Monday, August 16, 2010

Old Man's Cave

We took the kids on a little roadie this past weekend. We visited Athens and got to catch up with a dear friend I haven't seen in 8 years or so. The next day we packed up and headed to Hocking Hills State Park for a little camping. Looking at the weather report for 30% chance of isolated thundered storms I kept asking Scott if we really wanted to risk it with 2 small children on their 1st camping adventure. He was up for it so off we went. After setting up camp and dripping in sweat we got the kids in their suits and headed to the pool. Just as we approached the pool I heard thunder and told the kids to hustle. I jumped in the pool and turned around to grab Leah when they blew the whistle to clear the pool. I dunked both kids just to get them wet and poor Scott didn't even get a chance to get in. The weather blew over and an hour or so later we headed to the pool again only to have the whistle blow again after about 15 minutes. We decided to get the camp fire started to start dinner and before we knew it rangers where making rounds to warn everyone that there was a tornado warning. Rain and even lighting and thunder are one thing to deal with while camping but tornados while stranded out in the wilderness are my biggest fear. We threw the kid in the van and headed down the hill to seek shelter at the ranger/welcome station. After the cell passed by and we confirmed that the second cell on it's way would be much weaker we headed back up for a very soggy night’s sleep (I never did eat). The next morning we got up and hiked a few short trails before deciding we weren't going to risk another night camping in the rain. While the weather definitely put a damper on my grand camping dream, the kids enjoyed themselves and we got a chance to hike the trails in solitude...which was a rare and wonderful treat.

I don't much have the patience for messing with photos right now so please excuse the order and multiple posts

The kids have never seen Jurassic Park but yet they thought it best to keep an eye out for Dinosuars

A little perspective on how big this gorge is - Hi over there...there...there...there

My Rugged Guys

Taking a little break with Phineas and Ferb gummies
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Old Man's Cave II

Talk about a root system!

Roots looked like lace to me

Upper Falls
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Old Man's Cave III

Yes - my eyes are closed! Thank you very much

Upper Falls - Looks like an Oasis

He came up with this photo op all on his own

Leah wanted in on the fun - Looks like Tyler may win
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Old Man's Cave IV


Amazing how nice they can be to one another when they don't think we are looking


Peace Out!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I shall call him squishy, and he shall be mine, and he shall be my squishy

A week or so ago we went straight from the pool to my parents house for dinner. I walk up on the deck and Tyler tells my mom "Nana, look at this belly" and reaches up and starts patting my belly. My mom looks at me like I have some big announcement and she asks "What about that belly"? To which he replies very emphatically "it's REALLY big. Mommy has a big squishy pillow belly..."

Damn good thing he's so cute.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Weekend Get Away

The plan was to go to Hawaii for our 10 year anniversary....well you know why spend all that money and travel that far when we can have an island get away right here in Northern Ohio? It was nice to get away just the 2 of us. We stayed at a bed and breakfast for the 1st time. We walked and hiked and rode bikes and explored nearly every square inch of Kelley's Island. Soar butts and feet but no screaming kids...and it was heavenly.

Marblehead Light House

Campbell Cottage
North Loop Trail
 East Quarry
Glacial Grooves

End of an Era II


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End of an Era


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Red White and Blue

I'm finally getting around to importing pics from my camera. On July 4th we took the kids to Blossom to see the orchestra and celebrate Scott's birthday. Could these 3 be any cuter?
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