Saturday, August 31, 2013

Taking Another Walk Over the Hudson


There are somethings in our area that are worth doing again!  With Heather's aunt & uncle in town from Texas, we had to show them our biggest area attractions.  En route to the Woodbury Commons Premium Outlet Mall, we made a pit stop at the Walkway Over the Hudson New York State Park.  (It's the one Heather visited with Brett's grandmother in 2010.)


Not much has changed since then.  The park is still an amazing view of the Hudson River! Unfortunately, it was a little hazy on the day we visited, but the view was still spectacular.



Uncle John & Aunt Bernardine didn't seem to mind the height, all 212 feet above the river!  


We enjoyed walking part of the 6,767 feet that measures the bridge.  It's a long walk!


Thankfully, Colt was up for the stroll!



Saturday, August 24, 2013

144th Running of the Travers Stakes


Also known as the Mid Summer Derby, the Travers Stakes is the big race in Saratoga.  We're lucky enough to live about 15 miles from the oldest horse racing track in the country.  Visiting the Saratog Race Course and watching the horses run in the Travers is also on Uncle John's bucket list.  We were glad to help him mark it off!


Did you know that the Travers Stakes is actually named for William R. Travers (one of the founders of America's oldest race course)?  The race is open to colts (not ours though!) and geldings, carrying 126 lbs., and fillies carrying 121 lbs. In 1941 history was made when Whirlaway became the only horse to win the superfecta of horse racing...he won the Triple Crown and then went on to win the Travers too!  

We were just part of the 47,597 folks at the track for the day...and holy cow, was it crowded!  This is just a shot of a small section of the inside!


The 2012 Travers Race ended in an unprecedented tie...meaning there were two canoes on the lake this year painted in the winner's colors.


There were plenty of big names in the 12th race.  This year's winner of the Kentucky Derby, Orb, was a crowd favorite.  Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice was also a top pick.  The Virginia Derby winner, War Dancer, also had a strong following.  There were no bad horses!


The crowd cheered when Orb trotted by before post time!





It didn't take long before they were off!  The horses ran the 1 1/4 mile dirt track in 2:02:68.  



Will Take Charge, with 10-1 odds, ended up taking home the $1,000,000 purse. The win paid $21.20 for a $2 bet.  Unfortunately, none of us saw 21-year-old jockey Luis Saez coming.  

Next year we're considering renting a lucky tie!

Friday, August 23, 2013

And the New York State Fair Ticket Giveaway Winner Is...

Congratulations to 

Crystal H.
of Syracuse

She is the big winner of two general admission tickets, free parking pass and a Best Bets Bargain Book, containing more than $3,000 in coupons and discounts to the New York State Fair in Syracuse!  

Don't forget y'all, the New York State Fair runs until Monday, September 2nd.  Go check it out!


*Special thanks to the New York State Fair for providing complimentary tickets - Thanks y'all!

*graphic courtesy of nysfair.org

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Welcome to New York Burroughs Family!

Guess who we have in town??


Heather's Aunt Bernardine & Uncle John flew in from Texas to check out New York.  And we were more than happy to have them!

We have a fun filled trip planned for them...



Luckily, they have had plenty of practice with their own grandchildren and don't seem to mind the Coltasaurus!




Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Copy Cat Crafts: Painted Kitchen Mat

from Heather's craft corner:

Ever know exactly what you are looking for and can't find it for the life of you??  That's exactly how I felt while searching for a mat to go in front of our kitchen sink.

Let me back up and explain why I was on the hunt for the Holy Grail of kitchen accessories.

With my aunt & uncle flying in to New York for a visit, I had the sudden urge to do a little sprucing up.  It started out as a deep cleaning and escalated into painting the walls in our dining area.  Thankfully, our apartment complex doesn't mind!  After pouring over every yellow paint sample from Walmart, I went with the fancy named "Elegant Thai Silk"...or super BRIGHT yellow!

The transformation didn't take long...I actually had the first coat up during Colt's afternoon nap.


After the paint dried, it was time to accessorize!  I found cute yellow dish towels at Target.


Kohl's was where I snagged the perfect oven mit.


And then I was at a blank for a kitchen sink mat.  I ditched Brett on babysitting duty and spent an entire afternoon running all over Clifton Park and Albany searching high and low for something anything with yellow in it. Strike. Out.

In desperation, I googled "yellow kitchen mat" and found a link to the blog One Life to Love.  This woman was genius with her DIY project!  Instead of searching for a needle in a haystack, I discovered I could just make it myself.  I copied exactly what she had done...taking an old mat that I had used in the kitchen and was now just in the laundry room for no particular reason.

I covered the mat with a coat of white acrylic paint to give it a base, but the material seemed to be just sucking up the paint.  I switched to the white semi-gloss paint I was using to touch up the kitchen walls and did two coats of that, letting it dry thoroughly.



