Monday, October 11, 2010

A Day At The Races

We spent Saturday at the Belmont Park racetrack.

My brother-in-law Steve invited us to a charity event that his brother Mark was hosting. I loved Mark's invitation! (a little 'play' on the Marx Bros. "A Day At The Races")

Mark reserved a grandstand picnic area for us:

We had lots of fun:

And we did lots of cheering!

And our horses even won some of the races!

Here's my Aunt Florence, she bets on the dog races when she's down South, so she knew what she was doing and she looked at the odds. I went by the horses names and/or color (Color? Yes, because my Aunt Margie always used to say "Bet on the gray!").

I've only been to the racetrack one other time in my life, so I have no idea what I'm doing. But I had fun anyway, and sometimes I even won!

Some of the races were on the dirt...

...and some of the races were on the grass.

In this race I picked 'Bambi Bound' to win, she's pulling ahead here, and...


We also took a walk to the other side of the racetrack to view the horses and the jockeys in the paddock:

Really beautiful animals!

And here's one of my bets, Bambi Bound:

And we got an 'up close and personal' view of one of the gate-crew horses that lead the race horses to the gate. This horse was so obedient and compliant, and he was very approachable:

(Now here's a little 'aside' story that shocked me. You see that other little boy petting the horse with Jayden? His name is Sean, he was a sweet little boy, but he was not with our party. His Dad just happened to be there at the racetrack that day and Sean struck up a conversation with Jayden, and he came into our picnic area and the boys played together. We decided we would go see the horses on the other side of the track, I told Ray I would go to the Ladies Room and then meet him. I was surprised to see Sean with him and I asked where his father was, and Ray said Sean asked his father if he could go along and his father said YES! I was incredulous! I asked Ray if the father said yes directly to Ray and he said that's what happened. Would you ever let your eight-year-old go off with a stranger???!! I did not feel comfortable with this situation at all! It's not like the boy was with anyone in our party! I was relieved when his Dad showed up awhile later. I said to Ray he probably was on the phone with his wife, telling her how he let their son go off to see the horses with strangers and she made him high-tail it over to us!)

Ray got a kick out of this cameraman protecting his shoes with plastic grocery bags:

On the last race we all picked 'Prince Will I Am' to win because my nephew's name is William (my sister Diane and brother-in-law Steve's son). And, oh, the cheering when he crossed the finish line!

It's official! Prince Will I Am won!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Comments And Some Happy News!

Well, it seems that my sidebar is working somewhat and I can get to blogs (with the exception of a few) but I can NOT comment! I just keep getting some sort of error message and something about an URL problem???? I give up!
So I decided to use my own blog post to comment on your blog posts! (Keeping my fingers crossed that this will actually post, still having trouble with that too!).

Diana ~ So sorry that you haven't been feeling well. I hope all your tests come with good results. Take care of yourself and make sure to post when you're feeling better.
I loved those gloves you knitted for Katie and so sweet of you to make a pair for Natasha! And I'm in agreement with you about Katie's trouble in school, I don't know the whole story, but it does sound like the school is going overboard! Feel good, Sweetie.

Linda ~ 'Loved your lizard post! So sweet of you and your husband to rescue him! And I so understand about the blogging, I've been so neglectful lately, I thought once the Summer was over I'd be better, but it's hard to get back into it, I just feel like my life is so boring and who in their right mind would want to read about it?!
We're actually going on vacation in a few weeks, and then after that I hope to blog regularly.
'Really liked the idea of 'Second Chances'!

Rebecca ~ So sorry about your knee pain, but so glad to hear that prayer has helped! I'm with you, I'd rather pray the problem away than go to doctors or go for tests! Doctors and testing are always my LAST resort!
Your husband did a wonderful job on your kitchen table and I love how you worked together on the chairs! Your kitchen looks so cozy, warm, and inviting!
And Happy Birthday to Taniah, she looks so adorable on the amusement ride!

Cathy ~ I enjoyed the Band Competition photos, thanks for sharing them. I wasn't able to go back to many older posts so I didn't get to see the meme, but I will be trying again later.
I always enjoy your 'Bad Haiku Friday' which are NEVER bad! The Fall picture was beautiful!

TechnoBabe ~ 'Loved the 'Life Lessons'! And my heart sank as I read about your daughter and the bullies, I'm was so happy to read about her spunk though!
The car accident was unbelievable! FOR SURE YOU HAD AN ANGEL BESIDE YOU!
And the post about your Dad and the record player was so touching, and so bittersweet.

