Today we started in a different state across the Ohio river in the bordering town of Covington, KY. We were staying in a row house airbnb, and it was a fun old house with some modernized bits to it. The children appreciated that it had two sets of stairs so they could make a stair loop. Honestly, child me loved any house with Butlers stairs because it just felt like you could explore more and pretend more with them. And I'm pretty sure it was a slim amount of time I came into contact with them as a kid and yet they still made an impact on me, so perhaps this rental was fulfilling my inner child as well.
I noticed on the way in last night that we were within walking distance from a gorgeous cathedral, one I had wanted to visit when we had stayed in Cincinnati area last summer but it didn't work out. So we looked up the daily mass time and went this morning. The tabernacle alone was worth the early morning waking for mass. I always have good intentions to be a more regular daily mass goer, but rarely am. I blame it on the kids, but really I'm someone that likes to sleep in on a regular basis to 8am, and that means I miss most daily masses. Today, though we made it, all six of us.
We then traveled across the river and dropped the husband off to work and then went to the Firefighter museum. It was small but we were refreshed in our fire safety, learned some history and the kids got to play in the cab of a modern day fire engine, so I'd call it a win for the $8.25 total for the admission of all of us.
After that we walked the three blocks to Washington park, the kids remember this place super fondly so they played in the park playground for a bit and then we wandered over to get soft pretzels from Bretzel nearby. We then wandered back to our car and headed up to Findlay market for some more nutrient dense lunch. The kids chose carrots, pepperoni and cheese for lunch. I had cashew chicken salad. All was satisfying.
We then said goodbye to our favorite away from home city and started our drive home. It was a long drive as we got stuck in Columbus with a wrong turn and some accidents of other drivers but we made it finally home. And its good to be home, on the complete opposite side of the state from where we started. To be home, a glorious thing, even if travel is good. Its good to come home and know that its where you can be you faults and all.
So with the children bathed and in bed, I bid you goodnight. Goodnight. I hope the sense of home warms your soul tonight.