Hi folks! I’m back for another edition with my favorite links. How was your week? Ours was a busy one as the hubster was out of town and I was playing “vacation catch-up.” Maybe the most stressful part of vacation since having children is getting everything put away when we return. Why does it always seem like you come back with more?- Although we literally came home with 4 small souvenirs and a few sand dollars. I digress.
Is it ok to take your kids out of school to travel? via Y Travel Blog. This resonated so much with me – Flexibility alone is one of the reasons we have chosen to homeschool. Do you think parents should be held liable for taking the kids out of school? Should their be a limit on excused absences?
Halfway through November? I can not believe it!! We had a great time in Florida (even moreso once everyone returned to healthy– and look for some upcoming blogs on what to do around Fort Myers Beach) but now it’s time to focus on the holidays! I am usually much more organized than this, but it seems that with every child we have added, I’ve been less and less prepared. Go figure!
Here are my favorite web links from this past week:
“Tragedy opens our eyes to perspective changes, and in that moment, the simplicity of a one word vocabulary shift marked me.” In light of the recent events in our world, this blog really touched my heart.The One Word Vocabulary Shift that Profoundly Changed Me via Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
How a Vacation to Italy Reminded Me of My Purpose via Jeff Goins “There has to be a life behind the work, something that’s bigger than you, a cause to guide you. And as we strolled the dimly-lit sidewalks of Italy, hand in hand with our hearts and stomachs full, I remembered mine.”
What do you think? Do you have a plan to play down your mortgage or a set amount you want to retire with? Maybe you’re yearning to go to Alaska, too? Or maybe you’ve learned that 40 really isn’t the end of life (like we all thought in high school)? I’d love to know.
So you’ve been to Cincinnati to check out the Newport Aquarium or Kings Island. You went to Cleveland to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and maybe cheer on the home team at Progressive Field. And of course you have been to COSI in Columbus and wandered the streets of German Village. But Dayton. Dayton? What’s in Dayton?
I found myself in this same predicament- and asking myself the same questions.
60 minutes on the internet proved to me that we were going to need much, much more than one day in Dayton, Ohio.
We packed some snacks and headed west via I-70 to the land of Orville and Wilbur Wright. We concluded that our first official family outing to Dayton would consist mostly of Carillon Historical Park. The park, situated on 65 acres just outside the downtown area would provide much of the history about Dayton’s rich industrial and innovative past.
Our first stop was the newly opened Carillon Brewing Company. The restaurant is a fully functioning 1850s-style brewery. The smell of hops over takes you as you enter! We sat on the patio and enjoyed a few tastes of their traditional brews while dining on delicious cheeseburgers. We joked about taking our kids to a brewery, but Carillon Historical park is family-friendly destination and their brewery is no different.
So why take children that are 5 and under to a Historical Park?
Because it didn’t FEEL like a museum but instead a hands-on historical display.
Climb aboard the front of an old steam train. Ride on the 1930s Ohio-built Carousel. Sit in a desk in a 1890s school room. See some of the first Huffy bicycles, built in Dayton!
The 1905 Wright Flyer III is on display. A National Historic Landmark, it was hard to consider that this was man’s first flying machine (and I’m scared to think what it was like flying on a plane that had a max horsepower of 25)!
Here are my 3 Tips for Visiting with Kids:
The Historical Park charges $8/adult and $5 per child over 3. We used our AAA membership to get a $4 total discount (They don’t advertise this, but the sweet lady at the gift shop told us). Save those ones though, you’ll need them to get tokens for the Carousel ride which is $1/person.
At 65-acres, the Park is large, but mostly handicap accessible. Bring your stroller and some good walking shoes. You’ll need both!
While there is a cafe inside the park (the Brewery is located just outside the park) you may want to bring a few water bottles. We were there on a HOT day, and unsure of the rules, we didn’t take in a water bottle. Big mistake!
And it’s not necessarily a tip, but make sure you press the button to hear the wax sculpture of Edith Deeds give her presentation on the Carillon! It’s unbelievably life-like and gives a great history of the Carillon. (It may, however, scare your 5 yr old). While on the grounds, enjoy that sweet music. 🙂
Check out the website for the Carillon Historical Park HERE.
