Thursday, September 22, 2016

Vacation with the grands...Part III - Holden Arboretum and Cedar Point

The last part of our vacation with Logan and Emmy is finally going to be blogged about today but first...

I just want to sneak in a shout out to a cool news you can use button I've added to my blog. See on the right "The Skimm"? Well this little gem (if you click on the link and sign up) will give you the latest daily snippets of WHAT'S IMPORTANT today. I love it! Every morning I get The Skimm emailed to me and it gives me the news without all the other fluff that I don't need nor do I want. I just want what's enough to keep me in the loop without all the gory details or opinions. And, if you sign up using the link here on my blog, I may eventually get a freebie like a teapot or something..who knows? LOL.

Holden Arboretum July 18th

We took Logan and Emmy to The Holden Arboretum where they have a tower and cool cat walk (I call it anyway) bridge. It was pretty warm as we climbed all the 102 steps to the top of the tower!

We then walked the bridge (which is not connected to the tower).

Cedar Point July 20th

So on the last leg of our vacation with Logan and Emmy we took them to the amusement park Cedar Point. Emmy likes coasters, Logan (like me) does not. We had lots of fun and Logan went on the big Ferris Wheel with Paul and Emmy...NOT ME! 

Paul and Emmy ARE up there somewhere



There they are, waiving

So, we've been told and have seen videos of other parks and attractions the kids have taken Logan and Emmy to and whenever a volunteer is asked for...LOGAN gets picked! Cedar Point was no different. We went into a saloon (kid friendly obviously) and they needed a couple of volunteers. So, here's a little video of Logan in the saloon play...

There's Paul (with his hands up) and Emmy
We also went to Menchies and went to the movies and saw "Secret Life of Pets". We had so much fun and can't wait to have Logan and Emmy again next year!! As always...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

All kinds of crazy!

That's what my life has been like the last few weeks. Trying to get things done for Jenn and Dan's wedding coming up on September 4th and helping her get through some tough feelings she's having about her friends and grandparents not being able to come. It's been crazy!

So back in April, my sister Wendy and I decided to buy each other tickets for our birthdays (mine June 11th, hers June 6th) to see Paul McCartney in concert. I took lots of pictures and videos and for some reason the speaker on my phone was screwed up big time and he sounds awful. I'm just glad it wasn't my camera on my phone. Anyway, I did take my phone to the store and they cleaned it thinking that might be the problem. For a while my speaker wasn't working at all. Maybe all that good music fried it! We used uber for the first fun! We almost had to because downtown Cleveland was a mad house what with the Browns playing, the Indians playing and Sir Paul in concert! It was nice not to have to look for parking, he dropped us off right at the door.

Paul McCartney August 18th

We got matching shirts because we both liked them. I know, I'm always chewing gum.

So here's a little video to give you an idea but remember he sounded A LOT better than this...

I wanted to put the video "Maybe I'm Amazed" but the sound was too bad, so sad. 

Mail Pouch Saloon August 19th

So that was Thursday night. Friday we went to Jenn's to help with wedding stuff. They took us to a place to eat that was right up my alley! It was called "The Mail Pouch Saloon"! I mean really?? I have a whole collection of photos of nothing but Mail Pouch barns. 
Here's one...

How cool is this??

Here we are outside. Wanted to get the sign but it was too bright.
We stayed the night and got some things done on Saturday. We brought the chair ties we made. The venue has green ugly chairs and Jenn was trying so hard to figure out a way to dress them up without having to buy chair covers or rent different chairs. So, Paul and I cut 120 pieces of muslin and he cut the jute and I made a couple hundred linen flowers and glued on buttons. I got a Cricut Explore Air for my birthday and all I've done so far is make the card that came with it. So, this gave me a chance to really spend some time with my new toy. We girls are going to tie them to the chairs on the morning of her wedding before heading off to get pre-wedding girly stuff done.

