I had every intention of getting right back to work on the Monday following the cruise. Honest, I did. But when our daughter called over the weekend and asked if we’d like to join them at Knoebels Amusement Park on Monday, well, it didn’t take us too long to say – “Of Course!”
Even though we’ve only been to Knoebels once before (during our 2015 Adventure with granddaughter Hayley)
we are big fans of this amusement park. We love that there is no admission fee, that you can either purchase an “All Rides” wrist band or just purchase tickets for the rides you want to take. The food isn’t too pricey, the rides are everything from vintage to state of the art, and the general feel of the park is oh-so-very family friendly.
We met with Lara and Herbert and kiddos Ellie (11), Maddie (Toby’s daughter, 10) and Alexandra (3.75) by the Ferris Wheel and the park did not disappoint!
Grams and Pops took care of some of the more mild rides.
We also handled all of the watching of the bags and keeping track of kids that were too small to go (or didn’t want to go) on the big ‘coasters-
(Despite the look on Maddie’s face – she WANTED to go on that ride!)
Lara, Herbert and Maddie did all the big roller coasters, but only Maddie and Herbert were brave enough to do the StratosFear!
Spending the day with Lara and Herbert and these three cuties
was a total delight. We got home late that night, exhausted but happy and content. It was a totally unexpected, totally delicious, impromptu day of fun!
Here are some additional pictures of our time at Knoebels. But I think this one, taken by Herbert, is one of my favorites!
Oh, those faces!!!
There is almost nothing that makes my day happier than when my phone “chirps” to indicate a new text message and it’s NOT from Joann Fabrics alerting me to their latest super coupon or from SONIC letting me know that I can get half off corn dogs all day, but rather from one of my kids! And when that text includes a picture, well, this traveling Gramma’s heart sings. In the last week I’ve heard from all of them – and all of them have sent pictures!
From Lara –
“We stopped by the park and there was a 3 yr old birthday party happening and we knew the little girl a bit so they invited us to join. It was all Daniel Tiger. :)” (Alexandra’s favorite!!)
“We got our nails done today for a belated Mother’s Day 🙂 ”
From Toby –
“Reis playing tball and Maddie’s team won the championship for the season today!” (Maddie’s third from the right in the front row!)
And from Josiah (well, technically from Abigail, but we’re still counting it!)
(This one came without caption – but then again, does it really need one?)
and finally –
“He loves his quilt!”
Those little snippets from the busy lives of our kids are treasured beyond words. SO – If you have young children and your parents don’t live close by (or even if they do, for that matter!): Quick – snap a picture with that fancy phone of yours, and send it off to them! It’ll do their hearts good!
Have a good weekend, everyone!
Although at the moment we are sitting in the waiting room of the RV repair shop and don’t actually know what the next couple of days might bring, the month of May looks pretty clear for us. It seems like a good month to challenge myself to do a blog post “Every Day in May”. Since we just finished up a wonderful time with our grands in Ohio, I figured that would be a great place to start. Be prepared for extreme cuteness!
This is probably not new news to most of you, but just to refresh – we have 10 beautiful grandchildren! Seven of them live in the Columbus Ohio area, and we were blessed to be able to spend 5 busy days with them. The Marysville clan, 3 girls and 2 boys, are crazy busy this year. Sports schedules, art exhibits, sleepovers – we get exhausted just thinking about their busy schedule. Down with the Gahanna crew the kids’ schedule isn’t quite so crazy, but both parents are working, so it’s still a busy-busy place. We did have a super fun day with the two littlest who are not in school – Reis and Alexandra!
There was some Cross-Fit time-
Some picnic time –
And a great time at a nearby playground!
Once everyone got home from school (except for one that had a game and one that we pick-up on the way), we piled into the Conrad-mobile, and headed to the local Chick-f-La for dinner.
Yes, just Grams and Pops and 6 grands. And Oh, How Grand It Was!
(No worries – all children were returned to their respective parents unscathed.)