Have you been to Dayton? Our list of places to visit on our next trip is still growing! What should we see next?
I was NOT compensated by the park. We just had a fun, family outing and I wanted to share my knowledge.
The Yoder Toters have been struggling with something lately. We feel like we hardly do anything as a family, it’s always me home with the kids and Brian working, running errands, or working on a project…. or it’s Brian watching the kids while I do shopping, scout a sale, or pick up groceries.
Is this just the season of life that we’re in or is this how all of you operate as well?
It seems like when we just had Jackson that normally we would all go as a family to run errands and shop, etc. Then when we had Olen we started to split up a lot more, mostly for the sake of time. However, since having C, it seems like we are rarely ever altogether (sans vacations, planned outings, or church). Obviously I have the kids with me during the day and will shop with them and such, but we never really do much fully as a family of 5.
So I’m wondering- is it the same for you, too? Is this just the stage of life we are in with young children or is this typical for you as well? Do you leave the kids at home with one spouse because it is a time saver- or maybe to avoid boredom and frustration? I want to know!
I’m not an over-achieving mother when it comes to home-baked goods or over-involved kids, BUT I do typically make a family bucket list for each season. I know the practice is a little cheesy, but I think it helps us stay intentional and think about the things we want to do with our kids while they are little (although I only begrudgingly share a Starbucks drink or the pumpkin butter).
Some links with my favorites:
The Toasted Graham Latte? Perfect timing for a new drink since we eat graham crackers like they are going out of style!
So I realized I’ve been blogging now for 6 months! Holy cow! However, there isn’t a ton of personal stuff on this blog other than what we get up to now or then, or when I talk a little more about my faith. I thought it may be fun to do a little quiz so you all would know more about me. I’m not sure if this is a good idea or not.
What was your favorite food when you were a child? Cereal and marshmallows. Why the struggle to not eat Lucky Charms now is so so real.
What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod? I still live in the 1990s. I do not own an iPod.
What is one of your favorite quotes? “Wherever you are, be all there.” ~Jim Elliott
What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Reading?
What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Cleaning floors, scrubbing the bathtub
What is your favorite form of exercise? I really enjoy yoga, walking, and bicycling
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? Saturday mornings in the fall, cool and lazy!
What’s your least favorite mode of transportation? Flying, only because I’m terrified of it.
What is your favorite body part? After 3 kids? My arms! For real. 🙂
What sound do you love? Rain. And the sound of the kids in the morning- before they start the fighting. Ha.
If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for? I’m working on my hospitality because having people over (since having babies) tends to stress me out. So I would throw a dinner party at a restaurant to get together with old friends. I don’t know. That’s tough!
If you could paint a picture of any scenery you’ve seen before, what would you paint? I am not Bob Ross. My scenery would not look like “little trees,” but “dead trees.”
If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be? 29. Of course.
If you knew the world was ending in 2016, what would you do differently? I’d probably do the things that most people do when they are faced with death. I would spend more time in prayer and reading the Word. I would live more intentionally. I would hug my kids more. I would get off of my phone. I would appreciate my husband more and be more spontaneous. I would also stop vacuuming… and I would eat ALL the chocolate. 😉
If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor? My grandma was my mentor for the first 29 years of my existence. She had so much wisdom from a life of great joy and deep sorrows. There are lots of women that I glean wisdom from, but she was the best.
What sound do you love? Can y0u throw a mean party? Maybe you’ve entered 2015 and actually own an iPod? I’d love to hear!!
Packing for NYC in Spring– Lindsey’s outfits would work for many spring destinations. I ran out and purchased the Target purse in brown- I hate carrying anything but a cross-body bag since I need both hands free with the littles.
I was surprised to see Vegas on this list, some of the others look terrifying (from the lady who is scared to fly, of course) – Most scenic airport approaches
Lastly, I leave you with my favorite Instagram pic from this week. Olen has asked every morning since if we could go back and see the spider statue.