We just got back from a wonderful visit in Ohio! The kids and I left 2 Saturdays ago, and we got in early enough to go to Amy's son Zach's basketball game. Except for the one ref making bad calls from half court about plays happening under the basket, we had a really fun time!
The next few days I was busy running various people around at separate times to buy presents for each other. Usually Bob does all the running around, but we just had no extra time before we left this year. I am more appreciative of what he does now, though, because that was exhausting! It's fun to see what the kids pick out for each other. There were several dollar stores and regular stores with dollar bins that were different from what we have around us here in VA, so that was different and fun too.
The girls were able to go to a children's museum in Columbus, which was tons of fun (no one was brave enough to ride the highwire unicycle, though), and I was able to go out to lunch with Amy, as well as spend an afternoon over at her house with the older boys. And we all went to Youngs one night for dinner and ice cream, of course! Then Wednesday night Bob flew in to join the fun. In August, he had driven out with us for a weekend so he could visit with Aunt Claire and Uncle Jim, and then he flew back to go to work. But because Bob was thinking ahead, he bought a round-trip ticket, with the second leg being to come back to Ohio Dec. 23. Pretty smart!
Christmas was a beautiful day, weather-wise. We couldn't believe Ohio could be so downright pleasant in December! I really wished I had packed short-sleeved shirts for the visit. After cinnamon rolls and egg casseroles, we opened presents (took forever!), and then we left Grandma and Grandpa at home for a little peace and quiet while we took everyone else to the park. Poor Drew was dealing with a cold that others had as well, and he had a rougher time at the park. As soon as we got there, he ran to a swing, climbed up on his knees--and promptly face-planted down in the mud on the other side. After we got him cleaned up, he played for a bit--until he slipped on one of the yellow climbing things in the picture below, cutting his lip, which bled for a while.