We were also able to get to a couple of the ball games, an art exhibit, and even had a lovely evening out with just the grown-ups. =)
I tried to get individual shots of each of these precious little (or not so little) ones – and was mostly successful! I had to snag one off of Facebook for Ellie B, and sweet Maddie wasn’t feeling well, so hence the blanket. But overall, I’m pretty sure I have some of the very cutest and talented grandkids on the planet!
We got to celebrate Gary’s birthday (actually we celebrated it at every opportunity)
and managed one group grand-kid photo with only a little bit of cajoling. (It did not seem prudent to ask that everyone actually have shirts on since we did this way past everyone’s bedtime!)
So there you have it – the Ohio visit in a nutshell!! Lots of hugs and kisses, some early season ball games (brrrrrr), plenty of indoor game playing and good quality time with the kids. It did this Gramma’s heart good!
Real-time update – the RV is out for a test drive, so we’re hopeful it was an easy adjustment and we’ll be on the road before too long. Hopefully with some money still in our pockets.
Thanks for stopping by – and stay tuned for the Every Day in May blogging extravaganza!
Waco these days is a happenin’ little town. We ‘discovered’ Waco about 9 years ago when our daughter took a job at Baylor University. We found it to have lots to offer – from it’s very own lake (Lake Waco) to several wonderful museums to a lovely zoo to lots of park space to a beautiful riverfront area. Lately it’s become more well known as the home to Chip and Joanna Gaines and their HGTV show, Fixer Upper. Ah, the shiplap that is yet to be discovered in this sweet little city! But what we really love to Waco are the people we’ve connected with. When the daughter said she was moving to Ohio, we were sad to loose that connection with folks we had come to love. Needless to say, when one of the sons said he wanted to move to Waco – well, that was just fine with us! Continue reading Wacotown Days
It’s times like this that I think I should just have a category called Catchin Up since it seems like I do an awful lot of that these days!There’s no point in apologizing for my 2 and a half weeks of silence, so I guess I’d better just get started – you know – catchin’ up.
The Ohio Family!
Our first stop in our drive west and south was Ohio, where two thirds of our family live. =)
We dropped the house off at a repair shop near Dayton to get some shiny new brakes, and headed to the kids with our suitcases and the truck. Since we were going to be house guests (and given our schedule) our visits were short but sweet(following the house guests and fish rule). But we managed to pack our days full of lots of fun, nonetheless!
First stop was with our Marysville clan –
There were countless games of Rummikub-
A couple Corn Hole tournaments –
A seven-year old’s birthday at the local crossfit gym-
Some birdhouse building
And even some felt crafting
Oh – and lest I forget – a fine display of gymnastics!
and Noah! They sure get good use out that blue gym mat!
Stories were read, snuggles were garnered, and saxophones were played.
It was a great visit all around!
By Monday we were off to Gahanna to see the rest of our Ohio family!
Since this visit happened mid-week, and folks were either working or in nursery school, we had a little more time to help out with some chores. There was a fence to fix (thanks to the neighbor’s tree falling on it over the summer)
and Gary decided he wanted to put a floor in the playhouse area of the swing set (our spring project!).
But even though we had our days mostly to ourselves, we still had some sweet visits with the kids and Mom and Dad. Pops pulled out the birdhouse project and everyone seemed to enjoy that little activity!
Before we knew it – it was time to pack up and head down the road. Next time we need to ignore the 3 Day House-Guests and Fish rule!!
But Texas and Gary’s first SOWER Board meeting was calling!
It was a mostly uneventful trip – just a bit to much construction and way too many trucks!!!
This last week we’ve been parked at the SOWER office while Gary went to 3 days of Trustee meetings while I stayed back at the rig (mostly) and caught up with life.
It was a good meeting and we thoroughly enjoyed reconnecting with friends from when I took a turn on the board!
We finished off the week visiting several SOWER projects and then spent today wrapping up chores here (you should see how sparkling our ceiling fan is!!). Tomorrow we head to Waco, where the other 1/3 of our family live!!
So now I’m officially caught up – until I get totally absorbed in playing with the grandboys and catching up with friends in Waco. Oh well – you know I’ll be back eventually, right?
Thanks for coming along for the ride!