It’s the Holiday season, and last week we started it off with quite an adventure! See, Thursday was something called Thanksgiving. Which is a day to get together with some family and eat really good food. Mom and Dad decided that to do this we would go on our first real road trip, and visit my cousin Elle’ in Louisville which is in a place called Kentucky. I was excited to visit Elle’ and meet my Uncle Mike and Aunt Nina – and I was excited to visit Kentucky, because that’s where the Wildcats are!
But, before we left I got my first cold. I’m not sure why it’s called a cold, because it actually made me feel quite warm. Mom said it was a fever, and that it meant my body was trying to get rid of the cold. Whatever, it didn’t feel good. And I have had snot coming out of my nose for DAYS. And Monday night I had trouble sleeping because it was hard to breath with all the snot. Then Tuesday night was even worse. Mom and Dad tried everything in their parenting toolbox, but I just felt like crud. Then they decided to give me some medicine to help with my fever. It kind of worked, but I still couldn’t breath, and even though I was really sleepy, I just couldn’t sleep. So at 4 in the morning, Dad made the decision that it was time to leave for Kentucky. Then he took my picture (jerk):
Turns out, it was a good decision. Mom and I slept, and slept, and slept, and slept. And Dad drove, and drove, and drove. We stopped a few times at rest stops to eat and stretch. There were a lot of people there. They said we were in the car for nine hours, but I don’t know. Towards the end I was getting a little bored, and then we were there! I got to see Elle’ again:
And it was great to meet Uncle Mike and Aunt Nina. And the best part is that night I was able to sleep OK. I was a little nervous after such a crummy night the day before. Mom and Dad were extra proud of me because it was the first time I didn’t sleep in my crib since I was a little, little baby. I slept in something called a pack-n-play. It was a little weird at first, but I adjusted – you know me, I’m an easy going gal.
Then the next day was Thanksgiving Day. And what a day it was. Uncle Mike built a fire in their backyard:
Then it was time for dinner. I had no idea what was coming! First, Uncle Mike had to carve the turkey. It was huge! An entire turkey!
While he was doing that, Aunt Nina was finishing up two types of stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, brussel sprouts, and cranberry sauce! Then it was time to eat:
I had turkey (yum), mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, and even a few bites of Aunt Nina’s stuffing. Mom and Dad explained that it’s different than the stuffing Mom’s family makes. I’m glad I get to eat both kinds. Oh – and Dad cut up some avocado for me since I didn’t have any cranberry sauce or gravy. I like Thanksgiving! After dinner, it was time to clean up:
Then I had to go to bed (all that turkey made me sleepy). Glad to report night two in the pack-n-play was even easier than the first night. The rest of the gang went back out to the bonfire. I can’t wait until I’m old enough to stay up late:
You’d think that was enough fun for my first road trip, but we weren’t done. On Friday we went to a place called Churchill Downs where horses race. Everyone was really excited. Here are Mom and I at Uncle Mike’s box:
I have to admit, I didn’t have the best time. It was cold out, and I still was feeling a little of the cold (so much snot). And I wanted to run around and play, but it was crowded and Mom and Dad wouldn’t let me touch a lot of things. In the end Dad said that it’s not really the place for girls my age. But everyone had a lot of fun and told me stories about horse racing. I hope to go back when I’m a little older. After we left, Mom, Dad, Uncle Mike, and Elle’ went shopping, and I got to play with Aunt Nina. We had F-U-N!!!
I was wore out after all that. The bad news is the next morning I woke up with my first bloody nose. The good news is that Mom and Dad were a lot more concerned about it than I was. I’m just frustrated that this silly cold won’t stop making snot. Either way, it was time to drive home. It took FOREVER. But Mom and Dad said that I was a great traveling buddy. It wasn’t the worst. I took a few naps, and got a new book from the nice lady at Wendy’s. The best part, though, was getting home. I was so excited to see my toys, and my room. And Katie. I’m so excited because Katie is starting to hang out with me more. I even think she was happy to see me.
That’s my first Thanksgiving story. Now it’s almost Christmas. I’m not feeling so hot today, but after my nap we are apparently going to buy a tree. I’m not sure what this is all about, but Mom and Dad are happy. I’ll keep you informed…