M and I had a great weekend together. Very relaxed and got to really enjoy each other's company. On Saturday we took a family walk downtown to my shop and the post office and then we headed to Newburyport to act like tourists. We went to the antique shop, Oldies, where I mistakenly was second guessing a kilim overnight bag. I put it down for a minute and someone else snatched it up. I guess it wasn't meant to be (or I learned my lesson). Then we walked downtown stopping in shops and getting a bite to eat. We sat at a bar and had a snack. I had a sangria and M had a Newburyport Brew beer. Which then lead us to the Brewery.
We didn't even know about the brewery. It's a little tucked away from downtown, but worth the trip. They've only been brewing for 8 months now but are really focused on premium ingredients and really make some good beer. The owners quit their day jobs and took a chance. The brewery does tours every hour. It has a fun, relaxed bar area to sample, buy and wait for the next tour. They also have a stage area set up where the owners jam. We took a tour, and had some samples. The tour was short, but sweet, and gave you an inside look at their production. They package the cans in the plastic tops above, more ocean friendly and made from recycled materials. They also only produce kegs and cans, no bottles. The Plum Island Belgian White is my favorite, along with the Greenhead. M thought the stout was a really good stout. We also learned a new word... Yeat! I guess it's an old Newburyport sailor term that means yes, no, and used as a general greeting. So Yeat!
On Sunday we went to Todd Farm. I didn't score anything super, but it was still a nice day to enjoy outside. Afterwards we went to the pancake house and totally pigged out. I had eggs florentine and stole bites of M's pancakes, so delicious. Then we went into a food coma and took a little nap. For dinner, I tried cooking something new, making chile rellenos with shrimp. Those were pretty amazing.
The weekend was fun, and this whole week I have felt more relaxed and enjoyed spending time with my little family. We put some of the chores aside (like mowing the lawn) and have been cooking dinner together and watching our new Netflix favorite, Fringe.
I am sooo looking forward to the long weekend and our next family adventure. I can't wait to tell you all about it. until then au revoir!