One last extended holiday weekend recap coming your way…
On Thursday, I planned to take Jeffrey to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for their New Year’s at Noon party, but when we pulled up at 10:30, there was nowhere to park and a huge line outside the museum! I love that so many kiddos wanted to spend New Year’s Eve with the dinosaurs, but we decided to head to somewhere a little less crowded.
We ended up at the Great Lakes Science Center and had a really fun morning! There were some special winter activities happening through last week, including an hourly snow party with music, dancing, and indoor snow!Jeffrey also made some model DNA, played with magnets and molecule blocks, and set his sights on working for NASA when he grows up, just like his godfather Hans!
I was pleasantly surprised how much Jeffrey enjoyed the Great Lakes Science Center and how much a toddler could get out of it. We’ll definitely be back (but as a heads up, the Science Center is closed for winter maintenance through Friday, January 8).
For the fourth year in a row, Matthew and I opted to stay in on New Year’s Eve and make a nice homecooked meal. Since we decided to wait until after Jeffrey went to bed to make our dinner, we started the evening with some cheese and charcuterie.
Then it was time for the main course, with a surf and turf from two of our favorite local food shops. We got our filet from Pinzone’s Market Fresh Meats and our lobster tails from Euclid Fish Company.
Add in some mushrooms and onions cooked in Lanning’s steak sauce and a delicious Old Vine Zinfandel (thanks to Kimberly and Chris for getting us hooked on this one) and you have a pretty perfect meal. Plus, we love just being able to relax, put on our pajamas, and ring in the new year in comfy style.
For dessert, we had individual tortes from Michael Angelo’s Bakery: Bailey’s for Matthew and tiramisu for me. With a split of bubbly and these decadent sweets, we celebrated the end of a fabulous year!
Friday, I started the new year off right with a vinyasa flow at Harmony Yoga taught by Melissa (also of Balance & Brews). Balance & Brews has some great events planned for the new year at Hofbrauhaus, Portside Brewery, Platform Beer Co., and Market Garden Brewery. Check out the complete schedule here.
Saturday morning, Jeffrey and I met up with our friends Tracy and Nina for some indoor fun at Café O’Play.
Café O’Play has so many great activities to keep kids occupied, from a toddler play area to a video game floor to a large basketball area to big slides and climbing to a dance room. Plus, the café offers yummy and healthy food. I love a one-stop shop too…to be able to play and have lunch at the same location is great! I know we’ll be spending a lot of time there this winter to burn off cabin fever!
The rest of the weekend was spent de-Christmasing the house and generally getting ready for the return to a normal schedule for everyone. The holidays were so much fun, but real life is pretty good too!
How was your weekend? How did you ring in the new year?