Girls Weekend in Columbus

Ryan had a conference in Salt Lake City, UT for 5 days learning about all sorts of interesting pediatric gastroenterological things. Here’s a pic Ryan’s co-fellow Patrice took of him living it up in Utah. They had a morning to take a gondola up to the top of Snowbird then hike down the mountain. Pretty awesome if you ask me!

Since Ryan was gone, I figured it was the perfect time for a girls weekend! My Mom, my sister Angela, and my neices Lydia and Norah arrived Friday night. Ruby waited patiently out on the porch for a good 12 minutes. She was so excited to see her cousins.

Saturday morning we took everyone to our zoo. Ruby showed Lydia all our favorite animals, the polar bears, flamingos, brown bears, elephants, gorillas, monkeys, lions, and even the baby tigers (who are now big enough to be out in the exhibit instead of in the glass viewing room!)

The girls went to the farm and pet some sheep and goats. Lydia was determined to get her hands on each and every one of those sheep. She ran from sheep to sheep greeting and petting each one. It was so great. “Look out sheep! Here come Lydia and Ruby!”

We packed  a picnic lunch and stayed right up to the point when all 4 girls had reached the point of seriously needing their naps. That night, after approximately 15 tries, I managed to get a fairly good pic of all the girls together. 

The next day was sunny and beautiful at the Homestead Park! Ruby and Lydia loved the tether ball courts and exploring the path around the pond and over the bridge. These might be the last of the perfectly vibrant fall leaf colors since it’s been so windy and rainy. We sure did enjoy Fall while it lasted!

Loved loved loved our weekend together mom and Ang. I’m so thankful you took the time to drive all the way to Columbus for a visit. Can’t wait to see you guys again at Thanksgiving!

So, what’s the verdict? Is 26 pictures too many for one post? Ha!

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Ohio State Fair

We’ve been doing all sorts of fun summertimey-type things; going to the pool, the zoo, the park, and even spent a day at the Ohio State Fair with our new friends Matt and Mary and their 3 kids. It’s not everyday that you can go to a state fair – and the Ohio State Fair is quite an event, so we figured we better check it out… on opening weekend. It was a scene!

Ruby LOVES her friends Elizabeth, Abigail and James… here they are on the gator ride.

We walked through the barns where they keep the sheep, cows and horses. Really amazing how pretty those animals are when they’re the ones being judged. Beautiful cows! It was quite an experience. Do people who own those animals sleep on cots in the barn with the animals all week? There were cots all over the place, and people were sleeping on them, so I was confused.

Clara loved the animals in the petting zoo. She was pointing and squealing and so excited about them.

Fun times! Certainly a memorable Ohio experience! It will be fun to go back when the girls are a little older and tall enough to ride some rides.