Sparkler Fun with Emma, Ben, Lotus, and Junie!

@livviiiiii having fun with heart-shaped sparklers leftover from wedding!

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COMMON MILKWEED ABLOOM, HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE!

Common Milkweed and Bee Asclepias syriaca ©Kim Smith 2015A patch of Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) in bloom has a wonderfully sweet honey-hay scent. Look for it growing along the sand dunes, roadside edges, fields, meadows, and where ever there is a neglected patch. And keep your eyes peeled for Monarchs; the earliest arrivals (for the most part) are synchronized to the flowering of Common Milkweed.

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GREASE-FLYING-FREE-FALLING SUNDAY GREASY POLE WALKERS WITH JOE DASILVA, JACK WAGNER, MARK ALLEN, ROSS CARLSON, KYLE BARRY, AND MORE!

It’s Not Easy Being Greasy! #GreaseGang

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VIDEO: JOE DASILVA SATURDAY 2015 GREASY POLE CHAMPION

Joe DaSilva, winner of the 2015 Saint Peter’s Fiesta Saturday Greasy Pole. This is Joe’s second win (Friday 2011), achieving a lifetime place alongside the Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers.

Listen for Joe’s Mom, Anita. One proud Mama!

In 2011, Joe also won the gold medal for the Fall Greasy Pole Classic (a fundraiser to restore the Greasy Pole after it was destroyed by Hurricane Irene). He was the only Greasy Pole Walker that year to have won on both land and sea, and it has earned him the title “Surf and Turf.”

Congratulations to Joey DaSilva, our 2015 Saturday Greasy Pole Champion!

Beautiful Faces of Fiesta

Buona Festa!

Bianca Saint Peter's Fiesta ©Kim Smith 2015Love! 

Mayor Sefatia Saint Peter's Fiesta ©Kim Smith 2015Mayor Romeo Thekan and Joe Orlando

Saint Peter's Fiesta -4 ©Kim Smith 2015Bianca, Rosaria Floyd, Mayor Sefatia (holding the key to heaven), Joe Orlando, State Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante

Saint Peter's Fiesta -5 ©Kim Smith 2015Kathy and Dominic Nicastro

Snapshots from Friday night opening ceremony. I am mostly filming, but do manage to take a few photos. So many beautiful moments last night–I wish there was a simple way to film and take good quality photographs at exactly the same time.

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HAPPY 65TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!

Can you imagine–sixty five years–truly an inspiration!

June 24th was my mother and father-in-laws 65th wedding anniversary. We’ve been celebrating all week and last night we had a beautiful dinner at Duckworth’s, our family’s go-to place for special occasions (and every other excuse to head to dinner there). Dinner was beautiful in every way, from the exquisite entrees, appetizers, and desserts to the outstanding service provided by Dan and Colleen. Thank you Duckworth Family for making our family’s celebration wonderfully memorable. cornelius-hauck-steve-marvin-c2a9kim-smith-2015

Here we are in Cincinnati on May 5th this past spring celebrating my father-in-laws NINETIETH birthday. He and his best friend Steve Marvin, also 90, have been friends since they were babies.

cornelius-hauck-c2a9kim-smith-2015Note the cake decorated with a train scene. My father-in-law has been passionate about trains since he was a toddler, to the extent that he and his friend Bob Richardson founded theColorado Railroad Museum, which is located in Golden Colorado.