over the weekend

sunday funday

sunday funday

sunday funday

sunday funday

sunday funday

sunday funday

sunday funday

sunday funday

we spent the better part of sunday eatin wangs and drankin beers (sorry it always comes out that way). my brother has long been raving about these wings at knockback nats in downtown cincinnati and this week we finally joined to see if they were really that good or if all the fun they have on sunday funday has been influencing his tastebuds. after a basket i was able to confirm that yes, they are that good. seriously, go there and eat them, sauce on the side (you won't even want it they're so good on their own). we then headed over to rhinegeist for some beers and by beers i mean great beers. they opened less than a year ago and they are doing it right. recently rated one of the top 10 new breweries in the world and now selling their beer in cans i am so happy i get to share a city with these guys.

it was a great family sunday!

over the weekend

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photo from the city flea


we had the best of weekends here. friday night i was able to go out for drinks with one of my best girlfriends, just us, no kids. and friends let me tell you how much i needed it. i am so glad that we are back here where i had formed some of the most valuable friendships of my adult life. just a few hours out chatting and i feel like i reclaimed a bit of my self. saturday we spent the morning working on some projects for my next venture (more on that later). after naptime we headed downtown to park ourselves on the grass at washington park for lumenocity, a display of light projections on music hall synchronized with a live performance by the cincinnati symphony orchestra. we grabbed a couple of pizzas from a tavola and had a nice picnic with friends waiting for the sun to go down. the sun goes down after the kids normal bedtime so it was a special treat for e to stay up. i am a firm believer that children benefit from routine but i was excited to see how she would experience the performance. shortly before the show started she started to get a bit delirious but then they passed out glow sticks and all was good. she was mesmerized by the light show. it brought me so much joy to see her eyes light up, hear her gasps and her, "wow's." as each song ended she would shout, "bravo!" and i about died from the cuteness overload. having kids and seeing things through their eyes really does make everything better. sunday i took my little family to sugar and spice for brunch (their first time) and then we spent the rest of the day working on more projects before having a nice grill out. i couldn't have asked for a better weekend. thank you cincinnati for constantly reminding us what a wonderful decision we made by coming back. i love this city!

tourist

washington park

washington park

i moved to over the rhine in 2004. at the time there wasn't much around except the coffee shop i worked in, a few galleries, a couple of bars and late night pizza windows. i sat in those initial meetings when 3cdc presented their plans for the community to a room full of hopeful yet skeptical residents. over the last few years over the rhine has become what many early residents had always hoped it could be. leaving otr and cincinnati in late 2010 was heartbreaking in a lot of ways but mostly because i was leaving right when things were getting good. every time we returned to visit family there was a new restaurant or store for us to try out. the energy of the community always made it hard to leave. now here we are, back in cincinnati, and i feel like a tourist in my own town. i still can't believe how much it has changed. the greatest transformation is washington park. the beautiful wooded greenspace has transformed to include a dog park, interactive fountains, an incredible play ground, and holds events almost nightly from live music, to free yoga, to a movie night. we have only been back in cincinnati for two weeks and have already been there 5 times. you can expect many more photos like these as eleanor is the park's biggest fan.