We drove the AA highway through Kentucky. It's a pretty drive, but you can get stuck behind quite a few pick up trucks, which of course we did. It's also a prettier drive when your nine month old decides to sleep, which of course she didn't. We got to my Aunt Carol and Uncle Denny's around 8:30, put Addie down to sleep and settled in to some wine, sandwiches and good conversation on their back deck.
Saturday morning Addison and I got up around 7 and headed upstairs to hang out. Hanging out quickly turned into being spoiled with coffee, muffins and gifts. I got a wonderful new crockpot cookbook and some Yankee Candles, and Addie got a great set of learning books and box of wooden blocks that quickly became her focal point.
After a homecooked breakfast of omelets, cinnamon toast, fruit, coffee and juice, Andy & I repacked the car and headed west to Cross Lanes WV, where the TriState Dog Track and Gaming center is. There we met Nikki, Brian, Kelly, Rick, Kim & Rylan. We snagged a table in their terraced restaurant over looking the pup track and waited for the guest of honor to arrive, Grandma Neyer.
Grandpa Neyer had arranged a surprise birthday outing for Patty....her kids and grandkids and some fast running doggies. Needless to say we had a great time, Grandma was super surprised and Addison quickly learned the thrill of gambling. We didn't have too many big wins, but I did win $50 on the pups and $25 bucks in the slots, so who can complain? We also bet our community money on the last race we were there for on a puppy named Xavier, in honor of Grandma & Grandpa's beloved Musketeers...and he won, making the pot $110 richer.
Grandma's Babies, Addie & RylanThe three of us headed back to rainy Cincinnati around 9:30 this morning so that Addison could start to get back on schedule and Andy could get work done before heading into the office tomorrow.
It was a wonderful adventure away from home...a great excuse to visit my family (or what I call Spa Flaherty) and celebrate Grandma's youth...And, oh yeah, Addison also figured out how to use a straw this weekend, exciting stuff!