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Thursday, October 30, 2014

My Brother's Getting Married and I Got To Party With His Future Bride :-)

As you probably already know, my brother is getting married in December.  Upcoming weddings mean bachelorette parties and I'm so happy I got to be a part of this one.  First off, I owe a HUGE thank you to my husband for manning the home-front while I was gone.  I owe him BIG TIME!!  

Last weekend, I got to spend some time in Lexington celebrating my future sister-in-law.  Here's a glimpse into our fun...


Friday kicked off with some fun at the Buffalo Trace distillery... 






I had hoped this trip could help me to love bourbon a bit more, but like my sister, the bourbon chocolates and bourbon creme were the only bourbon variations that really struck my fancy...


Some of that bourbon creme in my coffee over the holidays would be fantastic though...


It was absolutely gorgeous there...


...doesn't this just scream fall??... 


The rest of our day was spent with dinner and dancing... 


..smiles all around with these ladies.  

Saturday morning kicked off with some tailgating at Keeneland... 


...cue the gorgeousness again...




...even the clock was a Rolex...


The crowds were entuhisastic and it was fun to be a part of it on such a gorgeous day... 



I bet on a Da Big Hoss in honor of my brother who has the nickname Hos... 


...no luck in the winnings department but it definitely added to the fun.  $2 well spent, I'd say!  It was smiles all around once again for Jenny's gang of girls...


After a day at the track, we spent our evening out for dinner and drinks again...along with some entertainment from the band and their new bandmate...


Before we knew it, it was Sunday and time to wrap up the festivities.  We hit up a local breakfast joint before most people headed home.  

Lucky for me and my sisters, we had one more day to explore Lexington and took full advantage of it.  First up, a walk through the University of Kentucky's arboretum...



...it was so wonderful to be able to be there in the fall to get my colorful leaf fix...
 

We got in about 4 miles before heading back to regroup before heading out for dinner.  Dinner at The Village Idiot was the most scrumptious meal of the weekend.

I started things off wtih the Jack-O-Tini... 


...stoli vanilla, caramel pumpkin pie syrup and pumpkin liquor....YES, please!  It was incredible!

We decided to order a bunch of dishes to share and the brussels sprouts with blue cheese and pecans were the definite highlight of our choices for me... 


...they were insanely good.  I will be trying to recreate that dish at home for sure.   We followed up dinner with a couple more drinks at a fun wine bar before calling it a night...


...it was the perfect ending to a very fun weekend.  I'm so glad I got to be a part of it and can't wait til Jenny and Aaron's big day.    





Thursday, October 23, 2014

"e" week

I'm  a bit behind in my updates but here's a bit of what we've been up to as we wrap up the letter e.

We made the letter e out of all kinds of things...


...I love that the boys realized without my help that it's just a c with a line through the middle.  

We also ended up making ELEPHANTS...


Of course we had a craft... 


We also burnt of lots of ENERGY...


....from getting lots of EXERCISE...


...some of which involved friends...


...how cute are they all together trying to pull that wagon through the sand?!

They're a fun bunch...


We also had fun with some pinterest-inspired Halloween activities.  Not everything has to follow the letter of the week plan, right??




These were my favorite...


...thanks Pinterest!

We also had a family night out, an EXCURSION if you will...





EXPERIENCES are EDUCATIONAL too and equally important if you ask me.  We're making memories... 


As always, we spent a lot of time with books, ABCmouse.com, leap frog dvds, and our new favorite, The Monster Math Squad...can't remember if it's on Netflix or Huluplus but we get it through our appleTV and it's a lot of fun.  We give it two thumbs up!

Happy learning!  



Friday, October 17, 2014

"E" Week

This week we've been tackling uppercase E at "Planker Academy."  So far, this has been the hardest letter for me to get creative with but we managed to have more fun than I expected we'd have.  Here's a peak into some of our activities...

We had lots of fun with EGGS.  The boys helped me make deviled eggs...


We did an experiment with vinegar and eggs...


....did you know the shell turns soft when you leave eggs in vinegar for an extended period of time?  They were like snake eggs.   It was a fun sensory activity for us.  We were even able to bounce them a bit.  

We also got some seed planted in the egg carton...


...we're hoping to grow some of the boys favorites--red peppers, cucumbers, and kale.  I selfishly have some beet and tomato seeds going too.  Fingers crossed we have a bit of success this year.

We made eagles...


We also got some exercise working on our hand-eye coordination...


...Mason actually even hit the ball once...


How cute is Colton with all his exercise gear??...


We did lots of eating...


...this time was frozen yogurt as a reward for the excellent behavior for their haircuts.  

We also did an experiment called elephant toothpaste...


...it was so cool watching it erupt out of the bottle...


We had to do it a second time to show Dad....


...needless to say, he was impressed too. :-)

We also did some fine-motor work painting E's with q-tips...


...we had to paint our names too :-)...


We also read some great E-themed books with some help from this list.  She's always got great suggestions there.  Some of our activities were a bit of a stretch but we still learned a lot and had a lot of fun, especially with the experiments.