Hands down, the best part of going home is being with family. You could lock me inside for a week and as long as I had family coming and going the whole time I would be just fine [ and I know I could count on Rachael being there every day!].
I didn't get to see everyone in the family as much as I would have hoped because there was lots of sickness going around. I was thrilled that despite the crazy weather and illness I was still able to see my Grandma Kriechbaum. You guys... I finally, FINALLY got my very own 4 generation picture!!
The Grandchild count is up to 18 with one on the way [Ruth]. In Ohio we had 15 of the grand-kids there. Vince is still a little too young to be able to play with all of his cousins, but he sure loves to watch them. I am giddy for the time when all of these youngsters are old enough to play and run around with each other.
Do you see all of these cuties? Perhaps I'm a little biased, but I'm pretty certain that Griffioens make the cutest kids ever!
Other than hanging out with the family a bunch I was privy to my favorite Ohio restaurants. You can just ask Paul, I talk about Max & Erma's every time I plan a trip home. That tortilla soup is to die for. Just thinking about that ooey gooey, spicy, cheesey soup is making me drool. I also went to J. Alexanders-- my favorite steakhouse. Without a doubt I go for the Filet Mignon with Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Okay, and their "side salad" was big enough to be an entree! Mmm.
And there you have it. To me, going home isn't about excitement and partying [except when I go to Cedar Point]. It's about being with my absolute favorite people in the whole world-- my family. Like I said when I started, you could lock me in a house the whole trip and it would be awesome as long as I had my family.