On Friday, I got to go home. Going home feels like a privilege anymore. I like that…and I wish it could happen more often. In going home, I got to play with baby Jax and see my cousin Heather. There is nothing like having a baby fall asleep in your arms. Nothing. Then my mom took Mike and I to Applebee’s and then came home in time for Dad to get off work and celebrate his birthday.
On Saturday, it was dreary, so I lifted in the basement with Mike instead of going for a run. I’m feeling it today. I can hardly walk. I also found a list of old potential baby names from 2004 in an old journal. I take comfort in knowing that I tried to incorporate my then-current boyfriend’s name into the names of my boys. Yeah, that was nice of me. Ha ha!
Then I went old school. My cousin Meghan, Mike, and I went to Spiegel Grove to tour Rutherford B. Hayes’ home and to watch a Civl War reenactment. I hadn’t been in the Hayes house since an elementary school field trip, and it was crazy to look at the place he lived again. I remembered certain things, and others were really great surprises. No photography allowed…so I can’t show you any of it. But it is GLORIOUS. I found a picture of the outside of the house from the south side. The front porch is to the right, the second chimney from the left is Hayes’ bedroom. It really is a beautiful home.
You really don’t take advantage of some of the things in your very own hometown. I think I might have to take that tour again. We didn’t go to the museum, but that just gives us something to do another time.
Then we watched the Civil War reenactment put on twice a year at Spiegel Grove. This one was commemorating Hayes’ birthday (October 4th, 1822). I don’t really understand war reenactments. So I’m interested to see if any of you have anything to say about it other than the cannons are cool.
Saturday night, I drank a bottle of wine and rented two chick flicks with Mike. I then proceeded to wrestle him. I won. It’s my story.
Sunday, we helped Mom and Dad close the pool, watched football, and fell asleep a lot. We drove home the back way and in the midst of the dreary skies, God gave us a beautiful sunset that hit every direction of the sky, shooting a red rainbow up into the heavens.