Strawberry Picking

23 05 2011

On Saturday, Katlyn, Sarah and I joined the Sullivans on an outing to Huber’s to do some strawberry picking, playground playing and fried chicken eating.  It was a wonderful day!  Enjoy the pictures…



Flower Pot Decorating

15 05 2011

While at the Festival of Flowers, sponsored by the Beechmont Neighborhood Association, Katlyn and Sarah painted flower pots at one of the booths.  Here’s some great pictures of them painting it up!  Check out Sarah’s concentration and Katyln’s tongue.

Soccer Games, Lemonade Stands and Flowers

15 05 2011
Yesterday was Katlyn and Sarah’s last games of the season.  It was starting to move toward the chilly side yesterday but mostly it was beautiful weather.  I left the house in a rush and forgot my camera so I don’t have pictures from yesterday.  I’ll have to find some from earlier in the season and post them later for you.  Katlyn scored a very exciting/funny goal yesterday.  They were all kinda staring at the ball.  She was right in front of it but it looked like she was being polite and letting a boy from the other team have at it.  Well, he kicked it and it flew up and hit another of his teammates in the face.  All the kids stopped, like they figured there would be a time out.  All of a sudden, they realize the ball is still live and Katlyn went after it.  She took it to the goal and made it in!  We all cheered for her.  I felt a tiny bit bad for the boy with ball face, but was super excited for Katlyn. She scored their only one for the game.  Sarah didn’t make a goal yesterday, but she worked her tail off.  She had a few almosts, but kept getting blocked.  She did score 3 times earlier in the week!

After the games, we headed over to the Festival of Flowers, sponsored by the Beechmont Neighborhood Association.  Mom and Daddy had to make a pit stop with Sarah, so when I passed a Lemonade Stand, I had to stop.  I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of lemonade.

This isn't THE lemonade stand I supported, but it's similar. I found it on Google Images

The festival had a little bit of everything – Flowers, Herbs, Pottery, Jewelry, Home-Made Ice Cream, Music and food.  I hope to remember to be on the lookout for it next year.  Actually, since my friend Kelly told me about it this year, I bet she’ll be my reminder next year too.  She’s great about know what’s going on where.  I tried to take some shots with my iPhone of the festival, but had no luck.  I was able to get some great one of the girls, though. 

Here’s Sarah with my new cookbook – Kentucky Hospitality II.

Katlyn enjoying her hotdog.

I was really happy to get to the Beechmont Festival of Flowers to find a great set up and a fun afternoon.  Mom found a violet pot that she really liked.  The girls got the fun headbands they’re sporting in these pictures and I may have gotten an idea for a project.  We have a patio between our back door and garage.  There’s an L-Shaped area that has some things planted.  It’s getting a bit crazy back there because I have no green thumbs and no idea how to do anything related to growing plants.  But Mom and Daddy pointed out some plants that would look really nice back there.  I’m thinking about it.  It would be a project, though.  The mulch is looking bad, there’s leaves all over and let’s not forget…I’m scared!  I’ll let you know what I decide.

31 03 2011

Here’s a fun picture of my nieces! 

Birthday Party Goodie Bags

22 02 2011

This weekend was Sarah’s 5th Birthday party and I put together the Goodie Bags for the kiddos!  Today, I am sharing the process with you, my dear reader(s), so that you too can be awesome.

The first step is to decide what the Goodies will go in.  I found these cute little boxes on Oriental Trading.

I continued shopping on this site and also hit up the local store that sell their items, Horner Novelty, to find a ton of great pieces.  Once I was finished spending all my money, I went home and took everything out of their boxes and packaging.  To see exactly what I had purchased, I put them in piles on a sheet in the basement.

Some close-ups of my favorites…by the way, Sarah is Bananas over Monkeys…

Parachuting Monkeys!!  My favorite find.

Noise Makers – you must have some of these.

Monkey Bubbles

These are magnets.  You color them in yourself!

Next, I picked up one of each item to see what was going in each box.

Before packing the boxes, I decorated the outsides.  I found these colorful Happy Birthday stick-ons to go on one side and Monkey stickers to go on the other side.

I love the different color boxes and how they turned out.

An Aunt to Remember

28 07 2010

It’s likely that I will never have children of my own.  I’m still struggling with deciding if I’ll be able to look back and not regret it.  Things could always change, but for now I’ll settle for being an Aunt they will remember.  I have two wonderful nieces.  They are perfect.  Rotten, but perfect.

Last week, I took the day off to be with them.  We had a good time.  They spent the night with me and then we went to Puzzles together the next day.  Puzzles is a pretty cool place here in Louisville with Arcade Games, Blow Ups to Slide and Jump in, a Rock Climbing Wall, Putt-Putt, Pizza and an Arts and Crafts room.  Adults get in free and I feel the prices are pretty reasonable as well.

We played Games first…

Maybe we should have waited on the games…they won some rubber duckies and had a LOT of tickets for me to hold.



Then we went to the slides and jumpies.  Oh, what fun!

They climbed in this jungle gym for a while too.

We had blue slushies while playing in the Arts and Crafts room.

And played on the jumpies/slides a little more before leaving.

My Aunt Martha is no longer with us, but she is certainly my Aunt to Always Remember.  She didn’t take us to places like this.  Her gift and imprint on me and my siblings was a little different.  The things that I remember is that she took us with her to Church on Sundays and to Bible School during the summer.  She was there for all Holidays and we had a special bond with her that can never be broken.  Aunt Martha was a very special person.  My mother’s mother passed away when I was about 18.  Aunt Martha wasn’t a fill in for her, but she was then the matriarch of the family in my eyes.  She was sweet and accepting of others and I love her dearly.  These were her talents that will always have an impression on me.  I still catch myself thinking about calling and asking her questions – she was our go to person for Religious and etiquette questions.  I cannot give my nieces the trips to Church (I haven’t been to Church regularly since before I was married) but I can hopefully give them an environment to create and run wild and feel love when they are with me.  Maybe sharing these talents of mine will help make me an Aunt to Remember for them.