My oldest has been writing to a pen pal for about 4 years now (I think it’s 4 years, I’m sure she’ll correct me if I’m wrong) and she’s been saving to go down to Georgia to visit her and her family but it hasn’t worked out to save as much as she needed so in October her pen pal’s mom emailed me and told me they were coming up to Ohio! There were some very excited children to say the least. We had many ideas that we could do with them while they were here. One thing they wanted to do was to go to the children’s science museum – we no longer have a pass to it but another friend who knew of our plight gave me 3 free admission passes which enabled two of my children and myself to get in free and then my other child received 1/2 off with our other museum pass. Thank you dear Friend! My son quickly became friends with M’s brother as well. Unfortunately, my middle child, felt a bit left out – I’m finding out that most middle children feel this way.
After a day at the science museum we left and came back to our city, H’s friend came home with us as she was going to go in and watch B and H take their mandatory ballet class for Illuminate. After dance class we drove to a mall about 1/2 hour away. This was quite a huge feat for me as I HATE (did I mention hate?) driving in the dark, even wearing my glasses doesn’t help so I was quite nervous as it was dark, highway driving and their family was following me. We ate a dinner at the food court and then we all walked around – I was quite tired by the time we got home.
The next day we found out they were leaving a day early so we hurried to think of something we could do before they left, we met them at a park and as it was so wet and dewy I suggested we head to the local rock garden. My GPS got us all turned around, it sits back in a rather unsavory neighborhood and one doesn’t want to get lost there, luckily H’s friend google mapped it for us and we were on our way. I’ve posted about the rock garden here and here.
It was a great but all together too short a visit. Of course I know the girls would have been fine if they could have stayed forever. My oldest is still saving to make it down to their turf one of these days, but since she’s saving for both Project Dance Detroit and her trip to GA it’s slow going. We were so happy to meet this family who has blessed us with a wonderful friendship between our daughters and in other ways as well.
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