Wild & Wanderful

Weekend in Wheeling.

Katy McKinleyComment

Bennett said it and I couldn’t agree more: This is a great time to live in Wheeling.

-- we are becoming friends with some of the most amazing, talented and positive people.
-- we are enjoying some of the most diverse amounts of arts/culture to hit this area.
-- we are a part of some redevelopment efforts.
-- we are learning to grow our own businesses outside of the 8-5 lifestyle.

It’s kind of an exciting time. 

Wheeling isn’t a big city.  It isn’t trying to be.  There might be more things to do in larger areas, but there are more things I appreciate in this smaller space.  We have a connection with the majority of the  businesses (and owners of said businesses) that we frequent.  Which I think is awesome.  And we can walk freely around any part of our town, admire the landscaping and architecture, and feel safe at all times.  Big pluses for me.

This weekend had seriously the best weather we could ask for.  So we took advantage and took to the streets of Wheeling.  We got baked goods from The Honey Hole, had some locally brewed beers and an appetizer at Market Vines, took photos for Bennett’s Meet Me in the Alley project, visited friends that were busy with restoration on The Professional Building, picked up coffee and tea from Wheeling Coffee & Spice, ate some downtown DiCarlo’s pizza while playing at the waterfront, then rounded up our out-of-the-house time by taking Louis up to Oglebay’s playground for some ultimate playtime.

Louis loved every second of it.  I thought for sure he’d crash before the day’s end but he was apparently high on Wheeling and sunshine like we were.  One of Wheeling’s most iconic landmarks is the Suspension Bridge (which terrifies me to drive on for no real reason other than craziness but I love looking at it) and somehow in the 6+ years I’ve lived here, I’ve never taken a photo in front of it.  It can be checked off my non-existent bucket list now!

Saturday ended with a little more outside playtime, mostly in the sandbox while Daddy fired up the grill.  It’s like we had to cram everything we love about summer into one day because there is a threat of snow (!!!) on Tuesday evening.

Louis cracks me up with his little ticks.  Sometimes when he plays with certain toys, he needs to line all of them up in a row and tell me what they are.  Bennett has taught him all of the dinosaur names and Lou went down the line, letting me know if they eat plants/meat and if they swim in the water or not.  :: swoon ::  This kiddo.

Sunday was even hotter.  It was pushing 80degrees the majority of the day…so naturally, we wanted to play with squirt guns.  One of us can’t play in the water without being stripped down to his skivvies.  Lucky for you, it’s Louis and he’s adorable in his Angry Bird undies.  If it were Bennett or myself…the photos wouldn’t be safe for anyone to view. ;)

No man, nor dog, is safe when Louis has a water toy.  This is a fact.

George uses his years of experience around Louis and hides so far that we’d never be able to reach him with any watergun or hose.  Wuss.  Poor Annabelle…she is still requiring a leash, which means she was tied up and couldn’t run to safety fast enough.  And then Bennett and myself, who were really the main targets.  Louis had us soaked. 

Louis has always been a water bug.  I’m happy that hasn’t gone away.  He loves to watch how water works while he pour it out of or onto various things.

And then, of course, my yearly photo in front of these blossoming bushes.  They’re so pretty and cheerful, I can’t help myself!  I’m just bummed that we have another round of frost headed our direction this week.  I’m itching to plant some flowers in pots and get our garden growing.  Patience Katy, patience.

So there was our weekend in a nutshell.  Or not so much a nutshell…but in a million and one photos.  Can you tell that I’m slightly pumped about the warmer weather and outdoor photos?