Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Vacation


Vacations have a way of making you realize that home is the best place to be. It sure was hard saying goodbye to our GRANDson, but hopefully we'll see him later this summer.

We had a great time in Cincinnati, it's a beautiful city and we found nothing but friendly folks everywhere we went. The city is a mix of new and old, they embrace and hold onto their history. The Ohio River is the lifeblood of city, any direction you look you can see Cincinnati's past merging with their future.




The Carew Tower was the perfect place to get some our best shots of the city. The building was built in the 20's, art deco at it's best, forty-eight floors to the top in not one, but TWO ancient elevators. Whirs and clicks, it was too late to change our mind after the doors closed. We had a second chance to take the stairs instead of riding in the telephone booth size second elevator, but I never pass up life's adventures... 
we took the ride to the TOP!




The real reason for our trip was our Grandson Jackson's graduation. All the other attractions along the way paled in comparison to the feelings of pride as he sat below us on that football field. The speeches were inspiring, with praise and congratulations for 160 graduates. I looked across the rows of kids about to embark onto the next stage of their lives. For some of them, it will be staying close to home and for others their first chance to make their own rules. I remember it sounded like fun, at least that first month. Then reality set in, bills arrived in the mail, paydays didn't come often enough and there was no one to do my laundry or my cook meals~
Whatever, at this point it's the journey, not the destination!
 

15 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures. You are so right, its not about the destination!!

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    1. Cincinnati surprised me, it's very mountainous like NW Arkansas! Very old town with narrow streets going straight up or down made driving CRAZY! One way streets kept us on our toes...

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  2. how awesome! enjoyed the views of the city, too!

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    1. We were there 5 days but there was so much to see and do. We got heads up on the Carew Tower from our grandson. He was right, you could see the whole city from the observation deck. Not for those who have a fear of heights though!

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  3. You have some of the best pictures EVER!!
    Congratulations to your grandson!
    Best excuse for a vacation I have ever heard!
    I am soon going to the beach......by way of the NICU so I can see my grand quads!

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    1. Thanks so much Linda, we really enjoyed the trip! Know you are looking forward to seeing your new grands!

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  4. How right you are and the reality catches up to everyone, eventually.

    Congratulations to Jackson.

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    1. True, he has all that to go through :}

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  5. Congrat's to Jackson - wonderful that you could be there to celebrate this big milestone with him! I've never been to Cincinatti and had no idea it was so lovely. Thanks for sharing your photos!

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    1. Seems like this milestone came too quickly... he's grown up fast!

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  6. I can hear "pride" in your words, Joy...that is part of the destination!...:)JP

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    1. Boy are you right! You should see the pictures of us all beaming with pride as he received his diploma!

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  7. He is a handsome boy. Best wishes for him on his journey.

    I enjoy visiting but love,love coming home.

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    1. Thanks so much Glenda! I love home best too...

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  8. Congratulations to Jackson! I know ya'll must be SO PROUD of him.....graduations are so full of hope and promise aren't they? You feel like you could conquer the world! Best wishes to a great family!!!

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