Author Archives: Kelsie Lou

About Kelsie Lou

Therapeutic Foster Parent, Teacher, and Runner who believes that life is what you make it. Envision, Empower, and Educate.

Grandma’s 95th Birthday Celebration 🎉

My family will be gathering for the 90th annual Smoot Family Reunion in Madison, WV soon. While the fellowship amongst family since 1929 is a rich tradition, the milestone of my Grandma, Lucy L. Smoot, turning 95 is also worthy … Continue reading

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Niagara Falls

From Toronto, to Montreal, to Niagara Falls The Hornblower Experiencing the falls up close was my main priority for a day in Niagara Falls on the Canada side. I read reviews about getting there early to avoid long lines. Thankfully, … Continue reading

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Barbie Expo Montreal, Canada

Downtown Montreal’s Les Cours Mont Royal is home to the world’s largest exhibit of 1,000 Barbie dolls. Here are some of my favorites from the Barbie Expo: Kelsie Lou

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Montreal Memories

My Canadian adventures continued from Toronto to Montreal. The drive was very scenic and more metropolitan compared to the rural landscape between Windsor and Toronto. I did all of my research about “Things to do in Montreal” and “Best area … Continue reading

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Toronto Street Art: Graffiti Alley

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How to Spend 2 Days in Toronto

This vacation to Canada was inspired by one of my Smootents, Skylar who went to Niagra Falls for Memorial Day Weekend with her Girl Scouts Troop. An important decision for my trip to Toronto was deciding where to stay. I … Continue reading

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Long Time, No Sea

Summer Break in Full Effect I just returned from a two-week visit with my parents in the Sunshine State.  It was a chilled-out vacation with a visit from our family who lives in Morgantown, WV.  We were game ready for … Continue reading

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Kentucky Derby – The Fitness Way

My History with the Kentucky Derby Festival Full & Mini Marathons The 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival Mini Marathon was my fifth time on this course. Since 2013, I have completed four half marathons, and Boston Qualified on the full. During … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Imane

Imane is one of my former Smootents (Ms. Smoot + Students) from Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center.  Her family moved from Chad to Louisville, KY in 2007. We met shortly after when Imane was scheduled to my Reading class. … Continue reading

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Spring Break: By Land, By Sea, By Air

Beach Cruisin’ I took my Mom to get a beach cruiser bike. This will give her another fitness option in addition to walking and swimming. My Mom has a few more weeks before she can ride due to another back … Continue reading

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