Monday, May 13, 2019

Kentucky Derby

I haven't been able to post for a while because this past semester has been sooooo busy with teaching, baby care, and planning for our cross-country move...Oh! Did I mention? Our little family is moving back to Cali!


Georgia has treated us so sweet, but now that we have the baby, we want to be close to our families. So, this will be our last spring in Georgia, and that means our last Kentucky Derby in the south. 


I just love the Derby, and we're actually planning a family trip to the races when Mia's a little bit older. In the meantime, we'll be celebrating from home.



We got all dressed up in our Derby best. And hooray! Daddy's horse won! 


We celebrated the win with some home-cooked shrimp etouffee and blackened catfish (recipe courtesy of the New Orleans Gumbo Shop). 


And you can't have a Derby Day without a mint julep. 


Cheers, friends!

~Nel


Edited May 15, 2019...

P.S. Happy Birthday, Sheri! (Mom)
Wishing you a day as special and beautiful as you are. 

30 comments:

R's Rue said...

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Red Rose Alley said...

Nel, this looks like fun. And that was nice of all of you to dress up for the occasion. Love the pics of Mia. That shrimp dish and drinks look amazing. I was just telling your brother I can't wait to get some of your homemade cooking when you move back hehehe. ~mom

Ann said...

Mia is super cute in those pics.
That cocktail sure looks refreshing
and good luck on your move to Cali.

Ann
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Pam said...

Great post....living here in the south (Tennessee) most of my life although I was born in Calif., I have never been to the Derby and I have never had a mint julep. What am I doing wrong? haha....I prefer my SWEET TEA under the big oak tree, okay I will settle for on the deck. Loving that you get all dressed up and you look so pretty with the long dark hair and the hat. I know mom is glad you are moving back home and I really hope that you enjoyed your stay in the South and rec'd some great southern charm.

Anne Hagman-Niilola said...

Lovely post!

It's me said...

Sweeeeeeeet Mia ...owwww she is so cute ...💕🍀💕🍀💕 love Ria

Karen said...

What a beautiful family. I know Sheri is happy that you will be closer to her. Mia is adorable.

Louca por porcelana said...

Great pictures!Mia is sooo cute and you are elegant and beautiful!

Jeanie said...

I think I could hear your mother screaming with joy all the way here in Michigan! Mia is adorable!

Chatty Crone said...

I know your mother is so excited. I live in GA - Kennesaw and it will miss you. Your guys are so beautiful!

roughterrain crane said...

I have never watched horse races in person. The sound of horse dashing must be exciting.

Laurel Wood said...

I am a GA resident and I am glad that you enjoyed your stay here but congrats on moving back closer to family. These are beautiful photos.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Best wishes to you Nel and family!

Susie said...

Nel, I know that is great news for your sweet mother. She will be excited to hold that little girl of yours. You, your husband and Mia are a beautiful family. Blessings to all, xoxo, love, Susie

baili said...

Lovely post dear Nel !

Mia is such a DELIGHT to look at :)))

Derby is always fun to watch ,the excitement and the enthusiasm on peak

how amazing to celebrate it at home through t.v

this food looks so delicious

hope you guys will move safely by the Grace of Lord
having little kids requires lots of attention and living near families makes it easy for new parents

heartiest best wishes for all new step you take dear Nel!
hugs!

Marilyn Miller said...

Mia looks so cute in here Derby outfit. Love your hat too. I know your mom will be so happy to have you nearby.

RaeAbigael said...

awww this seems like a fun day for you guys! :)

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The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

What a great Derby celebration, Nel. You look darling in your hat! Mia is just the cutest and is growing up before our eyes! I'm so glad you and your family will be closer to those that love you. That's really what's important after all.

redrosealley said...

Haaaaaappy Birrrrthday!!! :-D
~Jess

Pilar said...

What a nice way to celebrate the Kentucky Derby. My mom loves horses, and she wants to go to the Kentucky Derby one day. Mia looks adorable! Happy Birthday Sheri! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Carla from The River said...

Happy Birthday to my dear Sheri!!

Nel, this was a fun post. I love that you celebrate the Derby.
xx oo
Carla

Maristela Guilherme said...

Linda família.
A Mia está linda.
Deus abençoe todos.
bjs

TARYTERRE said...

love your derby outfits. so sweet. happy belated birthday to your mom.

Susie Swanson said...

You have a beautiful family. Happy belated Birthday to your sweet mom.

Angela said...

Congratulations on the win!! What a beautiful baby!!! My granddaughter is now 14 months old. Beautiful hat and outfit.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Mia is adorable and a beauty just like her Mama and Grandmother! So happy that you are moving back to Cali and I know for certain you've made so many family members happy!

The Liberty Belle said...

An 'at home' Derby party with those you love sounds ideal. Loved the hat. What a sweet beautiful baby!

Carola Bartz said...

Mia is so super cute!!! I'm sure your mom will be happy to have you closer again.
Happy birthday to Sheri!

Rose said...

Happy Birthday, Sheri....a few days late!

I love that picture of the girls dressed for the Derby!

natalia20041989 said...

Happy Birthday! Your daughter is so cute, I think she is only a couple months older than my son☺