A Masters Tradition was born….maybe.

photo copy 28This crew came over last night for some golfing fun!  This past Saturday I had a random thought that maybe I should teach my kids about The Masters Golf Tournament, seeing how I am from Augusta and even worked at The Masters one year.  This is a big week for the city of Augusta!  How could I just live here in Woodstock, Ga and pretend like it was just any other week???  I couldn’t.  🙂

So as I thought about teaching my kids about the Masters, the plan got a little bigger.  We invited some long time friends over (they are the ones who would play along and not make too much fun of me or decide that they didn’t want to be friends anymore…they are too invested), and we had, in my opinion, a good time.

We ate pimento sandwiches and egg salad sandwiches because they serve these at the tournament!

I made “The Green Jacket Salad” that a family friend passed along to me and explained to the group about the restaurant that used to be across from the Masters called “The Green Jacket.”

And I made these cute cupcakes!

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I had the couples take a quiz together, full of Masters trivia!  They all did very well and learned a bit more about this amazing week in the process.

Then, we took things outside for a little friendly competition.  The couple who collectively got closest to our “hole” was the Champion.

photo copy 10 photo copy 50 photo copy 51There was plenty of strategizing.

But only one winner….

photo copy 9Yes, that is a “turd green jacket.”  From Goodwill.

photo copy 8Very proud of our group!  Mauldin’s were the Champions.  The Anderson’s were in second place, so they were awarded matching mugs so that they can sit together and reflect on what they can do different next year in order to also receive their own Green Jacket.  The Dutton’s were good sports.  And I am just glad my putts were just for fun and not included in the competition.

I close this post with a shot of my favorite Masters memory…..1987….I was a ten year old girl playing outside on Meadowbrook Drive in what is now the ghetto of Augusta.  And my parents called me in to see Larry Mize, a native Augustan, win the Masters.

mizeHappy Masters Week!




Out like a lamb? Hardly.

Our March came in like a lion and pretty much stayed that way all month.  Roar.  I had one really great, productive week where we did all of our school work and even implemented a great chore folder.  Did you catch that?  A week.

We thought it would be a good idea to take off to south Ga for Easter weekend.  Mack’s birthday was on the 28th.  We were about to get in the truck, even though Mack had a minor stomach bug he was getting over, when he told us something wasn’t right down below–if you know what I mean.  Sure enough, after a little examination, we saw that indeed it wasn’t all well.  We decided to take him to the doctor.  She said it was very important that he see a surgeon for a hernia.  Ok.  We call the surgeon’s office, but the office said there were no surgeons available and that we should go to the ER.  Several hours later he was released and told we could just have the surgery in April or May, but that he did need surgery.  It just didn’t qualify as an emergency.


Here are a couple of pics from the start of the weekend.  Mack had jeans on earlier in the morning, but when he told us things weren’t right, he needed to change to shorts.  🙂

photo copy 9 photo copy 8 photo copy 10 photo copy 12 photo copy 11Molly said she was sorry Mack was having the worst birthday ever, but he said that “actually, this is the greatest birthday ever!  I keep getting presents at every doctor I see.”  Let me just say that those were some expensive toys!  The traffic was a challenge since we left at 5:00pm.  Joy to the world.

But we made it all in one piece, thank the Lord.

Here are some pictures from our weekend in South Ga.  The weather was gorgeous all weekend long.  PawPaw kept us well-fed and full of fun activities.

photo copy 27This is the front yard of Josh’s childhood home.  The kids had their egg hunt out there.

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It was our birthday weekend!  Mack turned 6.  I turned 36.
It was our birthday weekend! Mack turned 6. I turned 36.
Mack and his many men.  He got some of these for his birthday and some were just brought along for the ride!
Mack and his many men. He got some of these for his birthday and some were just brought along for the ride!

photo copy 31 photo copy 15 photo copy 18 photo copy 42 photo copy 36 photo copy 32 photo copy 30 photo copy 44 photo copy 48 photo copy 38 photo copy 43It was a fabulous Easter weekend.  We enjoyed seeing everyone and celebrating the fact that Jesus is Alive!  Thanks for having us, PawPaw!