The last weekend in July, Grandma Cindy and Grandpa Don flew to DC from Ohio to spend a long weekend with us. (Yeah, we’re a little behind on blog posts!) Noah and I met Grandma and Grandpa at the airport that Thursday. He was so excited to see them!
We spent most of the weekend relaxing indoors since it was HOT, HOT, HOT outside! Noah, Grandma and Grandpa played cars and trucks, read books and built with Legos. Ryan even dug out some of his old Lego road plates for everyone to use – score!
That Saturday night Noah stayed home with Grandma and Grandpa while Ryan and I went to Baltimore to see a Billy Joel concert. Thanks Grandma and Grandpa. We had a blast!
The next day we all headed to the pool in our complex. Noah had fun showing off his swimming moves. And yes, even though Grandma and Grandpa just relaxed poolside, they were definitely within splashing distance!
That Monday we all squeezed into the car and drove back to Ohio. Yep, that car was packed! Noah got to show Grandma and Grandpa one of his favorite things: the long Allegheny Mountain tunnel on the Pennsylvania Turnpike – so cool to a four-year-old!
On our first full day at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, we visited the Conneaut Railroad Museum that is housed in the city’s original train depot. Noah (and the big kids too!) got to explore a black locomotive and tender, a yellow hopper car and a red caboose. According to the signs, the black Nickel Plate Road Berkshire locomotive was built in 1944 and was used until 1957. It weighs 400 tons and is 100’ feet long – it’s huge!
Noah loves trains, so the train museum was a perfect afternoon outing!
On the way back to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, we drove through Conneaut Township Park along Lake Erie. While we were there, we saw the Roger Blough, a Great Lakes Fleet ore boat. According to Ryan (via Google I’m sure), the boat is 858’ long, 105’ wide and can carry 44,000 tons. Yep, it was huge!
After we got home, Grandma put Noah to work husking corn. That was our only corn on the cob this summer – it was good!
The next day we drove to nearby Ashtabula to see the lift bridge on Lake Erie – another one of Noah’s favorite things.
While we were there, we had lunch at Briquettes Smokehouse – yummy barbecue – and then had dessert at the Harbor Perk coffeehouse down the street. Our bellies were full!
On the way back to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, we stopped by Ashtabula’s Lake Shore Park along Lake Erie. The swings and slides were too hot to play on, but Noah had fun just walking around in the sand.
Stay tuned to read more about our recent trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s house in Ohio. Spoiler alert: Noah’s cousins Jewel and Jenson, Aunt Jill, Aunt Kristen and Uncle Jim all came to visit!