Tuesday we took a trip to the Toledo Zoo. My cousin Jennifer and her niece Alexa drove from GA Monday so they could spend the week with us before the wedding! Jennifer, Alexa and my cousin Holly met at the Zoo for a fun filled day! Of course, I didn't check the weather very well, well I did, but it changed since that last time I checked, and it was COLD! I didn't pack very much cold weather stuff for us! But we still had fun! We got there at 10 when it opened and left at 3pm. The kids had a blast! They got to see Flamingos, Elephants, Giraffes, Penguins, Tigers, Gorillas, Orangutans, Zebras, Polar Bears and other animals. After the Zoo, we went to Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano in Perrysburg, OH. I love Italian food so this was perfect! After dinner, I couldn't just go back to the hotel, so we went out to Franklin Park Mall in Toledo to walk off dinner. I found some stuff that I liked, but I didn't end up buying anything.
My parents and Aunt arrived early Wednesday morning and checked into the Hotel in Port Clinton that we were going to be staying at the rest of the week. After breakfast, we checked out of the hotel and headed to Port Clinton. Once we were all unpacked, we got in the cars and headed back to Toledo to go to Tony Packo's. Everytime we go to Ohio now, I think that is going to be a place that we have to go to. Tony Packo's is a hot dog joint. Well, technically, it is Hungarian sausage. So good!! After lunch, we did a little shopping at Wal-Mart since I needed some Cleveland gear and I can't find it here in VA. Then we met my cousins, Aunt & Uncle at Cleats for dinner. I wasn't very hungry since we had a big lunch so I ordered the appetizer Nachos. I didn't realize that the Nachos could easily feed 10 people! Needless to say, I didn't finish half of them!
Thursday we went shopping at Sandusky Mall. There were some Ohio State National Champion shirts on sale, so I had to get some! After shopping, we went to Berardi's Family Kitchen for lunch. Definitely a good lunch! Then back to hotel to relax until dinner. I wanted to get Bell Mel's Pizza so that's what we did for dinner. The family that lived in Ohio met us up there and ate dinner with us. After dinner Aunt Linda, Jennifer and I walked back to the hotel with the kids. We stopped for Laffy Taffy's on the way. Every stop sign that we got too, the kids would laugh. Then we had ice cream outside of the hotel waiting for everyone else to get back. Thursday was our relax day!
Friday was Cleveland day!! Mom Dad Kevin and I went off to Cleveland in the morning and Aunt Linda took the kids for the day. My Aunt Cindy was having a perch dinner, so she took the kids over there. They played with sidewalk chalk, bubbles and played baseball in the back yard. We went to Winking Lizard for some yummy Wings! Then off to the HorseShoe Casino. I played a couple of games. My last game I played, I won. Once I was up, I stopped! My cousin Jennifer and Alexa met us in Cleveland and we went to the Indians game! We had a blast at the game! Finally got to see a Win!
Saturday morning we went to Haley & Nick's rehearsal brunch at Nick's parents cottage in Port Clinton. After brunch, we headed back to the hotel and took the kids to Walley Festival. They had a parade that was going right in front of the hotel. The kids loved it! Most people in the parade threw out Candy. It looked like we just got done trick or treating by the end of the parade! After the parade was over, we went back to the room and cooled off a little. Then we took a walk down to where the vendors were set up. After walking around the Walley Festival, we went to the Moose for dinner! Yellow Perch Sandwich was dinner! After dinner, we headed back to the hotel to start packing up. Sunday was Haley & Nick's wedding and we were checking into another hotel closer to where they were getting married.
Sunday we checked out of the hotel and made our way over to Tiffin, OH. When we got to the hotel our rooms weren't ready yet, so we set out for a place to eat. Again, we didn't want to go somewhere that we could find in VA. We ended up going to T.J. Willie's in Tiffin and ate some lunch. I called the hotel after lunch and the rooms still weren't ready, so we went over to the Tiffin Moose Lodge to hang out until the rooms were ready. Once the rooms were ready, we headed back to get ready for the wedding. They had shuttles available to take us to the wedding and ceremony. The wedding was very short and sweet! Once the ceremony was over, Nick & Haley dismissed each row individually. I loved that idea because it gave them a chance to say Hi to everyone that was there for them. After the ceremony, we took a few pictures, then it was reception time! They had a table set up for the kids to color and draw on near us. They also did a Candy toss before the bouquet toss! I thought that was a neat idea to not leave out the kids! We all had a great time at the wedding!
Monday it was time to head back home. We had a fun and memorable trip!