Weekend Walk…

Here are some pictures from this weekend’s walk.  Just a short trip down Clifton and through Klotter.  It was hot, sunny and the kids were grumpy, but after a few minutes everyone settled in nicely and there was minimal complaining along the way.

Lilies on Klotter

Lilies on Klotter

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It would be nice to have a sunporch/breezeway like this - really like the windows.

It would be nice to have a sun porch/breezeway like this – really like the windows.

When my sister and I were younger my grandpa would take us to school in a truck like this (except it was old and rusty- farm truck).  We used to get so embarrassed, now I can't help but think how cool it would be to have a truck like that.

When my sister and I were younger my grandpa would take us to school in a truck like this (except it was an old and rusty farm truck). We used to get so embarrassed, now I can’t help but think how cool it would be to have a truck like that.

playing with the grainy feature on my camera

playing with the grainy feature on my camera

Vita spotted this little guy climbing up a large retaining wall, not sure where he is headed to.

Vita spotted this little guy climbing up a large retaining wall, not sure where he is headed to.

Plants stolen from outside window sill - solution - inside window sill plants now!  Lets see how this works.

Plants stolen from outside window sill – solution – inside window sill plants now! Lets see how this works.

Did I mention we now have an Orange Leaf within walking distance to our house...

Did I mention we now have an Orange Leaf within walking distance to our house…

Columbus Crew…We Are Massive!

On Saturday after the Father’s Day get together at the Lake, we met up with other Fairview parents and their kids to see a Columbus Crew Soccer Game.  It was so much fun to see the game, the fans and all the Fairview kids who know so much about soccer enjoy a professional game.  Even better, the Crew won 2-0 against Montreal, Canada.   This was our first time attending a pro-soccer game and I am glad we got to enjoy it with the kids.  They were really excited to see Frankie Hejduk on the field.  The girls attended a soccer clinic given by him and some of the other Columbus Crew members earlier this year at Walnut Hills High School.  I see more of these games in our future.

A row of some of the kids.

A row of some Fairview friends.

Waiting for the game to start

Waiting for the game to start

I loved hearing and watching the rowdy fan section.

I loved hearing and watching the rowdy fan section.

C R E W

C R E W

All Blackburn wants is ice cream...

All Blackburn wants is ice cream…

The kids were all amazed at how far down the field the ball was kicked.

The kids were all amazed at how far down the field the ball was kicked.

Game talk

Game talk

Planes flying overhead during the game

Planes flying overhead during the game

We have to learn the chants...

We have to learn the chants…

Enjoying a YummyEarth lollipop during the game

Vita, her friend Myles, and Isabella enjoying a YummyEarth lollipop during the game

Ben and I after the game (kids safely contained next to us in the car - pretty much the only way get pictures by ourself these days.

Ben and I after the game (kids safely contained next to us in the car – pretty much the only way get pictures by ourself these days)

I think all the kids had a blast and I am pretty sure Ben did too.  It was a great way to spend Saturday night.

Father’s Day Weekend

This weekend we traveled back to visit family and see a Columbus Crew game (more on the game in a later post).  This is what our road trips look like:

Vita straps in her carseat, puts a jacket on and then zips up her baby.  Within a couple of minutes she is usually asleep.

Vita straps in her car seat, puts a jacket on and then zips up her baby. Within a couple of minutes she is usually asleep for most, if not all, of the trip.

Blackburn and Vita cover their heads with their jackets so they can play their iPods without the glare of the sun.  I love the confused looks on cars as they pass us by.

Blackburn and Isabella cover their heads with their jackets so they can play their iPods without the glare of the sun. I love the confused looks on other drivers as they pass us by.

I might have been secretly dozing off between playing DJ and pretending to laugh at Ben's antics.

I might have been secretly dozing off between playing DJ and pretending to laugh at Ben’s antics.

Ben's antics...

Ben’s antics…

Visiting family on Buckeye Lake

Visiting family on Buckeye Lake

I never get tired of this view

I never get tired of this view

Family gathering

Family gathering- celebrating Father’s Day and Ben’s grandpa’s birthday.

