Our first week and weekend of social distancing is done! I don’t know how many of these we’ll have, but I’d say it was pretty successful. Thankfully we had some nice weather (well, it was cold but at least it was clear) that let us get outside and we are all still healthy, so there’s not much to complain about.
Wow – can you believe it is already November? Here’s a look at what our weekend entailed:
Friday night sushi. Because I haven’t had some in a while and it hit the spot!
What a FUN weekend in Cleveland! We had such a good time hanging out and doing ALL of the things OUTSIDE. That’s right, we had pretty much perfect weather and hung out outside from Friday through Sunday.
First, I was able to take off early on Friday and surprised FW at daycare pickup early. We hung out for more than an hour at his favorite playground and it was glorious.
Then, on the way home from the playground we picked up pizza and ate it on the porch for dinner.
LM chewed on her crust for a while. She has been teething for … months now? We’re still waiting for one of her top teeth to pop. She has had 3 teeth forever it seems!
Saturday morning, FW helped me make some muffins.
Then, while B mowed the lawn, FW and I did some weeding.
That afternoon, we headed over to my friend Emily’s house for her son’s first birthday! LM loved the food.
And their dog!
FW loved the kiddie pool.
After the party, it was nap time. Which meant it was time for me to do some more baking!
And when the kids woke up, it was pretty much time for dinner. We ate it once again on the porch.
After dinner, B built a fire and we roasted marshmallows.
And since it was such a nice night, B and FW decided to camp out in the backyard.
Sunday ended up being super low-key. Nobody slept well Saturday night (in the tent or not), so we were all a little grumpy in the morning until nap time. The day included some meal prep, naps for all, and more meals on the porch.
And, a stroller run for the entire family! We hadn’t all run (the 4 of us) in AGES and it made me so happy to be out with everyone.
And per usual, we spent the night at B’s parents’ house, enjoying dinner with B’s family. They have a swing set, so FW got in some more swinging before we ate.
And here we are, back at our week. Weekends go by too fast, don’t they?
Questions for you:
- If you had the chance to take a half day of vacation, what would you do with your time off?
- Have you ever camped out in your backyard?
And just like that, the vacation that I have been looking forward to for several months is over. Earlier in the year, we had planned a short getaway with my parents and brother. We had decided to check out the Finger Lakes, finding an AirBNB in Ithaca that would host us for the few days. My brother flew in from Berlin, my parents drove in from Albany and we all stayed together.
The trip was great. It was so wonderful to be able to spend time with my family, and LM and FW loved all the “Nonna, Grandpa, Sweetie and Uncle Greg” time. We also had a good time checking out the city and some nearby sites. Some of the highlights included:
Grabbing dinner and ice cream around Ithaca Commons.
Hiking to and splashing around Taughannock Falls.
Lunching and wine tasting at Thirsty Owl Winery.
Exploring the area – I went running along their waterfront path one day and my family and I took walks as well.
It’s always hard to finish vacation, but this one is especially hard because of the great family time we had. I don’t know when my parents, brother and I will be all together again!
Some questions for you:
- Have you been to Ithaca?
- Do you vacation with your family?
This weekend is brought to you by the letter F. F is for First birthday, Friends, Family and Food — all wonderful things and well, I’m still smiling over what an amazingly wonderful weekend it was.
Friday was LM’s first birthday. That’s right, LM turned one over the weekend and I can’t believe it! While I’m still emotionally recovering, we had a blast celebrating. Friday celebrations started off early – I took the afternoon off and we were able to get the kids early from daycare to spend some time at the playground. Both LM and FW loved the swings.
And then we took LM to get her first ice cream. No photos of her, but FW loved his 🙂
Friday night, B and I actually got in a date night. My parents came into town, so B and I snuck out to grab drinks.
And then we had tickets to see the Indians – they won!
We even made it out for an after dinner drink on East 4th.
