We love to celebrate the running of the Kentucky Derby with my family.
This year, I did not have time to make a fancy Derby hat, mostly because I used these amazing horse designs for my nails by Jamberry and they ended up taking much longer than I anticipated to apply. For my hat, I used a horse scarf I won a few years ago (for best hat) and I also wore my horse earrings that I won one year. (Thank you Jamberry consultant and friend Sarah for the nail decoration suggestion)
Momaw's 86th birthday was May 5, then Derby was May 7, and Mother's Day was May 8 so I chose to make a floral Derby arrangement as her gift for all of those days. I hand-picked single roses at the florist, added greenery from my parents' yard, and used Derby printables from Polka Dot Chair to make a special Derby decoration for the party.
We had a beautiful 80 degree day for Derby. Annabeth enjoyed playing with everyone, especially her Grandpa and her cousin Ava. Owen enjoyed snacking (he has fallen in love with dairy free yogurt bites) and felt like a grown up with his plate of snacks like the adults. We all enjoyed a good race, with no injuries to horses or jockeys.
Owen, like all of the great-grandchildren, won big at his first Derby!* He won $45 which we will add to his college savings!
Hat Ladies 2016
Laughing with my Miracle Girl
She looks great in hats just like her Aunt Lu!
My favorite thing about Derby is spending the day with our family and eating lots of wonderful food!
*Our family generally does not gamble. This is a once a year event when we gamble just for Derby and just within our family. The Bible has many verses that warn about the dangers of being in love with money as well as the pursuit of money and wealth. We want to be sure that our focus remains on Heavenly treasures and not worldly goods.*