Zakk and I went back to Ohio about a month ago. It was a bittersweet trip. Saying goodbye to Grandma Dee was difficult, but we are both so grateful that we got to share memories, tears, laughter, and hugs with all of Zakk’s family. We had some seriously delicious burgers, fries, and shakes and then (much to Zakk’s dismay, although I think he secretly liked it) watched Pitch Perfect, which was ridiculous and hilarious and a perfect way to spend a night with family. It’s been awhile since we have seen most of them and so I’m choosing to see it as a gift from Grandma that she brought us all together as a family. So thank you for that and for so much more, Grandma Dee. On our last day there, we went to the West Side Market and I had the most delicious gyro I might have ever eaten, which was a perfect way to close out our visit.
From Cleveland, we headed down to Columbus to see my family.
Sharing a home with my cousins, siblings, parents, and all the littles was so much fun!
I went to the Franklin Park Conservatory to see the butterflies with 4yo Sam and Zakk,
ate delicious Chinese food (which is surprisingly hard to get in Portland) with the Hyde-Albright clan at Bobby Lee’s and got to be part of their dinnertime ritual of sharing one positive thing that happened to each of them that day, got my fill (and then some!) of delicious Jolly Pirate donuts, went on an adventurous and slightly muddy hike through the woods with my 6yo niece Rylie (who was very sure we were lost the whole time, wondered whether we might run into a homeless person, and then became excited and frightened when we came across a tiny shed that she was sure was one of the 3 little pigs’ homes which meant the wolf would be nearby),
hosted a glow stick/laser light dance party for all the kids,
played very competitive games of Uno until the wee hours of the morning when we became delirious and someone very adamantly tried to make the color of play “blue” even though the blue cards (as well as all the draw 4s and draw 2s) had been removed from the deck to try to speed the game along,
went back to the Franklin Park Conservatory to see the butterflies with 2yo Ben, 6yo Cierra, 9yo Breanna, 12yo Mark, and Zakk,
and just generally had a ball hanging out and sharing meals with everyone at the lake house.
Zakk and I had a wonderful time at our Ohio baby shower. So many people came out to celebrate with us and we feel so loved and so blessed to have been able to share an incredibly gorgeous day with everyone.
Thank you to everyone who spent time with us and helped fill our trip with good memories.
We are so lucky!