Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Snowy Weekend

Well, we made it until mid-January without any major snow (which is pretty good for Ohio) but this past weekend, we ended up getting about 4 inches of snow.  I really didn't mind the snow this weekend because 1.) the girls were excited that we finally got some so they could go build a snowman and 2.) it happened on a weekend and not during the work week when traffic is significantly worse.  

The weather was fine on Friday, although cold, so after stopping at my work with the girls so Lucy could sell Girl Scout cookies to my coworkers, we went to nearby Tree of Life Play + Cafe so they could play for a little bit.  Todd had class all day on Saturday and with the snow getting worse throughout the day, we stayed at home after going to lunch at Krema Nut Company (always a favorite for us!).  On Sunday, after subbing a SpinCore class, Todd & I finally bundled the girls up to play outside.  Lucy was really into shoveling the snow (let's hope that continues for a long time) and Cece was just walking around in the snow saying that it was "crunchy."  Todd helped us build a HUGE snowman (it was just as tall as me!) and after about an hour outside, they were ready to come back in to warm up.  We spent the rest of Sunday relaxing inside and watching a movie together.

Going down the slide together at Tree of Life Play + Cafe

Cece "playing soccer" 

 She would only jump on the trampoline if she was on it by herself; I think she was scared when other kids would get on it because she'd fall down

On Friday afternoon when Cece was napping, Lucy worked on her math computer program that her Kindergarten teacher recommended they do

After dinner on Friday, we went to Menchie's for frozen yogurt

All smiles for candy and fro-yo

Cece requested pigtail braids on Saturday--her first ones!

Lunch at one of our favorite local spots, Krema Nut Company

We all split a Nutty Mallow and Buckeye sandwich

The girls split a buckeye milkshake

We went at a good time because it wasn't crowded at all (plus, I'm sure the fact that it had started to snow also helped)

 Always love lunch dates with the girls

We got our new TV delivered last week (of course, the timing wasn't the best because Todd ordered it a week before our furnace went out so that will be a fun credit card bill to pay in a couple weeks) and I didn't believe Todd that the picture quality was that much better so he had to prove me wrong and plug in our old one for a side by side comparison on Saturday night

On Sunday, we finally ventured outside to check out the snow and Lucy helped Todd shovel the driveway (she also proceeded to shovel our back porch)

Cece was content just walking around the yard

Todd started building the bottom portion of our snowman and he just couldn't stop himself and kept making it bigger and bigger

We've had a snowman kit for years that we always forget to use so Todd was happy to finally use it on Sunday; Cece placed the carrot for his nose

Lucy worked on his buttons

Finished!

I wanted to get in a picture just for comparison to see how tall the snowman actually was

Snow angels

Shoveling the sidewalk

Monday, January 7, 2019

NYE 2018 in Chicago: Day 3 & 4

The rest of the recap from our trip to Chicago pretty much only includes Gina & Eric's wedding but I had so many pictures from the day, I wanted to split the trip up into two posts. It was hands-down, the nicest and, as everyone was saying that weekend, the most EPIC wedding complete with the most gorgeous bride, a 16 (I think if I counted correctly) person band, non-stop dancing on the dance floor, an endless amount of food & drinks (hors d'oeuvres, which included a raw bar, filet and halibut for dinner, wedding cake, Graeter's ice cream, cookie table, another dessert table, Chicago popcorn, and at midnight they brought out Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches).  Todd & I really did have such a great time celebrating the happy couple as well as spending some quality time with a few of my friends and their husbands. Now that most of us have kids, we don't get a chance to spend time with everyone as couples so it was long overdue.  The trip flew by but we were excited to come back to see the girls and spend time with them before we all went back to school and work today.

Day 3: Monday, December 31

Hotel gym was HUGE

My first blowout--this was the best picture I could get of the back of it but it was curled very loosely and partly pulled back

Katie, Lindsey, and I

Afterwards, Katie & I met our husbands for drinks & lunch; Todd is never one to turn down a taster tray

Ready to go to a wedding!

The decor at the Ritz matched our outfits perfectly

On the bus heading to the wedding ceremony

Todd & I

The cathedral was beautiful

Gina & her dad walking down the aisle

Her dress was gorgeous!

Classic fist pump

Gina was smiling ear-to-ear the entire day

At the hotel bar prior to the cocktail hour starting

The eight of us happened to walk over to the cocktail hour area right as the doors were opening so we were the first people in the space 

Raw bar  with monogrammed ice sculptures

Loved the lighting above the place card table

Table 20!

Enjoying his oyster

Group shot during the cocktail hour

One of just the girls...

and then we spotted the bride and hurried over to snag a picture with her

Cookie table....which were all made by Gina's uncle and brought over from Youngstown to Chicago via a limo

Loved the colors of the bouquets

Limoncello almonds for good luck...and don't mind the 3 drinks sitting at my place

View of the 5 tier cake with the band behind them (I wasn't kidding when I said I think there were 16 people in it!)

Gina & Eric walking into the reception

Todd took some candid pictures of the girls when Gina came over to see us

Dancing with the bride (we've come a long way from the days of making up dances to Britney Spears' songs in high school)

More dancing

Couldn't pass up Graeter's ice cream

Chicago-style popcorn

Table 20 with the bride and groom at the photo booth

Ready for the countdown to midnight with individual bottles of champagne

Ringing in the new year with this guy

Day 4: Tuesday, January 1
  • New Year's Day Brunch at The Ritz Carlton
  • Flew home late afternoon (after an 1.5 hour delay)