My husband, Steve, travels for work. Sometimes it’s visiting clients, sometimes it’s conferences, sometimes it’s just spending time at HQ near Baltimore. (He’s currently filling the roles of National Sales Manager and also Territory Manager from Montreal to South Carolina, west to Ohio.) Sometimes I feel like if I want to spend time with him I need to go along on his trips. He prefers to drive rather than fly, so that makes it easier for Olivia and me to come along. So when he had upcoming conferences in Dayton and Akron I decided to join him. When I mentioned we’d be gone, several people responded by wishing me a fun time on vacation.
Ohio: Your dream vacation and mine.
We're noticing some similarities between the girls, not just the dresses Grandma made (thanks!) but their bright blue eyes and maybe their noses. The eyes come from the non-Richardson side, though, so it's just coincidental unless you want me to drag out my ol' Genetics textbook.
Friday we went to the Gap Clearance Outlet which, if you’re used to like Prime Outlets or whatever, this is like the outlet for that outlet, so it’s huge and most stuff is under $10. There’s also one in Lancaster.
On Saturday Steve was back with us and we went to the Cincinnati Zoo. My favorite was the lemurs who sat, arms out, soaking up the sunshine. Here are Steve and Travis watching monkeys.
Each afternoon was quiet/nap time and each evening Jen cooked a wonderful dinner and we took a walk before putting the kids down. Then we had time to talk without interruption. It was a fun visit!
On Sunday after church we said goodbye and headed to Akron, about 5 hours away. Olivia had the morning to play in the church nursery, so she did sleep for an hour or two but did get to the cranky phase. We went to Pizza Hut (a rarity for us, but one of Steve’s favorites and, after all, it was Father’s Day) and then checked in at the hotel. Quaker Square used to be a series of grain silos for the Qaker Oats, so the rooms are round and the lobby is a maze of different rooms, very different. Even the condiments at breakfast were displayed in vintage Quaker Oat tins.
Steve started his conference on Monday morning, and Olivia and I headed to the Akron Zoo. It was smaller than Cinci but still really nice, and this time my favorite was the leopard. It was hot out and almost time for lunch, so I figured a mall would be good. I don’t know Akron at all, but the GPS tells me there’s a JCPenney and when we got there it was an outlet (!). But it wasn't part of a mall and was in a seedy part of town and Olivia was ready for lunch, so we shopped quickly, hit the McDonald’s drive-thru, and headed back to the hotel for a nap.
Today Steve and his colleagues wrapped up at the conference and we headed home. Olivia slept for a couple hours and played nicely the rest of the time. Such a blessing!
(Note: Is there a vehicle that gets great mileage - high 20s, can accommodate a toddler, dog, and all of our stuff, and has AWD/4WD? I want one. Please don’t say a minivan, I'm not there yet.)