Last Thursday, my parents kept Caroline for the day so that Juston and I could have some baby-free time to hit Keeneland, one of my very favorite places for a day trip.
We got there around 12:00 and first post time wasn't until 1:00, so we took some time to just walk around and enjoy people-watching and horse-watching. There are few places more beautiful than the Bluegrass in the springtime and Keeneland is a perfect example of that beauty. I'm no photographer and all of these pictures are just snapped from the iPhone, but you get the idea.
I always love standing around the Paddocks watching them parade the horses around before their race. There is something so mesmerizing about watching these thoroughbreds. They really are the most impressive, gorgeous animals.
I always joke with Juston that things just work out for him all the time...Parking place right in front of the restaurant, he gets it. Best seats in the house for an open seating event, he's in them. You get the idea. So as we're walking in to Kenneland, a man stopped us and asked if we wanted to get in free. He apparently had friends who couldn't come but already had their tickets so he just gave them to us. It's always nice when things working out for Juston work out for me too :) So at this point, parking was free and we got free admission. You know what that means! More money to bet!
We sat in the infield area, bet the first four races of the day, lost enough money to realize that we didn't want to bet anymore and decided to head down to the Track Kitchen to eat before heading home. The Track Kitchen has great food, think fried chicken, mashed potatoes, banana pudding, etc. That's where the serious betters hang out, too so you can get some tips on how to play the ponies.
On the walk down to the Kitchen, we went past all of the stables and you can see the horses being washed down and even walk through to see them in their stables. You can't pet them or anything, but it's still very neat to just meander and look.
Since Juston had taken vacation last week, we went Thursday because Friday rain was moving in and it was closing day so we really didn't have a whole lot of options. Unfortunately, going Thursday meant none of our friends were able to go with us, but we made some new friends watching the races and had fun just hanging out with each other without having to chase Caroline around. She really enjoyed Keeneland when we went in the fall but I was frazzled and exhausted by the end of it, so I was glad it was just the two of us this go around.
Friday afternoon, I judged cheerleading tryouts for one of the school groups where I teach tumbling and Saturday afternoon, we stopped by a birthday party some friends of ours were having for their kids and Caroline had her first Bounce House experience. At first, she wouldn't go near the thing, but once the kids cleared out, she had a big ole time bouncing around having it to herself. She even got her Daddy to come in for a bit with her. Where Daddy is concerned, I don't think there will be a whole lot Caroline won't be able to get him to do.
Saturday, our Goddaughter came to visit from UK and her dad, one of our very dear friends who lives in North Carolina was in town as well, so we cooked out and caught up and had a great night. Caroline was up until 11:00 partying hard!
Sunday was church day, time to play with the cousins and just relax. It was a great long weekend with great company.