Pretty damn good if I may say so myself

So Paul and I stayed until 2:30 or so and then we headed back to the Cleveland area to go to an Indians game. 

They lost :(
Don't know if you remember but last year I spotted these plants and the name "Lil' Kim" is the reason I bought them. In memory of my little sis.

They're blooming!!

Warms my heart! 

Paul and I had our 41st Wedding Anniversay on the 16th and my friend Helen bought us this card. Too cute!! The inside reads: 
On the road of life, it's not where you go, but who's by your side that makes the difference. I say Amen to that! 

I've been putting off getting my nails done because I'm having them done with the bridal party next weekend. Sheesh, I have claws! 

Not sure I can hold off another week!
So we found out that Paul's step sister Amy, has late stage 3 breast cancer. Bless her heart. So, Dawn decided to have a party for her. Kind of a "we support you" party and I'm making her a little gift. I'll post pics after the party Saturday. Tomorrow I head to Jenns again to hopefully get the last few details of her wedding done. She really wants to just spend the rest of the week cleaning etc.

I WILL post about the last of our vacation time with the grands soon. As always...

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Vacation with the grands...Part II - Pool time, family time and the zoo

Welcome back.
We got home from camping on Thursday and after settling in at home and unpacking etc., Friday Paul went to work and I took the kids to the pool. We have an amazing pool in our city that just opened 2 years ago. I haven't been there yet so this was my opportunity to see it (I have a pool in my subdivision without slides for old people like me haha). Needless to say, with the temps in 90's it was the perfect day for it!

These two are ready!

Crossing this, what I call a monkey bridge, isn't as easy as it looks. I watched a couple of kids give up after falling into the water. It may be the family competitiveness in them LOL. Emmy is up first..



Jenn and Dan came to visit and Sunday was Dory's birthday so we all went to wish her a Happy Birthday at the assisted living where she lives. We brought her some balloons and cards. She didn't remember Jenn and later that day she didn't remember who brought her the balloons, but that's okay. We brightened her day and that's what birthdays and family are all about.

We then headed to the zoo. At first we were rushing around because we got there in the afternoon and the brochure indicated they close at 5:00. Later found out they don't close until 7:00. Rushing around in the heat is no fun!

There's something about this family-sticking out tongues and...
Emmy's flip-flop blew out so Dan was kind enough to carry her around some.

As always...

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Vacation with the grands...Part I-Camping

For the first time ever, Paul and I had Logan and Emmy spend 2 weeks with us this summer. From July 8-23. We had an extremely wonderful experience that I hope the grands will fondly remember too. This post will be photo heavy to say the least. I've decided to break it up since we did so many things and had so many awesome experiences.

When Eric & Jess got here, we celebrated Steve (July 7) and Jessie's (July 9) birthdays with a little cake and ice cream...

Our first adventure was camping.

A camping we will go!
We went to West Branch State Park and I must say, compared to our last camping adventure at Findlay-we were impressed! The water was cleaner (I won't say clean because lakes just aren't clean to me), the bathrooms were great! They were clean and even had front loading washing machines inside! Showers were great too!
Our campsite was wonderful! I couldn't have picked a better site if I'd tried. We were right up against the lake that was accessible by 2 paths from our site.

Emmy and Logan were immediately drawn to the lake to skip stones..

We fished..

We ate good..

We swam..

Paul's dome got some sun!

We disc golfed with these 2 pros...

We showed them what Jiffy Pop is...

We had a grand time! It didn't rain until the last day and we were there from Sunday til Thursday.

A dirty face is a happy face

 So check out this deer...
We were sitting by the fire and heard this loud galloping! Running right though the campsite next to us is this deer! Paul told Emmy to slooowly turn and look to her left. Very cool!

Logan found an Illuminati stone..he was thrilled! 

Little raccoon footprints in the mud

Emmy, the shell queen

West Branch even has tons of games you can borrow..for free! 

s'mores every night

Part II soon. As always....