Matt and Gracie went to Ohio for a short visit from Saturday-Tuesday; it had been planned for a while, so Matt did end up taking back-to-back weekend trips to Ohio. We decided we could only send two people this time, so Gracie—who will live most of her life getting to do everything second—was the one that got to go. It's unfortunate that we live so far away right now, because one of the greatest joys in life has to be having your grandparents to yourself for a visit without having to share with anyone else. Maddie and Bridget are already plotting trips of their own. I asked Gracie what her ten favorite things about the trip were, and here is what she said, in no particular order.
1. Cookover* at Nana and Papa's house
Her flash was accidentally turned off on her camera, but they're still great pictures. Grandma, Grandpa, Nana, and Papa live within a mile of each other. Or as we like to refer to them sometimes: Sis, Whitey, Buzz, and Skeeter. Oh, to have grown up in the 1940s and 1950s. People don't nickname their kids like that as much anymore : )
*Gracie calls BBQs "cookovers." We like it.
2. Shopping at Chapel Hill Mall with Nana and Papa
It takes no great powers of deduction to determine why this was a favorite.
3. Riding the merry-go-round at the mall
4. Shopping at Target with Grandma and Grandpa
Someone clearly has her grandparents wrapped right around her little finger. A Fancy Nancy book was also purchased; we hear it was great fun to work on the vocabulary words in the back.
5. Visiting the Akron Zoo with Nana
6. Painting at Nana and Papa's house
7. "Signs of Spring" walk with Grandma and Grandpa
She was so looking forward to this walk, since in Cheyenne we don't have leaves on trees or flowers blooming yet. (At press time, it is alternating between snow and freezing rain here. Ugh.) The hyacinths were moving past their prime, but they are a favorite. Matt was on a geneaology adventure with his great-uncle Clif on this day. We hear they also had a wonderful time!
8. Hula-hoops and frisbee with Grandma
If you want to learn how to hula-hoop, throw a football, toss a frisbee, or twirl a baton, Grandma is your girl.
9. Swimming at the Natatorium with Grandma and Grandpa
Picture found online at a Cuyahoga Falls site. Easy to tell why this was a favorite! The Natatorium sure didn't look like this when I lived in Ohio.
10. Riding on the plane with Daddy
It was a much more enjoyable experience than last time Gracie and her Daddy rode on a plane from Denver to Canton-Akron together : )