We visited an old, enormous, abandoned insane asylum called the Ridges, ate some disgusting AND delicious food at an eclectic Indian Restaurant in Athens, shopped the no name shops along the red brick roads in town, visited a dazzling art museum in which all the art was created by disabled people, walked the rows of inviting food and folk music at the Farmer's Market, had a delightful picnic at a lake that stood as still as glass, played at the park, and took insane amounts of pictures. I couldn't believe the beauty of Ohio in fall. The leaves were so vibrant and beautiful that I couldn't stop ooooing and aaaahing at their magnificence.
This picture was taken by Lauren's husband, Trevor
We also drew each other's names from a hat and had 20 minutes to shop for that person's "birthday present" for 2009. Later we gathered together and had a party for us all and exchanged gifts and giggles. Not to mention we made enormous amounts of food and treats that made me gain at least 5 pounds during the week.
Lauren summed up nicely on her blog of some of the things she learned from our "extravaganza"!
1.) A good dose of laughter is healthy – I need to do that more often
2.) Stories are always so much funnier many years later –especially when told from another’s perspective
3.) You can never have too many cooks in the kitchen
4.) There’s something about food and happiness that go together really well
5.) It doesn’t matter if you buy matching clothes if you all live in different states
6.) All kids LOVE and need their mommies
7.) 6 adults + 5 kids in one small house with one bathroom (and one bathroom plug) works out just fine
8.) 1:00 am talks can be very enlightening
9.) I'm not sure if personality tests are all that accurate :)
10.) I need my girlfriends