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Summer of ’17 (Part I)

September 9, 2017
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I am so behind on my journaling. I am going to try to combine a bunch of my summer photos in a couple of big huge picture posts. Here y’go!

Fourth of July

was a lot of fun.

We experienced Red White & Boom at Audubon Park, and I loved it so much there I want to make it my yearly Red White & Boom tradition.

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Thanks for this photo, Matt.

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The next day we went to the Dublin fireworks and saw Peter Frampton live! After the show we were so close to where they set off the fireworks it was probably literally one of the very best displays I’ve ever experienced. I was mesmerized!

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Park of Roses Picnic

I adore this park.

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Photo Cred: Rebecca

Photo by Rebecca

Photo Cred: Rebecca

Photo by Rebecca

Photo Cred: Rebecca

Photo by Rebecca

Attempted Potterfest

For just a minute (30 seconds?) Eleanor was Hedwig and Adry was Dumbledore!

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But Potterfest was a bust. It pretty much went like this:

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A trip to Grandpa’s Cheesebarn and Sweeties made up for it for some of us!

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Misc.

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Adry at Niagra Falls with his dad and Grandma Ellwood

Adry at Niagra Falls with his dad and Grandma Ellwood

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Me n' My Girl

Me n’ My Girl

Eleanor learned how to help with household chores (and enjoyed splashing in a pool and visiting Carl the Turtle and other fun things) with Grandma Martin this summer!

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She also had many great adventures with Aunt Alexz while she was on summer break!

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And Grandpa Sanders, too!

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Dress enhanced by Grandma Martin

Dress enhanced by Grandma Martin

Adry on Lake Eerie during a trip with his dad

Adry on Lake Eerie during a trip with his dad

 

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Spoiled by Grandma Sanders– new dress up shoes and clothes just because

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And although Jazz and Ribs Fest was stressful this year, this full arch double rainbow (can’t make out the second rainbow in these pics) was unforgettable.

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The Bunny Water Park/ Mt Vernon Water Park

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We took a trip to Mount Vernon for Maya’s first birthday party. The kids got to play with Logan and Lilly (my cousin’s son and niece) at the water park up there. We had a lot of fun!

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Park of Roses Pictures

October 22, 2016
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We attempted to take some family photos at Park of Roses, and it was a largely unsuccessful experience that involved both of the children crying 75% of the time. Eleanor skinned her knee, then skinned her knee again, then face-planted the ground, then fell again. Adry was overwhelmed by the pressure to be still and smile. But I still like the pictures Dad managed to capture in the in-between moments… I love my family, even when we are NOT picture-perfect! ♥

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The Day Adryel Ellwood Became Famous

February 27, 2016
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A week or so ago the news was doing a verrrrrry important piece on how warm the winter has been in Columbus, Ohio, and according to Mr. Adry it has managed to garner the attention of the entire world.

And guess who got to be filmed for this report!

Video Link:Adry is Famous

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That’s right, folks. Adry Ellwood is now the face of Warm Winters… in Columbus, Ohio. The whole world has seen him! The whole world will recognize him! And he is very excited to begin receiving all the money due to him for his fame.

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Adry May 2012

May 31, 2012
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Shucking corn with Keith
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Corn on the cob!

And Sherry (Keith’s mom) took us to the Columbus Zoo!

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Pony Ride

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A train to ourselves and perfect weather for it

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“It’s unfortunate what we find pleasing to the touch and pleasing to the eye is seldom the same.”

September 19, 2010
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September 1 AP 244– Jamie. I appreciate all of the times she has soothed me while I cry, and her comfort and encouragement through the most difficult and precious moments of my life (the passing away of loved ones, bringing my son into the world, getting married, separating from my husband… She’s seen it all with me.) I appreciate growing up with her as my sister and knowing she will always be in my life, unconditionally. More specifically, I enjoy her smiley and bubbly personality and her Cool Calm & Collected demeanor… often a stark contrast of my own. I love her “goldilocks” curly blond hair, her gorgeous eyes with curly eyelashes, and her little waste and baby-making hips :). Oh! And her tiny hands and feet. Love you, James.

