Ava and Maya on Belle Isle

My sister brought the girls Downtown last weekend for a visit and we had a great time.  We started our day with lunch at Bucharest.  May I please recommend the chicken quesadilla?  It's not your average quesadilla.

Then, we headed to Cafe Con Leche's pop-up location in Lafayette Park to sip on Mexican Hot Chocolate and chat.  The girls played in the kid's section while their hot chocolate cooled, so it was great for them too. 

Next, we went to Eastern Market where my sister bought all of the spaghetti squash that was left in a five mile radius.  We also went to Rocky's and it was my sister's first time there.  She became a believer, let me tell you.  Duh, it's the best store ever.  Have you been?  No?  Go.  

By that time, the girls were exhausted so we strapped them in the car and took a spin around Belle Isle.  

The girls loved the bridge and the ducks.  It was a fun opportunity to snap some pics even though Maya hadn't brushed her hair since 1999.

After the Isle, we cruised around Indian Village because why not?

Overall, great afternoon in the D.


CJ in Lafayette Park

My handsome nephew, CJ, turned 5 the other day.  Insanely old.  Earlier this Fall, when he was a young 4 year old, he came over to hang out and we went to play in Lafayette Park.  CJ fell in love with the tire swing.  He ran full speed to it when he saw it and had a smile on his face the entire time he swung on it.  He told me that he was going to ask his Dad to put one up in his yard.  I told him he had to find a tire first, and he said, "No, that's okay, we'll just take the one off of our truck."   

I had such a great time watching him have so much fun on the swing.  I hope you do too.

And if you had any doubt about how precious and sweet of a boy CJ is, please see Exhibit A:

A tire swing skateboard.  That's right.


Christmas in the D

If you haven't already, get yourself Downtown for Holiday lights and sights, ice skating and quality time with friends.  

Check out http://www.campusmartiuspark.org/ for info on rink hours and carriage rides around the City.

When the sun has set, no candle can replace it