Why? Weekends!

Doesn’t it feel like forever since we’ve had to go to work or be on a normal schedule? This nice, long Thanksgiving weekend was much needed. Aside from gorging ourselves on turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes and decorating our house for Christmas, there was plenty of other fun to be had.

On Friday night, Matthew and I met up with a couple of my high school friends, in town for the holiday.

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We went to Great Lakes Brewing Co., where Matthew enjoyed Christmas Ale and I enjoyed ginger ale. Matthew reports that the Christmas Ale is good this year, but definitely sweeter than last year.

Saturday morning, we headed to Chuck-E-Cheese’s for my niece Leila’s third birthday party. While it may not be the most exciting place for an adult, the kids absolutely love this place!

IMG_7513The biggest attraction seems to be the “ticket blaster booth” that you get to go in on your birthday. Leila looked adorable in there, although I’m not sure she caught all that many tickets.

IMG_7522After a few games of skeeball, I had to admit that I was having fun too and not just from watching the kids!

Saturday evening, Matthew and I got into the holiday spirit with a Cleveland classic: Great Lakes Theater‘s production of “A Christmas Carol.” This is the 25th anniversary year of the production, which has become a favorite way to celebrate the season. Plus, the theaters of Playhouse Square always look so beautiful decorated for the holidays.

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As it was Social Media Night, we were treated a backstage tour of “A Christmas Carol.”

IMG_7528From getting to see the fog machines and rigged set pieces that contribute to the creepy atmosphere of Scrooge being haunted by the spirits to standing on stage and checking out the set up close, it was a neat way to learn more about some of the tricks behind the production.

Everyone’s favorite moment was the demonstration of the trap door used for one of the spirits’ exits during the production.

IMG_7535We also got to hear a lovely performance from the Hathaway Brown School Bravuras. There are local choirs performing carols in the Ohio Theater lobby before almost every performance of “A Christmas Carol.”

IMG_7538While “A Christmas Carol” is a story we almost all surely know, the Great Lakes Theater production makes it fresh, fun, and a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. The show runs now through December 22 and tickets range from $28-60. Click here for more information.

After the show, we drove through Public Square to check out the lights. Make sure you make time this season to drive around downtown in the evening and check out the festive glow!

Sunday, we went to dinner at Red, the Steakhouse to celebrate my dad’s birthday. See how things change between age 3 and age 62?!

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As I mentioned, I had a pretty strong aversion to meat in the first trimester. While I’ve been feeling a lot better, the thought of a steakhouse made me a little nervous. I will say, though, that if you’re going to “try” meat again, the filet at Red would be my choice to ease yourself back into being a carnivore!

It was a delicious evening and a great ending to a fabulous holiday weekend! How was your holiday weekend?

***Dislcosure: I was invited to attend Great Lakes Theater’s Social Media Night for “A Christmas Carol.” In exchange, I received 1 complimentary ticket to the show, a backstage tour, and 1 complimentary drink ticket (hot chocolate FTW). Matthew’s ticket was purchased by us. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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