Monday, August 24, 2015

Keeping Up With...Family (Summer Week 10 - Aug 1 thru Aug 7)

When I left off we were just getting ready to start our week with family.  Late Friday night my Dad flew in and we spent all day Saturday with him, as well as my Mom, brother, sister in law and niece.  We had a very fun and relaxing day hanging out at Carl's house, eating, playing and chatting.  We also made plans to go to Tenn next year to celebrate my parent's 40th wedding anniversary.

Late Saturday night my Uncle Tom & 2 cousins, Melissa and Alexandra arrived.  We spent Sunday at our house having a ton of family time.  Adrian and my Mom made homemade pizza.  Adrian also made delicious wings on the grill.  We again ate, played and chatted.  It was really fun to have everyone together!
Monday we planned to head to the zoo all together before my Dad headed back to Florida but the weather scared us off.  So we decided to get some errands run and go out to Melt for lunch.  We had a fun time at lunch, then came home and played at the house until my Dad headed to the airport.  We spent most of the rest of the relaxing and catching our breath before the next 2 busy days.

Tuesday we finally headed to the zoo!  We got there and Adrian, Zak, my mom, uncle & cousins headed to see the new Africa area of the zoo while I took AJ and Daniel on the rides at Jungle Jack's Landing.  We aren't usually able to ride them because Zak isn't tall enough.  So I took advantage of the extra hands!  After that we all got back together and head into Zoombeezi Bay.  We spent the rest of the day swimming and playing in the water.  SO much fun!!  When everyone was exhausted we headed back to my house for Thurman's for dinner.
Wednesday was our annual day at the Ohio State Fair!!  We were excited to have such a big group to go this year and that AJ and Daniel are tall enough to ride some of the bigger rides now.  We spent the whole day walking around, riding rides and eating all the things!  There were tons of great moments that day.  Some of my favorites were riding the Crazy Mouse for the first time with Daniel (he wasn't tall enough last year), riding the Music Express with my brother (we laughed SO hard!) and eating deep fried cookie dough (amazing!!)  Everyone had a great day and we all headed home exhausted again.

Thursday we woke up to rain so we had to change our plans for the day.  We ended up having a lazy morning then heading out to bowl in the afternoon.  Most of the group then headed to Schmidt's for dinner, but me and my guys opted not to go since we were all pretty tired.  We headed home to have a calm dinner and wait for the rest of the group to come over for dessert.  For dessert, we feasted!!
Friday morning we headed to our favorite area park, the Alum Creek under Dam park.  We all played for a long time, then went for a walk across the dam where we took this awesome selfie of our group
After we worked up an appetite, we headed to Shake and Steak for lunch, then prepared to say so long to Uncle Tom, Melissa and Alexandra.  They headed back to NJ since some of them had to work on Saturday.  It was sad to see them go, but we had so much fun during the week & those memories will last a life time!

All in all this was my favorite week of the summer!!  We had so much fun with all of our visitors!  We had a good balance of fun, family time and relaxing alone time.  I was thankful to have help with keeping the boys occupied this week since we were hitting the "summer is long" wall.  And they were happy to have a change of pace and be able to do some things we couldn't do when it was only the 4 of us.  Adrian was able to take 3 days off from work this week as well (Mon, Tues & Weds) so it felt like a mini-vacation for him as well.

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