Lords Of The Olympic Rings

July 27, 2012

We made it safe and sound to Hillsborough, although the rain took a while to lighten up. We had plans to go downtown tonight, but had to cancel them and focus all of our attention on the Olympics instead.


We started the evening with some guacamole and chips


And watched a fashion show by Larbs, who tried on my wedding dress as well as my mom’s dress.


Hard to believe my dress is now 5 years old – and mom’s is 35!


Later in the evening, Karen boiled some shrimp for another course – dunked in Old Bay!



And then we finally had dinner – a sub sandwich buffet!


I had hummus + cheeses plus tomatoes, pickle, peppers and mustard.


Plus fruit salad on the side.


We’ve been enjoying the ceremonies all evening. My family attend the 1996 games in Atlanta!  Hard to believe this is the same excitement so many years later. I really enjoy gymnastics, diving and swimming and a handful of others, but I am overwhelmed by all of the non-stop options to tune in to! What is your favorite? Of course all of the athletes are so inspiring. I think my favorite part is just all the countries coming together – and I love seeing each country’s native dress in the ceremonies (Cambodia and Bermuda favorites so far!)

Mom made a chocolate chip pie for dessert! My grandmother Younger’s recipe. Delicious way to end the night!


My parents don’t have the air conditioning on upstairs – wish me luck!!

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1 Brie @ Coxswain's Dilemma July 27, 2012 at 9:02 pm

wowow that first dress is gorgeous!


2 KathEats July 27, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Thanks, it was mine!


3 Brie @ Coxswain's Dilemma July 27, 2012 at 9:03 pm

AKA, yours! Really beautiful.


4 Kaila July 27, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Mmmm I love make your own sandwich bars! Delicious! And the fruit salad looks awesome as well! Love the addition of banana!


5 lynn @ the actor's diet July 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm

i love wedding dresses! and shrimp.


6 Sarah @ Learning to Feed Yourself July 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I’m watching the Olympics too! We had ice cream to celebrate :)

I love watching volleyball, gymnastics and track. I always like watching the random sports that I didn’t really know existed too! Like table tennis; I didn’t know that was a sport.


7 [email protected] July 27, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Your mom’s wedding dress is gorgeous! Looks like something that would be appropriate these days, too. My mom’s dress…not so much ha.


8 Mom July 27, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Thanks! That’s not a great picture of it but it was a pretty dress in its day.


9 Lou July 28, 2012 at 12:57 am

I LOVE your dress :) Beautiful.


10 Ann July 28, 2012 at 8:30 am

In its day?? I would honestly wear that now. What a beautiful fairy dress. Love the delicate material, too.


11 jane July 28, 2012 at 5:31 pm

i WANT your Mom’s wedding dress. it is absolutely stunning and I can’t believe that something that was in 35 years ago is so in right now as well!! Larbs-it looks great on you-how special would it be to wear your mom’s dress!


12 Ella July 27, 2012 at 9:40 pm

I agree! it’s stunning.. wish my mom had been that fashion forward 😉


13 Kori July 28, 2012 at 6:20 am

Yes, I completely agree! I love the sleeves and neckline. And Kath’s dress is gorgeous too!


14 Mom July 28, 2012 at 6:58 am

Thanks everybody. It was an August garden reception in Baltimore, so I was worried about the heat. The style back then was mostly long sleeves. They were often gorgeous sleeves, with buttons and lots of detailing (and usually tightly fitting), but I knew I couldn’t do that in August.


15 Linda July 28, 2012 at 7:50 am

Wow. Your mom had a stunning dress!! Yours is a classic too. Fun night for all.


16 Laura July 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I was going to say the same thing, it’s beautiful.


17 Rachel July 27, 2012 at 9:10 pm

beautiful gowns!!!


18 emily July 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Your mom’s dress is gorgeous! I feel like parental wedding dresses tend to seem ….dated? now but hers would look perfect in Larbs’ wedding.


19 Mom July 27, 2012 at 9:32 pm

You’re sweet. Laura actually thought about wearing it for hers, which pleased me. I think we could have it remade (back is plain) but suspect she’ll want a new one.


