Weekend in Cincinnati.

Home, sweet home again.  I spent my whirlwind of a weekend in Cincinnati, visiting with my family and all my favorite friends.  I flew overnight on Thursday, so when I arrived on Friday morning I was exhausted, starving, and excited to immediately head to lunch!

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I was a little nervous about the Friday logistics back home, since Cullen was hanging with friends while Casey was at a conference.  But those fears were immediately put to rest when I was sent a slew of photos of Cullen having a blast with his buddies.  He even took a nap at my friend Katie’s house without a single tear!

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I spent most of Friday camped out on the couch with my sister, Sarah, and my best friend, Lindsey.  We were incredibly lazy, and it was awesome.  We had a family dinner at a new neighborhood restaurant, and I crashed hard when we got home.  Not sleeping the night before had seriously worn me out.

I was nice and rested when I got up Saturday morning.  I spent pretty much the whole day visiting with friends.  First up, a chance to meet these two precious babies and see some of my oldest, dearest friends.  Seeing these guys was the main reason I flew all this way, and it was well worth it. 

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I was amazed at how quickly I’ve forgotten those tiny baby stages.  I felt like I had no idea how to hold or soothe them!  After a few hours of baby talk and snuggling, I headed out for a local treat.  Hands down the best frozen yogurt ever.  I don’t eat much dairy these days, but this was worth the splurge.

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Back at home, Casey was rocking it out as single dad.  Since he had never done a whole day (or weekend!) alone, I wasn’t sure how it would go, but I never should have had any doubts.  Every time I talked to them, they were out and about and having a great time.  Casey took Cullen out to dinner Friday night for a “boys’ night”, and Saturday afternoon he sent me pictures of C in one of his favorite play places.

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Meanwhile, I was headed out to dinner with college friends!  It was total luck that we were all in town the same weekend, and it was so fun to catch up with Blake and Luke.  Blake and I used to live in DC together, and I miss seeing him as often as I used to.  Back in college, Luke was actually my supervisor in the package room, and I used to drive him insane by calling off on all my weekend shifts.  Ahh memories. 

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I spent the rest of Saturday night at home alone with my mom – catching up and talking until late into the night.  These visits always seem to go by way too quickly!

Sunday morning brought a fun treat – a Pure Barre class with Lindsey and Sarah!  I had told them I wanted to try a class while I was home, since this studio is relatively new (at least since I lived there) in my neighborhood.  Ironically, it is next to one of my old favorite bars. 

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I was actually sort of amazed (and really excited) that I was able to convince them to go with me.  I’ve been doing Barre3 in Seattle, so I figured this would be similar, but I was also interested to see how it was different. 

It was TOUGH.  Some parts were harder than Barre3, some things were very similar, and some things seemed easier.  But overall, it was a great workout and we were all totally dragging at the end.  I love going to my Barre classes here in Seattle, but I forgot how much fun it is to go with friends!

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Sarah was a total champ.  She’d been out the night before til 2am, and was definitely feeling slightly hungover.  But she rocked it out anyway, and Lindsey and I laughed at her quite a bit.  :)  I’m excited that this studio is so close to my mom’s house, and I plan to go back during future visits home!

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Speaking of home, I’m not sure Cullen even noticed I was gone because he was having way too much fun with dad.  They went to the Experience Music Project museum, the Fremont market, and out to eat several times.  They also went for walks with the dogs, and Cullen got to take his bike out for a spin.  I hear he also finally got his own sandwich at Homegrown – looks like a good weekend to me! 

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I got to video chat with them a few times, which was really fun.  Cullen always seemed surprised to see me on the other side of the camera. 

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After our Barre class, we were all sore and barely able to move, so we dragged our bodies to one of my favorite spots back home – Chipotle.  Local?  No, but we don’t really have it here in Seattle.  There are two locations that are both really inconvenient, so we never get it.  A delicious bowl of rice, beans, and veggies demolished in about five minutes.

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I squeezed in a few more hours of visiting with friends before I had to run home and throw my stuff back into my suitcase.  My flight took off at 6pm, and then I spent 7.5 hours in the air.  It was very long.  We definitely live way, way too far away. 

I walked in the door at 2am, crashed into my bed, and had a smiling happy boy ready to play at 7am.  It was a wonderful weekend for many reasons.  I went into it hoping to just savor every moment and spend as much time as possible with my friends and family, and that’s exactly what I did.  It always feels too short, but it definitely felt very full.

And back at home, Cullen and Casey had an awesome time, and I think it was a really good experience for both of them.  It feels great to know that it was such a big success, and that eventually we can do it again.  Hoping to be all caught up on sleep by tomorrow.  Is it bedtime yet?