Derby Day

I've never been to the Kentucky Derby and I've never had a mint julep. But I may have to make Derby Day a tradition in the Sprinkel household. First, we decided everyone had to find a hat to wear (even Finlay).

Next we made drinks. Orange crushes for Jay and I, Sprite and OJ for the kids.

Next we all picked our horses. Jay picked Mucho Macho Man (of course). I picked Nehro (I liked saying it and it's jockey wore a cute outfit). Ava picked Pants on Fire (I think in part for the fact she could walk around screaming "liar, liar, pants on fire!"). Emerson picked Animal Kingdom at the last minute. She was previously going with Derby Kitten (or "dirty kitchen") but they weren't talking about it enough during the pre-race coverage on TV, so she changed her mind. We picked Stay Thirsty for Declan and Midnight Interlude for Finlay. We put $5 each in a pot. Winner takes all. We decided if none of our horses won, we'd purchase a family gift with the winnings.

Here are the girls anticipating post time!

The race was off and we jumped up and down screaming for our horses. But in the end, Emerson was victorious! Here's a look at the big winner:

She was so excited (and surprised)! Everyone took it really well....



  1. This is awesome! And the way you ended it... Priceless!!

  2. This was so much fun to read Kate and what a great, creative idea. I am determined to have a Derby party someday, of course, just for the hats and mint juleps.

  3. bahh-hahahaha! love!!