Monday, May 31, 2010

And the Beat Goes On

Memorial Day is today and I hope everyone took time out before the picnics and party time that happens on this weekend to think about our soldiers from all wars who have died to keep our country a free and great place to be. Jack and I went downtown for the annual parade. I always enjoy seeing the Civil War reenacters. I then walked to the cemetery for the ceremony that's held every year. It was a cloudy and breezy morning. It's been a hot weekend so it felt nice. This is a long post because I included Sat. events as well. Sorry about that! But when all these fun and moving events happen and you're a blogger it can't be helped! Hope your weekend was as nice.
There is a new memorial for all those from Ashland county who have lost their lives while serving our country. Today 3 more names were added and then Amazing Grace was played on the bagpipes. Canon fire and then a 21 gun salute followed by taps ended a very moving ceremony.
The Ashland cemetery is a beautiful place to enjoy a quiet walk. All the flags were on the graves of men and women who have served our country. How grateful I am for their service and those who serve us today to keep our freedoms and make this a wonderful place to live.I want to send a big thank you out to all our friends and family who have served in the military.

Sunday afternoon Phil and Amanda had a birthday party for Alexis who turned 4 in the beginning of May. They wanted to have a cowgirl party complete with a pony so they asked if they could have it here at the Pines. Sure thing! They had a friend who lent them a pony for the afternoon. It was a lot of fun and it turned out great. All the kiddos seemed to have a blast with the pony, water fun, food and pinata. The adults enjoyed sitting in the shade of the big tree in front and eating, talking and watching all the kids play. Happy Birthday Lexi!
The tables were done in pink and white. The balloons looked so cute with the white and black "cow" ones!
The cousins showed up along with Alexis' friends and other family. Here's Driana, Summer, Anthony and Cameron.
Aggie the pony was a big hit with the birthday girl and all the little tykes that were there. She's a sweet tempered pony and it was a big surprise for Alexis.
A birthday party isn't complete without some gifts. She got some very cute outfits and some fun outdoor water toys.
The party ended with a few whacks of the pinata and candy galore for everyone. They were sent home all sugared up!
Amanda's friend made this really cute cake. It tasted as yummy and it looks.. A fun day was had by all the kiddos, young and old!


Donna said...

The party looks wonderful!!! The pony was a hit, it looks like...the kids look like they had a great time and that CAKE is TOO cute!! WOW!

rose said...

looks like it was a great day for all. rose

Cheryl said...

Beautiful photos. We don't have a Memorial Day we have Anzac Day, celebrated April 25th. Such moving ceremonies and I'm not sure any of us realise how lucky we are. Love the pony shot too!

Amy and Craig said...

sad we missed it! We even have a couple cowgirl costumes!

Karen Whittal said...

I just love the cakes now you can make these days, much better than what we used to get when we were children. We used to get a cake with candles on, I had never heard of a theme party

Steve and Hailey said...

Hooray Yaya! Thanks for the great advice. We are super excited and I'm sure we'll see you and it will be so awesome to have Amy close! Man, we'll just spend all our allowance on driving back and forth!