September 2 AP 245– So much love and support I couldn’t keep track of it all. I lost track of e-mails and comments, y’all. I’m terribly sorry if you took the time to write to me and I didn’t reply. I eventually just gave up and let them sit in my inbox until they became overwhelming. BUT I read EACH and EVERY word that you said, and it all meant the world to me. Some of you made me downright cry, some of you made me laugh, and I felt loved by all. Thank you.

September 3 AP 246– A NEW healing process: new hopes and possibilities. I tried to get my marriage on track on a healing process but was unsuccessful. Obviously. So now here I am with a chance at a new beginning. I can appreciate that at least.

September 4 AP 247– Feeling pretty. I’d convinced myself I was (too) fat and ugly and I never blamed anyone for not wanting me because I wouldn’t want me either… But then out of the blue, for no particular reason, and in the midst of dying my hair and painting my toenails blue and shaving, I just looked at myself in the mirror and thought, ‘Wow. I am beautifully made. And I want to take good care of myself and this created body.’ I love my hair that’s growing out, I love my brown eyes and long eyelashes, and I love this petite little frame hiding under all this depression weight. I’m going to get it back, darn straight! 😉

September 5 AP 248– My awesome brother T. Matt and my newly sewn/fixed purse and cardigan. What a good brother. Also, I appreciated a freaking awesome Sunday lunch (Food Woman MEAT LOAF) and all the new things going on at Cypress. I’m glad that earlier this year I decided to make CWC my home church.

September 6 AP 249– People reaching out and spending time with me and making for an easier transition period. Also, Ben and I seem to be cooperating when it comes to visitation agreements and parenting decisions and routines.

September 7 AP 250– Text messaging. Often the only cure to Lonely Mommy.

September 8 AP 251– Tay!!!!! I love that kid! I love him like a brother. And this September eighth he bid farewell to teenagerhood and launched right into his twenties. I appreciate spending time with him, and his Tay shoulder giggle and that big grin I catch on his face all the time. I appreciate that brain up in his head and his hard work at school. (He totally worked his butt off trying out for the OSU marching band, but he’s only a lower classman. Next year he’ll make it, y’all! Watch and see!! I WILL have a cousin in The Best Damn Band In The Land, and you bet I WILL be proud as heck!) I also appreciate Tay’s support and concern, and how he is willing to stand up for me :).

September 9 AP 252– Fall! It’s not technically Fall yet, but the weather is changing already. Let’s see… what I appreciate about Fall: campfire smells, beautiful foliage, hoodies and long sleeved weather wear, crisp fresh air, bonfires and roasted marshmallows, cozy blankets…

September 10 AP 253– Nick and his friendship. Dinners, letting the kids play, talking…

September 11 AP 254– I got to see: Bockscar, the plane that dropped the bomb on Nagasaki, “Little Boy” atomic bomb from Hiroshima, and a real piece of the Berlin Wall. Crazy. Dad, Mom, Matt, Adry and I spent the day at Dayton Air Force Museum and saw all kinds of interesting things. Adry loved the planes of course. It was a very pleasant day. Good memories.

September 12 AP 255– Inquiring children’s minds. They want to learn, they want to know, and the world is still fresh and full of wonder at every turn. Ugh, the inspire me.

September 13 AP 256– Caramel apples. mmm.

September 14 AP 257– William Barclay. And his bible study series. He said he wanted to make the “best biblical scholarship available to the average reader.” That guy knew his stuff and I learn so much from him. And his head isn’t in the clouds. I have trouble with many bible studies because they’re often so idealistic and religious. When Barclay studies he shrugs off preconceived notions and culturally formed morals and just gives a raw study of the bible. And I know I’m not explaining that well, but I don’t know how else to. He’s realistic, down-to-earth, and science-minded. He takes into account EVERYTHING when studying the bible: author, purpose, culture, history, language, interpretation… And he is NOT a literalist.

September 15 AP 258– Columbus, Ohio. So many things I love about Columbus. Some of them I’ve listed here in a post I wrote not that long ago… And I also LOVE this post that Alexz wrote about Ohio back in March: Dear Ohio.  Please read it!!!

September 16 AP 259– A great boss: her concern and willingness to listen. How many people get to say they love their boss!?

September 17 AP 260– Having a great helper and getting my garage project all done. So THAT’S finally off my back and out of the way.

