From Sydney to Columbus
After we got back from our Australia and New Zealand tour we attempted to settle back into our routine again. It took about a week of midnight play sessions and zombie-like days for all of us to adjust to the time zone but we managed! The next big trip on the agenda came in mid-July and was just Hannah and I going to Ohio to visit one of my dearest friends from the TCU days, Emily.
We flew up on a Thursday and Hannah did pretty well. I had the option to upgrade to a first class seat for a small fee which I decided to take advantage of. I thought it would be nice to have the space and food seeing as Hannah was traveling as a lap infant. However, it wasn’t really worth it. I didn’t get the chance to eat because I was either entertaining her or trying to not wake her up. I did, however enjoy some nuts and a warm chocolate chip cookie!
Em has a daughter, Grace, who is a few months older than Hannah and I was so excited for them to see each other again. Our last visit with each other was Emily’s visit when Hannah was only weeks old. Obviously much had changed in the months since then! At first Grace wasn’t too sure about this smaller version of herself taking her toys, crawling around her house and stealing her mom’s attention. By the end of the weekend though she warmed up a bit.
Our first day was low key as we had arrived later in the afternoon. We let the girls play while the mommas caught up on life and gossip. We stayed up way too late just chatting. The next morning we planned to have lunch then take the girls to a splash pad. We hadn’t really planned well and didn’t bring any water friendly clothing or swim diapers. That didn’t stop us from letting them get into the fountains though! Grace loved it! Hannah was pretty excited too, but was a bit hesitant about the water shooting up from the ground. After the splash pad we headed down the road to COSI which had a great play space for younger kids. The girls crawled all over sticking various toys in their mouths, nearly avoiding getting trampled by other children, going down slides and various other activities. They also had a water play area with a few water tables, one specifically for infants. It was so great watching them explore and have fun. We may or may not have played a little long distance prank on C involving a fake x-ray and dress up bandages…. 😉
After all that excitement we were all pretty tired. It was a low key night back at the house with takeout food and a rousing game of Phase 10 after the girls were asleep. Party animals, I know. However, the next morning we were treated to some delicious homemade cinnamon rolls thanks to Emily’s stepmom (who runs a fabulous bakery out of her home). We were more than happy to taste test her newest product before it hit store shelves! We needed full bellies for our afternoon at the neighborhood pool. Their town has a really neat pool complex with a zero entry pool and play area for younger kids, full lap pool and lazy river plus lots of grassy sitting area and picnic tables. We spent several hours in and out of the water and we all had a great time. Hannah crashed when we got back to their house taking a much needed nap.
That evening Matt, Emily’s husband, showed off his grilling chops and helped us make a great summertime dinner which we enjoyed on the back patio. Hannah woke up from her nap in time to enjoy some of my grilled chicken then play with their water table. After dinner she had her first experience with a swing. She wasn’t too sure about all of it and whined nervously until we took her out.
Our final day was spent shopping. We started off browsing at Paper Source which is a dangerous place for me then hit up a few other stores. I also made it a priority to get ice cream from Jeni’s because ice cream….
After a nap it was time for us to head home. Our flight back was blissfully uneventful with the exception of Hannah throwing her food packet at the poor gentlemen next to us about 3 times despite my best efforts to catch it. Thankfully he was a pilot and very sweet. As always, it was so fun spending time with Emily. I’m so happy we have girls close in age and can’t wait to watch them grow up together. I only wish she lived in Texas