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11.07.2016

Wedding Weekend - Pennsylvania

We just got back from a long weekend spent in Western Pennsylvania for a family wedding. It was so nice to see the family and especially fall colors again!
Buhl Park in Sharon, PA
We actually flew into Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday night, rented a car, and drove the rest of the way (about 75 miles) to our hotel in Sharon, Pennsylvania. We got in late and pretty much just checked-in then went straight to bed.

Friday morning we met Bill's mom, step-dad, and brother in the hotel lobby for breakfast. Bill got a last minute invite to go shoot Sporting Clays with the groom, so the kids and I hung out with my inlaws.

We drove through the city and got to see the house my mother-in-law grew up in and other favorite spots about town. We went to Daffin's Candies, which claims to be the world's biggest candy store. I was fully expecting the equivalent of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, so was quite disappointed with the place in actuality. It had a lot of candy, but no personality. So, a bit of a bummer for me, but the kids had fun exploring and picking out candy too.

Next, it was onto Buhl Park which was absolutely beautiful. The fall colors were on full display and the kids were able to run around and get all their crazy energy out.
The park had a fun little fitness trail that we walked along for a bit. It was fun to see the kids doing something that their dad used to do when he was their age. 
 
After the park we had lunch at Eat'nPark home of the famous Smiley cookie!

We met back up with Bill at the hotel and by that time the rest of his siblings were rolling into town. We pretty much took over the lobby of the hotel for the rest of the night. We had a little birthday party for Madeleine and her two cousins - cake, presents, and pizza. It was nice to relax and visit with family we haven't seen in some time.
Saturday was the wedding! The kids went to the ceremony, but then Bill's Aunt arranged for a babysitter to watch all the kids during the reception. It was fun to get dressed up with Bill and have some grown-up time. We ate, drank, and danced the night away. We also had Amish donuts, which were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!
Sunday was our last day in Pennsylvania, but we made the most of it. After breakfast we stopped at Kraynaks to check out their annual Christmasland decor. 
There were a ton of different trees, stuffed and animatronic animals, and tchotchkes galore. I absolutely adored this place and wish I could have gone back by myself to really check out all the little details of the displays as well as roam their aisles and aisles of Christmas ornaments, decor, and toys.
After that we headed to Bill's Uncle's house for one last visit with the family before driving back to Cleveland to catch our flight home.

It was a jam-packed weekend full of family, fall, and lots of fun too. The best part is, we get to see everybody again in a few weeks for Thanksgiving. Yay!

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