The Littlest Pea and a Girl Scout Overnight at Franklin Park Conservatory

We have lived in Central Ohio for almost 15 years and there is still so many things on my list of places to visit. I have been so lucky that in these past few months I have been able to visit these places with my peas and our Girl Scout troop.

Not only did we get to visit the Franklin Park Conservatory but we were able to visit during the colorful and delicate exhibit of Chihuly: Celebrating Nature & Chihuly Nights and we got to spend the night!  We toured the exhibit in the evening and in the daytime and it was like viewing two different places.   

We brought our sleeping bags and stayed in the Wells Barn…I will spare you how it was a wooden floor and I am a chubby 45 year old woman who had no business sleeping that way next time a blow up mattress (I didn’t know I could bring one and paid for that) ANYWHO….

Our Scouts were able to learn how to make home made noodles which honestly I would love to have her do here she said they were so good!

After this yummy homemade pasta snack we headed downstairs for some painting and modge podge….

THEN we walked over to the Conservatory and yes, it was everything I had hoped it would be …. and oh yeah the pea liked it too LOL 🙂 

We walked in to immediately see the first two Chihulys I think we were all in awe because we just stared at them for awhile, they were so beautiful.

There were so many areas of the Conservatory just peppered with Chihuly and beautiful plants specifically Orchids this time of year. 

We walked through with our guide and saw a wedding set up for the next day I can only imagine how gorgeous that wedding will be.

After out night walk in the Conservatory the girls were invited to make S’mores it was so cold!!

Those are the leaders up there after smores it was free time and get ready for bed …..OH MY GOSH I honestly could have just stayed up all night HARD WOOD FLOOR….

After what seemed like forever we got up the next morning for breakfast I had coffee while I tried to straighten out my body…..

After we were able to pack everything up in the car and grab out patches we were allowed to go back to the Conservatory for one last look seeing it in a different light.  We even saw some areas that we missed the night before.


There is so much to see here and in the summer we plan to go back for the outside sites too! 


As of now during our time of staying at home the Conservatory is closed, please visit their website for updates on when they plan to reopen and hope to support the Conservatory during this time.

Mom of 2 Peas….Brownie Co-Leader!

October 2010 the oldest Pea joined the Girl Scouts, she was so excited! Her leaders were awesome Abby is the mom of one of her classmates and Jo is a Grandma to two of the scouts.  Our first meeting the parents filled out a thousand forms it seemed and paid the dues.

Py was having so much fun, she got her Safety Patch and a new helmet and visited the Fire Station in the first month.  (I got to go too)

When January rolled around it was Cookie time and I text Abby to see when we would get our order forms there were already people selling at work.  unfortunately, there was a death in her family and our meeting was cancelled.  Jo claimed the same and no they aren’t related never met until they started the Troop.

The next meeting was in February now we were behind with the cookie sales and even missed an opportunity for the girls to win prizes with the initial orders.  I then got a text from Abby that the parents needed to be at the next meeting for what I assumed to be direction for the cookie sale…..Boy was I wrong.

Apparently, Jo the co-leader had never turned in the girls membership forms along with the forms the money.  Therefore, our girls were not a Troop.  Jennifer from Council came in to explain to the parents that we were not an official troop and with this being said we could not sell cookies until we were.  Also, the girls needed another leader to work with Abby or there could not be a troop.  The look on Abby’s face the whole time Jennifer spoke was heartbreaking so I volunteered.  Yes, me….the woman who works full time has a 7 year old and a 3 year old pea whose mentally disabled Mom just came to live with her family…..volunteered.  What the heck was I thinking? I thought about becoming a leader at the initial sign ups for Girl Scouts because so many girls needed a troop but I thought maybe next year.  Nope, this year it is and I have to say…..I absolutely love it I think I was born to do this co-leading with Abby.  Abby is awesome when most people would have prosecuted Jo for taking off with the Troops money she kept giving her a chance to give it back.  Eventually, Jo did give the money back but not ALL of it.  I hope it was worth it to her for less than $200.00 and all the supplies to disappoint 12 little girls 2 of them who never came back to the troop because she was their Grandmother. Shame on you Jo.

Now as for me I have jumped in head first, Dad of 2 Peas has been amazing while I attended meetings and training in a rush to get leader status so we could sell our cookies and become a troop.  Without him I couldn’t do all this he takes good care of Mom and the youngest Pea while the oldest and I do out Girl Scout things.

So here we are and I am super happy to say this is the best, Abby is wonderful we think alike and have the girls first attitude.  She has become a great friend and I look forward to all our adventure in Girl Scouting! There is nothing we can’t do together!