Thursday, July 14, 2011

Easter 2011

So, I begin with a question. If you dye eggs with your kids then how do you explain how those eggs are transferred to the Easter Bunny for him to hide? I was a never a real believer in fictional characters as a kid and I don't think Mom and Dad pushed it very hard either...but I want to make sure I'm not stifling any of the kids magical beliefs. For now I think all is good, but if anyone has a guide...a rule book or something about how it all works I'd be very appreciative.

Dying the eggs and everything else.

The days around Easter this year had constant rain and we thought we'd have to do an indoor hunt, but we saw a window of opportunity and took it. As I was getting the boys dressed in their Easter duds Ed, I mean the Easter Bunny sprang into action and hid the eggs. It might have been Easter to the boys, but for me it was a potential photoshoot!

The wet grass was obviously making the dye come off the eggs, look at those fingers!

See that red bush? Does it distract you from all the dirt on his knees. This is when my photoshoot started to fall apart and the boys decided they'd had enough being sweet loving gentle it was time to slide down the muddy hill on their knees and wrestle.

I coaxed them back into a few more poses. Angelic faces, dirty knees.

Fisher telling us all about it like he always does.

Lost the pants and cleaned up so the family could go see Hop! together.

Keeneland Spring 2011

We started out the first week of Keeneland by going to their great Saturday morning workouts. There is breakfast, activities and give aways for the kids, and the track announcer narrating what all is happening on the track. We got there bright and early and enjoyed it all...and then we go home and realize that we aren't early birds and fight staying awake the rest of the day.

Poppy came up for the Maker's Mark Thoroughbreds and Redheads Weekend. The day was a little chilly and rainy...

I think the boys enjoyed an evening with Poppy more.

The boys and I always enjoy hanging out at the final turn. It is such a different perspective. It is totally silent, no announcer, no crowd noise...and then the freight train of horses thunder by.

This is where Henry likes to spend most of his time. Carefully watching every move the jockeys make before and after their races. Here he is patiently waiting for his buddy Julien Leperoux.

You need proof that Henry and Julien are buddies? Check out Julien's facebook profile picture...

Pretty cool, huh?

The boys spent a little time with Garret Gomez tool.

On the last day we hung out with our friend Annie.

The Gibson boys don't go anywhere without a ball of some shape or another these days...anyplace is a good place for a little game of catch.

Good bye again Keeneland. See you in the fall!