Derby Day

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
I love the Kentucky Derby. I am no Southern girl, and I didn’t grow up riding horses. In fact, I’ve really never spent a lot of time around horses at all – and besides the Belmont and the Preakness, I really don’t care about any other horse races.

But I LOVE the Derby. I’ve loved the Derby as long as I can remember. As a child my parents and I would gather around our TV on that first Saturday in May – we each had a notepad to write down our predictions of the race. With plenty of baby kittens at the farm that time of year, we started naming the kittens after Derby winners. I’d get so excited to check out the list of horses names –picking my favorites in hopes they’d win so we could name the kittens. As I grew up, I began to love the Derby for more than just kitten names. The tradition of it all fascinated me. The beautiful pastel colored dresses, the fabulous hats, and the frosty Mint Julep glasses. It’s the ultimate Southern spring soiree.

I also love watching the champion horse trot proudly adorned with gorgeous red roses around his neck – I always like to think they know they’re the winner, and I think they do!

For my bachelorette, my girlfriends, mother, and mother-in-law came to get ready for a night out at my house and we watched the Derby together. My husband and his friends made everyone Mint Juleps and many of my friends wore big hats. It was one of my favorite memories of the Derby!

The past few years Mike and I have watched the Derby with my parents when they’re in town for the Prairie Fire half marathon. Mike usually makes a round of Mint Juleps and we cheer on our favorites together. Last year, my parents surprised me with REAL Mint Julep glasses. I love them!

Next year I plan to skip the half marathon to host a Derby party instead – and someday I hope to be in the crowd singing, “My Old Kentucky Home” with a Mint Julep in hand watching the fastest two minutes in sports.

The 141st Kentucky Derby will air on NBC on Saturday, May 2. Place your bets!

*Does it surprise anyone I live in “Derby, Kansas”? ☺
2 comments on "Derby Day"
  1. I hadn't noticed the Derby connection.

    I think this is the most fun tradition At G's school!


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