Planning for Spring in Kentucky

 
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This past weekend, we enjoyed a girls' weekend in Lexington. We saw Mama Mia at the Lexington Opera House and hit up a couple of my favorite restaurants - The Village Idiot and Windy Corner.

Winter starts wearing on me, and I always get in a funk in February. Getting out of the house and laughing with friends always does the trick. This weekend was just what I needed to help combat the funk. I've found that I start planning fun weekend events and vacations for the warmer months around this time of year, so it gives me something to look forward to. Although I like extended vacations, research shows that having more smaller events to look forward to is more beneficial than one larger event, so I've compiled several events that are on my radar right here in Kentucky.

*Side note: Read this and replace "Mom" with "Laura," and you have a legitimate one sided conversation I have with people when talking about Lexington (where I live now), Bowling Green (where my parents live), and Somerset (my husband's hometown). I seriously believe what I say too!

Anyways, Lexington, which has often been overshadowed by Louisville, is becoming a hip and foodie destination in its own right. More entrepreneurs and business owners are changing the landscape of small towns throughout Kentucky for the better. There is definitely plenty to see, do, and eat these days in Kentucky!

March 31 - Old Crow Medicine Show Concert - A classic crowd-pleaser with a cult following. Scoring tickets may be difficult.

April 9 - Under the Streetlamp - This show features the past performers from Jersey Boys, which is one of my favorites! Guaranteed to hear some doo-wop and Motown favorites, and probably some coordinated foot action as well!

May 22 High Hope Steeplechase - I say I'm going to go to this every year, and something always comes up. I hope to make it this year!

June 1-12 Phantom of the Opera - Another great Broadway favorite! Sarah shared how she won free tickets to KyPAC in this post, so you Louisvillians may want to try it for yourself.

June 10-12 Lake Cumberland 360 - If you're a fan of the lake during this summertime, this festival includes activities beyond the normal lake day. We've participated in the bike ride before.

June 11 Beer Cheese Festival - I've never been to this quirky festival before, but I've heard it's a good time. What's not to love about beer cheese?

July 8-9 Master Musicians Festival - This falls during the same month as Forecastle in Louisville, but I like this music festival so much more! It is laid back, lawn chair friendly, and normally has a good selection of food and drinks.

Do you have any plans for warmer months?

Cheers!

Laura

Weekend Recap

This weekend didn't really get started until Saturday night. I spent Friday evening and Saturday morning running errands, cleaning the house, working in the yard, and dog-sitting while Jay was at a conference. However, the second part of the weekend definitely made up for the mundane first half. Since Jay has been working long hours recently preparing for upcoming trials, it was really nice to spend Sunday together. After church, we went to a waffle brunch at Manchester Music Hall and listened to live music by Tyler Childers. Manchester Music Hall is a recently renovated event space, and we've been wanting to check it out for a few months now. Since the brunch was fairly low-key, we were able to take in the venue's new changes, and I thoroughly enjoyed my mini waffle croques from Whoo Wants Waffles and the mimosa bar.

After being stuffing ourselves with waffles, we went to Judy's Garden Shop, which is around the corner from our house, to pick out our Christmas tree. We've gone there for the past several years because the owners are really friendly, and we can carry our tree home with us instead of having to load it up in the back of the Jeep. We brought Annabelle with us this year, and I thought it would be really festive if she wore her holiday hat that matches her cousin Lou's. I find dogs wearing hats to be hilarious, so I take every chance I can to put one on Annabelle. Annabelle was definitely the most popular customer and had her picture taken more than a few times.

The holiday fun continued at my sorority's alumni cookie exchange. I normally end up eating a dozen cookies at these events, so I'm pretty proud of myself for only eating one cookie and leaving the rest for the collegiate members.

After the cookie exchange, we spent the evening at home making dinner and decorating the Christmas tree. I received my first Blue Apron delivery this weekend, which I plan to share more about later. I will say that as someone who cooks dinner most evenings, it was really nice not to have to meal plan this week.

FINALLY... I saved the best for last! Sarah got engaged on Saturday night! I know she plans to share more details of the story, but from my perspective, the evening started with lighting candles in St. James Court and hiding behind a tree for a while before ending with a YES!

Since I was snapping photos from a really awkward position in the dark, the pictures of the proposal didn't turn out great, but here's a little dark and blurry peak into the proposal. To be honest, I'm just glad I didn't burn down Old Louisville or get arrested for stalking.

 
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Let the wedding planning begin!

Cheers!

Laura