This year for our annual family vacation we flew to Cleveland, Ohio to visit Adam's side of the family. He was born and raised there until his parents moved to Florida when he was eleven. His maternal grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins all still live there. We stayed with his Aunt Sue and Uncle Jerry and had a lovely time. I will post a few installments of the trip over the next couple days along with other posts as well. Lots to catch up on!
This trip held a lot of firsts for me. I saw my first ground hog, apple tree and chipmunk. These robins were in a nest in their apple tree in the front yard. Adam took the picture because of my lack of elevation.
You guys all know how much of a geek I am by now. So you know I needed to document my first apples.
Pretty much everyday we were there we got to hang out with family. Sue and Jerry have an amazing home for entertainment. This is their deck. Always full of people laughing and chatting. The girls were rarely there because around back were chickens.
The girls would be out there, in the coop, with about half a dozen clucking chickens in their laps at any given moment. They cried so hard when we had to leave the chickens.
Z's Bean and Cream caramel creme brulee ice cream after dinner.
Westside Market held top billing on the trip. We were going to go there and spend money on food come hell or high water.
We all picked out a few things to eat and take back to the house to snack on. Scarlette got this huge cream puff she is pointing at and some pepperoni, Savanna chose a few macarons, Adam picked Italian dry sausage and beef jerky, I chose bacon jerky, macarons and spicy beef jerky.
After much food gazing we all earned a case of the munchies and decided to walk down the street to Town Hall for lunch.
I had injured my leg before we left for the trip and it wasn't healing well. I decided this anti-inflammatory juice drink couldn't hurt. It tasted amazing.
So did my Korean BBQ Bacon flatbread with cubanelles and pickled onions.
Post-lunch book browsing.
I bought Scarlette a book about a rat and roach who start a rock band.
The Christmas Story is probably either a movie you love or hate. For me it is love. Like many, I grew up watching it on TBS every Christmas over and over.
We declined the tour due to time constraints and budgeting but it was cool just to see it in real life. There is a museum and gift shop across the street as well.
Do you like The Christmas Story? Do you have anything like the Westside Market near you? I went to one in Charleston but it really wasn't like Cleveland's. If I could grocery shop there once a month I would be in hog heaven.
Oh! My macarons! I chose rose, lavender, pink champagne, blackberry, chocolate maple bourbon, and salted caramel. They were incredible.