Tuesday, July 31, 2012

2012 Summer Vacation- Part 1

Our big summer trip started a month ago, but I'm just now finding time to write about it.  We spent 18 days on the road and covered nearly 6000 miles.  My mom joined us on this trip, but we left the pup at home this time.
Our first stop was Oklahoma.  We spent the night with some friends that I hadn't seen in 8 years.  We went to church with Josh and Amanda when we were living in Stillwater.  It was great to catch up with them and meet their 2 sweet boys.

Our next stop was Illinois to visit a bunch of Josh's family.  We were blessed to spend some good time with Grammy at the nursing home.  About 1 1/2 weeks after our visit, Grammy's health started to fail and she passed away soon after.  We will always cherish those last moments we had together.
Josh helping Grammy check her email and Facebook account.  Her arm was hurting, so Josh operated the mouse for her.
Playing Bingo with Grammy
Josh and Grammy were the big winners of the day with 4 dimes each.  Our table racked up $1.10 total!

Next up, Ohio!  Mom wanted to visit Amish country, so we spent a little time in the Berlin area.  I was happy to get to visit Lehman's old fashioned, non-electric store while we were in the area.  We also checked out the local fabric outlet store, flea market, several smaller stores, visited Heini's cheese house, and drove around in the country.
One of the 4 soda walls at Lehman's.  They had all kinds of interesting flavors from traditional root beer and fruit sodas to corn, bacon and dog drool sodas.
Horse and buggy parking area at the local auction.
We really liked the haystacks- not your traditional bales of hay.
Fabric outlet store!  This was just 1 of the 2 rooms.  Can you believe I didn't buy anything?  Some bolts were as cheap as $0.25/yard! 
Our trip was off to a great start.  Next stop: Canada!