One Thursday, Mommy, Daddy and Nick got up bright and early and drove to Ohio. At the end of our journey, we were rewarded with a new car for Nick (!) and dinner at the Hartville Kitchen for everyone. Plus, lots of hugs from Grandpa Rich and Grandma.
Jon and I had requested at least one day of doing nothing, so that was our second day. As always, Nick was able to stay plenty occupied. (Even enough that Mommy and Daddy snuck away for some shopping and a movie!)
That night we had a failed attempt at a special birthday…somebody, who shall remain nameless, had a tantrum and a bad attitude, so we decided to try the next evening instead…
We spent some time at Wingfoot Lake the next day. Too many crazy kids at the playground, so Nick preferred to check out the water and the boats. When we saw a patch of sand, he decided we were at the beach and wanted to take off his shoes and walk in the water. We talked him out of that, but we did get him close enough to touch the water. That night, the birthday celebration was a success: cake and presents from Grandma and Grandpa, especially Peter Venkman and Slimer action figures that now go everywhere Nick goes. (Except to bed. Mommy said they are "too pointy.")
On Sunday, Jon had to head back, and Nick and I visited Grandma & Grandpa's church. We did get through the children's sermon before spending most of the time in the nursery. Nick is all about exploring new toys! Afterwards, we had lunch and went to a playground while Grandma had choir practice.
Monday was Akron Zoo day! We had a great time, minus two epic public tantrums. This was a great zoo for getting close to the animals. Nick especially liked the bats and the exhibit on "Curious Creatures," where he pet a giant millipede! He also went on the carousel with Grandma. After the successful rides at Martha's Vineyard, I thought the secret was getting him onto one of the animals that didn't go up and down, but Grandma thought he might've been jealous of the ones that did, so maybe next time he's just ready for a regular ride…
On our last full day, we had a Donut/Smoothie picnic at the park!
Nick and I flew out of CAK happy and loved. The hour-and-a-half delay in Detroit hardly even phased us. We'd had a really great week in Ohio with both fun and relaxation.