A glorious weekend!

This Memorial Day weekend we packed our bags and headed out to eastern Ohio for a few days in the countryside.

Gideon enjoyed some new toys and activities I had prepared specifically for the trip.

Gideon enjoyed some new toys and activities I had prepared specifically for the trip.

My sister-in-law’s family owns 80 acres of land in that part of the state. A farmhouse that dates back to the Civil War has been beautifully rehabbed, and other relatives have built log cabins and lodges through the years. There is a myriad of trails and a few ponds scattered through some of the wooded portion where you can often find beaver and enjoy some fishing. It’s lush with woods, prairies and hills. In short, it’s a countryside paradise!

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The three-floor lodge we stayed at. Such a neat place!

The three-floor lodge we stayed at. Such a neat place!

Log cabin in the woods!

Log cabin in the woods!

One of my favorite things about the whole weekend (besides the natural beauty around us) was how welcoming and social my sister-in-law’s family was. We took walks to see who happened to be on the property, and family members rode golf carts up to the lodge where we stayed at to visit us. Kids played and ran around while adults sat and caught up on life.

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Taking a hike through the woods.

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It was such a refreshing experience. I didn’t realize how much I needed to be in nature, and an opportunity to decompress. This place lent itself to that completely. The we had no agenda except to do whatever we wanted, and there was no schedule to follow. We ate when we wanted to, the kids went to bed much later than usual and we didn’t mind one bit.

It's all Gideon talked about on our way to the property.

It’s all Gideon talked about on our way to the property.

Push me papi! Swing!I am so thankful! It was a weekend to remember.

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