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Welcome to my short weekend trip report. I am Jen for those who don’t know me.

I have 3 children, Michael, who is almost 25, Paige who is 21, and Claire, who is now 9. I am married to Skip. We live on a dairy farm in Ohio, about 30 minutes or so away from Toledo.

And this is what my backyard has looked like the last few weeks….YUCK!

Snow is not a dairy farmer’s friend, I can tell you that!

This past year has not been the greatest and I was very happy to say goodbye to 2013. May she never come knocking back at my door again!

But that being said, we had some great times as well. Claire and I went with my parents and my sister Amanda to Williamsburg, Virginia and had a great time with new experiences. But as many of you who know me, that’s not quite the same as a Disney trip.

Over the summer I started looking at a fall cruise with some girlfriends. It just never worked out. The rates weren’t where I wanted them to be, many of us could not coordinate the dates to work for all of us and in the end it just wasn’t doable. My Mom also talked about cruising, but she was in Union negotiations at her work and she was one of the top people doing this. She had hoped to be done by mid Oct. but it took longer than expect, so the cruise dates we looked at came and went as well.

In the meantime, my daughter Paige was in a very bad car accident, so I spent a week at the hospital with her and then she recovered at my home as well. During that recovery time I was in a car accident and though I was fine, my car wasn’t and we had to buy a new car. Things just were not looking good for any type of vacation.

We really needed to get away though. I was about to go stir crazy.
An American Girl Doll Store had opened up in Columbus, Oh over the summer. Columbus is where my sister Amanda lives and is about 2 Ĺ hours away from my home. My other sister, Gail, went down to visit Amanda with her girls and visited the store not long after it opened. I showed Claire the pictures that Gail had posted on facebook. Instead of excitement I got a full out crying session. She has always wanted to go to a store, it’s not fair they went without her….you know all the drama an 8 Year can muster up.
So I told her we would plan a trip there in the near future. Of course all the accidents started happening and we just couldn’t set a date, even though she constantly reminded us of it.

After things started to calm down, my sister Gail told me she did have a reservation at the Bistro in the American Girl Doll store for Sept. 21. Since they had already gone down, she would give it to me. That sounded like a nice plan and we started to plan a weekend trip. My mom decided she would like to join us as well. We then realized that Claire had that Monday off from school so we could make it a little bit of a longer weekend. Mom however had to work Monday, so she decided to drive down separately so that she could return home on Sunday evening. It was also a great chance to see how my new car would handle its first road trip!

Please join me as I relive this quick, but fun weekend trip in Sept.

All Work and a Little Play Makes Jen a Happy Girl! Vacation Specialist
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