May 15, 2018

A week in Ohio

*posted months later on 10/28 but backdated, never added pics*

I'm back with another trip recap! Haddie and I flew to Ohio last week for my family's annual mushroom hunt (for new readers, my family "hunts" for morel mushrooms every spring) and so that she could meet my grandma.

I was a little more nervous traveling solo with her than I was when Bill was with me, but it turned out to be just fine.  It was a little difficult juggling all of our stuff, but she was truly a perfect angel.

Over the course of the trip, we hung out with family, spent a day with Uncle Kyle (we are not big on calling non-family members aunt or uncle, but Kyle is so close to our family that we have decided to call him Uncle), got my hair cut and colored (for the low price of $85!  A haircut alone "starts" at $85 here in DC!), visited the cemetery to see my family members' graves, played some Keno, played games, and more.

Thursday was the "Big Hunt."  We went to 2 different woods and barely found 20.  I didn't even find a single one!  All I found was the stump of one.  We are used to finding hundreds, so this was a major bust.  It was fun anyway, though! Mom babysat Haddie while the rest of us went on the hunt.  She seemed to have a good time!  I couldn't really totally relax the whole time that I was away from her, even though I knew she was in good hands.  I kept hoping she was being good for Mom and it turns out that she mostly was!

Friday happened to be my mom's birthday so we celebrated that in the evening. I was so excited to surprise her with one of her favorite dishes, seven layer salad, but it didn't turn out very good.  I used iceberg instead of romaine because of the e.coli scare, I forgot cashews, and I used way too much mayo.  Oh well.  The spice cake I made also was a fail.  For some reason, when you cut into it, it just dissolved into a little pile of cake dust.  Oh well again! I tried.  I think she liked her presents. My fave that I gave her was a nightgown. Haddie gave her a book called "How to Babysit a Grandma." She enjoyed this funny dog wine holder.

One of the best moments of the trip (and my life, truly) was introducing Haddie to Nanny (my grandma).  She is losing her eyesight and really wanted to meet her while she can still see, so I'm really glad that we made the trip.  She called Haddie her "little buttercup."  We spent lots of time chatting on her porch and taking short walks.

Haddie also got to meet my aunt Kate, cousin Emmy and my cousin James and his family drove over one evening to meet her.

I was so sad to leave and really wish that we lived closer to home.

Our flight back to DC was terrible -- it was soooo incredibly hot.  Think 85 easy.  Haddie was overheated and fussy.  An angel of a passenger sat next to us.  She helped me out a few times and fanned us throughout the trip.  I am going to complain to the airline because it was really awful. (Update: I complained and got a whopping $50 towards a future flight...)

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