and drove 586 miles to visit our family in Pennsylvania. It’s hard to believe this was the fourth Christmas road trip we’ve made since living in Kentucky. Those miles certainly don’t get any shorter with each trip we make, and this year we took our three month old puppy, Rosie, along with us, which made things even more interesting.
We left at 3:45am on the 26th and arrived at Nana and Pappy Buff’s at 12:45pm. The festivities and family visits began pretty much immediately with a gift exchange that evening with Nana, Pappy, Uncle Brad, Aunt Jill and Bryar.
After opening gifts, we had a great time with the Pie Face game.
On Sunday we ventured to Klingerstown for a second gift exchange with my mom’s side of the family. Lily especially looks forward to this visit because cousin Kip has historically gifted her with an oversized zoo animal for the past three years, so she’s been anticipating what he could possibly come up with for this year.
On Monday, it was a third exchange with Ryan’s extended family back at Nana and Pappy’s. There were lots of little ones running around, lots of laughter taking place, and lots of memories being made.
For me, a big highlight of the entire PA visit took place that afternoon. It was the time I got to spend with my mom, gram, pap and great-aunt Polly. Polly has been staying with my gram and pap while she recovers from her hip surgery. She uses a walker, needs help getting around, and doesn’t leave her chair much, but her mind is still very sharp. Nothing makes her happier than being surrounded by the ones she loves. She even told me that she’s had “the best week of her life” staying with my gram and pap. After complaining a bit about having to make the long trip to PA, I needed to hear that from her. At 90 years old, Polly has a lifetime of memories, many of them during days of better health. However, being with family during the holidays and feeling loved, even in a state of poor health, is what stands out to her as special and memorable. There is a lesson in that for all of us.
On Tuesday, we enjoyed our favorite subs from Nino’s while exchanging gifts with “Papoose” (my dad), Grandma Wiest and my brothers.
On Wednesday we were treated to my dad and grandma’s homemade pot pie while visiting with more relatives on my dad’s side. It was a treat to finally meet baby MaKenna and see my cousin Laura after almost four years apart.
On Thursday, we made a trip with my mom and sister to Hershey’s Chocolate World, had lunch at The Chocolate Avenue Grill, and took Lily to the Disney Store.
That evening we attended a New Year’s Eve party at cousin Megan’s, where we got to see her new house and spend our last few waking hours with family.
On Friday at 3:40am, we were on the road back to the Bluegrass. We pulled into our driveway in record time at 12:07pm. Rosie handled the trip home even better than the trip to PA. At only 3 months old, she traveled extremely well. We took her with us to every single stop we made in PA, so she was just as exhausted as we were by the end of it.
By 7pm that evening, we had all of our Chirstmas loot unloaded and put away, our tree was down, Christmas decorations stored away, and Valentine’s decorations on display. By 8:30pm, we were all ready for bed.