Keelie hosted her annual Christmas Girls' Party once again. It is always the Sunday evening before Christmas. We all look forward to it every year. This year she did a great fiesta meal. The guests are just asked to do two things: 1) wear PJs (or something very comfy) and then 2) to bring cookies (any sweets) to sample and exchange with each other.
I'm not sure how many years we have been doing this but it's close to 10 years now. This was the first girly party held in Keelie and Justin's new home.
We have been home more this December than any before. I am not complaining though! I have enjoyed every day and evening. So many times we go to all the work to decorate and then fill our time with so much activity that we don't get to enjoy the fruits of our labor.
I have been needing to document our girls' trip this last month. It allowed us to check off one more state on the bucket list. Who would have known there was so much to see and do in Ohio?! We just scraped the top of the "touristy" things to see and do.
A highlight for us was to stay one night at an Amish Bed and Breakfast in the heart of the Amish Country. Having already experienced exposure to the Amish in Pennsylvania, we knew we were in for a treat.
We did a driving tour through Holmes County and then went on another "bridge" tour which always proves to be so much fun!
This was one of my favorite bridges in Jefferson.....
We visited the "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame" in Cleveland....
Mooney Warther's Museum ( wood train carver and cutlery maker) in Dover......
Lehman's in Kidron....
We saw the Heinis Cheese Factory in Walnut Creek. In Akron, we saw the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens Home (66, 000 sq. ft. mansion), other historic houses, and drove by the "Blimp" home.
Rickie and Marilyn drove us from the speedway up to Gainesville so we could look at a Rhino. We loved it and bought it. (We sold my "vintage" mustang that Rick had fixed up.)
On the way home, Rick had a spell and lost consciousness for a minute . Scared the heck out of us. He had to go to the ER in Denton by ambulance. I can't say enough about all the people who came to our aid at the station we had pulled into. They offered pillows, water, words of encouragement and most importantly---prayers! After a 4-5 hour ordeal, he was released. (Vertigo and dehydration). We were so grateful for my entire family and those "passerbyers!"
The rest of the race weekend was fairly "normal." Good times with family and friends!
I am married to Rick (39 yrs.), mother to Justin and Jenna as well as MIL to Keelie and Jared. I am also known as Nanna to Jonah, Glory, Marlow, and Molly. I have one brother, Jerry, and a sister, Marilyn, who is my best friend.