Every summer P and I travel to North Carolina for the largest Scottish Festival in the world. Three years ago we took a quick trip to the mountains for our anniversary and just happened across this festival. We knew P's family was from Scotland, so we started searching for a Clan that might have our surname listed. Low and behold there was a Clan Hay. Clans are listed under a certain surname, but there are several septs (other surnames) that fall under each Clan. Of course Hays falls under Clan Hay. We were surprised to find our Clan so easily; it's not so easy for some to figure out what Clan they would fall under.
So we decided to dive in and start participating with the festivals every year. This was our second year to attend the Grandfather Mountain Games and P's first year in his kilt. Here are a few shots from the weekend.
Clan Hay members - me, P, Donna and Ben
Ben and Donna in front of Grandfather Mountain and MacRae Meadows.
This guy went all out! I just love it. He looks
like the best friend from Braveheart.
The bagpipe bands were awesome. I just love the sound of them echoing throughout the mountains.
The Drum Major
The Parade of Tartans.
This is were a representative from each clan marches around the field with the clan flag. It's really cool to see all the the different tartans and clans represented.
P proudly carried the Clan Hay flag as our representative
in the parade this year.
The Clan Hay fairy
Clan Hay tent
Some of the events that were taking place:
heavy weight throw for distance
A look at the field from the hill. It's hard to get a feel for just how big the festival is, so I tried to get a couple of shots from a distance to show just how many people, tents and events were there.
This summer the girls were able to spend another week at the cabin in North Carolina with Granny T and Papa Jim. They had a blast as usual and can't wait to go back. Here are just a few snapshots from throughout the week.
Miss Priss learning to play Solitaire.
The girls and Papa Jim hanging out on the new swing.
Poor Papa Jim....
Papa Jim getting his exercise as they go hiking.
The "ghosts" around the cabin.
Outside wih their umbrellas.Silly girls.
Little Bit relaxing on the couch.
The girls had a great week in North Carolina. Thanks to Granny T and Papa Jim, Mommy and Daddy had a great time in North Carolina too. Pictures from our trip to Grandfather Mountain coming soon.
Okay, finally getting back to the blogging world. Feels like I've been away for so long! The normal excuses are all I have....birthday parties, vacations, house shopping, work and just being busy in general. Now that I have a moment though.... I will kick off with Little Bit's awesome (if I do say so myself) strawberry shortcake b'day party.
I felt bad for Little Bit this year. Daddy was away playing army on her actual b'day and it messed up our party plans. Heaven forbid you call yourself a 4 year old when you have not had a party and blown out some candles! We had to schedule the party two weeks after her real birthday, but I think it worked out pretty well.
Can't have a strawberry shortcake party without the strawberries! YUM!
This year I did cupcakes instead of a cake. It was a lot easier
and I think it turned out pretty cute!
They were suppose to look like strawberries.
Shelby hogging the fan.
Byron was in charge of the grilling. Ask me if there's anything you
can help with and I will put you to work!! Thanks again Byron,
the hotdogs were great!
While waiting for the hotdogs to be ready, the golf cart was
a huge hit! Miss Priss enjoyed driving everyone around on it.
The birthday girl! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the way the dresses
turned out. I made the dresses, but thanks to Katie Amberson
for the appliqued strawberries and monograming. They were perfect!
The girls enjoying the hotdogs.
Granny T and Papa Jim relaxing and enjoying the party.
Everyone enjoying the party and socializing.
Time for dessert...
OFFICALLY 4! Well, according to Little Bit!
I think the cupcakes were a hit! Yummy!
Present time! That's always fun! By the way, thanks for the gifts everyone. Unfortunately with the way these kid parties go, I have no idea what came from who. Tags were ripped, cards were misplaced and an excited bunch of girls scattered everything around. So thanks again! She loved everything :)
Last but not least...The Slip n Slide and Pool!
It was so much fun to watch these six little ladies play in the water. Some were a little more daring than others, but I think they all had a great time.
This has to be one of my favorite shots. They were all so excited.
Getting the slip n slide set up.
Making sure everyone knew how to slide. Some were
a little more experienced than others, but they were all
hilarious to watch.
Shelby wanted to play too!
Watching the girls play.
Waiting for the pool to be blown up.
All in all I think this was one happy little birthday girl!
Thanks to Pop for taking all the pictures for me again. I love that I can count on you to help me have one less thing on my plate and get some great shots!
I am Meg Hays from a beautiful little town in North Alabama. I live here with my wonderful, hard-working hubby (The Woodsman), our beautiful daughters, Miss Priss (10) and Little Bit (6 and 1/2) and our dogs Shelby, Maggie and Annie. I am a christian, wife, mother, teacher, photographer, photo editor, scrapbooker, amatuer seamstress, vegetable canner, southern girl just trying to survive from one day to the next.
This is the most recent picture of all of us. It was taken at the Stone Mtn Highland Games.
P is a great husband and father. He is always working on something whether it's his job, the yard, the shop, the house, the garden, the fences, the dogs or his own special projects. He keeps himself busy that is for sure. Despite all the hard work, he still manages to make time to hang out with me and the girls for some fun!! Here he is building a table for his shop. It turned out pretty cool. He can build anything!!!
Miss Priss (10) is our oldest daughter and she acts like a stereotypical 1st born. She is a very, well...what's the word??....bossy!! She likes to take control of the situation and make sure things are done right! She is a very kind-hearted, caring, precious little angel. She is a wonderful big sister that is great at helping take care of her little sister.
Little bit is our youngest daughter (6 and 1/2). We call her our "spunky" child and boy is she! She is full of life and always has something going. Happy or piping mad, she doesn't have a problem letting you know how she feels at any given moment. Little Bit keeps us on our toes and we love every minute of it.
Shelby was kind of a present from P to me when we found out I was expecting The Miss Priss. He thought she would be a good companion for me as we awaited the arrival of our first born. Turns out it was the best idea ever. I still call her my pregnant buddy!! She thinks she is a person though! She was as big as the palm of my hand when we first brought her home. Now she's just a little over weight, but I still love her to pieces!