Alex was living in Louisville, Kentucky when we started dating. We lived there after getting married, before moving to St. Louis, and have several friends that still live in the area. Two of those couples recently had babies, so we decided to make a trip to Kentucky over Memorial Day weekend to see everyone and kiss some babies.
The drive passed rather quickly thanks, in part to the mom-mobile. I’ve been trying to get Anna to watch movies instead of the same episodes of whatever cartoon she’s hooked on at the time. We have a long drive to Gulf Shores coming up and I’ll be damned if I am going to listen to the same episode of Dora the entire time. We all know how I feel about Dora. It was pretty uneventful except that Luke got insanely hungry in the 80 mile stretch where there are no restaurants. Luke is angry when he’s hungry. It got hairy. As a bonus, we lose an hour on the drive there – it always feels like we’ve time traveled.
We were set to stay with friends that have 5-year-old twin girls. I knew that Anna would be in total heaven. She has a major thing for older girls – she idolizes them. Heck, they are the only ones that are able to boss her around. We unloaded all of our junk and headed to Incredible Dave’s for dinner and games and to meet up with some friends. Incredible Dave’s is like a Dave & Busters or a Chuck E Cheese (only more grown up and not nearly as seedy). They have a full menu, decent food, and a ton of games and things for the kids to do. The kids ran around like crazy people.
The next morning, we piled in the car and headed toward the Louisville zoo.
Animals were seen.
Water was played in. Fun was had by all.
The next day, the plan was to hang out with some friends that had a little baby girl in February. We held the baby and fought back baby fever (at least I did). Alex is D-O-N-E. That’s a story for another day.
We grabbed lunch together at our favorite Mexican restaurant and then set off to explore a little. Alex and I always enjoy driving around the area where we lived to see what is new and what has changed. And, we always drive by our old house.
Do you see the house? It’s that structure behind that giant tree. I swear on everything that the tree wasn’t that size when we lived there. Here’s a perfect example of why you should plan your landscaping around the final size of a plant. Listen to me – getting all green thumb. Allow me to show you the house from a different angle. Nope. Still overgrown.
Can’t lie – it was sad to see our first home in such shape. It’s pretty clear it’s not being maintained as well as it should be. We opted to eat our emotions with a visit to Pie Kitchen. Pie Kitchen was just how we left it – amazing! Good to know that some things don’t change with time.
That evening, we did what every American was doing that weekend … we had a BBQ. I mean, it’s Memorial Day weekend. What else are you suppose to do?
The next morning, we were planning on driving home but Luke had other ideas. He took a little dive through the railing of our friend’s deck and fell 10 feet. An ambulance ride and ER visit later, Luke was miraculously given a clean bill of health and able to go home.
The brush with death extended our stay so we could be near the hospital in case he started showing any symptoms of internal injuries. He didn’t, and both kids ended up playing the rest of the day.
The extended stay even allowed us to see another set of friends that had a baby girl in February. So many babies, so little time!
The next morning was uneventful (thank, God). We packed up and time traveled home. It was amazing to see all of our friends and the brand new babies. We miss our peeps in Louisville like crazy, but it’s nice to know we always have a place to stay when we roll into town!