Thursday, June 19, 2008

Father's Day Weekend

Last weekend was a busy one! Friday night I went to watch my little brother play one of his championship little league games with my family. It was a good game - really close and Andrew got on base several times, stole a base, and scored a run for his team. Then I took my other brother, Patrick shopping for new clothes - he hadn't been shopping in several years and ended up with pretty much a whole new wardrobe. His fiance' is excited to see him in new clothes when we go up to Boston the week before his wedding.

On Saturday, my sister Katie and I went down to Hampden for the annual "Honfest".

The Hon is Not a Dying Breed

HonFest is a local tradition. The Bawlmer term of endearment, Hon, short for Honey, embodies the warmth and affection bestowed upon our neighbors and visitors alike by historic working-women of Baltimore. HonFest is an annual celebration in honor of these women.

Since 1994, HonFest has grown from a tiny Baltimore's Best Hon pageant behind Café Hon, to a nationally recognized festival that covers four city blocks on Hampden's very own 36th Street. In recent years, the festival has been acknowledged by The New York Times, Rachel Ray's Tasty Travels, Nightly News with Brian Williams, The New York Post, Southern Living, The LA Times, HGTV, CNN, and just this April by The New Yorker.

We had fun walking around the street and the shops in Hampden. Katie especially liked the India specialty store and the local fair trade shop. But it was pretty hot and humid, so we didn't stay too long. Then we went together to a fabulous bridal shower that my good friends Becki, Emily Joy, Erin, and Donna threw for me! Those girls are amazing! They made tons of great food, decorated the room beautifully, and had fun games and favors. You can find pictures of the shower at:

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That evening I had a good time with my family and especially enjoyed visiting with my Aunt Trish who came all the way up from southern Virginia (about 7 hours drive) to spend the weekend with us and go to my shower.

On Sunday, my sister Emily and I took my dad to the ball game! It was Emily's idea - and we had a great time! She wanted to get nice seats for him, so we ended up trying out the "All you can eat" box seats. I had never done box seats before - they were really nice! Part of the deal was that we got our hands stamped and then could go out and hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts, ice cream, soda and lemonade whenever we wanted. It was a close game between the Orioles and the Pirates....but the Pirates won it in the 10th inning. We really enjoyed spending the time with our dad and I really appreciate the great example of a caring, Godly man that he has always been to me.

Emily, Dad, and I at the game - Father's Day 2008

My little brother Andrew kept himself busy while we were gone....he made a tent in the front yerd! He ended up sleeping out in it all night and I took these pictures of him before I left for work on Monday morning.

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