I've definitely been missing in action for months. Husband is officially out to sea. OPSEC prevents further information, but ya'll know how that goes! :) So while he is away I vowed to my children we are HAVING FUN!!!! So how do you have fun, on a budget with a family as large as ours? Well here is what I have found: DiscoverOhio provides a lot of simple, free (or inexpensive) activities to do in within the state.
Our first weekend with daddy away was spent on a hiking adventure. We went to the beautiful Mohican State Park in Loudonville, Ohio. It was a perfect day! Blue skies, 78 degrees, light breeze. No SUNBURNS!
We packed a picnic lunch for after our hike. We had a BLAST! After our picnic we packed back into the car and I saw a sign: Millersburg-12 miles so I thought, why not, JoJo LOVES the Amish, why not head that way. We did, but before we got there, all 5 were passed out! So I stopped at a local Amish farm and purchased some fresh produce and headed back home. We'll go to Amish Country another day.
I thought as a resource I would post a few tips for families wanting to take similar trips.
What to pack:
Extra Clothes and shoes for EVERYONE (mom and dad included)
Snacks or a picnic lunch
Sunscreen, First Aid Kit
Stroller for the littles (however if you buy one on the way, ahem like I did, make sure all the wheels are attached or you have scissors to remove the zip ties.)
Here are some photos from our trip on Saturday:
We even visited NASHVILLE (Ohio) that is. :)