Well, it has been Derby Fever here in Kentucky this weekend.
I have to be honest that I have never been a big Derby watcher. (I know, shame on me.) I actually forgot that it was today because I was busy this morning having a yard sale with my sister.
When I turned the tv on this evening to check the weather, the Derby was about to start, so I did get to watch it. I do love the history of the Kentucky Derby.
Though I was not in Louisville for the Derby, my family was there last week for the Louisville Half Marathon.
My husband was running in the half marathon on Saturday, so we went up to L’ville Friday night and stayed at the beautiful Galt House Hotel.
I have to tell you that when I took a picture of the side of the hotel (below), I said, “Oh my goodness, look at that brick! What does that look like?”
And my boys quickly responded, “burlap!”
I laughed out loud. The brick really did look exactly like my brown burlap bedskirt.
(I’ve ruined my boys.) :)
Because of the torrential amount of rain we have had lately, the Ohio River was flowing into Louisville. The picture below shows how far the water had overflowed from the river.
This is the street right behind our hotel.
If you look right below the bridge, you might be able to spot a street light and street sign. It was crazy to see!
We were up on the ninth floor, and the boys loved the view!
That night, we walked several blocks up to the conference center where Cy needed to pick up his race day package. The room was full of people participating in the marathon. It is such an exciting atmosphere.
I took this picture right outside of the famous Old Spaghetti Factory. We wanted to eat there, but the wait was too long. Waiting for a long time with four hungry and active boys is something I avoid at all times!!
So, we ate outside at a beautiful Panera instead.
Okay, here is some irrelevant information….
Have you seen the movie Tangled? If you have, then you probably remember Flynn Rider’s “smoldering” look?
Well, here is Eli’s version…
Not quite…but it melts my heart!
There are so many beautiful fountains in downtown L’ville. And boys love fountains! They had to act like they were falling into every one we passed!
Eli is going through a karate phase. He likes to sing, “Everybody go Kung-fu fighting…”
We headed back to the hotel and enjoyed the beautiful weather and city scenery.
The boys were amazed at the huge buildings, and then I realized we never really take them to “big” cities (although L’ville isn’t really very big compared to major US cities). We usually go to Gatlinburg or Hilton Head for vacations.
I think I could have sung the theme song to the “Beverly Hillbillies” while we were walking down the street.
You can take horse carriage rides through downtown L’ville. We didn’t have the time or money for a ride, but the sweet horse-driver-man let us take a picture with the horse.
Eli bravely held his apple from Panera in his hand.
I tried to get a family shot in the mirrors in the hotel lobby, but it didn’t turn out so well.
But I did get this sweet shot with my precious, Eli! Oh my goodness! He is the cherry on top of our family!
Cy got up at 4:45 am Saturday morning to get ready for the race.
The boys and I slept until about 7 am and then got ready to go cheer daddy on.
We cheered for daddy as he finished the half marathon in his best time ever!
We are so proud of him!!!
After the race, we got a quick breakfast and then headed home.
It was such a quick trip, but the boys say it was one of the best ever! I love that about them!
It was great family time.
Thank you, God, for my precious family!!!