A Family Wedding Weekend in CLE

Whew! I am still recovering from this past weekend’s festivities. It was a four-day extravaganza filled with lots of family events. It was B’s brother’s wedding on Friday so the weekend started with a rehearsal and dinner on Thursday, wedding on Friday and a brunch on Sunday. So yeah, I’m pooped but it was all in good fun! Continue reading

A Weekend With Family in NY

This past weekend I got to travel – by myself – to New York! My brother was in town from Berlin and somewhat last minute I decided to get on a plane to see him and my parents.

It was such a good decision – I hadn’t been home since Christmas and it was great to see my family and also get in some quality time.

The weekend started with a quick stop in the City to see  Jane. We were able to grab a quick lunch and catch up before I caught the train up to Albany with my brother.

Friday started off with a run around my old neighborhood. I saw cows and even caught my brother who was out for a bike ride!

That afternoon, we went to the Hyde, a nearby museum and old house. It was a GORGEOUS fall day in the area, but chilly.

And the museum was really cool – they had a Picasso exhibit going on, but you also get to see the interior of the house, which is preserved since the family lived there in the early 1900s.

Friday night, we went out to dinner in Saratoga Springs. I had an AMAZING grilled octopus dish.

Saturday, we decided to escape town and go for a hike in the Catskills. My brother, mom and I got in the car and after a kinda long car ride, got to the bottom of the trail at the mountain. After hiking up, we saw some amazing views.

The trees were all yellow and orange.

Then, we climbed up even further — you can see the house down below right where I took the picture above.

That night, we had tickets to the Albany Symphony Orchestra! It was a great performance at the beautiful Palace Theater downtown.

Unfortunately, that was the end of an amazing weekend. I hadn’t spent time with just my parents and brother in several (8? 10?) years, and it was just what I needed.

Questions for you:

  • When was the last time you traveled by plane?
  • Do you live near your parents? Siblings?

Fall Festivities

Bring on the fall festivities! This weekend was full of fall festivities, from Harvestfest at the kids’ school to our friends’ kids birthday parties, and we had a blast celebrating.

Friday started with Harvestfest at school. It meant bobbing for donuts (trying to eat a donut off a string without using your hands), getting sparkly tattoos, story time, a cookout and other kid-friendly activities.

FW and LM had a ball.

Saturday morning included some yard work.

And then, birthday party fun!

It was a costume party also, so FW wore his spiderman outfit and LM was a sheep.

It also included some pumpkin painting.

The evening included takeout from Aladdins. Because, who doesn’t love hummus? (Answer: FW. But he is still pretty picky)

Sunday, B and his dad spent the whole morning power washing. Meaning I hung out with FW and LM. We went for a walk/trike ride around the block.

We ran around the house and goofed off.

And we watched B do work.

The weekend also included a run, some dinner with family and a few other non-pictured activities. And as always, Sunday night came and went too fast. Now, onto a short (for me) week before I head out of town to see family!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you have any trips coming up?
  • What types of fall festivities do you have planned?

Finally Feeling Like Fall

Last week may have started out with 80 degree temps, but we are finally cooling down and it feels more like fall again around here. So, our weekend was full of fun fall activities.

We started off Friday night with dinner out – pizza!

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And Saturday included one of my favorite fall activites- apple picking!

FW liked the Jonagold apple.

I love these guys.❤

After apple picking, we had lunch and did some baking. We made cookies to bring to a dinner we had planned that evening.

Saturday night, we went to my friend Emily’s house. She has two kids also and invited us and few other our friends with kids over for dinner. She made tacos and it was a great way for all the kids to run around and play with one another. There were only blurry photos because the kids were always moving!

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Sunday morning, we had plans – we were doing the Happy 5K race in my neighborhood. B and I ran with the kids (and their strollers) for the run.

 

 

After naptime, we decided to hit the playground. FW had brought his class stuffed whale home for the weekend (thus the whale in so many of the above pics) and kept mentioning he wanted to take him to the playground. So we did!

And for dinner we kept it simple. B’s parents had been out of town over the weekend, so our usual Sunday family dinner plans were cancelled. We ended up staying in and making which hit the spot. Oh, and of course we had leftover cookies 🙂

Some questions for you:

  • Did it finally start feeling like fall near you?
  • Have you gone apple picking yet this season?

3x The Weekend Fun

What a fun long weekend! I wish it didn’t have to end. It was full of plenty of outdoor time, good food and even some work.

The weekend started with this amazing treat. Ham and cheese croissant from Stone Oven.

And it also included a pedicure and some reading.

Followed by watching the delivery truck drop off some supplies – B is redoing our back patio!

After much of the work was done, I took FW out for a short stroller run and we hit up the library on the way back.

We had our favorite pizza for dinner on the porch.

Sunday morning started with a stroller run – FW and I ran to the bagel shop again and brought home breakfast.

After breakfast, it was time to head the our favorite playground for a playdate.

Having friends with kids is amazing.

Then it was time to pick up some groceries. They had free ice cream samples!

And then we headed home for lunch on the porch.

The afternoon included more work on the patio and finding ways to stay entertained without getting in the way.

It was SO nice to also have Monday off and “sleep in” (as much as you can with a toddler and preschooler). Since the four of us were all home again, I took out FW for another stroller run.

It rained the entire time and I ended up soaked! But FW was a good sport.

The weather cleared up, and the afternoon included more work on the patio, and then we took a break to watch some of the airshow. Every Labor Day weekend in Cleveland, there is an airshow and tons of airplanes perform.

We then got in some quick playground time.

But then it was time to head home for dinner. B grilled for a nice Labor Day meal.

And just like that, our long weekend had come to an end. Between work and after work commitments, it’s going to be a busy week, so hopefully that means it goes by fast!

Questions for you:

  • Have you ever seen an airshow? My first one was in Cleveland.
  • Did you grill or cook out for Labor Day?

Weekend update: Picnic and Baseball

This past week I was SO ready for the weekend. It had been a slightly busy work with catching up on work after being out, a few client meetings and presentations, and by Friday I was definitely ready for some R&R and family time.

And that is exactly what the weekend included! While B got some stuff done around the house/outside, I entertained the kids. We got in some baking (lentil banana muffins of course), and outdoor play.

For lunch on Saturday, we opted to have a picnic. B took FW on the bike and I walk/ran with LM to a nearby playground. We had lunch and the kids got in some playtime before naps.

Sunday, I took FW out for a stroller run, and we literally ran a few errands. We returned library books and then picked up some fresh bagels.

In the afternoon, we headed downtown – we had tickets to the Indians game an went as a family of 4.

FW even got a chance to see Slider, which made his day. LM also got on the Jumbotron with B!

That evening, we finished with dinner at B’s parents’ house. It’s always a nice way to end our weekend and get ready for the week ahead.

Questions for you:

  • What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently? Any recommendations?
  • How do you feel about mascots? Yay or no?