September 18 AP 261– Buckeye football and community. Can Buckeye community really be described?  I am far too appreciationed out to go into why I love Ohio State football fans.  So, hey– YOU tell ME what you love about Buckeye community and I will post your response.

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Race for the Cure 2010

May 17, 2010
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May 15 AP 135– Pammy’s cancer survival and Race for the Cure.

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Pammy- Five Year Survivor!

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Columbus’s Mayor Mike Coleman, LOL. Lookin’ good.

 

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SURVIVOR EXPRESS. For those too sick or weak to walk.

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5K runners at the starting line ready to be led by the blue car.

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Chris Spielman, Stephanie Spielman’s husband and former OSU and NFL football player, speaking to the crowd.

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Yes, this is the crowd we walked through for like 20 minutes. Claustrophobia was calling my name!

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Ash and I

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Momma and I

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THIS is just a VERY TINY glimpse of what downtown Columbus looked like during Race for the Cure: A sea of pink as far as the eye could see! I don’t know if you can tell, but those are all people as far back as you can see in this picture. That was behind us. There were just as many in front of us! And this was only ONE of the three walks/runs! It’s kind of an unexplainable experience.

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Me during the walk with my pink balloon.

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Motorcyclists on either side of the street were revving their engines and high-fiving and cheering the walkers on. One of the cyclists was wearing a t-shirt that said, “Save a life, grope your wife”

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Ash, Me, and Amanda

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I tried to get all of the ladies in our group walking. Pammy, GInny, and Mom are at the front of the pic. Sneha and Les are hiding behind them.

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Pammy’s getting in the Survivor’s Finish Line!

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Here she is walking out with her survivor’s rose. Five years ago she was diagnosed with Stage Four Sarcoma. More than once they told he she had a week to live or wouldn’t even live through the night. And here she is, doing a mile walk for Race for the Cure! Hallelujah!

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The State House… and lots of people… in lots of pink!

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All of the girls who walked together! Minus Les because she decided to hide even though we all thought she was there and posing for the picture. I can’t even tell who she is hiding behind! Weasel. Anyway, from left to right: Sneha, Ash, Me, Ginny, Pammy, Mom, and Amanda

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I loved the pink afros!

It was a touching experience and we are SO blessed to have Pam with us walking and healthy!

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Monkeys at the Zoo!

April 30, 2010
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April 28 AP 118– The Columbus Zoo and a fantastic zoo experience. Wednesday could not have been a more perfect zoo day with a toddler. The weather was wonderful, Adry was a good boy, the animals were awake, and many of them were active!

Also, The Columbus Zoo is AMAZING. I enjoy bragging on it for being the #1 zoo in the nation. I love it.

Look at this monkey face! I want to hug it!
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I fell in love with the monkeys and gorillas. I wanted to take them all home.

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Stinkiest flower: The Adry Flower

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Between us and this? A loose rope at our feet. We could have reached out and touched this fellow.

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I loved her! She is 54 years old and is more comfortable with humans than she is gorillas. She was raised by humans? I’m not sure, but they keep her separate from the other gorillas. She has children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will just stare into your eyes.

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The gorilla guy in the corner is all, “enough with the pictures, lady!”

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He was sleeping like this. Teehee.

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The baby monkey is giving Hutch a thumbs up!!

Close-up:
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He walked away before Hutch could get the picture, hah. I am looking after monkey butt!

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loook!

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just playing with colors..

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I love the manatees.

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Mixed Pix: Family and Friends

April 21, 2010
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Adry says, “Don’t look! It’s humiliating!”

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Whatev. Look if you must. I’m cute and I know it and I don’t need you telling me so, MOM.

 

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Adry at the zoo

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Matthew looking out over Columbus from the freeway

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The baby elephant must be a year old, now! Getting big!

**All Pictures Below Borrowed from Ash!**
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That’s all! Enjoy 🙂

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OSU-Iowa Game!

November 15, 2009
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***Edited. Finally added missing videos.***

I have to sit down and write about my Saturday because I had an awesome day and I want to remember it.

