So I guess you can say it's been a while, huh?
Time is just FLYING by and I don't even know what I've been doing to occupy it. Okay okay, that's a lie. We've been busy doing something every. single. weekend this entire summer, so no wonder I feel like I went from "Oh my hell, there are two pink lines on this stick" to "Holy shit, we just took our birthing center hospital tour and are having a baby next month!" in the blink of an eye.
P.S. I highly recommend that hospital tour if you're expecting.
We decided not to do a birthing class and to just do the tour and I'm so glad we did. It feels so much more real now knowing exactly where we'll be driving to and what room we'll be in when we finally get to meet this little nugget. Plus there's Ginger Ale, popsicles, and ice cream bars in the nursing station right next to the delivery rooms and that's all I'll really need to push this thing out of me, so we're all good. I kid I kid, but I do love my Ginger Ale.
Anyway, with all the craziness going on this summer, Trev and I really wanted to take a little getaway together before the little miss arrives. We only have five weeks left before it'll never be "just us" ever again so we at least wanted to do something for a "babymoon" - even if it was only for a night.
I wracked my brain for weeks trying to figure out what to do. I meannn, is there anything fun to do in life that doesn't involve alcohol...? Not kidding this time, either. Well of course there is but even those things are usually more fun when you're sipping on frozen peach sangria.
So fun to do while sober and also something that was a three or less hour drive away since it wasn't a long trip. I settled on the Niagara Falls/Buffalo area.
We stayed at the Courtyard Buffalo Downtown Canalside hotel which was really nice and conveniently located right next to the newly revitalized Canalside area. We could walk to everything we wanted to do, the bed was a cloud, and the humungous shower was even better.
Canalside is beautiful so we walked around there and checked everything out until I about died from the heat and had to go inside to get some trusty lemonade and air conditioning.
We stopped at 716 which is a really awesome two story upscale sports bar to catch some of the Bills preseason game and mow down what looked like an entire oven's worth of nachos. We also stopped at Pearl Street Grill & Brewery which was the absolute cutest place with all the hanging flower baskets and second floor outdoor balcony eating areas. The Liberty Hound was our second food stop which had a pier right next to big war ships. We ended up getting some awesome muscles and truffle fries outside on the patio with a view of Canalside and the ships all lit up.
Somewhere in the middle of all that we also took a quick detour over to the casino so Trev could win back all the money we spent on the hotel by playing Blackjack. But smokey casinos and pregnant bellies don't mix so that lasted all but an hour before I was sick of holding my breath every time I walked by a cigarette. Barf.
The next morning we caught the marathon on the Olympics while searching for the best brunch spots in Buffalo before landing on Betty's. It had awesome reviews and they certainly didn't disappoint once we got there because everything was delicious and there were a ton of people trying to get in to be seated.
After stuffing our faces with a bratwurst omelette, a breakfast burrito, and peach smothered waffles, we were on our way to Niagara Falls.
I hadn't been there since I was really young, so I barely remember it, and Trevor had only driven by it on the way into Canada so it was fun new adventure for both of us.
We decided against doing the Maid of the Mist or any of the other tours because we both seem to be allergic to tourist traps. Especially ones that sardine you onto a boat in ponchos when you already feel like a Baluga. So we just decided to head home after taking a quick stroll around the park in order to get back to snuggling the Pudge man.
Buffalo was never somewhere that I ever pictured to be a "fun" or "pretty" place to visit, but the revitalization (at least in the area we went to) definitely changed my preconceived mind. I would definitely recommend every single place we visited if you're ever in the area. Oh and I would suggest to hands down stay in the Canalside area of Buffalo instead of at any of the hotels on the American side of Niagara if you're planing a trip to see the falls. The Canadian side is definitely a different story for hotel stays though and we plan to maybe check out one of their casino/resorts in the winter sometime because they look amazing!
That's all for now. See ya later this week for a post on some of my favorite Pinterest finds and a hopeful launch of Kensington Gray!