Sunday, October 16, 2011

Keeneland

These past 2 weekends our family has gone to Keeneland, which is a horse racing track.  Keeneland is only open for about 3 weeks in Fall and 3 weeks in Spring and it's a must-do for us locals.  Even though we don't gamble, it's still fun to get out and watch the races and be out in the nice Fall weather.

2 Saturdays ago, we loaded up the family and drove down to watch a few races and show G the pretty horses.  We'd only been one other time and that was before we had Gray.  While we weren't too fond of the smoking and drinking going on all around us, we had a good time picking out our favorite horses and cheering them on.  G especially loved watching the horses running so fast when they were close enough for him to see. 
{Josh and G- just to the left of the middle}

 The horses just after crossing the finish line.


Between races we walked around and watched the horses in this little area that were about to race.
 


Back at the track.


I just love his sweet little face in this picture.  It makes me smile.


Trying to give him a good view.  G liked to ride on our shoulders.  

 Then one short week later we were back at Keeneland for totally different experience!  Our good friends the Dickens invited to come with them in the morning to Keeneland.  You don't have to pay to get in then and you can watch the horses exercising, getting ready for the races to come that afternoon.  There's also a breakfast buffet you can get if you want.  We did want!  And it was yummy and super fun. 

It was quite a bit colder early in the morning.  And I mean early, we got there around 7:30.  But it was worth the loss in sleep! :)  This was a much more family friendly atmosphere.  I didn't see anyone smoking or drinking and there were lots of kiddos running around.  And it was not jam packed like during the races. 

It was fun to watch the horses exercising and some people even bring up their horses for you to pet.  Well, it was mainly kids, but I wanted to pet them too.  So I did!   And G too, of course. 

 This sweet horse was named Oreo.  He was very nice and gave big, slobbery horsey kisses. :)

 We had so much fun!  Thanks friends for telling us about this.  {I can't believe I didn't think to get a picture with them, lame.}  We will definitely do it again next year!
{I got Josh and I those UK hoodies at a yard sale last week for $2 each, score!}


Did anyone notice anything different from the first Saturday at Keeneland to the next?  I'll give you a hint, it has to do with me. :)

5 comments:

Rick and Kori said...

Haircut! Very cute :)

Grace said...

I know I know! You got your hair cut (and maybe even dyed?). Looks cute! :)

Amber said...

I'm so glad we got to go with you! It was so much fun! Definite deal on the sweatshirts. I remember thinking they looked nice and secretly coveted them. Now I'm really impressed by the deal you got!

Bemily said...

How fun! I can't believe I've never been to Keeneland yet. Gray is getting so big and just as sweet!
ps- love your hair

Jamie - Snow In December said...

How FUN! My kids would love that!!!