As a side note, it reminded me how desperately I need to start sorting through the unending supply of clothes for Carter (again). That kid is the hand-me-down king, no doubt. Right now, between at least two sizes (he should start fitting into 3T tops soon, but in some cases he might still fit in any longer-length 18 month pants because he's so skinny) and two seasons, his closet is going to be a serious challenge. As it was I moved the heavy winter 2T stuff (sweaters, corduroy pants) into a bin back into the crawl space just so I could fit his summer stuff! Anyway, that project is coming soon. Yikes. Luckily he hadn't grown too much so the pants I hastily grabbed as I packed for the weekend fit him just fine, so I guess the bright side is that possibly not much has changed.
Anyway, we knew well in advance that we had a busy weekend planned because it was Craig's brother's 40th birthday. Of course, then our daycare friends (all of the people who have left the daycare we're still at) planned a playground play date for Friday night, which made our departure even busier! We rushed through dinner and last minute packing in order to get there before it got dark, and we got a good hour or so in, I guess. The boys had a blast running around and playing with old friends, and I tried to catch up with other parents and teachers while trying to give Craig a break, since he's hobbling around with a bad knee (possibly a meniscus tear). Here's a picture of Carter that Craig captured...
We got to my parents' house around 9:30 with a sleeping Jacob and an awake Carter...go figure. Both boys went down fine, though, thank goodness. Of course, Jacob woke up around 3am complaining about having to sleep on a sleeping bag and sniffling like crazy, since he didn't get to take his allergy medicine before he went to bed. That kept us up for a while, making Saturday a rather sleepy day...thanks in part to the weather, no doubt.
Our plan was to get up and out rather early so we could go to the outlet mall nearby. Craig needed to get some gear for his upcoming Team Canada stint at the Adidas outlet, and I figured it would be a good opportunity to look for more pants for Jacob, who appears to be in between sizes at his usual stores. We also did some birthday shopping for a couple people. We dodged the rain to grab some lunch, and headed out for downtown Buffalo.
|Carter getting comfy in his car seat with his animals|
Craig's mom got us tickets for a charity hockey game at Harborcenter, the new complex adjacent to the Sabres' arena. It has a hotel, restaurant, Tim Hortons location, two ice rinks, and a number of other amenities. We've seen it from the outside passing by downtown numerous times, but we hadn't been there yet. The transformation in that area as a whole is amazing. There is cool stuff to do along the waterfront, the old canal bed has been rewatered, and in the winter they have ice skating on the canal! Oh, and as we headed south out of the city, we also saw Buffalo RiverWorks, which is another site among the grain elevators on the edge of the city that has sprung up out of nowhere and is now an entertainment/event destination. They have ice rinks, roller derby, and concert/event space. It's so exciting to see Buffalo coming alive like that!
Anyway, back to Harborcenter...it was beautiful! The smaller rink has a window view out toward the city, and the bigger rink has a gorgeous wood ceiling. It's a top-notch facility.
|Carter wanted to play bubble hockey, but alas...it was broken!|
|Looking out on the big rink....the wood ceiling was gorgeous!|
|Color guard before the game|
|Looking down the smaller rink, with windows looking out at the city|
We also took a walk over to (716), the restaurant during one of the intermissions. The TV over the bar is as big as a movie theater screen, and we caught a glimpse of a few Sabres sitting in a private room off the second floor. We didn't get a chance to go to the Tim Hortons, but that is just motivation to go back. It's a special location that's focused on the Sabres and the company's namesake, and I can't wait to see it. But there are so many other attractions down there now that we could make a full date night out of it--skating, (716), Tim Hortons, etc. Someday...
We watched the game and the kids had a blast with their cousins. Jacob hung out with his cousins that are closer to his age, and Carter hung out with his oldest cousins, who got a kick out of his tendency to wave to the people in the penalty box, since we were sitting right next to it.
|Carter in his Bills jersey partaking of one of Daddy's favorite foods--chips and dip!|
We'll see how it goes...