Every summer growing up, my mom and I went and visited her side of the family in Ohio for a week or so. My aunt and uncle have a lake house so we’d always spend a couple days out there and made some of the best memories there! Even though I’m the first person to describe myself as “indoors-y,” I loved doing this every summer and for eleven years now have been talking about getting Jeff out there. FINALLY we made it happen! And we got to introduce Arlo to it all at the same time!
We spent the days on the boat, jet-skiing, playing cornhole, playing Catch Phrase, eating my Aunt’s famous monkey bread, and riding the golf cart. Over, and over. Even if Jeff tried to kill me on it and there were 4,000 spiders crawling around our feet. Haha! We had such a blast and Arlo loved every second. It’s so cool to introduce your kids to something from your own childhood! Here’s a few pics from our trip.
One day for lunch, we ventured to a bakery that had the BEST pretzel bread sandwiches. OMG. It was so good. There were also horses, so Arlo was basically in heaven with that pairing. That’s him with my dad up there!
Though this photo doesn’t show it, I swear he really did love the jet ski. Haha!
And! Arlo got to experience his very first July Fourth parade!! I LOVE a small town parade. He loved it too.
Photos by Jeff Mindell
Arlo is so much more adventurous than I was as a kid. We took him on the jet ski and on the tube and he was totally cool with it. I’m still to this day scared when I go on both of those! Haha! Luckily my uncle promised not to flip us this time. 😉
Did any of you grow up with summer trip “traditions” like this? As nice as it is to see new places, there’s something so nice about visiting the same place every year.
p.s. A few of you let us know that there’s been some concern about the style of life jacket that Arlo is wearing (with the pillow). Thank you! We weren’t aware. We ended up swapping his jacket for our second day on the water but I know it still shows in a lot of these photos so wanted to mention.