Our Trip to Louisville {but not for the derby}


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.)  :)


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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.

IMG_0155The 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.

Of course, we stopped at the fountain on the way to the finish line.  :)  Eli’s still working on his karate.         IMG_0225

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!!!


  1. Ha! Ha! The Beverly Hill Billies theme song goes through my mind too when we have all our kids in tow. What a fun adventure! It looks like you had great weather to cheer daddy on. It’s amazing to see the flooded river photos. I hope it receeds soon.

  2. Wow, that water was pretty close up to the hotel. We live here in Louisiana and have been keeping an eye on it recently as well.

    Love seeing the pics of your family adventure. Your boys are just too stinking adoreable…and that little Eli is just precious!

  3. Glad you all got to go and have such a good time! I’ve never stayed at the Galt House, but would love to! The boys are precious, but so is their mom & dad! Congratulations to Cy, love you all!

  4. My 21 year old son and 50 year old husband are still in the karate “phase,” so good luck! lol You have a beautiful family :) Happy Mother’s Day!

  5. I love these pictures…they are so sweet! I love seeing a loving Christian family spending time together…and loving it!! That flooding is ridiculous…it’s so foreign to us here on the east coast (Pennsylvania).

    And I have many boys in my classroom in the karate phase…oh boy. :)

  6. Thank you for sharing the photos of your precious family! I love reading your blog! I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day and feel very loved today!


  7. Those are some handsome men you hang out with. Looks like you had so much fun. I think the little things in life often make the best memories. Happy Mother’s Day and I really love your blog.

  8. Loved the “smolder”! My husband has been doing that with my girls and I had no idea where he got that from! I just asked him and he laughed at me. It’s been a few years since I’ve been to the Galt House. Wow, I can’t believe how high that water was! Looks like a great little family trip! Congrats to your hubby.

  9. The look on Eli’s face just made me laugh out loud!! So adorable. My little boy has been into the kung fu fighting song for quite some time now… we hear it alot …and at the end of this month the new Kung Fu Panda movie will be coming out at the Cinema so Im sure that our summer will be full of kung fu and that song. LOL :D.. but I love it so much. Being a mom is the best thing Ive ever done in my whole life. I love staying at the Galt House too, The suites are huge!! Have a great week, Love your blog. God Bless :))

  10. Fell upon your blog and have enjoyed it so much! I am actually from louisville and am so glad you and your boys had a great time. Hopefully you can re-visit when there is less rain so your family can enjoy the “great lawn” on the waterfront (minus less water)! God Bless~ Beckie

  11. Oh, thanks for sharing the pictures! I’m so glad you all had a wonderful time together.

    And…Louisville isn’t TOO far away from me [several hours]. I once made a trip to Louisville and back home in one day with a few friends. I’ll let you know if I ever do it again. :)


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