Wednesday, November 5, 2008


My visit to Toledo went well, and fast (except the drive there and back). The trip took 17 hours, with THREE kids! Without the frequent potty stops we normally can make it in about 14-15 hours. We arrived Thursday afternoon (we left at 7 pm on Wed). We only had three full days there, enough time to see family and friends, take the kids trick-or-treating, and go to places that we miss. One of my favorite places is Barry Bagels, where I enjoyed my usual turkey on a salt bagel and a bowl of matzo ball soup. It was delish! (see image below)

Places we also went were The Anderson's, The Buckeye-Wolverine Shop, the mall (it will always be Franklin-Park), and Geno's pizza. My how things have changed. We were driving around like we were in a foreign land. Our heads bopping from one thing to another. I love how Toledo gets all the cool things once we leave.

Friday after lunch and shopping we went back to Chad's mom's house so the kids could carve pumpkins and get ready to trick-or-treat. Hayden was Jango Fett from Star Wars, Logan was a skeleton, and Bryn was a candy corn.

On Saturday my aunt threw a party for us so we could see the family all at once. It was a blast! It was also the first time everyone got to meet Bryn. Of course everyone loved her! We also got to meet Maddie, my cousin's baby girl who is one month older than Bryn.

I only got to see my best friend Melissa and her new baby Jacob for a short time. But it was nice to see her and her miracle baby even if it was for just an hour. Jacob was born at 28 weeks gestation in June.

Part of the trip was dedicated to our house for sale there. Chad had intentions of doing some more work to the house, but we didn't have enough time. He cleaned out the garage and I buried a statue of St. Joseph in the yard (if this has worked for anyone let me know). My house has been for sale for almost a year now. Fingers crossed! (Me, superstitious? No!)

All in all it was a good trip. We didn't get to see everyone or do everything, maybe next time!

Guess who's coming to the White House?

History has been made. (Notice, I didn't say WE made history. I had nothing to do with it.) Barack Obama is the new President-elect. Of course I was disappointed. I am a registered Republican, and have been since I first registered to vote in 1992. McCain was not my first choice, but he was the choice. I was not only electing the leader of my/our country. I was electing my husband's future boss. Being a military family, John McCain was the best choice for my family. He's a very respected Veteran and he understands the needs of the military and their families. Under Bill Clinton, the military did not receive ONE pay raise...for 8 years! My only hope is that President-elect Obama does not screw us like Bill Clinton screwed so many before (pun intended). I will give him the benefit of the doubt until he proves me wrong. He deserves the utmost respect, and I hill honor that. It does not matter if you agree with your president or not, (Bush haters like Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Barbra Streisand, Rosie O'Donnell, etc. etc.), you should grant them the respect they deserve as the leader of our country. UNITED WE STAND means something. Let's prove it. Congratulations Mr. Obama!

I think we can all agree that we are glad it's O.V.E.R! Yea! Now we can get back to what's important in this when LOST is going to return. It's been freakin' forever!