What an amazing weekend.

This morning JJVE continued on their cross-country adventure…

We had such an amazing weekend. It was so much fun. And now I think we could use a weekend to recover from our weekend. We crammed a bunch of activities into a very small amount of time. And it was the best weekend.

Good morning from Northside…

And good evening from Northside…

Our house felt a bit empty this evening…

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#JJVECincy2021 Sunday.

Our morning started off with knocking around the soccer ball in our backyard…

And we took the dogs on their morning walk…

Violette and Edgerton took turns walking Captain Oskey…

Good morning from Northside…

We walked to Sidewinder to get breakfast and coffees…

And we walked Up Hamilton Avenue to eat our breakfast at Jergen’s Park..

And we got to play at another playground…

After playing in the park, we walked home through Parker Woods…

After a bit, we headed down into Over-the-Rhine…

We parked at Washington Park and walked to Taft’s Ale House for lunch…

Lunch was delicious. We walked back down to Washington Park…

So the kids could play in the fountains…

And they got to play on the playgrounds…

Then we walked over to get rolled ice cream…

The ice cream was delicious! Thanks Simply Rolled!

We had a really great time down in OtR…

On our way back to Northside, we drove by the new soccer stadium in the West End…

When we got home, we took the dogs around the block. Violette and Edgerton took turns walking Captain Oskey again…

Good eveinng from Northside…

Violette wanted to rake the stones in our backyard…

We fired up the grill and made some burgers and hot dogs…

When we were at Taft’s Ale House, Surf’s Up was coming on one of the TVs in the bar. The kids became enamored with the movie. So this evening, we watched it in our backyard…

It was a pretty good movie. The kids really seemed to like it.

It was another really wonderful day with JJVE. We had the most amazing Sunday. It was the best day again. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸ‘πŸ˜πŸ₯°β€οΈ

#JJVECincy2021 Saturday.

Hello from Northside…

The clouds were looking a bit on the dark side this morning…

Good morning from Northside…

This morning Oscar was given the nickname Captain Oskey. And Mack was dubbed Cowboy Mac ‘n Cheese. Mostly because the kids thought Mack’s spots make him look like a little cow.

We headed out to start our big fun Saturday with JJVE. We had to duck under some awnings for cover from rain showers twice once we were on our way. And then the sun was out…

We walked to Bonomini Bakery to get donuts for breakfast…

Food & Wine recently named Bonomini The Best Doughnut in Ohio

We ate our donuts over at Hoffner Park…

But we were still hungry so we had lunch at Taqueria 251

Their esquite is pretty incredible…

And their chilaquiles rojos were really good…

After lunch, we walked over to Urban Artifact

When we got home, all of us took the dogs around the block…

We stopped at the playgrounds up at the school on the top of the hill…

Good evening from Northside…

We played some hybrid soccer in our backyard, made a bunch of drawlings and had an NYPD Pizza party…

We discovered Rollino Lattes…

And we played a bunch of Uno…

It was a big day. The kids wore Mack out…

We had the most amazing Saturday. It was the best day. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸ‘πŸ˜πŸ₯°β€οΈ

We have guests!

It was a very pretty morning in Northside…

Good morning from Northside…

We saw a snail on our way home…

We haven’t seen very many snails lately…

And it was very pretty evening too…

Good evening from Northside…

All these odd markings have appeared on our street…

And this evening, JJVE from Boston arrived at our house by way of Michigan. They’re visiting us for the weekend…

We’re so excited to get to hang out all weekend with them.

This evening there was quite the thunderstorm…

As I was taking photos of the storm, lightning stuck and illuminated the entire street…

Did we mention we’re very excited for this weekend? πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸŒπŸ‘πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘§β›ˆοΈβ€οΈ

Artworks, smoothies and a lost bunny.

Good morning from Northside…

Violette and Edgerton sent me some wonderful birthday cards…

They are such good artists. Thanks for the awesome cards!

We dropped off Oscar at Geri’s house before our weekend trip and on the way home, we stopped to try Tropical Smoothie Cafe

We got smoothies…

We also ordered a couple of wraps. We tried the Baja Chicken and the Caribbean Jerk Chicken…

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is really good stuff. We can’t wait to get it again soon.

No one has found their bunny yet….

We leave on our trip to the Smoky Mountains tomorrow. We’re pretty excited.
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Well played December 37th.

Good morning from Northside…

The scene at the Capitol today was just disgusting…

Ugh. January 20th can’t come soon enough. I’m ready for all this mess to be over and for the racists and white supremacists to crawl back under their rocks. This isn’t how America should be.

For dinner tonight, we had Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken

Ohmigosh. The Mandarin Orange Chicken is so good. And we had delicious pot sticker dumplings too…

For dessert, we had these giant Carol’s Cookies that JJVE sent us as part of our terrific Christmas present…

And they were as delicious as they were huge! Thanks again, JJVE!

Good evening from Northside…

Hopefully better days are on the horizon. πŸ˜ πŸ˜‘πŸ€¬πŸŒ„πŸ₯‘πŸ₯ŸπŸͺ❀️

Thanks, USPS.

Back on November 27th, I mailed a package from the post office in St. Bernard. I was sending two Lego City Advent Calendars out to our niece and nephew in Boston. I sent it Two-Day Priority Mail because I forgot about the box that was sitting on the sofa in our studio office…

It was expensive but that’s fine. It was still expected to arrive on November 30th…

If figured even if it was late, the package would still arrive on December 1st or 2nd. And everything would be just fine. I started tracking the package online because that’s the fun part of sending packages, tracking their journey. My package disappeared twice with no updates, once for four days and then for another eight days…

On December 2nd, the package was still in Cincinnati. When I checked the tracking number this morning, it looks like my package is finally going to be delivered today… SEVENTEEN DAYS LATER.

And our package was delivered today, December 14th at 5:26pm…

At least, the package finally arrived, and we’re really happy about that. But still… Seventeen. Days. Thanks, USPS. πŸ˜ πŸ˜‘πŸ€¬πŸ“¦πŸ“­πŸŒβ€οΈ

Two years ago.

Two years ago, my nephew Edgerton sent us this amazing little piece of art entitled, β€œOctopod for Shellington & Captain Barnacles”…

And it’s still one of my favorites and it’s still hanging in my office…

I adore this little piece of art.πŸ˜€πŸ“πŸ™β€οΈ

Special delivery: Octonauts.

I got a package in the mail from JJVE this evening…

And there were these awesome plush Octonauts inside…

Captain Barnacles the bear, Kwazii the kitten and Peso the penguin…

They’re sooo awesome! Thanks, JJVE!Β πŸ˜€πŸ™β€οΈ

Such peanut butter.

We finally got around to trying a couple of the Belching Beaver Brewery Peanut Butter Milk StoutsΒ thatΒ JJVE sent us a little while back, and it was outstanding…

So peanut buttery! So delicious! Thanks again, JJVE! πŸ˜€πŸΊπŸ»β€οΈ

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