Every year (except last year because I just had a baby), we celebrate my sister, Kimbie’s, birthday on Labor Day weekend at the Saratoga Race Track. Since it is her birthday, she gets to choose how we celebrate it. Most people do not know this, but Kimbie is a closet low budget gambler and that’s why she likes to go to the track. We packed a picnic, cooler and chairs to setup camp for a day of racing. This year I let Mimi pick all of the bets. I would read her all of the names of the horses that were racing and she would pick the winner.
After we placed our bet, we would watch the race. Mimi loved to watch the horses race.
We didn’t win any of the races but Mimi had a blast choosing the horses and watching the race and that’s all that counts. I hope she doesn’t become a closet low budget gambler like her Ee-ee…haha.
At the entrance of the track, there was a horse statue that Mimi wanted to take a picture with. She hung on its tail.
Then hung on his nose. Good thing it was a statue!
Around dinner time, we licked our wounds from losing and headed to dinner. In the past we have gone to Fortunes at the Saratoga Harness Track (so that Kimbie can gamble more at the casino downstairs), but the food has been more and more disappointing each year, we decided to change it up and have dinner at Hattie’s, a New Orleans fried chicken restaurant.
I ordered the fried chicken, red beans and rice, and the cucumber salad. And even though I am on a gluten and dairy free diet because of my eczema and had to take off the fried parts of the chicken, the food was delicious!
Ben & Jerry’s is just around the corner from Hattie’s and even though we didn’t stop for ice cream because we had birthday cake at home waiting for us, I had to get this photo of the girls.
We came home to eat Kimbie’s Price Chopper birthday cake. The girls helped her blow out the candles.
Happy Birthday Kimbie! We had a great time celebrating your 32nd (yes, I wrote it) birthday!
Love your sister, Chrissy