travels // niagara-on-the-lake [eh?]

happy may day, friends! best month of the year as far as i’m concerned. just arrived back in ‘merica after spending a few days in the lands of canada. it was a good trip, but it’s good to be headed home – especially knowing that i won’t be traveling again until june. i do enjoy my travels (not the packing part, obviously) and now is the time of my life where i want to take advantage of getting to have these experiences and explore new places, but there is definitely something to be said about getting back into a routine. i know a certain pup that will be pleased to have me around for more than a few days at a time, too.

this trip was full of cute things and great photo opportunities. i flew into the buffalo-niagara airport and met up with some co-workers to make the to the lands of tim hortons. we stopped along the way at a local place, the flying turtles, for their “famous” beef on weck [roast beef on a kummelweck roll aka a sort of french dip]. then we made a pit stop to get some shots of niagara falls from the american side. yes, i’ve been told the canadian side is much better, maybe next time. it was surprisingly a nice sunny day so the views were beautiful.

then it was off to niagara-on-the-lake which truly is the loveliest little town in canada. so quiet and quaint and historic. driving down main street i lost track of how many times we said, “awwww” or “cute!”. thus, that street was dubbed, the cute street. we stayed at the queen’s landing which was equally as lovely. we enjoyed good food, incredible wine, great company and a successful conference. and with that, it’s time to prepare to board. see you soon, minnesota.

travels // niagara falls

travels // niagara on the lake

travels // niagara on the lake

travels // niagara on the lake

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[4th annual] dad and emma day

last friday was one of the most anticipated days of the year; dad and emma day. dad and emma day started 4 years ago when my dad decided to take a friday off and come up to visit. (you can read about year 3 here and year 2 here) we are fans of routine and consistency, and thus our routine has been left virtually untouched. the only changes that have been made are to where we dine for breakfast. years 1 and 2 we partook in the amazingness eggs benedict and hot chocolate that is Hell’s Kitchen. year 3 we got a little cray cray and tried somewhere new, 8th street grill, where we enjoyed epic cinnamon granola crusted french toast and bomb.com bloodys. this year, we were forced to get cray cray once again, and ventured to the news room. perfection. we delighted in omelets and bloodys with a small salad on top.

afterwards we headed over to barnes and noble, where we picked up dad’s calendar for the year. (a much anticipated item by the fine peeps at ventura foods). then it was over to macy’s santaland. (when we first started this annual tradition, we thought that we would visit santaland each year and it would be something new and cool and exciting. ever since we started this tradition, the theme has remained unchanged – a day in the life of an elf) the best part of santaland? mrs. claus’ sugar cookies at the end. nom nom nom. after santaland we pick out a sweater for daddy, then i pick out some earrings. our last stop is over to the crystal court in the IDS building. we grab some starbucks and lemon bread and take a seat to enjoy and do some classic minneapolis style people watching. we get someone to snap a photo by the tree, and with that, the day has come to an end.

another year almost gone by, another dad and emma day in the books. no matter how old i get, i will always be daddy’s little princess. and i am so blessed that we get to have amazing traditions like these. i love being an “uptown” girl and living in the “big city” but i certainly do miss my family. i will treasure all these little traditions and memories we have and look forward for all the new ones to come. — love you daddy! xoxo

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