Monday, January 14, 2019

2018 Cousins Busy Fall Activity Calendar

Every year my brother and sister give me all 5 kids fall activity schedules. It's my goal each year to see their activity at least once. I have to find the best weekends to visit to make the most of our time. This year we have a senior in high school marching band...which meant I wanted to see a few extra shows if possible. It was busy but so worth it! I'm incredibly proud of them all.

September 1, 2018 - Emma sophomore, Cross Country
September 1, 2018 - Carrie 5th grade, Cheer
Pose...Photo...Run to Car!
October 6, 2018 - Daniel 5th grade, Soccer
Hot day!
November 11, 2018 - Sara 7th grade
Soccer State Tournament
Ryan senior, Marching Band
August 31, 2018 - Marching Band at High School Football game...before the thunder

October 5, 2018 - Marching Band at High School Football Game
October 6, 2018 - OMEA Kettering Competition

GOLEMBIEWSKI clan cheering on our senior trumpet player.
I always bring our yellow Steelers Terrible Towels to wave and cheer.
For his senior year we had to bump it up a notch and bring signs!

Bands of America Grand Nationals Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis
November 8, 2018 Prelims

November 10, 2018 Semi-Finals

Fun road trips to Indy!

December 13, 2018 - Ryan's Christmas Concert

Seriously, all these events were so fun to be at and experience. 

2018 - Happy 94th Birthday Great Grandma

Kevin and I took a day trip to visit my Grandma before her 94th Birthday. Loved spending the day with her and bringing a favorite home cooked meal. 

Beef Stroganoff...and she loved the biscuits!

Hocking Hills - October 18-21, 2018

Fall is a favorite time of year for us. Jon and I met 27 years ago in the fall, our freshman year, Homecoming weekend at Ohio University in Athens. This year we had a free weekend during OU's Homecoming and we decided to make a family weekend out of it. We stayed at Burr Oak State Park Lodge. 

On Friday, we drove to Hocking Hills State Park. I wasn't sure how much we would be able to do in Hocking Hills with Kevin but we thought we would try the parks that have accessible trails. 

Our first stop was Ash Cave. They have an accessible 1/4 mile trail to the cave. Once we got to the cave we took photos and explored a bit. There was a staircase that looked like an adventure so I thought we'd give it a try and see how far we could go with Kevin. He did great...and loved every step of it!!!

Our next stop in Hocking Hills State Park was Conkle's Hollow Nature Preserve. They had an accessible 3/4 mile trail with an extra jaunt along a rugged rocky path to a waterfall. We felt like being adventuresome again and gave it a try. Success! 

Kevin surpassed my expectations and I was thrilled! In fact, I think Kevin enjoyed the rugged rocky part of our walks more than the accessible trail. I couldn't help thinking his adventure hikes were like Physical Therapy come to life. There was even a point in our adventure where Kevin had to walk on a board across a creek...just like the balance beam in therapy! So cool and so much family fun!

After our hiking adventures we drove to the Circleville Pumpkin Show. We parked. We saw big pumpkins, a parade with marching bands and pets dressed up in costumes, and hundreds of food vendors. We didn't stay wasn't really our thing. 

After we returned to the lodge my best friend from high school met us for dinner. She had recently moved to the area so it was a bonus to see her and catch up. 

Saturday morning we headed to OU for the Homecoming Parade to watch the Marching 110 and Alumni Band. Afterwards we walked around campus and Jon stopped in every t-shrit shop on Court Street. Jon bought himself a new coat to replace the one he bought a couple decades ago during a Homecoming trip to OU. I liked the old coat too and would try to wear it when he wasn't and sometimes when he was. So when I saw his new coat...I said maybe I should get one too so I didn't take I did. As we were walking away from the store...I jokingly said...we probably should've gotten Kevin one we turned around and now we are the cheesy green coat family trio!

On Sunday we drove around Burr Oak State Park grounds before driving home. It was a great weekend together with lots of fun adventures! We're looking forward to going back one day and trying the other accessible trail at Old Man's Cave.