20 Jennifer July 27, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Both of those wedding dresses are so beautiful.

I love watching all of the different countries, too. I really enjoyed the whole opening ceremony and watching the years change. Amazing! Oh, and Mr. Bean was my favorite, too. :)


21 Kathy W. July 27, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Larbs looks more like your Mom when she’s wearing her dress–weird how that happens!

(Both dresses are gorgeous.)


22 Dione July 27, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I too love your mom’s dress! A little alteration to fit your sister is all it needs and it would be perfect.


23 Christina July 27, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Wow your mom’s dress is beautiful! Such a pretty shape.


24 j3nn July 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Aah, no AC! I’d sleep downstairs if it’s too warm. :)


25 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles July 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm

How fun! She looks beautiful in both of them! Time sure does go fast- 5 years; and I hear it only goes faster :)


26 Tiffany July 27, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Turn that AC on girl! One weekend with it on won’t hurt!!


27 KathEats July 28, 2012 at 6:41 am

Tell my dad… It’s not up to me! Plus their house is historic and it doesn’t cool very well and the overnight low was 69


28 Leslie July 27, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Glad you ladies arrived safely. Larbs looks lovely in both dresses. She is going to be a beautiful bride. Such exiciting days coming for your family. A new baby and a wedding.,happy events for sure. I hope your baby shower is fun.


29 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 27, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Larbs looks beautiful in both dresses! Our AC upstairs broke today too. We are having a sleepover downstairs tonight! This happens once every year…UGH!


30 Stephanie C July 27, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Surprisingly I will watch almost anything if it’s Olympics… but any other time I’m not into it.
My ultimately faves are Gymnastics and Swimming. As a kid I dreamed of being a gymnast… got to live my dream when my university offered a class :)
Also your mom’s dress is really timeless! Totally wearable right now.


31 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 27, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I havent even turned my tv on in over 10 days! Honestly, if you didn’t talk about the Olympics, I would not have even known…we have one small tv, and I hardly use it..unless it’s the Bravo channel. Ha! I need to get with the program, literally :)


32 erica July 27, 2012 at 10:24 pm

i love your mom’s dress! it looks very relevant for today’s style too!


33 Elisabeth July 27, 2012 at 11:12 pm

I love watching everything Olympics! My favorite parts of the Opening were Paul McCartney & the Parade of Nations :)


34 Pam July 27, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I love the first dress! Both are quite lovely. How exciting your sister is getting married soon!
I enjoyed the fireworks part of the opening ceremony!
Family time together is always so much fun!


35 Khushboo July 27, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Love your dress on Larbs- she looks lovely!


36 Jen July 28, 2012 at 2:07 am

Are you visiting family again? Is Matt not coming? I haven’t seen any of the Olympics yet – no TV!


37 Michelle (Peachy Palate) July 28, 2012 at 3:24 am

That pie looks good! Hope you enjoyed the Olympic ceremony!


38 Kristy @ Southern In-Law July 28, 2012 at 3:27 am

Oh wow, I love your Mom’s dress! I wonder what your sister will choose for her own dress! (or will it be her something borrowed!)


39 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count July 28, 2012 at 4:52 am

Must feel good to be home with your folks. Both dresses look lovely on your sister. Is she thinking of wearing one of them or was this just for fun?


40 KathEats July 28, 2012 at 6:38 am

Just for fun


41 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 28, 2012 at 5:21 am

I love a fruit salad heavy on bananas! Have a great time with your family!


42 Sara July 28, 2012 at 5:51 am

I would totally wear your mom’s dress! Gorgeous!


43 kate July 28, 2012 at 6:17 am

Love your mom’s dress too!

I thought this article summed up my experience as a new mom and I wanted to share it


44 Kelly Michele July 28, 2012 at 6:18 am

love the detailing on your mom’s dress – absolutely gorgeous! 😀


45 Caroline July 28, 2012 at 6:59 am

Your mom’s dress is gorgeous and timeless. Your sister looks beautiful in it, she should wear it! Imagine if one of your daughters wanted to wear it next….


