Friday, December 21, 2007
Our weekend was a little crazy last weekend. Here was the original plan. Go up to Grandma's in Columbus for Christmas with that whole side of Ralph's family; party to start at 1 p.m. Now, it takes roughly an hour and 15 minutes to get from our house (Dayton) to Columbus. After the afore mentioned party, we were supposed to book it back to our place and change for our concert and leave at 5 p.m. for 6 p.m. dinner reservations in Cincinnati (roughly 1 hour from our house). For those of you who are visually oriented, I suggest you map those out to see the slight insanity of our plan.
Well, we saw the insanity so we decided to get a B&B up in Columbus for Friday night to cut down on the driving on Saturday. We stayed at The House of the Seven Goebels. Pat and Frank (the innkeepers/hosts) were so sweet. We had a great time visiting with them over breakfast. We had a great breakfast of fresh fruit, bacon and beligian waffles and, of course, great coffee and OJ. It was so relaxing. The house was built in the 1970's to replicate an 1800's farm house. It sits on 2 acres surrounded by trees and guarded by a creek in the back yard. It's like a little country oasis in the middle of the city. It has all plank floors and walls and old fashioned door latches. We knew it was our kind of place when we saw all the books! Shelves and shelves full of them. We had a real wood burning fireplace in our room. It was so much fun to come back to after dinner that night!
They also had these great warm and cozy robes. There is just something luxurious about having a robe provided for you! They have these neat brick archways between rooms with firelpaces that I just loved! I have never seen anything like it before. It's definitaley something I want to remember for any future home I might build! There were wreaths in every window. I just love that. I think that might be on my list to do next year. Wreaths just make everything look cheerier (is that a word?). They even had electric "candles" on the walls. It was all very rustic and charming. Then came the threat of weather!
Many of Ralph's family would have been driving up from southeastern Ohio and it was supposed to get very bad out--freezing rain topped with multiple inches of snow (depending on which channel you were on). It did get a little bad that AM/early afternoon, so they postponed Grandma's party. Since were already there, we stopped in to see Grandma anyway. We also met up with Ralph's bro, sis-in-law, and niece. We had such a nice visit. We were glad we had come up. Grandparents are such a privelege to have, so many of our friends have lost theirs. I know we don't see any of ours enough. It's fun to see her so happy at her assisted living with all her friends. Grandma had just won a round of Bingo when we arrived--and in true grandma fashion she gave her "prize" (a Reese's Cup) to Morgan. What is it with grandparents and candy?
I'll leave you with these pics of us with Grandma. Later I'll share about our harrowing ride to Cinci from Columbus! If you are ever in Columbus, though, definitely check out this B&B. We highly recommned it!