Two years ago.

Two years ago, we were just starting our epic road trip with Oscar, #gtfOscarRoadTrip2019…

It was an incredible adventure. It was our first road trip with Oscar and our first to Outer Banks…

It seems like every hotel we stayed at had a continental breakfast with a waffle maker. I ate a bunch of waffles on our road trip…

And it started a vacation photo series of Genifer eating breakfasts…

It really lived up to it’s hashtag of an epic road trip. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ๐Ÿง‡๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

After these messages…

We’ll be right back. We’re heading back out to Duck, North Carolina in the Outer Banks. It’s kind of become our happy place.

Follow along with our trip on our Flickr… and maybe on our YouTube. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ—บ๏ธโค๏ธ

Trader’s World & Two Cities Pizza Co.

It was grey and rainy Saturday morning…

Good morning from Northside…

This morning we drove up north to Trader’s World

We were looking for some planters or a little stone bench for our side yard…

There wasn’t any of what we were looking for. But it you were looking for FunkoPops, you were definitely in the right place…

And hot sauce. They also had hot sauce…

It was a very odd place…

We didn’t find anything at Trader’s World. It was kind of a bust.

On our way back to Cincinnati, we stopped to try Two Cities Pizza Co. in Mason…

Two Cities has both New York style and Chicago style deep dish pizzas…

We were so hungry. We started salads…

Two Cities makes their own ranch dressing…

We ordered both a Chicago style deep dish AND a New York style pizza…

Both pizzas were delicious. Genifer liked the New York style best…

I liked the Chicago style deep dish best…

And because it was our first visit, they brought us little warm powdered donuts…

The restrooms were like New York subway cars…

What a terrific place with delicious, delicious pizzas!

When we got home, we took the dogs around the block…

Good evening from Northside…

Later, we had leftover pizza because we had a bunch…

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#gtfSpringTraining2015

Six years ago, we were enjoying some Spring Training baseball out in Arizona with my parents…

It was such a great trip! Hopefully, we’ll get to go to some more baseball games this summer. ๐Ÿ˜€โšพ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ

After these messages…

We’ll be right back. We’re heading to a little cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains for a long anniversary weekend.

Follow along on our Flickr… and maybe our YouTube. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ—บ๏ธโค๏ธ

And we’re back!

We’re home from our week out in the Outer Banks. We stayed in the little town of Duck again. We really like it out there in the Outer Banks, and Duck in particular…

The house we stayed in was so nice…

It was just a short walk from the house down the street to the beach…

We woke up to watch the sunrise every morning…

Then we’d drive to get coffees from Duck Cottage…

We’d sit on the patio on and drink our coffee…

We’d walk down and sit on the beach…

We’d go find something amazing to eat for lunch…

Then we were back on the patio or we’d hang out inside and watch TV…

And we’d watch the sunset…

There were so many stars at night…

It was so wonderful and relaxing and low-key. And we got to repeat that routine all pretty much week. There were a few variations. One morning, we got breakfast from Treehouse Coffee. We drove up to Corolla one afternoon to see the Currituck Lighthouse and Whalebone House. We got some espresso milkshakes from Sunset Ice Cream. The weather was really beautiful all week. It only rained on our last day but that gave us the perfect opportunity to check out some of the local gift shops. And we found some great treasure and souvenirs.

It was a really wonderful week. And now we feel ready for what looks like a very long, cold COVID-19 winter. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ๐Ÿฆ†โค๏ธ

Click to see all of our photos from our trip and a handful of little videos too.

After these messages…

We’ll be right back. We’re heading back out to Duck, North Carolina in the Outer Banks. We love it out there and we had such a fun time in August that we wanted to go sit on the beach again before we lock ourselves inside our house for the winter.

Follow along on our Flickr, our YouTube and maybe our our Instagrams if we can get back into it. But I wouldn’t hold your breath. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ—บ๏ธโค๏ธ

Good morning from Northside.

Good morning from Northside…

We’re swapping our normal morning view for a beach view next week. And we’re pretty excited about it. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„โค๏ธ

Pure Michigan.

We drove up north for a long weekend in Michigan to visit my parents…

Even though we’re still firmly in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic, we still managed to get out to do a surprising amount of stuff…

We sampled some terrific beers that my parents gathered on their travels like New Belgium’s Atomic Pumpkin. We went out to VerHage Fruit Farm and Cider Mill for donuts and fresh apple cider. We had lunch at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe and Presidential Brewing and COVID Carryout dinner from Four Rose’s in Plainwell. We also got Biggby Coffees and Sweetwater’s Donuts. And most importantly, we got to hang out with my parents because it’s been way too long since we’ve seen them. It was a great weekend. We hope the powers that be can curtail the pandemic soon and we can get up to Michigan more often next year. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ—บ๏ธโฌ†๏ธโค๏ธ

Click to see all the photos we took on our long weekend in Michigan.

After these messages…

We’ll be right back. We’re heading up north to visit my parents for a long weekend in Kalamazoo. It’s been way too long since we’ve seen them.

Follow along on our pandemic Pure Michigan adventure on our Flickr. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ—บ๏ธโค๏ธ