Sunday, May 31, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
On Sunday, we had a great time at the horse races at Churchill Downs. Rain was in the forecast, but it turned out to be a beautiful day. We live pretty close to there, but have only been to the races a couple of times. Of course we've never been to the Oaks or Derby, that's out of our league, but it's still a fun thing to do on any regular race day.
Then there were a few enthusiastic winners in the group. I guess this must be E's lucky week. (She just got accepted in the Masters of Engineering Management program at Northwestern! Way to go, E!)
Sunday, May 24, 2009
E brought cookies from Deerfields near Chicago. They were decorated with adorable little elephants in blue and orange and placed in little bags with some circus peanut candy. Hostesses for the shower were the future aunts Ali, Erin and Jen (who unfortunately was not able to come to due work commitments) and the restaurant was Adrienne and Co. Bakery and Cafe. They served a wonderful "light" lunch of sandwiches, veggies and fruit and also made the cake(see below!) Here's the expectant mommy checking out the gift table and the jungle tree decorated with baby items. Some of the ladies enjoying their lunch and games.
Of course what's a baby boy shower without a Harley Davidson onsie! Bet you can't guess who that was from!
The mommy-to-be surrounded by gifts and diapers. She received soooo many nice things and I don't think they'll have it all stowed away very soon.Family members in attendence were left to right, Grandma Mary, Mommy to be, Aunt E, Me, Aunt Ali, an Great Grandma Pat.
It's been a wonderful, busy weekend and I've got more to share, but it's getting late so I'll get more posted tomorrow night.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
We spent some time riding some curvy Ozark Mountain roads. Enjoyed some "grub" at a local eatery! This stop on our group ride was the Ozark Cafe in Jasper, AR. Their coconut cream pie was yummy!
Made some new friends. This is Rob and Anita from Amarillo with their Road-Glide.We dodged some rain drops and had to stop to don our rain gear several times.
We even attended our very first Harley wedding! The bride requested that their vows be celebrated with the roaring of the engines of the dozens of Harleys in attendance. Another first!
A Harley wedding cake of orange and black Krispie Kreme donuts.
We saw a little of downtown Eureka Springs. Unfortunately we didn't get back there to do any serious shopping or sightseeing. Maybe next year!
Avoided more rain drops. This time under the overpass on our way to the "Pig Trail".
Some people have a hard time breaking the work habit. Really now, we're on vacation!Now we're on the second leg of our journey. With the leadership of our new friends from Pennsylvania there will be more to this adventure. Check back again to see where they've led us and if we can stay dry!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Beamer has a new best friend! Meet Mr. Automatic Feeder. He is nearby at 7:00 AM waiting for his breakfast and again at 6:00 PM when he is expecting his supper. This will come in handy though when we're gone next week and our neighbor won't have to worry about getting here at the same time every day to feed this poor starving cat!
A few weeks ago I received a package from my sister. Inside were two aprons. One was my first ever sewing project for 4-H and the other was this. Neither one of us is sure where it came from. We think it is possible that Mama made it for her mother back many, many years ago. There was a time when she made some projects using gingham and cross stitch. But the condition that it is in makes me think it is probably newer than that and perhaps someone gave it to her or she made it when we were both expecting our first babies back in 1978. Although it's kind of big on me and not the most attractive style, it's fun to reminisce about our sewing heritage but sad to think there are some questions that will remain unanswered. So chalk one up for blogging as our grandchildren will have some way to go back and have access to the tidbits of our lives!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
And here's another "during" photo. The upper cabinets are installed, but doors and shelving won't be up until later this week. But what this doesn't show, are the completed lower cabinets, new microwave and the under cabinet lighting. So progress has been made! I'm hoping have most of it completed by Memorial weekend when we're expecting house guests. But since we've got a vacation planned for a few days before that - we'll see! Before the kitchen became a construction zone, I did a little baking. This is Rhubarb Crumb Cake using a recipe from Smitten Kitchen. We used to eat a lot of rhubarb when I was growing up. Especially Rhubarb crisp but this recipe combines the crumbly, sugary goodness of the topping of a crisp with a nice moist cake and not quite so much rhubarb. Yum!
On to the list of other random things here at the home front. Last year, the pink dogwoods were so beautiful around here that I decided to (have the garden center) plant one in our backyard.