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All about Ohio! (with eleventy pictures)

So, we’re back from our little trip to the Midwest!

I’d been through Ohio a lot of times as a kid on my way to Iowa and South Dakota to visit my grandparents, but this was Sonia and Zoe’s first time.

(They’ve been all the way down the East Coast multiple times, but just not very far west at all!)

Mia, one of my best friends, moved to Ohio in January with her two kids, one of whom is one of Sonia and Zoe’s best friends.

(Kinda like how another of my best friends, Beth, moved away the year before.  I am not having good luck in the Keeping Friends Local department of late!)

So we thought a road trip was in order so the three of us could all see some of our besties.

We bought lots of snacks, loaded up the van, and headed down the road!

As soon as we got there, Zoe and Zoe (yep, their friend’s name is Zoe too!) hopped on the trampoline. 😉

And my friend Mia and I cried because we were so happy to see each other. 😉

On Saturday morning we visited a little museum, where the rotary phone was in high demand.

In the afternoon, we visited a county fair, which my girls loved.

We skipped the pig auction and focused on rides and food, though. Ha.

And since Sonia is old enough to babysit, Mia and I went out to a little restaurant by ourselves late Saturday night.   So good for the soul!

On Sunday after church, we walked through the adorable little town of Granville, which is pretty much like visiting Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls.

So, so beautiful.

On Sunday afternoon, we visited a water park/pool, which was so much fun. Lazy river, water slides, diving boards…we had a blast.

A thunderstorm rolled in a half hour before closing, which is why the pool is so empty in this photo.

But the rain cleared up and we made a fire in Mia’s backyard and cooked bratwurst, hot dogs, and marshmallows over it.

Not to brag, but I think I toasted what is possibly the world’s best marshmallow. It was this color all the way around and on top too.

I have mad skills.

The view from Mia’s back fence is pretty lovely.

And I love how big Ohio’s skies are. Here at home, we are surrounded by a lot of trees, which is lovely in its own way, but sometimes it’s nice to just be able to see tons of sky at one time.

We’re so glad we went to visit.   We were only there for two days (with two days of driving), but we squeezed in a lot of fun!

It was crazy good to see our friends again, and it was fun for me to get some extra time to hang with Sonia and Zoe.

And I’m feeling grateful to have friends that are so dear, even a move multiple states away doesn’t cause you to lose touch.   

All the money in the world isn’t as valuable as that, and we’re so blessed to have friends like this!

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Wednesday 15th of August 2018

I'm glad you guys had fun!

I noticed that Sonia is sporting a darkish red lipstick in some of the pictures, and I just had to comment and say that she looks amazing! With her light hair, complexion, and eyes, that lipstick really works for her!


Wednesday 15th of August 2018

My aunt still has a rotary phone in her house, (no cell service) when someone asks to use the phone and wants privacy she sends them downstairs. They usually come back to either use the phone upstairs or to ask directions on how to use it!


Wednesday 15th of August 2018

That's so great! We had a rotary phone when I was a kid, and it was still functional. I think they're pretty fun to dial.

Lisa M.

Wednesday 15th of August 2018

Isn't it lovely how we are all unique and see different things? The rotary phone was not noteworthy to me as I grew up using one and didn't pay attention to the number until I read the comments. What popped out at me is the typewriter. I used my manual typewriter for several degrees and was so impressed with my electric typewriter upgrade for my last degree. Absolutely hilarious that a typewriter is obsolete in such a short period of time. At least my keyboarding skills from typing class have carried over and are still useful in the computer era. The advent of the computer has reshaped the world we live in for sure...

And btw, you and your girls and the friends you visited all look full of happiness and joy which is so refreshing.

Mary ~ Reflections Around the Campfire

Wednesday 15th of August 2018

Road trips are the BEST - especially when shared with fellow travelers close to your heart! So glad you had a happily memorable trip. I'm very impressed with your marshmallow toasting skills. You would give our daughter - The Queen of Toasted Marshmallows - a good run for her money!


Wednesday 15th of August 2018

Love the phone! My Nieces and nephews love Get Smart but only know a world full of cell phones so can't understand why it's so funny that his shoe rings. So lovely to have special people to visit - I hope you have many more wonderful trips

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