Why? Weekends!

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It was a snowy weekend in CLE, but I personally thought the snowfall was really beautiful! On Friday night, my Mom threw a surprise 89th birthday party for my Grandpa at Carrie Cerino’s. The guests included many of my Grandpa’s neighbors, who not only keep him company, but look out for him too.

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We enjoyed a classic, delicious Italian dinner. I’ve been to Carrie Cerino’s many times, but I had never tried the calamari before. It is served as breaded strips of calamari that are incredibly tender and cooked just right. Matthew’s tenderloin funghetto was also quite tasty. I was less impressed with my scallops (they were small and overcooked), but the pasta side was still delicious.

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The cake from Cakes by NadineΒ was enjoyed by all and was the perfect end to a really wonderful evening of celebrating my Grandpa!

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On Saturday, I had a much needed day of holiday productivity. I got some Christmas shopping done in the morning and then spent the evening preparing for the Ohio Blogging Association holiday party and cookie/beer swap that I’m hosting tonight. Tobey found my domesticity boring.

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Matthew and his Dad had a more festive day, as they attended the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert.

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They both enjoyed the holiday music and the impressive lights and 3D effects that are so much a part of a TSO show.

On Sunday, we attended an adoption party for two of our nieces, Evian and Raylynn. You’ve heard me talk a lot about my nieces on the blog, but you’ve only seen pictures of two of them (Leila and Hannah) up until recently. My brother-in-law Andrew and his wife Amanda were foster parents to Evian and Raylynn for two-and-a-half years. The adoption was just finalized last month and we are now able to permanently welcome the girls into the family!

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I am so impressed with Andrew and Amanda’s dedication, love, and patience throughout the foster process! And I know we’re so happy to be able to officially call these girls our nieces!

How was your weekend?

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