The trip with Mom, Jamie, Cole & Nathan went well. It sure was a long car ride up to Ohio but I thought we all did well- especially Nathan. It took us a little longer than planned to get up to Toledo because they closed down I-35 (both ways!) for quite a distance. We were in traffic for about 2 hours on 77. We got to Toledo around 6 p.m. Sunday, July 25.
Monday we hung out around the house- kind of relaxing after the long drive. That night we went to Perrysburg to see Gwen, Grandma Rigby and Ava. My cousin, Andrew, was in the hospital so we weren't able to see the rest of his family.
Tuesday we went to the lake in my grandparents' neighborhood to keep Cole busy. It was my cousin's (Jenny) birthday so we drove to Bowling Green to her, Tom, Samantha and Elli. Elli was about a month old when we saw her :) We had dinner and cake at their house.
Wednesday, Amy came over to have lunch with us. She was leaving that day to camp on Lake Michigan. I'm pretty sure when she left, we went out to the lake.
Thursday was the day we spent at the Toledo Zoo. It was fun but pretty hot for Ohio. Of course, it was nothing like the heat and humidity here in Texas. The zoo was nice- plenty of active animals and the flowers were gorgeous (as you could see from the last post). They had a 9 month old polar bear named Siku. He's the only polar bear cub in the U.S. He played around in the water while his mom paced back and forth.
Friday, Mom, Grandma, Grandpa & Louise went to Port Clinton for a memorial service. While they were gone, Jamie, Cole, Nathan and I went to explore Sonic! Sonics have just started popping up around there. They're crazy busy and kind of weird! We pulled in and a guy walked up to the car to ask us if we wanted drive thru or a stall. Me and Jamie just looked at each other and laughed. We guessed they had too many people not knowing what to do. Before our Sonic trip we ate lunch at Chipotle (a must for Jamie and me). When we got home, we went swimming at the lake.
Tom, Jenny, Samantha and Elli came over on Saturday. They spent the day swimming with us. Samantha spent the night with us.
Grandma, Grandpa, Louise, Samantha, Cole, Mom, Jamie, Nathan and I went for a picnic along the Maumee River at Farnsworth Park Sunday after church. The river was so pretty and really shallow- it was about ankle deep all the way across! We watched a few people walk out there. The little ones wanted to play in it so bad. I have always thought the Toledo area had nice parks. Here's an excerpt from the Toledo Metroparks website:
"Farnsworth is a narrow park along the Maumee River overlooking Missionary, Butler and Indian islands, which are owned by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. The park is at one end of the Towpath Trail and has a boat launch and fishing access. The trail connects this park with Bend View and Providence Metroparks. The Interurban Bridge, which crosses the river at Farnsworth, is partially built atop Roche de Bout, a large, protruding rock in the river that served as an early landmark for native people, European explorers and armies. The abandoned span, once the world's largest earth-filled, concrete reinforced bridge, was part of a commuter railway system."
That evening Amy, Rick, Ben and Sydney got back from camping so they stopped by for a little while. Sydney ended up spending the night with us.
We spent Monday at the house and around the lake for a while. Amy, Rick, Jenny, Tom, Samantha and Elli came back over for dinner. Ben eventually came over (he went out on a date with his girlfriend). No one stayed too long after dinner because most of us were getting up early Tuesday.
And then Tuesday we all headed back to Texas! This time, we made GREAT timing. Instead of going straight south, we headed over to South Bend, Indiana to see my great uncle, Robert. He lives at the University of Notre Dame. It was good seeing him. I haven't seen him since Jenny & Tom got married- 6 years ago. We couldn't stay long- Nathan wanted to run around and Uncle Robert had church. We made it all the way to Joplin, Missouri before we decided to stop. We almost drove all the way through but we were all pretty tired.
We got to Krum around 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Zach welcomed us with a little dance on the corner of their street. We stayed just long enough to unload Jamie & Nathan's belongings and then drove down to College Station. Kristopher was nice enough to meet us at our new house to pick up Mom & Cole.
Since I am on my new iMac (!!!!!), I don't have any pictures uploaded. I'll update this post after dinner :)