April 6, 2009

Dayton, OH

After our nice stay in Knoxville, TN at my aunt's house, we headed the 6 hrs up to Dayton, OH to visit Ryan's family. It's been a few years since Ryan and I saw everyone up there so it was very nice to meet the new cousin's. Olivia hung out with many of Ryan's second cousin's that neither of us had met yet. We ventured to Uncle Kevin's house for a bit before he took us to lunch. Then he enjoyed playing with Olivia, who surprisingly warmed up to him very fast. Olivia is cautious around men she is unfamiliar with, a good thing, but with Uncle Kevin, he looks and sounds very similar to Ryan's dad that I think she thought he was Poppy.

Then we went to Grandma and Grandpa house before going to dinner at famous Marian's Pizza, the only place we eat while in town. It's great, you order your pizza, find a seat anywhere in the restaurant you'd like and wait for you're number to be called. Our group took up a few tables, as it was the grandparents, all the grandchildren in the area and their families. Amazingly, we noticed this was the first time that the 4 daughters were not present, just the grandkids and great-grandkids. After a wonderful evening getting to know the great-grandkids, Olivia slept soundly (as she was tired at the pizza place and stayed up past her bedtime) in her own room while Ryan and I slept soundly in another. The next morning our stay came to an end and our 12 hr drive to WI was ahead of us. We'd arrive in WI Saturday night and then go and surprise Ryan's mother the next morning for her 50th Birthday.

Uncle Kevin Collins

Grandpa Weimer

Ryan's cousin Julie

Olivia and Autumn (Ryan's cousin Blake and his wife Amber's daugter)

The Robert's family: Delany, Cousin Julie, Keegan, Huband Keith, Ryan, Olivia and me

Olivia was really tired

Amber, Autumn, Ryan, me, Olivia and Cousin Blake

Olivia was tired and wanted to lay on the floor. Jackson wanted to join her.

The Kleismit Family: Cousin Chad, little Dominic, Ryan, Olivia, me, Jackson and Adrienne

Grandma and Grandpa took us to breakfast at Bob Evan's the morning we left.

1 comment:

The Whitefields said...

Looks like you guys had a great time! And I can relate to not seeing family over an extended period of time. I haven't seen my grandparents in over 2 years and I feel horrible about it. It would be wonderful to take a road trip like you guys and visit family. Olivia seems to be a great trooper with the car ride and different schedule...glad she's an easy toddler!

Any other trips coming up soon? You guys have been travelers recently and I love hearing the stories!