I woke to the girls giggling and hanging out in the front room with Deb and Bob and taking inventory of their Halloween candy. My headache thankfully was gone. The girls were entertaining the Neumann’s and reminding them of when their boys were younger. They were so into their candy and organizing it, comparing it and discussing what they liked and didn’t like. They were still so excited. So funny.
We had a lazy, relaxing Sunday morning and when I took Summer out for a mid morning walk – I was excited how lovely the weather was. I returned inside stating that we needed to get outside. We found a soccer ball in the van to play with in the yard. The sun was out and we didn’t even need our sweatshirts. It felt really nice. Next thing you know – I found a snake and make the mistake of telling the kids. Quinten and Mena caught the poor snake and it creeped me out. They loved that snake and wanted lots of photos. It amazes me how much Q knows about snakes. We took some photos and Franki even talked Chris (who wasn’t a fan of snakes) into coming outside to see it. Dawson decided it was so nice out that we needed some outdoor adventures today. It was fun having him plan the events of the weekend. We ate some lunch and then headed out.
Today, we took Summer with us as we knew we would end up at a park of some sort. First stop, Dawson took us to the Loveland Castle….Chateau LaRoche. I thought it ironic that it was in Loveland as that is where xpedx use to be headquartered before the spin from IP and merge with Unisourse to now be Veritiv. Driving to the castle was quite interesting – and random. Windy neighborhood streets then there was a skinny hilly road that went down to a river side. The castle was cool and the kids actually liked it. The guy working there was very knowledgeable and shared some interesting “10th century defense” methods with us. His explanations really helped us make sense of some of the strange and interesting things in the castle. The kids enjoyed learning the way the castle was designed and built for protection prior to fire arms...."10th century defense" - swords, armor and all!
We had fun taking some good family photos with the architect of the castle. It was down by the river so we also enjoyed some of the birds that were singing all around the gardens and outside area of the castle. It was a fun outting. We returned to the car and let Summer out for a short walk around the parking area. We then set out for a park with some views.
We ended up at Auld Park – it was a cool area of town with some awesome homes leading up to the park. We enjoyed the nice afternoon weather and family time up at the park and the views were very pretty. We walked all around the park and met a sweet puppy named “Mazi” - a 10 week old black lab. He was so sweet and just learning to walk on his leash. We all remembered when Summer was that size. She is giant now, especially compared to the that puppy.
It ended up being a really enjoyable time at the park even though when we arrived their none of the 3 kids wanted to get out of the car, only Summer. Once everyone loss their attitudes we had a great time walking all over the park!
We decided to head back to Deb’s as we knew she was cooking up a yummy Guinness Stew. It smelled really good when we returned. The kids went back looking for the snake but he was long gone. He probably won’t be back out until next Spring after being man handled by my kids. We also had a ball game to get ready to watch later in the evening!
We ate dinner and just enjoyed hanging out around the house. The kids played more legos and were getting crazy again. I had Mena come walk Summer with me again and our timing was awesome to catch the red/pink sky as the sun was setting. Mena ran back to the house to get everyone to come see it. It was spectacular!
We enjoyed our time with Deborah, Bob and Chris. The Neumann’s were very gracious letting us make ourselves at home. It was nice to have some family time off the RV. Thanks for everything – the meals, the wifi, the use of the laundry room, the hot water for all, the TV – 3 ROYALS games, the fun family stories and allowing the kids to play legos, trick or treat and get a little rowdy. It was quality time and as Deborah told Dawson – “this is the most time she has spent with him” - it was great to do it as a family. Deb, the stories you shared about your parents and your childhood memories were priceless and great for the kids to hear. Thanks for sharing your home and heart. Thank YOU!!!
And now it is almost GAME TIME! Ok Royals – it’s time to do this – let’s take the CROWN and be ROYAL! Let's finish this off and get it done. Hope you all had a great weekend and sweet halloween! We miss you but still rolling here in Kentucky & Ohio!
BE ROYAL....we know all our family and friends will be ROYAL rowdy but for those of you not from KC - it really is a great place and they really are a good ball team! Let's take the CROWN!!!