I ended up using the same Elegant Thai Silk yellow paint that I put on the walls for my yellow on the mat. Perfect match, right?  When you have a toddler, sometimes you have to get creative on where your work space is!  I copied One Life to Love's example nearly exactly (using the iPad as reference).


I added a couple of coats of spray polyurethane sealant so we'll see how it holds up. So far we've stood on it with shoes and without and it seems to be doing ok.

Here's the finished product in it's spot!


Monday, August 19, 2013

New York State Fair Ticket Giveaway

The best way to cap off the end of summer is by taking a trip over to the New York State Fair!  We went last year for the first time and it was pretty impressive to say the least.  There were tons of exhibits spread over 375 acres.  By the end of the day, we were all envious of Colt riding in his stroller!


The first New York State Fair kicked off in September 1841 and was held in Syracuse.  From 1842 until 1889 the Fair traveled to 11 different cities: Albany, Auburn, Buffalo, Elmira, New York City, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Saratoga Springs, Syracuse, Utica and Watertown.  

Today the Fair is held in Syracuse and is a great reflection of all things New York.  There are tons of agriculture exhibits, children's talent competitions, animal shows, signature State Fair food (yum!) and a huge list of musical entertainment acts scheduled to perform.

The fair opens Thursday, August 22 and runs until Monday, September 2.  Regular one day ticket admission runs $10 but you have a chance to go to the Fair free!  

The New York State Fair is graciously giving away two (2) general admission tickets, one (1) parking pass and a Best Bets Bargain Book, containing more than $3,000 in coupons and discounts.

There are a few ways to win...each are worth one entry and the more entries you have increase your odds of winning in the random drawing. Winners will be notified by email and announced on the blog! Contest ends 8/22 at 11:59 EST. Here's how to enter:
1. Mandatory entry:  comment below on why you want to go the New York State Fair!
2. Optional entry:  Follow @iheartnyyall on Twitter and tweet this to your followers: (may be done once daily) Win  tickets to New York State Fair via   ends 8/22 at 11:59 EST    Leave me a link to the tweeted URL in the comments section of the blog so I know you tweeted.
GOOD LUCK Y'ALL!
For more information about the New York State Fair go to their website at nysfair.org or call 1-800-475-FAIR.

Special thanks to the New York State Fair for providing complimentary tickets - Thanks y'all!
*graphic courtesy of nysfair.org


Friday, August 16, 2013

Playing at the Halfmoon Town Park

Y'all the weather up here is BEAUTIFUL!  Too nice of a day to stay inside so we hit the road and ended up at a cute little park less than two miles from our apartment.





What a fun day!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Copy-Cat Crafts: Cross Stitch Family

From Heather's craft corner:


Ever come across an idea in a magazine or see something online that you thought you could make?  At first, you're like, "I don't have time to do that, so I'll just buy it" and then you catch the price.  Whhhhaaaaattttttt? There's no way I'm paying that outrageous amount of money for something I can do myself.  Suddenly, the Martha in you rears up, you grab your glue gun, roll up your sleeves and drive to Hobby Lobby about to make some magic happen with your 40% off coupon.

That's exactly what happened when I came across this:


It's a torn out piece of paper from the Red Envelop catalog we get frequently.  They always have some neat stuff and ideas for gifts, but a lot of times the prices can be a little high.  For example, in this cross-stitch family portrait, a family of two adults + 1 child will set you back $225 smackers!

Luckily, Colt had been ransacking my closet a few nights earlier and managed to drag out a plastic box full of crafting materials I had saved since my craft time-y undergraduate days.  Inside were all the supplies needed to start on just a project like this!  I had my 14 count needlepoint cloth, embroidery threads of every color and a small wooden hoop to stretch the cloth.  All I had to pick up was a package of embroidery needles at Jo-Ann's to get started.

I grabbed some graphing papers and colored pencils from the kid's school supply section at Target (I'm patting myself of the back for timing this project with back to school going on~I had no problems finding what I needed, and cheap!)  Once I had my supplies ready to go, I started by drawing out our family.  Martha Stewart's website had a great tutorial on how to design your little people and it came in handy on this project too!


Can you tell that's supposed to be Colt?
First time in my life ever I'll have 'perfect' hair!
Brett really debated the color of his shirt...
I created each person on their own piece of paper and then just cut them out and taped them to another piece of graphing paper, making sure to match the lines up correctly.  Suddenly, we had a little family!


And after a few days worth of working while Colt napped, the people on the paper turned into this!


Like I said, "Anything you can do, I can do better less expensive!"


Here's the finished product, straight from the Hobby Lobby framing department.  I actually used a record frame that came with a pre-cut circle mat and I had them add a green mat that matched Colt's shirt and also goes with the wall in his room.







Friday, August 9, 2013

It's Been Five Years?!?

Wow! Time really does fly!  Hard to believe it's been five years since this happened!








Looking forward to the next five, lol!