Date Day + A Chill Weekend

I know I’ve said before that most of our weekends around here are pretty boring and ordinary but we’ve actually been working on making the best of them. I’m super excited for October because we have fun fall things planned for just about every weekend.

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This weekend, however, started on a low note with a visit to the pediatrician. Roarinator has been on antibiotics pretty much since the end of June. She’s had four ear infections and strep throat. This appointment was supposed to be a follow-up to the last ear infection and I was totally expecting good news because she has been acting like herself for the first time in three months.

As soon as the doctor checked her ears I knew it wasn’t good. Sure enough she now has an ear infection in both ears. It was a total punch to the gut but I tried not to let it bother me because we could be dealing with much worse. We can easily fix this with ear tubes, which we’ve already been through with Bubbadoodle. And we are lucky enough to have a world-renowned doctor right here in Cincinnati, Dr. Cotton.

Saturday started off better with Roarinator letting me sleep in until 6:30. We hung out for a bit until we woke daddy and Bubbadoodle up around 8:30. Once we got everyone ready we dropped the kids off with the in-laws and the hubs and I went out on a little date day. Now that we have two kids we’ve found it easier to go on little dates during the day and, bonus, it’s usually cheaper! I wanted to get some pictures for my last post (Faith) and the hubs wanted pictures of his car so we drove around the city taking a ton of pictures.

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I truly love this city and I am so proud to call it home. I remember in high school all I wanted to do was get out of this city and I did eventually go away for college but to my surprise I came back. I’ve learned to appreciate this city for all it has to offer and we keep growing and improving. Right now is a very exciting time to live in Cincinnati.

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Our first stop on our little adventure was the Holy Cross-Immaculata Church in Mt. Adams. If you have ever driven near downtown Cincinnati you’ve probably seen the little church way up on the hill. I’ve lived here all of my life and never been to this beautiful little church which is known for the Good-Friday tradition known as “Praying the Steps” where people gather at the base of the steps leading up to the church and pray each step as they make their way up to the top.

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Our next stop was Over-the-Rhine. This area of Cincinnati has really been the biggest improvement. People used to be afraid to step foot in OTR but now there are so many great shops and restaurants that it is one of the most popular areas. Also, we have the very new streetcar, which connects OTR and the area near the stadiums and the riverfront known as The Banks.

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We also made a short visit to Washington Park that I heard had been totally renovated but I had no idea how much it had been improved. This was a park that was famous for its violence, drugs and trash. Now it is beautiful and a great place for families to spend the day. It has an amazing new playground, water feature and a great lawn for events. We will definitely have to go back soon with the kids.

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Sunday started out amazingly with Roarinator sleeping in until 7:30! Guys that is unheard of…she has always been a super early riser. We had a pretty chill morning and then headed to my parents after lunch so the hubs could change the oil in his car. The kids and I hung out with Naya (my mom) while the hubs and Papa (my dad) changed the oil.

We could only keep Roarinator confined for so long before she insisted on going outside to help. I wish I had gotten a picture of her helping daddy. She is definitely his car girl. Any time she sees him working on the car she wants to be right in there helping. She even got under the car one day while wearing a cute little dress. Bubbadoodle is funny because he is only interested in big vehicles. My dad and I both have trucks and he is always willing to help us or help my dad work on their camper.

Once the hubs was done we headed home so the kids could take a nap. I sat on the couch watching football and started this post while the hubs headed to the grocery. I have to say it was pretty nice. Once he got home we quickly put away the groceries and headed out to dinner with my parents.

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We went to The Cabana for dinner since it is their last weekend of the season. It is one of the only outdoor restaurants in Cincinnati and it closes once it starts getting cold around here. The food was pretty good and it was so nice to sit outside but the service was a bit slow. My burger was seriously as big as my head and probably could have fed the whole family. I really need to learn this whole blogging thing where you take pictures of your food. I’m usually rushing to cut up the kids’ food and eat my food before they finish but I will learn to take pictures. I promise! For now you just get another picture of my kid.

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Next weekend is going to be a busy one but it is our unofficial kick off to fall. We will be participating in the Walk to End Alzheimers on Saturday morning with the in-laws and possibly stopping by a “touch-a-truck” event if we have time. Then Sunday will be spent doing one of my all time favorite things…PUMPKIN FARM! I’m sure I will have more than enough pictures to share with you.

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