The Little Mermaid, Retro Dog, and a Pi(e) Day Celebration // A Wrap Up

March 20, 2017 in #MomLife,Ari Davis,Buffalo,busy mom,children,cleveland,coffee,events,explore locally,life,life with a toddler,mantra,parenthood,pictures,Remy Bea,week in review,weekend

Yesterday, after staring at my planner for what seemed like hours, I was amazed to see that we’re nearing the end of March. Amazed because it seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Remy Bea’s first birthday — but it was two whole months ago!

Every single day with little kids feels like Everyday is jam-packed with commitments, errands, and the mundane; but somehow, we blink, and another week, month, and year have passed.

A dear friend of mine recently told me she thinks I’m crazy for keeping my schedule as jam-packed as it is; that I leave very little room for ‘down time.’ But also, that she commends me for keeping my kids active and involved in things — whether that be karate, playdates, or weekly trips to the art museum!

And this past week was no different. Well, minus one little thing:

I sent my husband on a Guys Trip to Wilmington, North Carolina to golf for 5 and a half days.

He had a blast, and we did a great job at surviving! 🙂

Here’s what we’ve been up to in the last week:

  • I took Ari to see The Little Mermaid ballet at the Akron Civic Theater. Despite my child’s affinity for all things Disney and all things artsy, he was bored. Cotton candy helped. Eh, win some, lose some, friends.


  • Before our ballet excursion, Ari and I went on lunch date at our favorite spotRetro Dog! I know I’ve talked about Retro Dog previously, but it’s seriously one of our favorite spots. They serve hot dogs, burgers, fries, onion rings, custard, and beer from Thirsty Dog Brewing. The couple that owns it is originally from Buffalo and their hot dogs are a Buffalo staple — Sahlen’s!
  • Ari’s karate session ended with a bang — or a HIYA! But not to fret, T-Ball starts this week. (PS. I’ve been informed that of all of the local leagues, we signed Ari up for the most intense and most serious league in our area. Ooooops. Makes sense since they have two practices this week alone… for t-ball….).

  • Pi(e) day was a success! Thank you, Sweet Mary’s! Your French Toast Pie did not disappoint!
    PS. Can it be Pi Day every day!?!

  • After months of false starts, Miss Bea finally started (and kept) walking. She’s taken steps before — up to 8 in a row — but this was the first time she just kept going. And she hasn’t stopped! Hooray!

  • One of the highlights of my weekend was getting a fabulous bright yellow cup from Starbucks. It made the gloomy weather completely worth it.

Guys. We survived. We survived!! Yes, we missed Chad; but we did relatively okay with being a single-parent household for a few days. It proved, both, that he can get away and have fun, and that we could do it — that we could keep on a schedule and power through whatever the week throws at us.

And this week I’m ready to take on my own happiness, ya’ll. Here’s my Weekly Mantra:

TGIM, friends! Don’t stress this Monday — embrace it!! xo

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Stefanie March 20, 2017 at 8:24 am

It looks like you had such a busy, exciting week! That’s so exciting about her walking. XOXO I always thought the days were long and the years were short, but once my kids outnumbered me, the days became just as short, and got even busier!


Lisa March 20, 2017 at 8:58 am

Looks like so much fun!! I love taking my daughter to live shows! Also that pie looks so amazing! Yum…


tineke - workingmommyabroad March 20, 2017 at 9:25 am

Love your mantra! And yay for surviving mama!


Dara March 20, 2017 at 12:37 pm

Too bad Ari didn’t love the Little Mermaid! It’s coming here this summer and I hope we’ll be able to see it! Yay that your daughter started walking! I love the spring Starbucks cups. I need one asap.


Sara March 20, 2017 at 1:52 pm

Totally jealous of your pie! We missed it altogether. Looks like you had a lot of fun.


Heather Brown March 20, 2017 at 7:35 pm

Looks like you had a BALL!


JeeYoung March 20, 2017 at 8:12 pm

Such a fun day to celebrate PI Day 🙂 Looks delish!


Anna March 20, 2017 at 10:08 pm

Looks like a lot of fun. Those fries looks delicious.


Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms March 20, 2017 at 11:15 pm

French. Toast. Pie….? That sounds AMAZING!


Rachel March 22, 2017 at 9:25 am

Right!? TO DIE FOR.


Francesca March 21, 2017 at 10:22 am

The little mermaid is my favourite movie, wish I could see that show! Also that pie looked amazing!!


Kim March 21, 2017 at 2:48 pm

That pie and the coffee! I want both! Congrats and good job on surviving!


Justine March 22, 2017 at 12:51 am

HOW FUN! honestly, it’s terrible.. but I like it when my husband is gone for short periods of time! It gives me time to hang with myself and get stuff done! I keep my schedule jam packed too 🙂 My husband is in the Army, we were stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC so Wilmington was an ‘every weekend’ thing for us! You need to go with him next time! its so fun there!


Rachel March 22, 2017 at 9:25 am

Oh you better believe the first thing I did was clean the whole house and start organizing! LOL So much easier when they aren’t around for that! 🙂 But yeah I’ve been to Wilmington several times — it’s beautiful!!


April March 22, 2017 at 8:44 am

Looks like a busy and productive week.


Amanda March 22, 2017 at 9:18 am

This looks like a terrific week. So much excitement! I love “The Little Mermaid.” I can remember having a “Little Mermaid” birthday party when I was little. 🙂


Kate A March 22, 2017 at 9:33 am

Looks like you guys had so much fun! I’ve never heard of Retro Dog before, but I think my kids would love it. I will have to keep it in mind if we are ever in the area!


Lauren March 22, 2017 at 10:22 am

Sounds like a great week! I always want to see those shows but I know my kids would be bored in 5 minutes, but kudos to you for giving it a try!!


Ashley Peavey March 22, 2017 at 2:03 pm

Aw, what a great week! So much fun!!


Aly Funk March 23, 2017 at 12:07 pm

That sounds like such a fun day! I would love to see the little mermaid ballet!


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