Sunday, August 19, 2012
Why I wish Ohio was closer to Virginia
This has taken me weeks to post because apparently blogger was not a fan of how many pictures I wanted to put on here! Last month the girls and I made the trek to Ohio. It used to be an annual event until life got in the way and an eight hour drive with the kids seemed too overwhelming! It had been a few years and it was finally time to go back, especially since we were going to be staying with some awesome friends!
I made a lot of preparations for the drive including travel tickets and car games found at this site. They did help pass the time and encourage
tolerable great behavior! As soon as we pulled in to Columbus I was overwhelmed by the freeway. I have been spoiled living in a small town and the most freeway driving I do is on 64, so the insanity of Columbus's freeway system was too much! In addition we were hit by a MAJOR storm as we rolled in. Yes, I was the one driving 40 miles/hour with my flashers on! Way to roll in to my old stomping grounds!
We arrived at Shawn, Theresa, and Mali's house damp and frazzled. The girls, of course, made themselves right at home. Theresa was kind enough to let me invite my friend Angie to drop by with her triplets for a few minutes. Angie's family was headed out of town the next day and I didn't think I'd get to see them again. Angie and I have been friends since high school and her triplets were born just 2 months after Laurel. It was always stunning to think that she was handling three "Laurels" at the same time when I was barely pulling through with one and my toddler Sierra! After they left Sierra, Laurel, and Mali headed to the pool where they spent most of their time when we were at the house. (I guess we didn't need to spend money for our in-ground pool... they were just as entertained by the blow-up one!) We relaxed that evening which was nice after a 10 hour road trip.
Friday we headed to The Columbus Zoo, home of Jack Hanna. I think most of the animals were as hot and tired as we were as they were pretty inactive. We all had fun though, seeing the animals that were out, feeling at home in the place where I grew up going to school trips, watching the kids play. Theresa and Mali headed to speech therapy so Shawn got to join the girls and I on my trip down memory lane. We drove around Westerville and my old neighborhoods as I pointed out place after place, memory after memory. The girls
grunted ooh'd and ahh'd when I was excited about something. I guess the sentiment wasn't there for them, or Shawn for that matter, but he was a good sport! That evening we headed out to Uptown Westerville's Fourth Friday shindig. We went to the Dairy Queen that I frequented in high school when my best friend worked there. On the way home we stopped by and saw some of our old neighbors. We spent Thursday and Friday evening setting off floating lanterns, having glow in the dark egg hunts, and finally after the kids were asleep relaxing with a drink and chatting.
Saturday was off to breakfast with my mom and her old coworkers. I grew up knowing these friends of my moms and it was so good to see them again! One of the craziest things about our random friendship with Shawn and Theresa is that they live in the neighborhood that I grew up in and it is connected to the neighborhood where I lived throughout my high school years. When the kids and I got back to their house Saturday Theresa and I took the girls out for a walk around both of these neighborhoods and a great path in the woods that connects them. The girls got to play in the same park and same creek that I grew up playing in as Theresa got an ear full of my younger days! We discovered that Theresa adopted her dog from the animal shelter that I used to volunteer at and then randomly some volunteers walked by us taking dogs on an outing at the park! Not only do we have obvious things in common (girls adopted from China) but we seem to keep finding all of these other tidbits that link us. Not to mention that all of us (husbands, kids, etc) get along fabulously, we feel so lucky that Shawn, Theresa, and Mali have found their way into our lives. Sometimes connections with people happen so randomly and turn out so awesome, it can seem meant to be (like the red thread!) I think the feeling is mutual!
Playing in the pool
Floating lantern (as far as we know it didn't land on anyone's house!)
Shawn made a friend at the zoo
I thought trying to get a good picture of my three kids was hard. Try four!
These HUGE bears were playing
Feeding the birds
Sierra and Gramma
Sierra overcame her embarrassment at getting up in the firetruck if I wouldn't call her "my baby" anymore
Mali and Cadence got a lift!
I don't know what they enjoyed more.... eating donuts from Schneiders or being silly!
One of my very favorite pics ever! Do you feel the love?!