Finding Family in Milford, OH

20150725_145127smOur time in Milford, a suburb of Cincinnati, OH, was one that I’m so glad we did!  The entire purpose of visiting this town was to see my Aunt and Uncle and cousins, all of which my kids had never met before.  Road life can be a bit lonely at times especially for the kids; not that this trip up to this point had allowed for much loneliness at all (Lucky US!).  But there’s just something about family.  The kids know it instinctively.  If you say this is your cousin, they are OFF, it is DONE, best friends are made immediately and for life.

Lou and Taylor.  It was back to back sleepovers for these two!
Lou and Taylor. It was back to back sleepovers for these two!

We arrived, late as usual, at a state park 20 mins from and recommended by my Aunt Yancy called East Fork Lake.  It was a fabulous, huge, EMPTY park on a lake.  We liked it, especially when I found out they take Passport America, making our stay just $14 a night.  But we didn’t spend much time there, since the party is always happening at Aunt Yancy’s!  So getting there; we try to enter the park from the wrong side and had to drive all the way around it, making us later then our usual late.  We pull in, get parked, and all that that entails, and book it over to my Aunt’s, whom I haven’t seen since I was 3 months pregnant with my first child.  Sweet as she is, she’s waiting for us with dinner!  Dinner is always good on a travel day…..okay, on any day!  We hugged and talked and caught up and got to know Laura, who is a family friend and living at the house as well, which is awesome cause Uncle Scott travels most days of the week and company is always good, at least in my family.

I think Jonah had a little crush on Ms. Laura, but I hear this is the case with all babies.  Don't tell Jonah.
I think Jonah had a little crush on Ms. Laura, but I hear this is the case with all babies, just don’t tell Jonah.

The whole week was filled to the brim with family hangouts, last minute sleepovers, and trying all the food that Cincinnati has to offer.  I’m still working the pounds off from this week!  I just hope that Joe and I are half the hosts to our visitors that The Leglue’s were to us this week!

My Aunt Yancy!
My Aunt Yancy!

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The first few days were mostly just Aunt Yancy, Laura, and Us.  And that was just fine!  We hung out at their house while they worked those pesky jobs of theirs that I tried to convince them to quit.  And while they went to work with hangovers, Joe LOVED working in Uncle Scott’s basement office with their blazing fast internet, and I did ALL of our laundry while the kids grossly over-watched CABLE!  It was glorious and very little school work was done this week, as well as grocery shopping.  They just kept feeding us!

This is the Skyline Chili Man.  Ever had it?
This is the Skyline Chili Man. Ever had it?

We really didn’t want to do anything but hang out with our peeps while we were there, so that’s mostly what we did!

We finally on Day 4 were approved for our memberships to the Redneck Riviera and allowed access to the pool.  My family is VERY classy!
We finally on Day 4 were approved for our memberships to the Redneck Riviera and allowed access to the pool. My family is VERY classy!  But mostly HILARIOUS!

 

Here's a pic of the kids doing "something" while Aunt Yancy and I drank beer.  Turns out they were reaping havoc on Uncle Scott's lawn in their attempt at making a dam.  We started to care enough to check into it when it was already too late.  I was trying to put plugs back in the lawn as Uncle Scott pulled up and Aunt Yancy yell/whispered "Get up!  You'll call attention to yourself!"
Here’s a pic of the kids doing “something” while Aunt Yancy and I drank beer. Turns out they were reaping havoc on Uncle Scott’s lawn in their attempt at making a dam. We started to care enough to check into it when it was already too late. I was trying to put plugs back in the lawn as Uncle Scott pulled up and Aunt Yancy yell/whispered “Get up! You’ll call attention to yourself!”
Jonah managed the water flow.
Jonah managed the water flow.
I got to babysit 6 kids for just an hour 1 day, at we all went on a walk around the neighborhood.
I got to babysit 6 kids for just an hour 1 day, and we all went on a walk around the neighborhood.
I packed our littlest cousin, Harrison, on my back and pushed Jonah and Juliet in the stroller.  Thank you BOB!
I packed our littlest cousin, Harrison, on my back and pushed Jonah and Juliet in the stroller. Thank you BOB!
Our evenings looked a lot like this.
Our evenings looked a lot like this.
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My cousin, Mallory, or Mal Mal. This pic totally wasn’t take #47. Got it on the first try.
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Mark and Joe. They had a little Bromance brewing with their love of whiskey, and music, and others things.
One night we all went and watched Laura play volleyball.  It was really fun!
One night we all went and watched Laura play volleyball. It was really fun!
At least Jonah had a good time.  Sand and popcicles?  Totally his scene!
At least Jonah had a good time. Sand and popcicles? Totally his scene!

