Over the weekend, Jordan and I took a little road trip to the Columbus, Ohio area for the Pretty Muddy mud run (more on that tomorrow). Originally, we were just going to go for the day, but a couple of weeks ago we decided to make a weekend out of it. You see, before I moved to Indiana, I lived in Ohio for five years — basically all of my elementary school years. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit where I grew up, especially since I hadn’t been back to the area since we moved, over 13 years ago!
After the mud run, we went back to our hotel so I could shower and get ready to go out. We didn’t have time to eat lunch before the race, so we were both starving. After getting ready, we headed straight to UNO’s for an early dinner.
We ended up having half of a pizza left over, but everything was good! After dinner, we drove to Hilliard, the city where I used to live. It was kind of strange being back; I couldn’t remember where anything was. When I lived there, I wasn’t old enough to drive, so I guess I never learned how to navigate my way around the city. Our first stop was my old house. We probably looked like creepers, driving by slowly and stopping to take a picture, but oh well .
They completely redid the siding and put up a fence, so this didn’t even look like “my” house. Nothing stays the same! It was fun to drive around and show Jordan where my friends lived and where I used to play. After driving around my old subdivision, we headed to my old elementary school.
It looked exactly the same to me. I went to elementary school for one more year in Indiana, but I had a very difficult transition into the new school district — I loved my teachers and experience at J.W. Reason Elementary School! All of my memories came flooding back when we visited my old school — games I played on the playground, Girl Scout meetings, my favorite teachers, my time spent as a sports anchor on the morning news — I had some good times .
After circling the school (and again, probably looking like creepers), I took Jordan to see my old dance school.
It looked exactly how I remembered it. It’s still hard for me to believe that Miss Peggy, my old dance teacher, is still teaching! She was a little bit older (or that’s how I remember her) when she taught me years ago. Ah, memories .
After driving around Hilliard for a while, we decided to head back to Dublin, where we were staying, and look for an ice cream place where we could get dessert. We eventually decided on Graeter’s, and I’m so glad that we did.
I had a scoop of pumpkin and a scoop of toffee chip, and they were both so good! We can buy Graeter’s by the pint here in the grocery store, but we don’t have actual an Graeter’s store — it was a nice treat!
After eating our ice cream, we decided to call it a night. It was a long day for both of us! We slept in a little bit on Sunday, and then we were on the road again.
It was nice to get away for a weekend, but now it’s time to get back to reality. Lots of laundry and cleaning to catch up on today! Have a great first day of October!
What did you do over the weekend?
If you’ve moved away, have you ever visited where you grew up?