Today we spent a relaxing day with family.
We went to breakfast at First Watch with my brother before he headed to work then headed over to my sister’s place to meet my new niece (the major reason for this road trip). We were planning on taking the girls to the Cleveland Zoo, but the chilly temperatures and constant rain changed our plans for us. At the mall we had some photos taken of the two cousins together before meeting my mom for a late lunch and then doing some shopping. On the way back to our hotel, we swung past Mapleside Farms, home of the Johnny Appleseed festival in the fall and a favorite hangout of ours when we lived in the area (apples fresh off the tree are wonderful).
Later that evening I picked up my other sister and her boyfriend, who had just flown in from Chicago, at the airport. The three of us had a really late dinner (10:30pm) at the Cheesecake Factory. I tried the chipotle chicken pasta (I usually get the orange chicken or crusted romano chicken), which was spicy and delicious, and finished the meal off with a slice of Kahlua coffee cheesecake, also fantastic.
The rain is supposed to be gone for tomorrow’s July 4th celebrations, so hopefully fireworks are still in order.