46 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 28, 2012 at 7:12 am

Both dresses are beautiful! I can’t believe your mom’s dress is 35 years old – it looks so modern!


47 Carla July 28, 2012 at 7:17 am

I do love both your and your mom’s dress! Do you think your mom would share her recipe for that pie?? :)


48 Kel July 28, 2012 at 7:40 am

Your mom’s dress is exactly what I would pick!

We were having the Olympic discussion at work yesterday. I enjoy the gymnastics, the swimming and the men’s beach volleyball ;).


49 Annie July 28, 2012 at 8:04 am

Pretty dresses, though your Mom’s is a bit see-through…


50 KathEats July 28, 2012 at 8:05 am

She didn’t have on the underslip poof part..


51 Cait's Plate July 28, 2012 at 8:17 am

I actually really love your Mom’s dress! Like, enough that I feel like I would maybe have it made to be my dress one day! Haha.

It’s also crazy how much Larbs looks like your mom in that picture where she’s wearing the dress!

Enjoy the time with your family Kath :)


52 Mom July 28, 2012 at 6:01 pm

It’s yours if you want to borrow it! (You can have it remade too, if you want.)


53 Tanya @ Vegan Faith July 28, 2012 at 8:23 am

I absolutely love your mom’s dress! I think Larbs should wear it!


54 Dad July 28, 2012 at 8:53 am

Funny reading the comments about Laura looking like Mom in Mom’s dress. I always look at Laura and think she looks like Mom — and never see anything of myself in her. But in Mom’s dress — and it’s not the dress but rather her expression, smile and maybe the tilt of her head — I see myself in her in this rare captured pic.


55 Angel7 July 28, 2012 at 8:56 am

Your sister looks pretty in both wedding gowns!

I watched a little bit of the performances on the Olympics last night.



56 Lisa July 28, 2012 at 11:32 am

You and your sister look so much alike! How many years apart are you?


57 KathEats July 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm



58 Clizia July 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Hi Kath, your sister looks very pretty in both dresses! Any chance of you sharing the recipe of that yummy looking pie?


59 KathEats July 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I’ve put in a request to the recipe keeper : )


60 Mom July 28, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Here’s the pie:

Make or buy graham cracker crust.

Melt 25-30 large marshmallows in 1/2 cup milk in a saucepan over low heat. Cool.
Fold in 1/2 pint heavy cream, whipped, 1/2 tsp vanilla, and one square of bitter chocolate, grated. Save some of the grated chocolate to sprinkle on the top of the pie.

Pour into crust and chill for a few hours. A light easy pie.


61 Clizia July 29, 2012 at 3:59 am

Thank you! :)


62 Jenna July 28, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Wow Larbs must be tiny if your dress is too big on her!


63 KathEats July 28, 2012 at 4:29 pm

? It wasn’t laced in the back


64 Micky July 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Both dresses are beautiful! I think Larbs looks just like you in the photo of her in your Mom’s dress.


65 [email protected] July 28, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Your mother’s dress is gorgeous! Just what I want when I get married :)


66 Julia H. @ Going Gulia July 29, 2012 at 10:37 am

Aw Larbs looks so nice in both dresses!


67 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 29, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I was surprised by how much I love watching the Olympics! Gymnastics is so much cooler than I remember it being at age 5 😉


68 Alicia July 30, 2012 at 9:01 am

Obviously, I am behind on your blog, but I was just thinking this must have been a little bit of an emotional day for your parents. There you are ready to give them a grandson very soon, and your sister is trying on wedding dresses. I think if I were in their shoes, I would have been a mess. A happy mess, but a mess none the less.

So much for your family to celebrate this year!


69 Emily N July 30, 2012 at 11:25 am

Omg. That was ALL I could think about while they were forging that ring. I had the narrators voice from the LOTR movies in my head telling the story of the “one ring to rule them all.”


70 MommyPage July 31, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Your chocolate chip pie and fruit salad look yummy! I love how many different colorful fruits are in the fruit salad. Great idea!


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