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