Family Weekend10.31.2011Parents weekend is a few weekends from now, but this weekend we decided to have a family weekend of our own. Let me start at the beginning. At the end of September, it was my grandpas birthday, so as his gift, we decided to give him and my grandma a trip down to Dayton and Cincinnati so that they could see where my brother and I have been living. Also, they had never been on a modern college campus, so they were in for quite a treat and so was I!
First, my parents picked me up and we headed down to the University of Cincinnati. My brother showed us around his new place and then took us to Newport for lunch. Afterwards, he gave us a mini tour of his campus, which is also really cool and a big difference from mine, since it is more of a city. Then, we visited for a while, before we all left my brother and started driving towards Miamisburg to check in to our hotel.
I had decided to stay in the hotel with everyone so that I could spend more time visiting and catching up. We decided to stay at the DoubleTree, which was extremely nice! They actually give everyone a freshly baked cookie upon check in. We settled in and freshened up before going to dinner at the Chop House. Dinner was delicious and this place definitely knew their steaks! The service and the food were terrific and I would definitely go back there another time.
Once dinner was over, we visited for a while and then just relaxed and watched some TV before going to sleep in our extremely comfortable beds (which is rare for hotels). The next morning, we went out to breakfast at a place called First Watch (near Dayton Mall). This was another fantastic meal and they have a wide variety of healthy items on their menu which I really liked.
After breakfast, we returned back to the hotel in order to pack up our things before heading to UD. When we reached UD (only about a ten minute drive), I gave my grandparents a tour of campus. I really wanted to show them the view from the 7th floor of the library, but unfortunately, it was closed on Sundays. But, I did show them our chapel, the echo spot, the buildings where I have my classes, things like that. They told me multiple times that they could understand why I chose UD because it has such beautiful surroundings and feels like a home.
We finished up the day by going out to a late lunch at the Rusty Bucket and then my parents helped me with a few things that needed to be done in my room. Then, we had to say our goodbyes. Overall, I had a wonderful time with my family and I am really glad that my grandparents got to see where I have been living. And, I got to eat a ton of delicious food, which was nice...my mom even made me some goodies that I will surely be snacking on! So, it may not have been an official family weekend, but for me...it was.