Why? Weekends!

It was a busy weekend, what with Solstice and lots of other fun plans, too. On Friday, Jeffrey and I spent the morning at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. It’s really great to see the improvements at the Museum coming together. The new parking garage is now open and there’s great progress being made on the expansion to the outdoor areas.

We’re members at the Museum and, for as many times as we’ve been there, we’ve somehow never made it downstairs to the Smead Discovery Center. Chalk it up to being way too wrapped up in the dinosaurs and Planetarium, I guess. But we made it down there this trip and I’m so glad we did!

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The Smead Discovery Center has a lot of fun, hands-on options, from dinosaur digs to animal and dinosaur toys to books to a mini grocery store. We’ll definitely be making this part of our future Museum visits!

On Saturday, we checked out a new restaurant for our pre-Solstice dinner: Michelson and Morley. Located on Case Western Reserve University‘s campus in the new Tinkham Veale University Center, this provided the perfect location to dine and then head over to the Cleveland Museum of Art.

We had a large group and Sara was smart enough to pre-order some appetizers and flatbreads so that we could all munch while getting to know each other and ordering cocktails.

The roasted beet hummus was a favorite with the table, as was the chicken flatbread with broccolini, pancetta, rosemary cream, and parmesan.

For dinner, I chose the herb chicken sandwich, with Swiss cheese, cranberry-chipotle guacamole, and arugula on focaccia bread. Great flavors!

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I got the side salad, but I definitely helped myself to Matthew’s shoestring fries, which were so good! I really enjoyed the sandwich! Not only is the food tasty, but the prices at Michelson and Morley are very reasonable too.

The only hiccup was that the restaurant had difficulty with the size of our group, particularly with running out of drink ware and having orders be delayed in coming out. While Michelson and Morley offers a private dining room (that our group used), they may need a bit more resources before being ready to use it.

On Sunday, we had a backyard birthday party for our friend Lane. My favorite part of the party was that Lane and her husband Nathan set up their professional photobooth for the festivities. Not only did we capture this adorable family pic…

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…but Jeffrey also had so much fun playing with the props!

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The photobooth is definitely a fun addition to a party! I also was crushing on the adorable decor in Lane and Nathan’s house.

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Lane is our go-to photographer not only because she’s one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet, but because her artistic sensibilities can create such beauty.

So, that was our weekend! How was yours?

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