Monday, August 24, 2009

Vaca Visiting the Fam Finale

So, we’re home. One day later than we wanted and one day earlier than planned. Get that? We had planned on being home 8/22, decided to leave on 8/20 and actually left on 8/21. The youngest child ended up getting a fever so we left on Friday. We left earlier than planned because we were ready to come home, lol.

This trip has made me reevaluate how I feel about Ohio. For the last 12 years, I have said that I hate Ohio and anything to do with it. This was a totally unfair assessment. Ohio is a pretty neat state. There is a lot to do with the Columbus Zoo (voted #1 in the nation), Cedar Point, Kings Island, The Wilds, Old Man’s Cave, Lake Erie, and tons and tons of other things I haven’t listed (not that I got to enjoy any of them while on this trip). In addition to sight seeing and other activities, there’s lots of shopping and dining opportunities in Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati, and their surrounding suburbs (which I did get to do.). Funnily enough, I also realized how much I miss seeing miles of soybean and corn fields in the summer. It’s almost a Zen type of thing to look out over the rows.

The reason I have always said that I hate Ohio is because of how much of a PITA it is to go there. It’s either a 6 hour flight from California, a 13 hour drive from Vermont, or an 11 hour drive from North Carolina. Then, once you get there, the entire fam expects you to continue to traverse the entire state to visit them since the Mister and I have family pretty much all over the state with the exception of the very northern parts and we probably have family up there that I’m forgetting. I have decided that I’m not going to Ohio again unless it’s in an RV that we rent. Then we’re going to park it in some campground and everybody can come to US!!! We always end up pissing people off because we spent too much time there and not enough time here or vice versa and with an RV, it’ll be their fault if they don’t make it out to the campground. Ingenious, right?

Do I have pictures to share? Just a few with some animals. I didn’t get any of my grandparents house because the youngest was sick and we didn’t make it out to say goodbye like I had planned. I’m actually glad that I didn’t. I was almost in tears several times thinking about it and I know what kind of a fool I would have made of myself if I had actually known my last time there was my last time there. I think it’s best this way.

Now we’re home and trying to get back into a routine and get the kids started at school. Their first day is tomorrow and today will be hectic to say the least. It’s not even noon yet and I already feel like I’ve had a full day.  The Mister goes back to work tomorrow too but my first day back is today and I have a bit of catching up to do.


  1. glad you made it back safely. I hope you youngest gets well soon.

    I know what you mean about visiting home. When I lived away from family, I use to get the biggest guilt from people about not spending time with them and such. You can only do so much and they just haven't a clue the stress you're under. I like the idea of a RV.

  2. Anonymous1:38 PM

    My kids went back today. The elementary school was an absolute zoo. I'm hoping it calms down after the first week.
    I understand where you are coming from as far as your grandparents house. My grandparents lived in Hilton Head for almost 30 years and we spent all our vacations there. Now they're gone and I have mixed feelings about ever going back. I want to but I don't. I'm afraid it will be too depressing for me.
    Good luck getting everything ready for tomorrow!

  3. Thanks Pam. She was better the day we left thank goodness. And I'm really thinking an RV is the key. Otherwise, people are just going to have to come to me at my house which has different stresses but at least I get to be in my own house, lol.

    Dana~~Morgan's school was pretty crazy today too.

    I'm glad you can understand where I'm coming from with my grandparent's house. I think most everyone else thinks I'm being weird about it. And I will NEVER go back to their house after they're gone. I won't even go down their road. Not in a million years.


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