We went to Kentucky Sept 30-Oct 2 to see Eric's family. It was a super quick trip (though it didn't feel quick in the car! haha).
We woke up at 430 and left a little after 5 thinking the kids would sleep in the car. It worked for Levi, but not so much for Samuel. Whatever,
The drive was really pretty. We stopped soon after getting to WV for breakfast, then made it all the way to Louisville before stopping for lunch. That was kind of a mistake, because we were super duper hungry and tired and grouchy.
Travel lesson #1: Always stay full.
We tried to go to Churchill Downs, but had trouble parking, and we were still really really hungry, so we finally turned around the tried to find food but ended up at our hotel and checked in and got some frozen pizzas from the desk to warm up in our room microwave. We hung out with Eric's mom and sister in the hotel for awhile, then went to meet his dad and ate at the Old Spaghetti Factory. It had an old train car in the middle, which was really cool.
Samuel was not a fan of sleeping in the hotel room with us that night. I've blocked most of it from my memory, but it took a good 2 hours to get him to go down.
Travel lesson #2: Get Samuel a separate room IF AT ALL POSSIBLE.
At least he's cute though.
Saturday morning we went to eat at The Wild Egg. Samuel still talks about it. It was really good! The wait was long (both to sit and to get our food), but kids took it like champs.
Jessica let Levi within a foot of her. Making progress. :-)
Samuel with what was left of his mountain of pancakes.
We spent the afternoon at Chuchill Downs. It was really fun! We let Samuel pick a horse each time and we'd go see it, then watch the race. We won a big fat $8 too. :-) Which basically paid for our parking.
How pictures usually go.
Go figure, Samuel was super tired after all that not sleeping, so we drove into Indiana and let him snooze a bit.
That night we went and ate at Troll Pub Under the Bridge. It was fun, and there was live music going on, so Samuel and I danced around a bit. He spent the night in Carole and Jimmy's extra room that night since Jess had to go back home, and totally crashed.
We left early Sunday morning. The ride home was okay, except for lunch. We exited near a mall in Charleston, WV, thinking they would have food all around the mall.But it was in a downtown area with no non-garage parking... long story short, we ended up tired and hungry again and having to stop at a Hardees in the ghetto of Charleston. Levi had a major blowout and the bathrooms were locked up...
Travel Lesson #3: Just plan where you are going to eat ahead of time. Don't think you can make it farther than you need to. IT'S ALWAYS BETTER TO BE FED.
Anyway, it was fun. I'm glad we went. I'm not in a hurry to do it again anytime soon! Haha.