Monday, December 3, 2018

About Last Night Month

I had a title in mind, but before I got back here the calendar turned. Bother. So much to catch up on and so little time. Let's talk Thanksgiving because while it feels like eons ago in reality it's only been about ten days.

Which I realize is an eon in the blog world, but still I'm gonna talk Thanksgiving.

The bride-to be...you remember Daughter2 and her groom, right?


Well her future in-laws invited us to spend the Thanksgiving holiday in their home so hubs and I road tripped to the Buckeye State. We left later in the day Tuesday because hubs had a guitar lesson (I know!!!). We had the soon-to-be marrieds dog with us because we had the bigger vehicle and it's important the dog is comfortable.


Yes of course we took a picture.

In America Wednesday is designated 'prep for the meal day' so that's what we did. And while we prepped we talked all things wedding because we love to talk all things wedding. Just ask the hubs. Hi hubs! In our defense the grooms mama wants to hear details and I feel like grooms are not always good about sharing every single little detail.


Thursday was spent in the way Thanksgiving Thursdays are always spent-parade watching, eating, napping, football watching and more eating. Probably a lot like yours which is something I love about Thanksgiving.


Friday we went into the nearby city to see the tree and the view from our hosts downtown office. Also to enjoy a fabulous Italian meal in one of their favorite restaurants because we are all about the eating at the end of November. Hubs and I got on the road fairly early Saturday as we needed to start organizing Christmas at home. It felt a little early but blank calendar days are nearly non-existent round here in the month of December so we had to dive in.

As we were cruising homeward down the Interstate hubs noticed a sign for 'The Ark', and since we were in the neighborhood we decided to take a quick peek. Which is nearly impossible to do but we tried. If you're not familiar with 'The Ark' it's a reconstruction of Noah's ark sitting just off the highway in Williamstown Kentucky.


We were curious, but after reading about it online opted not to go inside. The tickets are pricey and most reviews said you needed several hours to really take it all in and ain't nobody got time for that Thanksgiving weekend. We were passing by just as it was opening for the day so we did drive into the parking lot to gawk. The Ark gets mixed reviews online, and I know a couple of folks who've been who also give it mixed reviews, but I have to say it was kind of cool to see it from afar.

We stopped for lunch in the little town of Berea because we're suckers for those little brown signs on the side of the highway that indicate some sort of historical and/or interesting something. In this case it was Boone Tavern which is a restaurant and hotel affiliated with Berea College, and we had a wonderful lunch (Kentucky Hot Brown anyone?) in their elegant dining room. We thought maybe the tavern had something to do with Daniel Boone, and it is named for the native son, but that's as far as the connection goes.

The Tavern was built in the early 1900's to house guests of the college. Apparently the President's wife decided they needed to build a guest house after she realized she'd welcomed over 300 guests of the university to her home one summer. I can kind of relate-ha!

We made it home in time to catch up with the neighbors whose grown children were in town, and now we're on to the next thing. Thanksgiving drew the short straw, but it's still my favorite holiday of the year.

18 comments:

  1. We also ate at Boone Tavern on our early fall trip through Kentucky toward Indiana. The hotel is lovely and the food was delicious. We also enjoyed our little stop over at the Artisan Center on the way into Berea. We so enjoyed our stays in Kentucky and will definitely go again. But, probably not to see the Ark for the same reasons you expressed. So glad you found time to play blog catch-up today. The Bride-to-be absolutely glows!

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  2. Hey, you were close me. I live in Lebanon, OH. I have not been to the Ark yet, but I have been to the Creation Museum and it is awesome! I highly recommend it. Hoping to do the Ark Experience some day. So glad you had a great Thanksgiving.

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  3. They are such a cute couple and they look so happy. Love is grand! How wonderful that you got away for Thanksgiving. Yes the dog looks comfy. I've seen some really great photos from bloggers about the Ark. I totally understand not going in but hopefully you can go another time. Sounds like you had a nice time and some great meals.

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  4. Your wedded couple to be are darling. Such a great thing to 'go away' for Thanksgiving. Although, getting back into the swing of things can be dicey... don't tell anyone, but I JUST TODAY washed the roaster pan that the turkey cooked in. ha.

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  5. When youngest daughter played college basketball, we made many trips to Berea.
    Your daughter is glowing!!!

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  6. Those two 'kids' look so great together!! How nice to spend a holiday with his family in my home state of Ohio! The pup does look a bit pampered! Ha! Glad you had a safe trip there and back... on to Christmas!!

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  7. Your daughters are both beautiful and daughter2 with fianc├ę are a gorgeous couple. I simply like the name of the town Berea and wonder how it came to have the name. Something to google, right?

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  8. Love the pics! And as a mom of boys, my prayer is that their future MIL will share wedding things with me too! As a former wedding coordinator (#2 favorite job! ever) my heart will be sad if my task as mother of the groom is to be quiet and wear beige (that color is NOT in my color wheel)

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  9. They look so happy! Glad you had a good celebration.

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  10. Daughter #2 looks so much like you! Beautiful! I still think Daughter #1 looks like your Hubby. Perfect!
    The couple looks so happy and that is fabulous! Naturally the doggy must have a comfy rise!

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  11. You were in our neighborhood! I have toured the ark, and I would say the outside is the most impressive part. Have you seen John Crist's video about his visit there? It's definitely good for a laugh. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enQWIlB1_uc

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  12. They are just the cutest couple! Sounded like a lovely Thanksgiving and it’s so good to hear from you.

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  13. When we were State-side, hubs had an idea that anytime we drove by a "world's largest __" sign, we'd pull off and have a look. Of course, we moved overseas within a year of that idea so. we only saw a few "world's largests" in Illinois.

    Your daughter is beautiful - she'll be a gorgeous bride!

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  14. What a beautiful couple! Not sure what part of Ohio you were visiting...I was raised about 20 miles north of Dayton. I have also been through Berea, KY (we used to live in KY too! but haven't visit the Boone Tavern. Sounds like your Thanksgiving was jam-packed with lot's of fun activity! Now...ON to Christmas!

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  15. We made a big effort to include the groom's mother, because you are right, the men don't like to talk wedding like we do ­čśÇ

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  16. We hope to take a bus tour to The ARK some day -- a trip when somebody else figures out the travel, lodging, etc. and we just go for the fun of it. We've heard wonderful things about it.

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  17. So sorry you missed the ark. Easy drive and easy parking. Get there when it opens and easily finish in few hours, I use a cane-plenty of benches. We did creation museum the day before and arrived there about 11:00 am- crowded but worth it! However the ark not crowded yet and quicker! I have visited 46 states and The Ark ranks at the top list! Worth every penny !!!!

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  18. Not sure where you live but sounds like it might be South Carolina-I taught Lake City and Bennettsville

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