Marshmallow Mondays


Bluegrass Beautiful

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.

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Lucky for my little horse lover, Lily found another special friend, and spent more time with him than any of the babies.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

 



Visitor

We had a visitor this past weekend!  Ryan’s best friend from Pennsylvania, Tori, came to spend the weekend with us in Lexington.  As an avid horse racing fan, we were all excited for Tori’s arrival.

On Friday, we ordered some pizzas and hung out at the house.  It was really refreshing to have the company of such a close Pennsylvania friend and just share stories and laughs.  For some reason, Lily kept calling Tori “guy” all weekend because she couldn’t remember his name, so that alone made for quite a few giggles.

On Saturday, we ventured to The Kentucky Horse Park, so that Tori could meet some of the champion horses he’s followed over his years as a race fan.

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Our little horse-lover was so excited to be at the Horse Park.

Our little horse-lover was so excited to be at the Horse Park.

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Mr. Muscleman

Mr. Muscleman. Harness-Race Horse. Two time Breeder’s Crown Champion. First trotter to retire to The Hall of Champions.

Go For Gin

Go For Gin. 1994 Kentucky Derby Winner.

Da Hoss

Da Hoss. Only horse to win two Breeder’s Cup Races in non-consecutive years.

Funny Cide

Funny Cide. First Gelding to win the Kentucky Derby since 1929; Champion New York Horse of the Year 2003, 2004.

We also watched a presentation called “Horses of the World,” which featured various breeds.  After the show, Lily had the opportunity to meet some of these beautiful creatures up close and personal.

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That evening we watched Kentucky’s exciting victory over Wisconsin.  Go CATS!  I still don’t quite understand the couch burning celebration, but I will say that I’ve never seen such crazy, devoted fans.

The highlight of Tori’s visit was probably he and Ryan’s visit to Keeneland yesterday to watch the horses races.  Both came home with sunburned faces and slightly emptier pockets (some more than others), but overall they seemed to really enjoy themselves.  I believe Tori’s exact words were “it’s just as awesome as going to Vegas.”

Tori is heading back to PA today.  Thank you so much for making the long drive to see us, Tori!  You are welcome anytime, and we hope you enjoyed your stay in the Bluegrass.



Another Race & A Birthday Wish

Keeneland, Round 2.

You may recall that my last 5K Run at Keeneland was at 4pm on an extremely hot day, and therefore I was simply glad to finish without walking.  My time wasn’t terrible, but definitely not my best.  This past Saturday I went up against Keeneland again for the Run For Recovery 5K, hosted by the Shepherd’s House

Crossing the finish line with a new personal best of 24:26 was so exciting, but as we stood to watch the awards ceremony I soon learned that I was the first place finishing female in the 30-35 age category.  What an accomplishment for me!

Once again, I had my three biggest fans to support, encourage and cheer me on.  With each 5K I’ve done, I always look forward to seeing them on the sidelines as I approach the finish line.  This time was no different, and when I saw the time clock and realized I had just beaten my best time, I felt even more proud knowing that Ryan, Rydan and Lily were there to experience that moment with me.  I love you all so much! 

Pre-Race.

Starting Line.

Approaching the Finish Line.

Post-Race with my two little fans.

Speaking of my little fans, one of them has a birthday today!  Rydan, I hope you enjoy your day of  fun surprises!  Now at 8 years old, your imagination is stronger than ever, your smile bigger than ever, and your ability to have the time of your life every day is better than ever.  In the past year I have watched you bravely and eagerly step foot inside of a new school, waste no time making new friends, learn Taekwondo and successfully complete two belt tests, all with a smile on your face.  I am so proud of you, Marshmallow Man, and can’t wait to see what lies ahead for you as you embark on another year of new experiences.  Always know that I am here for you every step of the way – to celebrate every moment, no matter how big or small, and to help you learn from everything that life brings your way.  My world is a better place because you’re in it.  HAPPY 8TH BIRTHDAY!

To my readers, please look forward to next week’s post, which will recap Rydan and Lily’s first birthday bash in Kentucky! (to be held on 8/4).



A Weekend At Keeneland

This past weekend we paid not one but two visits to Keeneland.  In case you aren’t familiar, Keeneland is an esteemed Thoroughbred racetrack and auction company in Lexington, KY.

Our Saturday visit was to celebrate the Kentucky Derby.  What a sight to see!  Keeneland was packed with lots of open wallets, women in fancy hats, Mint Juleps (a popular Southern cocktail), live music, over 1,000 television screens, and lots of fun for the kids.  With 15-20,000 people in attendance, this was the best place to be on Derby Day, next to Louisville of course. 

Here are some of the highlights of our afternoon.

Rydan stuffed his own horse using this red machine. By turning the crank, he filled his horse with stuffing.

Rydan & Lily each made their very own Derby hat.

Rydan’s airbrushed horse tattoo.

Checking out the track.

And then there were the pony rides…

As much as she loves horses, Lily wasn’t too sure about the ride, but she calmed down after the first initial shock of sitting on her pony.

Rydan chose the big horse, and had a great time on his ride.

Our Sunday visit was for my second 5K Run.  The Fondant 5K was hosted by Sweet Blessings, a non-profit organization that creates happy birthdays and unforgettable cakes for 5-14 year-olds living in poverty or with a life threatening illness.  Please take some time to visit Sweet Blessings’ website and read about the children they are reaching with their cakes.  It is truly touching and inspiring to read about these sweet children.

As for the 5K itself, it was HOT.  Running in 85 degrees at 4pm is quite a challenge.  I really was just relieved to finish this one without giving in to the strong desire to walk.  The intense heat made me feel as if I was suffocating while running, and the finish line just couldn’t come soon enough.  This one also wasn’t timed, so I really have no idea where I came in, except that it was somewhere under 30 minutes. 

Pre-Race. Lily was too distracted by the balloons to look at the camera.

 

Approaching the finish line.

This is what Rydan and Lily did while Mommy ran.

They ate ice cream.

And Rydan enjoyed some fun in the Blue Bell bounce house.

This is the benefit of running to support an organization that makes cakes.

First ice cream, now a cupcake to celebrate Mommy crossing the finish line.

Lily also got her first rub-on tattoo.

Thank you, Keeneland for providing us with a fun weekend!  And of course CONGRATULATIONS to I’ll Have Another, winner of the Kentucky Derby 2012.




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