First Stop: Maidrite. We actually went here twice during our stay. Maid-Rite is a local landmark, and people travel from all over to eat some Maid-rite sandwiches. It's a hole in the wall kind of place that you wouldn't give a second thought about just driving by (except that there's always a line of cars waiting to get in, so that kind of gives it away). The real attraction here isn't the food. It's the gum wall. Yep. That's right entire wall (that actually includes every exterior) wall, covered with chewed up gum that has been left by patrons. If it sounds gross, it's because it is. And yet, people still love this place. They've even been featured on Weirdus.com
The pickup window. Gross, right?
If you're ever in Greenville, seriously. Go. Order 2 Maid-rites with everything and a bag of chips. Press the sandwich down before you take it out of the wrapper. That will help the sandwich stay together. Also, Maid-rite is cash only.
On Day 2, we hit the ground running and went to a water park in Troy, Ohio. The boys absolutely loved it. There was a giant splash pad, water slides, and a pool. Amazing.
Also on day 3, we celebrated Jeremy's recent college graduation with our families. Corn hole, anyone?
What do you expect when you try to get 8 kids and a 20 year old together for a grandkid picture? (Eli is horizontal).
Later that day, we all went to a little lodge in the middle of a wooded park area to celebrate dad's birthday. We wasted the afternoon away playing ping pong and eating. And cousins spent precious time together.
This little number was actually the brain child of my brothers a couple of years ago when we were all together. It's a giant homemade water slide that went down the hill in my parents' side yard. The kids (and adults) had hours of fun on this thing.
Line em up!
My aunt, who orchestrated the event brought lots of activities for the kids including water balloons and sacks for sack races. So much fun!
We heard there was going to be a puppeteer at the local library, so we gathered up all the kids and walked around 10 blocks to the packed out event.
And then it was time for the boys' special event - a backyard campout!
We packed up little goody bags for each boy with glow sticks, flashlights, and everything they needed to make s'mores.
We attended a concert on the lawn of the library.
And then..... the moment we waited for the whole week. The White Family Talent Show.
We started off by singing the Kellerman Anthem (the song at the end of Dirty Dancing, right before Patrick Swayze takes over for the final song)
The boys did armpit farts to the Start Wars Theme.
It was a great culminating event to our week.
Before the week ended, we perfected the water slide by covering all the tarps with 100 feet of painters plastic.
We packed goody bags for the kids that had sparklers, glow sticks, necklaces, and pop rocks.
And so, summer continues!