Saturday came early (especially after staying out late Friday), but was filled with celebrations — it was LM’s party! She enjoyed her first cake.
B’s mom made the cake and cupcakes – isn’t she amazing?!
LM thought so. She got frosting in her nose 🙂
The weather was PERFECT and FW enjoyed playing with his friends, cousins and of course, me.
After Saturday’s perfect weather, Sunday turned out stormy. We managed to catch a break in the rain and made it to the Zoo with my parents.
LM is still a little too young to enjoy it, but FW had such a blast. His favorite animals are the giraffes and elephants, and he got in some quality time with both.
Monday morning my parents left, and we hit up the local Memorial Day parade. It starts about 2 miles from our house, so B rode with the kids on the bike and I ran over.
Post-parade included some hot dogs at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, followed by a run home.
Aftet naptime, it was time for bbq #2, this time at B’s uncle’s house.
FW had some more fun and food with his cousins and LM did some assisted walking.
And that was the end of our perfect three-day weekend. Cheers to the unofficial start of summer!
Some questions for you:
- Did you watch a Memorial Day parade?
- Did you get outside this weekend?
We had a rainy weekend in Cleveland – it rained pretty much nonstop from Thursday afternoon through Saturday evening. It made for a flooding backyard, some indoor runs and a REALLY early wakeup on Thursday to run before the monsoon started. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Here’s a little snapshot of our Easter in CLE.
Friday, schools were closed for Good Friday, so I worked from home while watching the kids. (Meaning, I got up and worked, entertained them, worked while they were napping, did more entertaining, and then worked again at night) BUT because of the aforementioned rainy weather, we were stuck inside for pretty much the entire day. Thank goodness for play-doh and art projects!
Saturday brought MORE rain. So, we spent the morning inside doing some spring cleaning – FW even helped out!
I popped on the treadmill for a few miles, and then after naps, we headed to Grandma and Grandpa’s house to color eggs. FW had a blast dumping them in the dye.
We stayed there later than we intended to and all of a sudden it was dinnertime. Thank goodness for Aladdin’s takeout – it satisfied everyone in our house, even FW (the picky eater) and LM (who loved my hummus, beans, peas and rice!).
Sunday was Easter morning! We started with an Easter egg hunt for FW and LM.
Then, after Mass, it was time for Easter. We ended up spending all day with B’s family and FW and LM got to play with their cousins.
Look at that big table!
After Easter, we did finally get outside to enjoy the finally nice weather. It had stopped raining, leaving us with a gorgeous afternoon!
Some questions for you-
- What was in your Easter basket growing up?
- What’s your favorite holiday from a food standpoint?
I love weekends with family! And this weekend was one of those weekends, as my parents were able to come into town to visit. The last time they were in Cleveland was October, so it had been some time!Friday afternoon coincidentally was a grandparents’ event at FW’s school, so they got to see him in his element as he performed a song and then they watched a puppet show.And then Friday night included pizza from our favorite local place – Marottas! They had been closed for renovations, but they reopened about a week ago. So yes, this was our second week of pizza pickup from them. I love roasted garlic on the pizza!Saturday morning, the whole family walk to breakfast at Luna. Their almons croissants are amazing.Followed by a little time on the playground. The weather was perfect!In the afternoon, we celebrated our friend June’s first birthday. She had a kindermusik class, and both LM and FW had a blast!
Sunday morning came too quickly. After some bagels, my parents were on the road again and it was time to say goodbye.
As they drove back, we had a relatively low key day. We did not get in any of our usual weekend chores – no grocery shopping, meal planning, cleaning, etc. Instead, I caught up on work and then got outside for a run.
That night, we celebrated B’s sister Mary’s birthday. That ends what seems like a month of birthday celebrations for B’s family! FW will be disappointed not to sing Happy Birthday at next week’s dinner.
Questions for you:
- How do you handle grocery shopping? Do you go once a week or when you need to something?
- What’s your go-to bagel?