Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

September 20, 2018

Trader's World

"Oh boy! We're going to Trader's World!!!!!"

"But first I need to chew on your finger Nonna".  I will say this kid has a death grip and is cutting two teeth. I could feel them as he munched on it.

This is a huge indoor flea market in Monroe, OH, with so much stuff it was overwhelming.  Val left for home that morning so it was the five of us.

We wandered around for a few hours.

  I do love coloured vinyl!

These lanterns are cool too.

I love how the building entrances are painted.

Wanted this one too although I want an old one that plays 45s, not CDs.

My pre-trip research told me in advance that I needed to be on the lookout for this building!

 There were lots of these funny signs hanging in the halls.

By this point, the kids were in need of a nap....and so was Grumpa!  Casi's mom, Tina, met us there so Jeff took the boys home and Russell went to the hotel for a nap.  So the three of us gals browsed some more.  I didn't buy much, but I did get a super sparkly rhinestone encrusted purse that I love!

Tina dropped me at the hotel and then later on, we all met up to go out to eat at the Rusty Bucket.

I haven't been able to stop thinking about their quesadilla since we got back from the last trip.  So good!

Ended the day with a great sunset.

September 18, 2018

Birthday Fun!

The main reason we chose to visit in late August was so that we could celebrate Casi's birthday with her.  I got her that light up crown but she said she'd only wear it inside.  hahaha

Little Dale tackling his dad.

My sweet babby Mark.

Overall it was a pretty mellow day.  Russell wasn't feeling well in the early afternoon so he went back to the hotel for awhile.  Val, Casi & I went to Casi's fave vape shop so I could buy her present that she picked out, then they dropped me at the hotel.  Later on, we met everyone at Texas Roadhouse for her birthday dinner.

I NEED this Jukebox.

I love these two.

I was unable to have a piece due to the potential chocolate allergy. Sure looked good! 

The restaurant 'makes' birthday guests 'ride the saddle' where they basically announce it to the place and everyone yells 'YEE HAW!'  Poor Casi was so embarrassed.

Casi's mom Tina

Casi's grandmother & her boyfriend

Grumpa and Marky
 Obligatory group pic
 Ugh.  Me.  Ugh.

My cuddle bug.

September 16, 2018

Jungle Jim's International Market

Jungle Jim's was another must-do on this trip.  I actually ended up going twice!  First time, was a family trip with all the kids.

 This is my fave cheese and it's virtually impossible to get at home.  I bought 2.

If I didn't have so many food allergies, I could buy some of the baked goods.

I can never have a macaron due to the almond ingredient.  Kills me.  These looked amazing.

Russell was digging the meat section!!

I really wanted to get more of the funky pops here.

I wish now I had stocked up on these.  It's delicious!  I only got one.

Got a Faygo Vanilla Creme which was also delicious.

As was the Rte 66 cream soda that I got.  Not a root beer fan.


 Val & Russell taking a break.  We were there for a long time.

Babby Mark slept.

 This was under construction the last time we were here in May.  Was glad to see it up and running!

We were hungry by the time we got home and Val couldn't keep her eyes open so she opted to nap and we took everyone else to Olive Garden.  Mark and Dale stare into far off wonderment.  lol