For once I’d like to say we were ahead of the curve! With the RNC picking Cleveland to host the 2016 convention and today’s announcement of LeBron coming home to the Cavaliers, there is an awful lot of pride going on here in little old Cleveland. Much of the charm of Cleveland that we’ve experienced is from the outside simply not knowing how great this city is, so hopefully this is a good thing (at least maybe some of you will be more excited to come visit!!) Seriously, today I had to pick from going to the beach, the pool, or one of the many parks/playgrounds that are all within a few miles of us, many of them along beautiful Lake Erie. (I’m very blessed by my hardworking husband who allows us to have this lifestyle – and with a 2 & 4-year-old in tow, the word relaxing you will not hear!)
I figured I was overdue for an update – going on 9 weeks here – and this is as good of reason as any for just that! See my first two updates here & here, keeping up that momentum, we’ve been keeping very busy. 1st order of business – we bought a house! Very excited. We’ve loved living where we are so much, that we bought a house just a few streets over. 1 block from Lake Erie, in quintessential small town America. Lots of people have been here their whole lives and there is a lot of pride in living here (also evident in the almost 3% property taxes – yikes!) I’ve also heard it referred to as a bubble – sound like another town GA friends?? We are set to close this week and move over the next few. Very excited to get settled – also stay tuned for some house projects. A deviation from what I usually blog about – but I think it may be fun to document. Thanks to Houzz.com – we have lots of inspiration!
I’m so overflowed with pictures that yesterday my iPhone told me I couldn’t take anymore – so sorry for the photo purge – but we’ve just been doing so much AND it’s just so beautiful here. (We’ll talk come winter!) So here are a few more things to do in CLE!
Bay Days Festival. An old-time carnival invades this picturesque small town around the 4th of July. The kids had a blast on all the rides (which can also be described as old!) and this year we kept them up late to watch the fireworks. An amazing display over Lake Erie made it a magical first time (and a lot of live up to!)
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. I’ve mentioned before how impressed I am with the Metroparks system here. The zoo did not disappoint, so much so, we bought a pass! We first got to visit doing a 5k, then went back. We could go a few more times before we see everything there is to offer. But a beautiful zoo, easy to get to, and not for the out of shape – as there are A LOT of hills, but makes for some good exercise, especially with the double stroller! There is tram for those who can’t keep up though! And not to miss is the Circle of Wildlife Carousel – beautifully handcrafted – you can pick almost any of the zoo animals to ride! (And you can also see LL on a real camel!!)
Cleveland Botanical Gardens. As a member of Atlanta Botanical Gardens, I was happy to learn we get reciprocal membership here in Cleveland! We’ve been seeing adds for the latest exhibit – Nature Connects – a Lego exhibit – so we went for a quick trip. In a really cool park of town – University Circle – the gardens sit among many other museums all around a circle! Will definitely be back often to visit more of these cool places!
Local Beaches, Pools, and Splash Pads. Kids completed two weeks of swim lessons at our local pool, which doubles as a small waterpark, really I’m impressed with it! And growing up going to the Jersey shore, Lake Erie beaches don’t bother me, so it’s fun to mix it up and go there, and the kids don’t know any different! I think I had mentioned before too – but there is a dog beach that the dogs have been loving too! And even a few local splashpads for more water fun! (Now if it would only get above 70 – haha my GA blood is already thickening – I have no idea how I ever survived in the 90’s!)
Last week we also wished our Zevon a Happy 10th Birthday!
Anything peak your interest? We will very soon have our own house, complete with guest room – so come visit! All the cool kids are doing it! Thanks for stopping by today – have a FABULOUS weekend!