::Winning pie on the far right, key lime with whipped cream and strawberries.
::There were three pecan pies in the running, and I can't say I mind the leftovers!
::Babies, babies, babies! You know where to come if you want to hold one!
::The winners of the pie baking competition and the cutie pie competition, respectively.
::Kids racing around the yard
I don't know if my mantle has ever looked as pretty as when covered with a whole line up of pies! We had some neighbors over for a good old fashioned Pie Baking Competition this weekend. It was beautiful out, and we have some of the very best neighbors around. There always seems to be someone hosting a smoking competition, a driveway party, or a pumpkin carving competition, so we figured, why not kick off the season nice and early? I made a ridiculous amount of pulled pork, Ben made some tasty mint juleps, and our neighbors brought everything else. Cole slaw, corn bread muffins, and even some homemade pickles. I told you our neighbors are the best!
We had races for the kids, in honor of the Kentucky Derby, which is when this party was originally supposed to occur. In the end, we celebrated on the day of the Preakness. Close enough, right? Not that any of us are hard core horse racing fans, but it makes for a good excuse for a party. We had two races: one five and up, the other under five, both of which were amazingly fun. We told the little kids to "go down, run around the chair, and run back." Hugo apparently understood that to mean he was supposed to run to the chair and just keep on running around it. He was so energetic and excited, he didn't even notice the other kids weren't doing it, and must have rounded that last chair about ten times before I encouraged him to run back.
The season of outdoor parties is my absolute favorite, and I think it's safe to say that it's arrived! Memorial day just a stone throw away, and this week is festive in our parts. Our anniversary, my birthday, and a super long weekend. Woo hoo!