Saturday, June 30, 2012


date night................
29 june 2012

We had dinner at Bar Louie in Westlake followed by BRAVE in 3-D at Crocker Park!
It was a darling movie.....I think a little too scary for little ones!!!  Is it just me??

Thanks for a fun night, Ludeeeee

Monday, June 25, 2012

maureen and ryan get married............
22 june 2012

My oldest niece got married recently in Portland, OR to  wonderful Ryan.  We took Dad out with us on the trip and he weathered all the travel and activities very well!  He still has it in him....I am glad to be able to be there for him at these times!  It's important to get him to as many things as he's able to, and as long as he's able, I'm gonna take him!  

Our flight out to Portland was delayed due to mechanical troubles by about four hours.  Luckily, the entire delay was spent in Cleveland (we actually thought about going home!) and once we got underway, it was just hop off here and board there......and again, Dad did great.

The wedding was just lovely....everything you would expect from our "natural" Mo!  She and Ryan made a beautiful couple and the rain held off until late at night.

The ceremony was held at the First Unitarian Church in Portland and the reception at Portland's very popular McMenamin's. 

Luckily, our travels home were very uneventful.

I took so many beautiful pictures.....I just couldn't decide which to post!  Here are just a few.

I had to get one of Mt Hood from the plane.

Daddy and his little girl

Mo and Ryan exchange vows

Newly married couple

Two beautiful flower girls


Papa with Patrick, Maureen and Megan

Deconstructed wedding cake.....fabulous!

Mary and Lude at the reception

PJ gives a toast

After cake kiss!

Having fun with very fun kids!

Uncle Lude with Mo

Father Daughter dance

Mother and Father of the Bride!

Monday, June 18, 2012

happy father's day, daddio..............
17 june 2012

After attending Mass with Dad today we went to First Watch for breakfast.
Always fun.................

Happy Father's Day!





Sunday, June 17, 2012

getting away.............to fairview park.............
14 june 2012

So, I know, I know.....it's weird.

I won an fundraising auction basket that included a two-night stay at the Emerald Necklace Bed and Breakfast in Fairview Park.  It also included a bunch of really other cool stuff.  I got a nice gift certificate to a spa which I used just before we went to Mexico in February!   A gift certificate to Stino da Napali restaurant in Rocky River and some other gift cards and wine, candy, candles, glasses, wine glass charms.....you know!

But, we had until June 30th to use the B&B and we just kept putting it off.  Besides, how weird is it to stay at a B&B about 30 minutes from your own home? 

But we finally made a plan to just do it.  We took two days and just did a bunch of fun things we'd been wanting to do.

It was an OKAY place.....very charming. 

But, we're not the B&B type really.
Here we are at "High Tea"!



The room was very charming.  It had it's own bathroom and a king-sized bed.
It also had a sliding glass door out onto a deck overlooking the metroparks.

Dinner that night was at Stino da Napoli

The next day, Lude had a meeting to go to in Beachwood, so I went along with him and while he was there, I shopped at Beachwood Place.  We then went downtown to the Marine Week activities.















The Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame

The Great Lakes Science Center.....Lude enjoyed that!

We took the train from the park over to the Terminal Tower
and went to the Tilted Kilt for some dinner.

And then we ended up at the Casino, which we enjoyed.


Monday, June 11, 2012

dinner with friends..............
10 june 2012

It's always a delight to spend time with good friends, Tim & Linda.