The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home...
'Tis summer, the people are gay;
The corn top's ripe and the meadow's in the bloom,
While the birds make music all the day;
The young folks roll on the little cabin floor,
All merry, all happy, and bright,
By'n by hard times comes a-knocking at the door,
Then my old Kentucky home, good night
Weep no more, my lady,
Oh weep no more today!
We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home,
For the old Kentucky home far away.
While I'm certainly no Kentucky girl, I've got enough roots to sing the song. And certainly enough Kentucky roots to celebrate the running of the 135th Kentucky Derby in fine style! On the first Saturday in May, you can bet I'll be enjoying one of my dad's famous Mint Juleps (aka the McLean Mojito) and watching the most exciting 2 minutes in sports.
This year we managed to fit in 2 events on Saturday - our Sunday School class retreat and the Derby Party (though we're paying the price with some serious exhaustion today!). And the Derby party was great, as usual. After 30+ years of throwing this event almost every year, my folks have got the party thing down to a science. There's always a great crew of neighbors, friends, and co-workers and it was fun catching up with everyone.
Jay was in rare form, showing just how adorable he could be. He met a new buddy, Alexander, and they bonded over having chosen almost the same outfit to wear to the party. (That is cool when you're 1, although it may seem less cool when they are in high school.) But Jay's favorite part of the whole party was when Mom & Dad finally gave in and let him play in LaLa and Grandpa's fountain. Check it out: