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Working mom of two beautiful, smart and fun girls living life as it hits us!

Two Peas and Indian Run Falls

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Two Peas and Indian Run Falls

 

It all started with a can we have a sleepover?????….and honestly I get this every weekend it was no shock LOL.  I normally would say clean your room and sure…only the weather had been so nice I wanted to go hiking the next day so I said no because they would have to leave early the next day and that’s no fun……So um yeah they had a sleepover….. I am a pushover this has been proven in so many ways but this was a good one I just took them all!

Phoebe was the first one up that Sunday so we made omelets and toast for the girls her sister loves to bake she loves to cook.  When they are old enough maybe I won’t have too *fingers crossed.

We packed up some water, apples and granola bars and set off to Dublin we hadn’t been to this one so we get to check that off our list of parks.

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It was a smaller park than we have been to but we found some amazing things while we walked.

Of course the girls felt the need…..OH…!

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Then the falls as usual Phoebe wanted to get in….it’s not that warm!  Py and I have a near death count for Phoebe on all our outdoor adventures the highest was at Hocking Hills with 30 something….this is where  she wants to do something that could potentially lead to very bad things.  Such as jumping over the gate to the falls….Near Death Count 1

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There was a longer trail we could have taken but they were getting antsy and since I didn’t pack lunches only snacks …..we just stayed a couple hours.

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We walked to the other side of the park which was an old cemetery and this http://dublinohiousa.gov/grounds-of-remembrance/  The Grounds of Remembrance.  The girls paid their respects we talked about what it meant went back then looked at the old grave stones. 

Some pics on the walk back to the car…..

I’d claim them all ~ I think they had fun they even let me take pictures so yeah! 

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As great as this park was as I mentioned before it was smaller and no kids playing area so we went over to Hilliard to Homestead Park.

 Let those kids run free! 

So as much I we hate global warming the nice days were very much welcomed.  This Mom needs to be outside and these kids all need to run around and not be on their devices all the time!   I can’t wait for the next place and maybe we will have more friends come……let me know if you’d love to come along! 

 

One Pea and the Arctic Lights Tour

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The Artic Light Tour in case you didn’t know is this:  A bunch of YouTube, Musically, Snapchat whatever kids that have your kids so into them that they beg you to meet them …..tickets aren’t too bad parents are free so sure you go.   They serve alcohol for the parents and $5 half ice filled diet cokes for those who chose not to drink when you’re driving your kid…..needless to say the lady behind us in line with her daughter downed at least 9 Buds before the concert or whatever they call it even started.  Yeah I’m judging deal with it.  

We do these things for our kids to make them happy, she was SO happy to meet one guy just one and they ran out of his sweatshirt and t shirt so she got the same white sweatshirt everyone else there ended up with (lucky kid that day his sweatshirts were everywhere). Thinking back I should have let her take a friend, next time for sure I’ll hold the coats and totally smuggle in a 20oz diet coke of my own….$5 ….seriously. BTW the beer was $3 way to go Bluestone.  Clearly you banked on the parents who did not want to be there.  Being her first one though, I’m glad it was just us.

Look at this face….my beautiful, brilliant, 12 year old spawn was SMILING with ME her Mom this was no small feat people!! I asked before we got out of the car can we take a selfie….she said yeah with people I want to.  OUCH  thanks….she took one anyway. I mean come on I don’t use crest white strips not to take a selfie every so often for real. 

We waited in the freezing cold line for an hour…..I could not feel my toes we had VIP tickets not the Gold mind you but the ones where she could get in early (that barely happened) and the meet and greet. She didn’t know a few of the people she wanted to see 3 people I think 2 for sure (especially since  you got the damn sweatshirt with the wrong guys name)….. 

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We got in and stood in line there for an hour it was like Disneyland for her the BMV for me but look ….smiling….and that’s not the guy she wanted to meet ….so you can imagine how nervous she was….

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Here he is and my phone was blurry I felt terrible it just went so fast!  She didn’t even care she was still happy.

Her day was complete but you gotta hit the one who’s sweatshirt I just paid $50 for because you should probably know who’s name you’re wearing what if he’s a jerk?  

Luckily he wasn’t, they talked the others didn’t LOL ! 

After the line she grabbed my phone and sent all the pics to herself as any kid would do…

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She didn’t even care to stay for the whatever it was a chat amongst friends I don’t even know….but I told her we should at least watch some of it right?

It was basically a musically snapchat whatever the heck fest; they took pics with the crowd did a mannequin challenge ….. basically what every teenager does with their friends, no one sang or danced or had a comedy act……BUT she ……took another selfie with me and SMILED….!

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Then trying to be the cool mom her fave guy walked by and I got a pic….of the back of his head…..yep cool mom RIGHT HERE  I got the look ….but I tried LOL

So she did get in on the challenge and ran down to record a little on her phone she seemed genuinely happy.

I know it seems like this post is making fun, but the fact is we’ve been through a lot the last 2.5 years, the divorce was super hard on this one.  She’s like her mom, keeps it all in until she explodes…usually on me and that’s ok I just want her to be a kid, kids shouldn’t stress about things, they just shouldn’t.  So if taking her to this made her happy maybe she can realize she can be happy all the time if she just let go a little. (and I’m really not a bad guy)

Now…..back to our usual programming ….(BIG eye roll or iPhone roll ha!  I think that’s a mom joke)

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They are Watching Us By Guest Blogger Sommer At TheGreenGlasses.com

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Hello! I’m Sommer. I like to write things. Drink coffee. Ponder. Write more things. I am a practitioner of mindfulness. And I write about it. I am a mother. And I write about that too. I was also dealt quite the hand. A Royal Flush, with Anxiety and Depression as my Ace and King. I’ve managed, through exhaustive practice, to pull them out of the deck. I still have the cards though. I’ve accepted that. I also write about that. Enjoy the read, stop over at the blog if you dig it! I will go put on a pot of coffee!

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They are Watching Us

By Sommer, TheGreenGlasses.com

I’m taking a cultural communications class. If we just focus on the amount of work associated with it then it would be an absolute nightmare. The content itself is intriguing though. Especially the content centered around ‘self’. Or rather family. The epicenter of culture is family. This is where we get the tools needed to go out in the world and build a house. Our values, our beliefs, our behaviors. If you think globally then you’re like “duh, Sommer” but what if you pull out your mega magnifying glass and really look at what you do, when you do it, and how you do it. It comes from family. My preferred choice of peanut butter, the way I fold laundry, make a bed, prepare a meal. At the very center of me is my family. I could examine myself for days; peering into my values, beliefs and behaviors.

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But what I am really thinking about are my kids. I am their family. I am their center. What I do now will carry forth into their adulthood. It might not manifest into a peanut butter choice. But it will manifest into how they view the world and its people. And it’s exciting! When I set off to have children this was NOT at the forefront of my mind. And honestly I don’t know what was driving that boat. I only knew I wanted to be a mother. But here I am. I have two growing minds at my fingertips. Every action and reaction is being cataloged by them. And to some, and even myself at times, this may seem like a massive and scary responsibility. But to me, it seems fun, an opportunity to help create two amazing adults who will navigate the world. I am not their only influence and I know that. But I am their mother.

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I’ve touched on it before. Do as I do rather than do as I say. They are watching us. They need to see us succeed and fail, be happy and sad, overcome challenges, have bad days and good. They need the full spectrum. They need to know we aren’t perfect. Because they aren’t perfect. And neither of us ever will be. They need to see us having a bad day but still being courteous to the cashier at the grocery store. They need to see us mad at them but still comforting them with affection. How we treat them and others will be the foundation for how they treat themselves and those they encounter.

Now would be a good time to step back, pause, and take a good long look at how you behave. How you speak of other people, of other religions, races, cultures, political beliefs. How you generalize. How you treat the janitor versus how you treat the CEO. Are you condemning those that are different than you? Or are you respecting the differences? Are you really listening to them while looking at your phone? Are you teaching them to learn by words or by actions? Are you placing value on possessions or moments? Are you allowing them to experience music that is different from your preference? Books? People? Are you trying new things together?

What will be their view of family? What does their cornerstone look like?  If you take a snapshot of today and examine it, what does it really look like? Do you need to adjust the sails? I know I do.

Are you fully aware of your audience when you rise upon your soapbox at the dinner table or while watching the news? If you are the epicenter of your children then know they are soaking it all up. All of it. Even your peanut butter choice.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post I reached out to Sommer to guest post as I read her blog constantly and resonate with so much that she talks about. Life is hard sometimes we just need to see (read) that we aren’t alone and how other humans handle it. So do yourselves a favor and follow https://thegreenglasses.com/  …… and thank you Sommer you can guest post any time you want! 

Girl Scout Walk About – Lanyards 2017!

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UPDATED FOR 2017 LBB COOKIES (working on ABC hope to have up this week)!

Originally posted 2013

It’s cookie season as you know, and we are getting ready for a lot of cookie sale opportunities!   With all of our booth ideas running through our heads we are also getting ready for Walk About Week.  For those that don’t know that is when we go door to door as a troop.  First thing I made for the girls is a lanyard to make it easier and faster when some one asks what kind and how much.

Here is a short tutorial on how I made ours….

5 yards of thick cos grain ribbon made 18 lanyards, it could make more or less depending on how long you make yours.

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I had gotten a bag of these at a yard sale for a dollar I like using these for the lanyard clip than the two-part way you see a lot online.  Lace this through the ribbon first.

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Then sew the ribbon together.  I sewed it three times across because the girls will pull on them I am sure.

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I printed out the cookie variety and the price cheat sheet and stuck them to a green paper to match the ribbon.

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Once I cut them out I laminated them and cut the out again with my helper…

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 (who was really watching Bo on the Go)

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Punched a hole with the handy dandy crop-o-dile ( oh my she was little back then)

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And hooked the to the lanyards!

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This is not an original idea I saw it on pinterest and I would mention the blog it came from but there wasn’t an attached author! But if you would like to see that one here is the pin link (-:  http://pinterest.com/pin/64035625923800679/

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I will keep update my blog with whatever we do for this cookie season we are so excited this year ~!

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I did not have a template for the cheat sheets but have gotten several request so here you go! Just print out and resize if needed (-: Let me know how they turned out!

Cookie Price Cheat  for the normal $4  per box and here is the 2017 line up  (save and print the following picture you can resize to your             15741046_10154729099470792_3650404031497739651_n

liking )  or just the  Super Six  (clink on the link)    Six  (click on the link)  which will be a little more rectangle than squareThe second link are the super six from the bakers website in two different looks..  UPDATED TO ADD THE ABOVE PICTURE AS A PDF TO PRINT OUT HERE: 2017-cookies

I put them on Word so that you can right click as resize as needed I made the 5×5 inch with the card stock border if that helps at all !

Thank you to everyone who has made such nice comments!  Our troop went to our council Cookie Rally and they had them there for the passports in 2016 I loved it  !

And by the way the littlest pea is now a Brownie and loves Scouts!

A Wooden Watch You Say? It’s Time to Fall in LOVE with JORD

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That’s right a wooden watch!   And for people like me this is a miracle….I always want to wear a watch but for some reason I always end up with a green wrist or the strap falls apart.  That is not possible with this wonder watch not to mention how beautiful it is.  When I received it in the mail I never imagined it would come in such a lovely box.   

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Each watch comes with a cleaning cloth and the box even has a drawer so can use it for other jewelry.  And when you get on the site you will be amazed at the colors available. 

The littlest pea has already called dibs but NO this one is mine ! 

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I have had so many compliments on this watch and trust me when I say I absolutely love it, it matches everything ~ (it’s the Frankie 35 by the way) 

Not to mention for this girl who is constantly taking the peas out in the woods for solitude having my watch for…

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time instead of having to keep pulling out a phone is great and less distracting. 

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Want your own or better yet get that someone special their own unique watch visit the Jord store online and hey why not get a discount too! 

To link to their women’s shop : https://www.woodwatches.com/shop/women/#momof2peas
 
And hey here is the link for an instant discount page~ 
Let me know if you snag one of these beauties I would love to see pictures!  I am about to order one for another nature lover I know!
Happy Holidays! 

“This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches”

Two Peas and Walnut Woods Metro Park

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Two Peas and Walnut Woods Metro Park

It was out first day without Volleyball practice or a game.  So I decided I would grab the girls after work, get a pizza and go to one of the parks we wanted to check off our list!  It was only 20 minutes away so why not we had a few hours before it got dark.

The plan was to eat, play a little and get a short hike in….well we ate and then drove to the other side of the park we were at Tall Tree area where it was trails upon trails BUT the play area was on the other side the Buckeye area….  http://www.metroparks.net/parks-and-trails/walnut-woods/

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Someone thought she would reenact the Lion King sans Simba ( I wouldn’t let her hold the Pheebs up that would have been a disaster!) 

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So the one thing I noticed is that if I don’t get the hike in first….we don’t go…well we went a whopping 50 feet maybe …. 

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See the littlest I’m so excited to hike face back there? 

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All the newer parks like this have the best dog parks ….the kids would love a dog maybe some day.

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Yep 50 feet when it was decided we couldn’t walk without hiking boots….really? It’s a paved path…..and this is why we hike first. 

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She just wanted back here! 

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There is our times up sign….a beautiful sunset.

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So yeah, we have hit 5 out of 18 of the Central Ohio parks we started late and have Hocking Hills in there a couple times.  This week we hit another one yet to be decided~ 

 

Two Peas and a Bubble Run

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Two Peas and a Bubble Run

Pyper had been begging me to do a 5K with her for as long as I can remember….well this girl doesn’t run, well a lot anyway. But when I saw the Bubble Run coming to Columbus I thought it was perfect it was a run/walk type 5K and since the Pheebs wouldn’t be running like we could it was the one to do.   So I signed us up….not long after telling some friends about it they signed up too!   Py was so excited we were going to practice we were going to run every change we got to be in shape for this….then the day came….we didn’t practice but she had volleyball practice literally every day this summer so she was good….me? I was going to have to fake an injury! (just kidding)

A week before the run I ran and got our packets, t shirts, headbands, bottles and a rubber ducky ….too funny!~

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The morning of the run we arrived pretty early we were pretty psyched our first 5K!~

So we put water in the water bottles we almost forgot we had and took some before pics yes Py is slouching to not be taller than me she’s a goofball ~ 🙂

Then our friends started to arrive!

We could see the beginning and all the bubbles, the letter we got about the run told us we needed to hold on to kids under 12 years old I think well my friend Lisa and I have some pretty independent 8 and almost 8 years old so they will be fine….but just in case we had all the girls hold hands.  Our littlest friends  were with their mom and dad (my friend Lillian and her amazing family!)

Then we lost all sight of anything and anyone ~ The first bubble color was pink! 

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and that my friends is why you hold hands ….those bubbles were 10 feet tall and got everywhere in your nose, mouth, and eyes you couldn’t see anything and 3 ft tall peeps could get lost so easy!  but on the flip side all the kids where laughing their  tails off!  (after my panic attack I was laughing pretty hard too!~ I hid my phone as not to get it bubbly and tried to take better pictures of these faces but trust me they were funny!

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Then Everything Green! 

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We had more colors but after about five the littles were just done ! And Lisa took them to the finish by a short cut while the bigs and me finished it out with only two colors to go! 

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DONE!!!  We grabbed some waters, granola bars and slowly walked back to the car we were tired! 

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One last selfie with one proud Big and one crabbie hungry Little LOL 🙂 

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That was a fun day and all of us can;t wait to do it again! 

Two Peas and Camping at Hocking Hills

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As as Girl Scout Leader I have camped with my daughters and our troop several times….but not tent camping.  SO when my friend Jen saw we were hiking Hocking Hills and all over she suggested we go camping at Hocking Hills just one night since it was our first real time tent camping. I mean we had spent the night in a tent but only in the back yard where we can run inside the house if ever need but TENT camping HOW FUN!  So we looked up different spots and she found this one ….

http://www.hockinghillscanoeing.com/camping.html  

We stayed at the Family Fun Center site so the kids could do go carts and mini golf.  It also had hiking trails and a creek to explore.

My girls and I got there a couple hours before Jen and her kids so I could stare at this and ponder how I was suppose to put the tent up because I never had before! and the ex had used it a lot so the directions were faded but it was cool there was three of us smart girls there between us …. we got this ! (even of there was some cursing and foot stomping by me not the girls LOL) 

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It took a few tries but….

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We did it! all while watching the sky turn from a beautiful sunny blue to grayer and grayer and this mom going into panic mode…rain whyyyyy??

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Once Jen and the kids got there they set their tent up in five minutes …show offs LOL ! 

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Then the rain…..we hid in the car the kids in the tents it was so hot….then the girls come running out of our tent….it leaks would have been good know it leaked before we went. Once the rain stopped we tried to get the fire started for hot dogs…for awhile Skylar tried to keep the wood dry 🙂 

We were able to get it going but the kids wanted to drive the go karts before it rained hard. So we walked over to the track ! 

Then the rain! I thought they would have to stop but they kept going poor Phoebe was in a kids cart so her car was super slow but she didn’t mind! They were all having a blast.

Ah camping…… we had another girl scout troop call us Troop Beverly Hills once I know it was meant to be funny in a mean way but you now what I’d rather be in a cabin yes, yes I would…

We got the fire going again after the rain stopped or the third time and made hot dogs.

 THEN I know it’s shocking but MORE RAIN this time we ran clean across the way to a pavilion….the moms stayed under it while the kids ran around Phoebes t shirt just kept getting longer the more it got soaked it was hysterical! 

We sent almost two hours under than pavilion it was miserable….my love of nature of the rain kind is loved mostly by watching it from indoors…back to the site Jen was able to get the fire going again for smores ….as for me….

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So we made it an early to tent night we let the bigs sleep in the leaky tent bu I had enough blankets that we were able to make a hedge so none of the water got on the girls. While the moms and littles slept in Jen’s bigger tent….somehow though the Pheebs had me all the way by the tent wall all that room and I had none…:( 

But I woke up to this sweet face…not so sweet morning breath LOL ! 

We woke up to a beautiful morning the sun was shining so we got up and had breakfast,cleaned up and decided we would ply a round of mini golf and then go to the creek before we headed home….

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Mini golf seemed like a great idea…they had fun the first half of the game ! 

Then I think they were just tired because honestly even I was done….I just wanted a shower….SO we drove down to the river site to eat lunch and wow that was the spot. While the others finished eating I walked over to the creek we couldn’t see it where we were.  It was breathtaking and the random canoe was pretty cool. 

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It was all over once the kids got down there thankfully I still had dry towels ! 

This was without a doubt the best part for the kids I couldn’t get Phoebe out of the water to leave! 

Eventually we got her out and back over the hill to the car.  We said our goodbyes to the Cashes and were on our way….

My favorite part….

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On our way back to shower AHHHHH …honestly if the weather was better it would have been a lot more fun just not being able to hike or explore kinda blew BUT we will try again and we will rent a cabin even our friends agree to that one!

 

Finding Columbus

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Finding Columbus

We have lived in Columbus since July of 2005 and I have yet to see everything it has to offer.

So one weekend when the Peas were away  I decided to go to the Columbus Art Museum only…..it was Labor Day weekend and they were closed for cleaning or something it figured ….

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at least I got to see that before the security guard said sorry come back next week.  Sigh* I wasn’t going home it was too nice out and I needed to roam……and roam I did.  I Instagrammed it all https://www.instagram.com/jamie330/  which was fun and annoying to the few people that follow me I’m sure HAHA!~

I walked around the museum for a little bit got a picture that probably everyone in Columbus has taken at some point in their life it’s still a pretty cool pic.  The Columbus College of Art and Design:

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A couple random pieces on the same street:

Then I just drove around looking for a spot to stop and hang out I ran into the Franklin Park Conservatory I didn’t go inside I’ll wait for the Peas for that but I found art and beauty none the less.    http://www.fpconservatory.org/

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I fell in love with this sculpture…. “Reaching Out” by Hungarian sculptor, and holocaust survivor, Alfred Tibor.

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The NavStar sculpture, created by artist Stephen Canneto  the sun was reflecting perfectly off the tips I was dodging a couple having their wedding pictures done

I even saw where they were having the ceremony it was pretty adorable and a perfect day for a wedding.

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SQUIRREL  !~

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I sat on the bench in front of the conservatory  and thought where to?  (also thought wow do I need a hair cut and have since taken care of that one…)

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So I got back on the car and drove….around the building….. where they had more outdoor gardens  This one was amazing it was a ton of community gardens and the Serenity Garden of the Meuses:

I didn’t stay long no one was back there I felt intrusive so I jumped back in the car drank my diet coke and just drove with no direction and ended up in German Village~ of course I had to come to the Book Loft I could live here!

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BOOKS!  and some outdoor shots too 🙂

I walked around German Village for awhile and saw some amazing architecture too they even have walks through the Village in the summer to admire the gardens, shops and homes.  https://germanvillage.com/visitors-center/walking-tour/

It was hot out the hair went up but I wasn’t done yet!  (also I am super bad at selfies Py usually takes our selfies LOL)

I drove by Goodale Park so I stopped of course, it was busy with families chasing Pokemon….

I just roamed some more it had an amphitheater that looked abandoned for the season not sure if it was used but it had a whole set built around it…   http://goodalepark.org/

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I hope to go see an outdoor play here next time they have one!

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The bronze statue of Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (I had to look that up) for whom the park was named 🙂

I hung out awhile here walked around the flowers were beautiful, the people where happy and the ducks were loud LOL!

It was getting pretty hot out and by this time it was like 4:00 and I had been aimelessly wandering for about 6 hours……maybe time to head home…..until I saw this!

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It was everything I hoped it would be LOL….it had so many rooms and so much stuff!  They have a blog but it looks like no ones touched it since 2011…maybe I can help with that??

http://greatercolumbusantiquemall.blogspot.com/   they are on FB though you can see them here https://www.facebook.com/GreaterColumbusAntiqueMall/  But nothing is better than going to the place.

I started from the top floor and worked my way out the front door….

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So I am all by myself upstairs listening to 80’s hairbands playing through all the store that was awesome BTW.

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I was taking in all the smells and sights of the old toys, books, nick nacks when two little girls creep up on me and scare the %^&*() out of me they just laughed and ran off ….YEAH kids don’t do that in this old probably haunted building…”I do believe in spooks I do I do!”

If I had a credit card I would have needed  a truck to carry out all I wanted….But the things I loved the most where just the creepy things like these:

The furniture and the pictures some where just stunning some needed to be in a haunted mansion….

How about the clothes and yes there was a ton I would have totally worn~

I found another stair case I already went down two so this was a surprise!  It had a lot of larger furniture…

Then all the little things:

I think I saw it all so I creaked down the steps and said good bye to the people at the front desk and out the door….

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Pretty amazing day if I say so myself.