First, Ben’s parents came to my apartment in the morning to pick Adryel up for the day. I can never be too thankful for all of the family members that love him so much. He has 4 grandparents that each adore him, 4 fantastic uncles that get a kick out of him, great aunts and uncles, great grandmas, a boat load of second cousins (No seriously- I’m pretty sure I’d run out of fingers and toes if I tried to count them all) that think he’s a cool kid, honorary grandmas, honorary aunts… the list goes on. He is one stinkin’ loved kid and I am so glad he has that. Anyway- it was super nice of Ben’s parents to watch him all day. As much as I needed a break, my heart sank as soon as he left. I missed him.

Well, my mom, Les, Mer and I went to lunch at Cap City Diner. Yum. Then we stopped by a floral shop to pick up our red roses for the OSU-Iowa game– we were very optimistic and decided to just plan on winning and looking forward to the Big Ten Championship and heading to the Rose Bowl. Mer and I would have stuffed our roses in a bag until the end of the game, but my purse is basically a pocket wallet with a strap, so I carried it around. One guy said, “Optimism! That’s what I like to see!” but then other people, such as Hawkeye (Iowa) fans, flashed me disapproving looks and said, “Um, she has a rose. Whatever.” You know what? Whatever YOU, Hawkeyes! I smell Roses!

 

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Les and Mom walking to the stadium

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Les and Mer on the bus

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Crossing the bridge to the stadium

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Buckeyes on a Bridge

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Mer lookin’ all cute, hangin’ out before the game

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Les and Mom <3

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Momma n’ Me

I Introduce to you our EPIC Brutus The Buckeye FAIL. you have to watch Brutus in this video clip- he literally hangs his head. I am proud to say that I made BRUTUS THE BUCKEYE HANG HIS HEAD!

 

Oh, the shame! Or lack thereof.

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Video Clip: Walking through the tunnel to go to the stadium. Gettin’ Pumped Up!

 

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The Horseshoe!

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Sea of Buckeyes Heading to The Shoe

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Ohio Stadium (The Horseshoe) is the fourth largest stadium in the nation and has made numerous records for home attendance. (See below: Buckeye fans ROCK.) Also, The Ohio State Buckeyes website says that The Shoe is 80 years old, is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, and that “anyone who has seen a game in the giant horseshoe understands why. There are few experiences in athletics that are more enjoyable!” It’s true. I LOVE our stadium.

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Band Members and Fans in the Stadium

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Once I got to the top I looked out over the crowd below.

(Oh, at the game they announced that Buckeye football fans were ranked number one in the nation for Best College Football Fan Base. You know why? We are awesome. And being a Buckeye is so much more than rooting for a football team; it’s about loyalty and community and pride in our city. That’s why I love it so much.)

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Me and My Optimism

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The Ohio State Marching Band is one of the only marching bands made up of all brass and percussion, and the largest in the world… which of course makes us “The Best D**n Band In The Land”. They are classy and military-esque and I love them as much as I love the football game.

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United States

Video Clip: Hang On Sloopy!

 

Video Clip: The Beginning of Script Ohio!!!

 

Video Clip: The Awesome Tradition, The Dotting of the ‘i’!

 

Video Clip: American Flag. They make it wave, too!

 

And the actual football game was AWESOME!!! I mean, completely awesome. I may have wrung my hands raw and bit all of my nails off, but I had a really great time. This game was really important because it determined who would be the Big Ten Champ and head to the Rose Bowl. We won by a field goal in overtime. Close games like that are so nerve-wracking, but SO fun. I don’t remember winning in overtime since the National Championship in 2003. Anyway, not only was it edge-of-my-seat entertaining, but the weather was just gorgeous! It absolutely could not have been a more perfect football day.

Video Clip: Rushing The Field After The Win

 

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Field Rush

Mer and I decided to make our way down to the field to join in the celebration.
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OK, um… I was about to make an “O” with my arms while mouthing “O”, but…
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instead it just looks like I am singing into my rose. Good one, Jess.

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THIS GUY IS READY FOR THE ROSE BOWL!!!

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Headin’ out of the stadium and back to the car…
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The bridge was packed shoulder-to-shoulder with Buckeyes. It was a cool sight in real life, but obviously low light digital camera picture did not capture the coolness.

After the game we wrapped up our celebration at BW3s. Then I came home to this:
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and my night was perfect.

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