Monday, March 30, 2009

The Ballentines Visit Ohio (Ohio Reformatory)

We also visited the historic Ohio Reformatory.

Unfortunately, only Caroline's camera has a picture of Rusty outside of this old prison where Shawshank Redemption was filmed. There is also a functioning maximum security prison behind the historic prison. We went down an unmarked road where we saw a part of the prison that most people do not get to see. After a rapid response by Mansfield PD and a brief detention, we were free to go.

Thanks to Caroline, Rusty and Lorelai for making the trip!

The Ballentines Visit Ohio (Richland Carrousel Park)

On Sunday, we took Lorelai to Richland Carrousel Park, the first new carrousel built since the 1930s. It was built in 1991 in downtown Mansfield, Ohio.

Magee Tornado

We interrupt the Ballentines Visit Ohio miniseries to bring you this late breaking news.

Lorene Cahill and Loree Clark were seen in the area of the Magee tornado damage. They appear to be traveling under the aliases Lucky Kayhill and Lorie Clark.

The Ballentines Visit Ohio (Akron Zoo)

Lorelai visited the Akron Zoo on Saturday and got to see all kinds of animals and even feed one of the goats (although this was quite a feat). The best part was the Jellyfish Exhibit.

The Ballentines Visit Ohio (The Train Ride)

We rode the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad from Peninsula to Akron on Saturday. Lorelai made a new friend and was very excited to not have to ride in a seat but be able to run around.

The Ballentines Visit Ohio (Chuck E. Cheese)

Lorelai got to visit Chuck E. Cheese in Akron and apparently it has more toddler rides than the one in Jackson, Tennessee. Lorelai was able to get in and out of most of the rides by herself.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Happy Birthday to my dear husband Derek!! Even though I can't be with you today, just know that I will be thinking about you =) Have a great day!!!! Love you =)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

New Kitchen Table & Chairs

Derek worked hard and put together our brand new kitchen table and chairs. It looks so nice =) Next up....finish painting the shed.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Madagascar Shrimp

Dinner Tuesday night was at Johnnie's Hideaway in Orlando. This is a Madagascar shrimp. To fully appreciate the scale of this beast, that is a 22 oz. steak next to it.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday, Dylan!

Proud Momma and Dada =)

Happy Birthday to you!!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Dylan's 1st Birthday Party

We celebrated Dylan's 1st birthday today!! He will be officially 1 on Wednesday, but all of his family and friends came a few days early to give him lots of presents and love =)

Here he is on his radio flyer tricycle that his Uncle Derek & Auntie Ang. got him.

Dylan really liked the streamers that hung off the handle bars.

What a big boy!!

Opening one more present from Uncle Derek & Auntie Ang. IU shirts, a sleeper, a #1 shirt and a camo outfit.

Another one of his many presents. Along with the tricycle that we got him, he got a big wheel from his other aunt and uncle. Now he has 2 new bikes!!

A toy lawn mower from grandma and grandpa. It makes lots of noise!

"Happy Birthday to you!" He did not like the hat.

Mmmm.....chocolate cake!