Sunday, May 4, 2008

More Derby Hat Swap and Some May Day

I promised some piccys of me IN the hat Dede made me for the Kentucky Derby Hat Swap (see last post!) but forgot until today so here's one. You must go see Dede modeling this hat before she sent it to me on her blog, too! I think this hat brings out the SILLY in us, Dede!!!



And I HAVE to show you some fun shots from yesterday when my eldest daughter, Emily, participated in her school's May Day celebration. Each school's second grade (girls, mostly) wind a May Pole using a very carefully choreographed "dance," an activity that I believe has been going on in some form for hundreds of years. Our school started having a May Day celebration in 1910 and then stopped in the '60's. They reinstated the tradition on the school's 100th birthday in the early '90's and have been doing it ever since!

My Emily is only in first grade but she was asked, along with a handful of other first graders, to be a "streamer holder," which meant that she sat in a chair under the May Pole and held the streamers in a certain position until the girls were ready to wind them. This doesn't sound all that special, but believe me, it is! She had to go to May Day practice twice a week for a couple of hours for the last few weeks and she got to wear the same dress as the second grade May Pole dancers! But then she was also asked to help carry the basket of flowers to the May Day Queen. The May Queen was a very sweet high school girl who sat up on a stage during the dancing, along with her "court." She also got to help UN-wind the May Pole after the whole thing was over...that's what's going on in these photos...I was able to get up close at that point, without being one of those annoying "papparazi parents"! ;)

Here she is in line with the other first graders, preparing to do the first grade dance...


Here she is doing the all-important job of "streamer holding"...


Raychie (right) and her cousin had fun watching the girls...


Here is Emily carrying a huge basket of flowers to the May Queen.


And here's Emily helping to unwind the May Pole.


The May Queen saw Emily eyeing her after the dancing was over and waved her over for a photo! What a sweetie.


So that's what we've been up to this weekend! Hope you had a lovely weekend, too. I'm hard at work on some new items for Amy for my second week on Inspire Co. and can't wait for you to see...

Come back tomorrow for Yummy Monday!

Hugs,

Cheryl

13 comments:

Alison Gibbs said...

Cheryl what fun for Emily. She looks so sweet
Alison

twinkleshabbystar said...

You silly girl!!! I LOOOOOVE that sweet photo of you Miss Cheryl! You honestly look FAB in your derby hat! :)))
The pics of Emily are sooo SWEET. What an honor to participate and be a streamer holder! Looks like she did a fantastic job and made you PROUD! :)) XOXO

Lola Enchanted said...

Looks like a lot of fun!!!!~
Very pretty dresses!

Adla said...

Cheryl you look amazing in your new hat! And what fun the girls had at May day celebration!

RachaelEnsomFrance said...

OMG (I just typed that) I love that pic of you with the hat! That is so adorable! I love the pics of Emily. She is just too gorgeous. Raychie looks so grown up and beautiful in that pic with Mikayla.

Sabii Wabii said...

cheryl, thank you for the kind words about my hat. i'm humbled by all the encouragement in blogland.
Your daughter looks just like you! what a fun day!
Blessings,
Terisa

Joy said...

That is soooo sweet! What a lovely celebration!

Joy said...

p.s. You are GORG in that hat!

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

aww! what a cutie Emily is!! how fun for her!! You look so pretty in your new hat from dede! :-) xo Britt

Natasha Burns said...

So precious!!! You look gorgeous in your hat and the May Pole, what a fun tradition! I've always seen these in books but never knew what they were!

dede warren said...

aaaaak! You are too cute in your new Derby wear! Cutie~Patuti!!! I just got home yesterday and love my little Marie Antoinette "Cheryl Original". Cute, cute, cute! Thanks also for all the extras as wel! You my dear are a very talented, and sweet girl and I have loved being your swap partner. As the others have said, your daughter looks just like you. Cuteness, that's what the two of you are!

Sophie Rose Designs said...

You look gorgeous Cheryl!!! I love that pic of you!!!
Those May Day pics are precious!!! Miss Emily looks like she had so much fun!! I'm so glad they brought it back!! I wish we had something like that around here!

*hugs* Dara

Lori said...

Cheryl, How fabulous!!!Your sweetie Emily looks so precious too! How on earth did they all have the same adorable dresses? And the hat! Oh I love the girly fun!!! Have a grea weekend dearie! Love,Lori