Some of the cousins,  Linda's grandkids...there are a ton of cousins all together.

Some of the cousins, Linda’s grandkids…there are a ton of cousins all together.

We also visited my parents, met their new puppy, visited their cow and talked of future plans for more cows and revamping their natural spring and spring house.  I was gifted some great antiques from my mom (future post).

Visited my parents, played with their new puppy and was gifted some amazing antiques from my mom.  Will share more of these soon.

The new puppy really liked Blackburn

Vita and my dad walking back from visiting the spring, she was smiling so big.

Vita and my dad walking back from seeing the spring, she was smiling so big.

Father's Day photo - the kids with their amazing dad

Father’s Day photo – the kids with their amazing dad !

A walk by the river…

We like to go to the Otto Armleder Park to visit the Little Miami River.  We tread water, watch kayakers, collect rocks and shells, and hike through the woods.  The park also has bike/skating paths, large soccer fields, picnic tables and grills, a playground and very popular dog parks.  I love visiting when the water is low so you can walk the dry banks and hunt for treasures.  This time the water was a little high but we were still able to walk quite a bit.

We had the river all to ourselves

Other than a lone kayaker in the distance and a fisherman, we had the river to ourselves

Searching for rocks to skip like daddy

Searching for rocks to skip like daddy

Searching for rocks and shells

Looking for rocks and shells for their collections

tiny river rocks

tiny river rocks

I spy a seashell the kids missed...

I spy a seashell the kids missed…

pieces of a light blue egg washed up on the riverbank

pieces of a light blue egg washed up on the riverbank

A walk through the forest path alongside the river

A walk through the forest path alongside the river

Glimpse of the river through the trees

Glimpse of the river through the trees

We discussed which animal we think this home belongs too, each child have a different answer which fit so well with their personalities.

We talked about which animal we think this home belongs too, each child had a different answer – which fit so well with their personalities.

flowers greeted us on the path

flowers greeted us on the path

It was a relaxing afternoon, next time we will have to bring Gio because he really enjoys the water.

 

A Plant Tour

So far all of my plants, except for the bee balm, have survived.  I have been weeding and watering, and chasing sunlight around with the potted plants.  Here is what’s growing:

Kalanchoe was a potted plant gifted from our neighbors before they left.

Kalanchoe was a potted plant gifted from our neighbors before they left.

I believe this is the third year our clematis has come back, despite being trampled and covered with toys it still manages to spring up.

I believe this is the third year our clematis has come back, despite being trampled and covered with toys it still manages to spring up.

Tomato plants and pepper plants

Tomato plants and pepper plants

Tomato and pepper plants continued

Tomato and pepper plants continued

 

I believe this is a pumpkin plant, we did not plant it but are going to see what happens.  Also, some more smaller tomato plants.

I believe this is a pumpkin plant, we did not plant it but are going to see what happens. Also, some smaller tomato plants.

A potted pansy

A potted pansy

This was given to us by our neighbors and smells lemony.

This was given to us by our neighbors and smells lemony.

More gifted potted plants

More gifted potted plants

In our kitchen

In our kitchen

In our dining room

In our dining room

I've decided I want more of these air plants all over the house.  For now we have just the one in the dining room.

I’ve decided I want more of these air plants all over the house. For now we have just the one in the dining room.

Jade plants, succulents, my orchid (stick with never blooms anymore) and aloe plants in the living room.

Jade plants, succulents, my orchid (stick which never blooms anymore) and aloe plants in the living room.  They don’t get sunlight until I carry them outside.  These are my vampire plants. 

Planter in the front yard.  Chocolate mint, grapefruit mint and orange mint.  It smells really good.

Planter in the front yard. Chocolate mint, grapefruit mint and orange mint. It smells really good.

I also put a plant in each of the kids room, Isabella picked an asparagus fern, Vita picked a small succulent and Blackburn got a Croton “Lauren’s Rainbow” for his room.  Any house/outdoor plants that you have had a good experience with (especially ones that love the shade) let me know.  I am always on the lookout for new plants.