And the group shot:
|Thanks to Brian for the group shot.|
And everyone got to watch my toddler eat an ear of corn:
|Shouldn't you guys put me at a table or something? I mean I'm just on the ground here.|
And some tailgating:
The kids had a ball:
We spent the evening hanging out with some old friends and their new puppy. I hope we didn't overwhelm them with our crew!
The next day we all met at Washington Park in Over the Rhine. I KNOW, RIGHT? As Matt put it "If someone told me I'd be hanging out in Over the Rhine in my 30's I'd think that I had made some BAD life choices." That's literally where the riots were in 2001. But I trusted and went with the group's plan. It turns out they completely renovated the park and it's actually really, really nice now:
Experts agree with me. So I highly recommend this awesome park if you're ever in the Cincy area.
The park even has a water play area that we did not explore b/c wet kids w/o bathing suits = NOOOOOOPE.
It was so fun to spend some time with everyone. Brought back so many memories. Speaking of memories on our way back to the car we helped our daughter take pictures of numbers for her "Number Walk" school project. Because apparently even 10 years later we are incapable of being in Over the Rhine without doing some sort of school project.
|Honestly her craft is pretty on par with the stuff I produced in the 5th year Over the Rhine/Kroger studio.|
From there we drove up to campus. The last time we were there DAAP was grey. I wanted to see it with the new metal paneling:
|My kids on the DAAP staircase WORLDS ARE COLLIDING.|
|Peeking in the window of our freshman studio. aka where Matt and I sat next to each other. Aka WHERE IT ALL BEGAN.|
|A little APX pride. Both Matt and I were charter members of the UC chapter!|
UUUUUUGH. But maybe I'm just bitter b/c this is what my favorite bar, Christies, looks like now:
|Empty lot OF SADNESS AND WOE. They tore down happiness.|
Anyways I'm so glad we went. It was super fun to revisit that time in our lives. And in case you want to know what being in architecture school was like here's a crazy appropriate buzz feed List:
38 Things All Architecture Students Know All Too Well.