Friday evening we took the kids and Grandma Elsea to Buckeye Lake (I think I can count on one hand the number of times I've been there) to see the BOATS! at the marina and go to dinner for Grandma Elsea's birthday.
GMAC. LOVES. BOATS.
We ate at the Buckeye Lake Winery which did not disappoint. The amount of cheese they offer is to die for! I went with a small plate of brie and apples and french bread. I'm salivating as I type this. There were also goats, a chicken coop (guess the chickens had seen their finals days and ended up as a special?), and a car being towed that had a tree (guessing) fall on it so the kids were in heaven as well.
We spent the rest of the evening looking at boat books (GMac has a problem and now so does Daddy).
Saturday morning Monkey woke up with a cold (really, she woke up with in Friday afternoon). We knew she didn't feel well when she declined taking Grandma to the airport (when Grandma is here nothing else matters) and instead wanted to visit Riley so while C and GMac made an airport run we grabbed some Starbucks, visited Riley, did our grocery shopping, and took a walk to see the burned out grandstand. C and GMac stopped at Giant Eagle on their way home for fiesta salsa dip to have while we watch the debate Monday night.
"Taking pictures" of the destruction with her reading light.
By Saturday evening GMac had been bit by the fussy bug/a case of the cold, but we went downtown for the Fall Festival anyway because they had face painting! and Monkey never misses an opportunity to get her face painted. Sadly, they could not paint her face to look like Ariel, so she went with a small Hello Kitty. We returned home and watched Frozen (and it looks like we're getting back into Frozen mode a bit).
After the kids were down we had some fiesta salsa dip (leaving half for Monday - tonight) and watched a Chef's Table (if you haven't seen this, see it!).
GMac and his cold were up before the sun on Sunday morning (were talking 4:52 a.m.) which means so was Mommy. Some kids sleep longer when they are sick, this one wakes up even earlier. We lounged on the couch watching Disney Jr. while I tried to catch a few more winks until it was a socially acceptable time for a Sunday morning trip to Starbucks and Tim Horton's.
While Monkey was in Sunday School, GMac and I drove the streets of Lancaster until he fell asleep. Then we church and Chipotle-d (because I didn't feel like doing the pancakes I'd offered earlier due to my sleep deprivation). The kids and I napped while C did work and then we ate the best caramel apples ever. I'm not kidding here folks. The best. Shout out and thanks to Mom and Dad for those!
We're trying to detox this week so I made Skinny Taste's Asian Lettuce Wrap Chicken Chopped Salad (the current fave in our house). Pretty much all of her recipes are amazing.
After dinner we switched around GMac car seat (ok, folks, he's not quite two, but he's rather large, he should be fine) and took a ride around town in search of my tea (no luck) and ice cream (it was touch and go due to slooooooow service, but Gypsy Joe's came through).
We then canceled out the detox by finishing off the fiesta salsa dip after the kids went to bed. So if you're keep track of the salsa fiesta dip, there is none left for tonight which means we cant' watch the debate. Bummer.
That's okay because we both agreed we already knew who we are voting for and watching will just infuriate us more (seriously, how can an election cause so much anxiety?!).
So instead we'll be watching the Indians (hopefully. fingers crossed. this better not jinx them. I should just keep my mouth shut.) clinch the division!