O-H-I-O (& New York!) Family Trip

In September, prior to my maternity leave ending, I flew to Ohio (alone) with both girls. I know, sounds a little crazy, but honestly, the flights went really well. The worst part of the entire day of travel was the drive from the Detroit airport down to my mom’s house in Ohio (because of Lillian’s crazy car screaming). The girls and I went to Ohio to spend two weeks with my family and friends. We took a similar trip the summer after Vivian was born and before I returned to work after giving birth to her.

Off We Go!

Off We Go!

It was on this trip that Lillian met her Uncle Matthew and Papa for the first time.

Lillian Meets Papa

Lillian Meets Papa

Lillian Meets Uncle Matthew

Lillian Meets Uncle Matthew

Lillian also met and spent quite a bit of time with her Great Grandma, who turned 90 while we were in Ohio. We celebrated her at a birthday party in her senior living community.

Lillian at Grandma's 90th Birthday Party

Lillian at Grandma’s 90th Birthday Party

Damschroders!

Damschroders!

She also met some of my Mom’s side of the family – Aunt Deb, Uncle Den, and Uncle Lee.

Oberhausers!

Oberhausers!

And, she met some of my friends.

High School Friends

High School Friends

College Friend

College Friend

In between meeting all of these people, we went to the library, zoo, parks, museum, and more (of course!).

Getting a Balloon Animal from Sillie Tillie at Reliegh's Closet

Getting a Balloon Animal from Sillie Tillie at Rileigh’s Closet

Visiting the Toledo Zoo

Visiting the Toledo Zoo

Playing After Library Storytime

Playing After Library Storytime

Vising the New 9/11 Memorial at Williams Park in Gibsonburg

Vising the New 9/11 Memorial at Williams Park in Gibsonburg

Playing at the Helena Park that Papa Helped Build

Playing at the Helena Park that Papa Helped Build

Painting at the Toledo Art Museum's Family Center

Painting at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Family Center

Playing with Uncle Lee at Fremont's East Side Park

Swinging with Uncle Lee at Fremont’s East Side Park

Vivian also helped my dad collect chicken eggs and feed the chickens nearly every evening. She was not afraid of the chickens at all and would reach under them and grab the eggs from right beneath them!

Chicken Chores at Papa's

Chicken Chores at Papa’s

Vivian also had a lot of fun playing with Aunt Anna’s old toys, like her Little People house.

Playing House

Playing House

The last weekend that we were in Ohio, Dan flew out to join us. He and my dad took Vivian up to our cabin in western New York for a few days while my mom, Lillian, and I stayed home in Ohio.

Little Girl in a Big Woods

Little Girl in a Big Woods

Papa and Vivian at the Cabin

Papa and Vivian at the Cabin

Riverside Walk with Lillian in Grand Rapids

Riverside Walk with Lillian in Grand Rapids

Lillian Visiting Her First Dead President (Rutherford B. Hayes)

Lillian Visiting Her First Dead President (Rutherford B. Hayes)

Nana and Lillian on the Porch at the Hayes House

Nana and Lillian on the Porch at the Hayes House

When my dad, Dan, and Vivian returned from the cabin, we all went out to dinner together on our last night in Ohio.

Depot Pizza Dinner - Of Course!

Depot Pizza Dinner – Of Course!

We all flew home together and after an anxiety-ridden tumultuous flight into and out of Minneapolis during huge thunderstorms, we arrived home late and tired, but safe. I had one week left of maternity leave before we learned a new normal – two working parents and two kids in daycare.

About Carrie

I'm a Midwest transplant in SoCal...spending my time exploring, questioning, reading, writing, baking, skiing, and running.
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2 Responses to O-H-I-O (& New York!) Family Trip

  1. Robini says:

    What a fun trip! That’s awesome that you guys got to see so much family, and Viv must have nerves of steel, gathering eggs and accepting gifts from silly tilly. I am always tickled to see Autumn & Isaiah playing with toys I enjoyed when growing up, and that Cabin sounds like a lovely experience. I also love the picture of Viv painting. I am glad the trip went well, and that you got home safe!

    • Carrie says:

      Boy, after reading your comment, my first thought was – wait? did the trip go well? I just remember being so freakin’ exhausted. But we did do a lot of fun things and it was great to spend so much time with family and friends. All this fun and bonding, though, sure takes its toll on a tired mama!

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