Hocking Hills Trip

For years people have been telling us how great the Hocking Hills region in Ohio is. It was everything everyone said and more! As much as I hate to admit it I may actually like Hocking Hills as much…if not more…than Lake Erie! 

We weren’t 100% sure what to expect but every place we hiked was as beautiful as the next. The cabin we stayed in was secluded and beautiful but close enough that it was an easy drive to restaurants and stores! 

Here we are at the cabin leaving for our first hike!

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Our first stop was the beautiful Cedar Falls! 

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Next Stop: Old Man’s Cave!

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Canoe Trip! 

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Ash Cave! 

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Conkle’s Hollow: 

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Rock House: 

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Our cabin was Lazy Lane’s Trail Ridge Cabin. It was beautiful and super close to the parks! Check out the views from deck! It was the perfect getaway! 

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I would highly recommend Hocking Hills to anyone looking for a great getaway. We took a long weekend and got to see almost everything! The parks are free and an easy hike for anyone. We ate at Pizza Crossing, The Grouse Nest, and The Olde Dutch Restaurant and like loved them all. Hocking Hills isn’t really built up and not very tourist-y which made it even better. It could have easily been built up like Niagara Falls is but it isn’t. It is just the amazing parks, places to stay, and a few shops and restaurants.

I want to go back already! 

Sigmund and Schrodinger

All summer I have been saying how I was going to do a post about the newest member of our family but with all the craziness of taking three grad school classes this summer I never found the time. 

Back in June we brought home Schro’s new little brother Sigmund A.K.A Siggy. They didn’t get along at first because Siggy wanted to play and Schro wanted nothing to do with him. Schro got angry and violent for about a week then decided he was totally over it and they are best buddies now. They run around playing and knocking stuff over all day.  

Schrodinger turned 3 in May and Sigmund was 10 weeks old when we got him. He is more of a handful than Schro is. The other day I had two raw ears of corn sitting out on the table that I was going to make salsa with and Siggy decided to help himself to several bites of both ears. Last night he decided to go for a swim in the toilet. 

Enjoy some pictures of my sweet baby boys! 

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Late in the Day Flea Market Finds

It wouldn’t be summer without at least one trip to the flea market at Hartville Market Place! We went kind of late in the day (and by flea market standards that’s noon) due to my over sleeping and an unexpected detour in Hartville that added an extra half an hour onto the trip there. I’m actually glad we went later because we bought a lot of stuff in the short time we were there so I would hate to see what would have happened if we had been there all day. PLUS we got some good deals because vendors didn’t want to load it all and take it home again. 

Jordan got Super Mario Brothers 2 for NES but I didn’t take a picture of that. Sorry! 

Little Chicken: 
I’ve been wanting a glass chicken like this but I have no where to keep one. My Grandma (the one with the mad garage sales skills) has a large one of these in her living room and I’ve always thought it was cool so I was glad to find a little one for a dollar! Toothpick next to it in picture for scale. 
ImageTroll Matches: 
I know nothing about these and have never seen them before but they make a great addition to my troll collection. The box says they were made in Oslo Norway by Nitedals but a google yielded nothing. 

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Frog Bank: 
This guy is pretty psychedelic looking. It was made in Japan by Napcoware.
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 BOOKS: 
I found two books I’ve been looking for for ages and one that I had never heard of before. Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book is a book my speech teacher had in high school and I’ve been trying to find a cheap copy since. It’s a book for adults written by Shel Silverstein. Squids will be Squids is a a modern twist on Aesop’s Fables. My first introduction to this book was seeing it done as a performance piece at a speech and debate competition in high school. It’s hilarious! Every Excuse in the Book Book is a book I think I will keep in my classroom. It’s full of stupid excuses for things like why you didn’t do your homework or clean your room. I spent 50 cents-a dollar on each book. 
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Vintage Pinup! 
Since finding our Palmolive advertisement we’ve been on a quest to find more vintage cheesecake-y-ness.  The postcard found a home on our art wall. The magazines are hilariously cheesy! Unlike the Palmolive poster these aren’t as easy to display without taking the actual pinup pages apart. 
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The Empire Strikes Back Poster: 
This has to be one of our best finds in a long time. It’s a Topps Gum poster that came with packs of gum but they are big posters so I am guessing you had to REALLY like gum to get them. 
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Cosco Stool: 
It took a lot of convincing to get Jordan on board with taking this beauty home! It was the end of the day so the seller cut me a really good deal. I’ve been wanting one of these for a while. It was the right price and is in ok shape. It really needs some work but I need to research it more because I want to keep is as original and authentic as possible. Isn’t it a beauty? 

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We are hoping to hit up Hartville a few more times and maybe hit up the Wadsworth flea market too before summer ends.