Janine ~ "Softly" was really sweet, I love your writing, your poetry, your artwork, and your photography! Beautiful talent! God Bless!

Bernie ~ So glad you've been enjoying nicer weather and better health. I've been thinking of you. I haven't been able to get onto Facebook lately so I wasn't able to keep in touch, I love when I can at least see little snippets of what is going on. I enjoyed reading about your visit with Dale and time spent with Fallon. Feel good, Bernie.

Carol ~ I was able to catch up a little with you, I enjoyed your football video and the tote too! And your cousin's art is beautiful! She has a lot of creative talent (much like you!), and thanks for sharing the 'Rag Time Street Fair', that was lots of fun! 'Also loved your party popcorn and Fall decorations!
I had no idea about using up Blog space! Maybe that's my problem lately?
I am thinking about starting a whole new blog, maybe that will help!

Gail ~ GOOD FOR YOU! I'm so happy to read of your healing, empowering journey and I pray that it continue. I enjoyed reading about your good experience in going back to your former job for the celebration too, I can well understand your trepidation, I'm glad it was a positive experience for you!

Wanda ~ I really love visiting your woods! I actually did a 'Lost And Found' post too (Jayden losing his first tooth in the pool and then finding it) but it never posted! Those were really unique rocks your grandson found! And, of course, I especially loved the heart rocks with the moss and ferns, and I am always amazed that you and your family find these beauties all the time! Great post!

Marydon ~ Happy Belated Birthday and Anniversary Wishes! Sounds like you had very sweet celebrations. And thank you for taking us along on your visits, that was fun! And I admire your perseverance! I will keep your friends in my prayers.

Sheila ~ So sorry to read about your husband's health problems, but I'm happy to read that his surgery went well. I will keep you both in my prayers. I was sad to read about the loss of your dear friend too, I can just imagine the void that is left.
And I love how you always feel Blessed and spread joy no matter what you have going on. You have a way of looking on the bright side of everything!
Thanks for sharing your Tea Party celebration too! The girls looked like they enjoyed it, and nice that you were able to make a change in your plans so happily and with such ease.

GarnetRose ~ I really enjoyed your observations on Religion and Church, and I agree with much of what you said. I'm sorry that you haven't been feeling well though. I've been dealing with a 'down in the dumps' kind of feeling myself lately so I can commiserate. I will keep you in my prayers.

Jill ~ I was happy to see that my comment of a few days ago actually did post even though I got that message that it was too long! And it was MUCH too long, sorry!
This time I got a message that I couldn't comment at all, so I'm doing it here. I love how you enjoyed your conference and I LOVE how you share your feelings and insights. I really enjoyed the pictures of your family too, all the pictures of the sleepy-heads, it was sweet!
REALLY SORRY to read about poor Robbie though! Poor boy! How are things going with school? Is he able to attend? I can't get over his sweet smiling face, while lying in bed with a broken leg and an ice pack on him!
And I can't wait to read your good news! You sounded much like me, good news to tell but need the 'OKAY' to go ahead!

Okay, I'm very sorry to FiFi, Becky, and Lidj because I could not access your blogs! I will try again later.

Here's a little picture post of what we've been doing lately (that is if Blogger cooperates and lets me load the pictures!):

Sadly, I will be bike riding solo as my sister Diane has gone back to a full-time job. I miss her A LOT!

But on a happier note, we received some very exciting news this Summer! And I now have the 'okay' to share it! This little princess...

...will be getting a new little brother or sister in April!!! Yipee! Ray and I are going to be grandparents again!

And here's the happy little family now, coming to watch Jayden play soccer (daughter-in-law Lori looks like she's just beginning to show):

Here's Jayden sitting on his soccer ball, patiently awaiting his turn to practice kicking a goal:

And here are some of Jayden's fans sitting on the sidelines:

It was so cold and windy on that field yesterday, but Jayden kept warm running around:

And Umma kept warm by pulling her favorite little girl onto her lap!

(Notice all the gray hair coming in?! It's a long, slow process. I'm hoping the gray will be long enough when we get back from vacation for me to get most of the red cut off. We'll see.)

Have a wonderful week!
(Keeping my fingers crossed that this will actually post to my blog!)