Why? Weekends!

It was a fabulous unofficial end to summer, with so many ways to get out and enjoy the long weekend! On Friday afternoon, Jeffrey and I met up with friends Tracy and Nina for our second annual outing to the Geauga County Fair. From rides to animals to yummy fair food, this is a great fair with tons to do!

On Saturday morning, Matthew, Jeffrey, and I went to check out the new Perkins Wildlife and Woods Garden Center at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

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The space is beautiful, with ramps that weave through the animal exhibits and some great views of University Circle. Jeffrey loved running on all the ramps!

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What’s really amazing is that the new Wildlife Center utilizes the same amount of space as the old one, but feels so much bigger!

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Jeffrey loved the slide near the otters, where he could pretend to be one himself, as well as the owls, porcupine, and the cranes (he has perfected his crane call, I’m told from a museum staff member who would know).

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We also had a chance to check out the new Our Global Kitchen exhibit about how food and cooking techniques shaped cultures across the world. It’s a really neat exhibit, with a tasting kitchen presented by Whole Foods and a children’s kitchen presented by Step 2, as well.

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You can visit Our Global Kitchen through Sunday, January 8 and the Perkins Wildlife Center every day from here on out at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

On Sunday, I met up with Alicia, Amanda, and Kimberly for a belated birthday brunch for Amanda. We went to The Flying Fig and all agreed we wanted everything on the menu. I started my meal with the Creamsicle cocktail, which somehow tastes just like a Creamsicle, but isn’t creamy.

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So refreshing! And I loved the chunky sugar rim!

For my entree, I chose the corn and andouille hotcakes, with poached egg, white cheddar, and breakfast potatoes.

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These were so moist and flavorful! I will be having some serious brunch cravings for these hotcakes! And we all took home some treats to go from Brewnuts and Cleveland Bagel Company. What a perfect morning of great food and some of my favorite ladies!

Later that day, Matthew, Jeffrey, and I had an all-American afternoon of taking in both the Cleveland National Air Show and a Cleveland Indians game. We found a great spot on the roof of the Playhouse Square parking deck (I might have had a head’s up that this was perfect spot).

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We saw the U.S. Navy Blue Angels show and Jeffrey loved watching the planes. And in perhaps the sweetest thing ever, Jeffrey wanted to share his blue lollipop with the Blue Angels (as you can see above). I can remember watching the Cleveland National Air Show growing up, so it was great to start to share that experience with Jeffrey!

From there, it was off to watch the Indians take on the Miami Marlins. Much like our previous game with Jeffrey, we spent most of our time in the Kids Clubhouse.

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While this is such a great option to keep kids entertained during the game, this visit was definitely crowded and chaotic (which really seemed noticeable only to the adults). But we also made sure to take in some of the game, too, and get a picture with Slider’s likeness.

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After all that busy-ness, we spent a much-needed day at home on Monday, with some yoga for me at Harmony Studios, some yard work for Matthew, and plenty of playing for Jeffrey. What a great end to the summer, with so much wonderful family time!

How was your weekend? Did you send out the summer in style?

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