Last weekend (well I guess it's 2 weekends ago now), Matt and I made our annual trip to Columbus. This year we decided to give ourselves a little break and took 2 whole days off from work so that we could A) not have to drive through the night and be dead for 2 days (ie most of the weekend) and B) so we could first make a stop in Dover, Ohio to visit the Klopfers!
So, early Thursday morning, we loaded up the car (Jenny D included, "she" partook in the weekend festivities as well, of course!) and headed out.
We made great timing, and 480 miles later, we were in Dover!! It was so much fun hanging out with Brian and Jenn, and of course little Bex! We spent the rest of the afternoon catching up and snuggling with Bexleigh. And of course Jenn and I had to get in a 3 1/2 mile run...because why wouldn't you want to go for a run after sitting in a car for 8 hours! ;-)
Say "hi" to your Uncle Matt, Bex! :)
"Where are you Auntie Jen?"
Friday afternoon we all piled into our cars and headed to Columbus! The 2 hour drive felt like nothing compared to what we had done the day before. Jenn and I spent the first 45 minutes of the trip texting back and forth since we didn't get to ride together and couldn't bear the thought of spending 2 hours without contact. Once we got into town, Matt headed off to the office to be the over-acheiver that he is, and Briko (Jenn's hubby Brian), Jenn, Bex and I checked into our "uber-cool" hotel....The Lofts!
Jen wanted to take a load off on our comfy bed too!
After relaxing in the room for a bit, we decided to head on over to Easton to meet up with Matt and do some shopping and grab a bite to eat. We made it to DSW, got our shoe fix taken care of and then realized we were all starving. Well, a trip to Columbus definitely wouldn't be complete without a visit to Champps (notice the 2 P's, we like to pronounce it Champ-p's). This was a good pick since the boys could watch the game and we could watch Bex!
Briko's brother, Billy, and new girlfriend, Morgan, also met up with us at Champ-p's. She works for the Limited as well and we soon found out that she and Matt knew all of the same people! Small world, I tell ya!
Later that night, we decided just to take it easy and hang out at the hotel so that Brian and Matt could watch more basketball and us girls could relax. Erica (my roomie and BFF all 4 years at OSU) came by for a visit and we had a blast catching up with her.
Bex's fabulous new skirt from her fashionable Auntie Er Pear!
The Gamma Gallo Girls (just missing 1)
Bex, ready for some shopping in her adorable outfit from us!
The next day we headed back to Easton to do some real shopping! Matt's parents drove in to town and we met up with them there to walk around the outdoor mall and eat at our fave, PF Changs. After lunch, we parted ways with Jenn and Brian for a bit to go on a little driving tour of Hilliard, the town Matt grew up in. It was so much fun (for me, but especially all of them) seeing all of their old houses and hang outs. Matt pointed out all the places he used to rollerblade and play roller hockey as a kid. It was a great trip down memory lane.
That night, we went out to dinner with Matt's high school friends, James and Mike, and their girlfriends, Jen and Jessica, and Erica and her new (well, new to us :)) boyfriend, Tony. It was so much fun! We went to this great new sushi restaurant in the Short North where the sushi was good but all the other stuff was AMAZING!!! Rock shrimp, calamari, filet mignon, truffle mac-n-cheese...we tried it all! After dinner we met up with some of Matt's work friends that moved to Columbus from NYC this summer. It was a great night and we got a chance to see everyone on our "list."
Matt's Limited friends Ramit and Amy
Me and James
Mr. and Mrs. Hendricks
Sunday morning we had one of the BEST brunches ever with Brian, Jenn, Bex, Billy, Morgan, James, Jen and Mike. It was a great meal to set us off on our long journey home. :)
When we got home, we picked up our little Maggie Lu from her Auntie Jen's and saw a little project Jen had been working on over the weekend...
It's the Bexleigh/Puppy Sandwich!!!