We did venture out a couple of times on our own just so we didn’t appear too clingy, and since everyone was so tied up with those darn jobs!  One day I did make the trek into The City, Cincinnati, to take the kids to Dollar Day at the zoo.  We found the zoo easily enough, but one look at the half a mile long line outside of the gates and the full parking lot, and I made the executive decision that we were NOT going to the zoo, but to the museum instead, and taking advantage of our National Museum passes!  Cha-ching!  Free!  That’s cheaper then Dollar Day!

We all thoroughly enjoyed this museum once I was able to push, pull, and jigsaw our double stroller through their 100 year old doors.
We all thoroughly enjoyed this museum once I was able to push, pull, and jigsaw our double stroller through their 100 year old doors.
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We really liked the whole exhibit they had on the ice age!

We also snuck away one afternoon to meet up with my old friend, Meredith, and her boys for a playdate!  Meredith and I were in a very close mom’s group when our oldest kids were just babies.  She contacted me when she saw that we were just over the state line from her in Kentucky, and I’m so glad she did!  We’re always up for crossing state lines, especially when it means seeing friends!

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We started out our playdate at a sweet little café with very over priced goldfish.
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It was so good to catch up with this girl and see her doing so well. PHD bound and great mama to two awesome boys!
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We played at a park and then headed to the YMCA for some swimming. Jonah was having none of this and played on a little toddler playground just to the right of the pool, while the mamas chatted.
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I think they had a pretty good time!

And then it was right back to Aunt Yancy’s, now that we had done our job of showing that we weren’t the clingy type!

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I just thought this pic was so sweet.  Had to include it.
I just thought this pic was so sweet. Had to include it.

We finally got Mallory to hang out with us one day and it was awesome!

We took the kids to an indoor playland with trampolines and huge playscapes, and sports courts.  Right up their alley!
We took the kids to an indoor playland with trampolines and huge playscapes, and sports courts. Right up their alley!

And she showed us this cool bridge on the way back to our RV, that we drove over.  I just LOVE covered bridges, and this was the first one I’d ever driven over!  It was nothing like that scene in Beetle Juice; thank goodness!

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And one day everyone came out to see our RV and try to wrap their minds around how we all fit and live in such a small space.  And it was awesome times!

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See. We all fit!
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My cousin John and his Honey, Melody.
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Being on the road, I was super anxious about where we would end up for Lou’s birthday. I didn’t want her to feel like she didn’t have any friends or a party, so I bought a cake and everyone was sweet enough to sing happy birthday to her two weeks early, and Aunt Yancy even got her a gift. :) She loved it and felt very special!

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Right before heading out on the road again, we got a little playdate over at John and Melody’s house. These girls!

This was a very hard place to leave!  A VERY VERY hard place to leave!  We were so greatful for all the time everyone spent with us, and the fish fry, and the dinners, and the late night talks, and the KIDS!  We hope to return again soon!  We love you Leglue’s!  So very very much!

And just like that, we are on the road again!  In matching shirts.  Joe did this; I had mine on first.
And just like that, we are on the road again! In matching shirts. Joe did this; I had mine on first!
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