summer recap

How is it that Labor Day has come and gone?  While we may technically still have a few weeks left, in my mind, summer has concluded.  It has been a busy end of the season for my family.  Here’s what we’ve been up to:

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Celebrating nine years of marriage

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Starting Kindergarten (with no tears by either of us!)

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5 years

Bluegrass THREADS is thrilled to be celebrating 5 years!  Five years feels momentous—we’ve made it!

This blog has been a source of personal inspiration and growth during the first five years of my son’s life, the loss of my father, job transitions, big moves and many of the other changes (good and bad) over this half decade.

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To celebrate and commemorate this milestone, I want to highlight these top 5s—the most read and shared stories of the past 5 years:

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christmas in july

For those of you following along this summer, you know that it has been a rough summer for our family.  Not to be melodramatic, but I’ve been sick for most of it.  Thanks to new meds, I seem to be getting a little bit better every day.

All of the time stuck in bed meant that I was extra excited to getaway in late July to the Smoky Mountains.  My little boy loves to visit the Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge, TN and they were having a fun week of Christmas in July festivities.  The easy drive time and relaxing, laid-back atmosphere made it the perfect destination for a few days of fun.  We enjoyed Christmas movies at the pool, milk and cookies with singing Santa, eating out, pizza in our hotel room, outlet shopping and lots and lots of swimming.

Here are a few photos of our fun:

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A little time swimming and shopping (and Christmas cheer) makes all things better!

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have your own backyard adventure

…and not necessarily in your literal backyard.  I know that I talked about some of our favorite past Kentucky day trips, but there are so many other beautiful (and often hidden) outdoor places to enjoy.  Over the weekend, we got to explore an amazing old mill in Versailles, KY that was the site of a friend’s wedding.

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Could anything be more “Kentucky”?  Love checking out new spots with my handsome husband.  It was fun to snap a few photos under these lush trees and down by the creek!

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What are your favorite hidden Kentucky spots?

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favorite ky day trips

Looking for somewhere fun to head this summer?  Try one of these awesome Kentucky day trips.  These are some of the most lovely spots in our great state:

Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill {Versailles, KY}

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Cave Run Lake {south of Morehead, KY}

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Pinnacles {Berea, KY}

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Natural Bridge {Slade, KY}

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Happy travels!

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Bluegrass THREADS was thrilled to take a little late-summer break at the beach.  Hilton Head Island is a gorgeous spot, which we highly recommend.  It was fun to sport our maxi dresses, floppy beach hats and oversized sunglasses for some pure summer fun.  It was nice to get-away with the husbands and little guys (seriously, how fun are a one-year old and almost four-year old to travel with—they kept us all entertained!)  Here we are dipping our feet in the ocean upon arrival.  Pure bliss!

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Now, we are back and refreshed for fall!  How has your summer been?

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special delivery from the stork

Those who know me well, know that I love to plan a party.  Since I had my son three and a half years ago, I have particularly enjoyed throwing baby showers for sweet little boys.  I’m on a campaign that things for boys can be just as adorable (or more so) than for girls!  (Actually, Diana and I both have two sweet little guys that are simply precious.)

For this baby boy shower, my co-host and I wanted something elegant and quintessentially Lexington.  Here is what we came up with:

 

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I love Jonathan at Gratz Park and the lovely Gratz Park Inn.  If you are in the bluegrass area, I highly recommend them!  The hotel is historic and lovely and Jonathan’s food could not be more delicious (and gluten-friendly)!  Since we were hosting out-of-town guests, we felt that it would be a great taste of Lexington.  We had their Sunday brunch.  I love to entertain at this time of day because both you and your guests have the rest of the afternoon and evening to enjoy!

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When your married name is Stork, your baby shower has to be a stork theme!  The sweet invite with the stork silhouette helped to set the tone for this upscale and sweet event.

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The talented folks of Nature’s Splendor helped us to create an adorable stork centerpiece, which greeted guests as they arrived.  This same look could be an easy DIY project using this method.

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I absolutely believe that a take-awayand place cards are a must!  Knowing where you are sitting will put your guests at ease.

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These cute burlap bags were filled with Crabtree & Evelyn lavender soap.  They smelled divine and added whimsy to the table.

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Jonathan’s truly was a lovely setting, which required very little extra decorating.

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Perhaps my favorite detail was the baby’s family tree, with beautiful calligraphy by Lindsay of Shrimp Salad Circus.  Since it was a family shower, each guest stamped their thumbprint on the tree, which the mom-to-be was able to take home as framable nursery art.  J’adorable!

It was a lovely afternoon and we hope that the mom-to-be had as much fun that day, as we did planning the party.

What are your favorite shower themes or ideas?

katherine Greene

 

 

 

All images by KGreeneOwens