Anyway, I had a really nice trip home. The weather was chilly but thankfully no snow, and I was able to spend some time with friends and family.
Wednesday we went on a wine-tasting day trip. We started with Three Brothers Winery & Estates which combines three wineries and a brewery all on one property. You are given a trail map and complete a tasting at each stop. They all have very interesting/unique themes which made it even more fun!
The first stop was just your average winery... the second stop was....well...not : )
They have a barbecue stand and a stage for live music outside (when it's warm out), even the names of the wine were pretty unusual...
The third stop was the War-Horse brewery, also very cool....
The fourth stop was a boutique-themed winery for their sister. It wasn't as outrageously decorated as the others so I didn't take any photos.
After Three Brothers, we went to our last stop Wagner Vineyards which was very pretty, and the wine was tasty too!
We found these guys outside...
We missed most of the leaves changing, but you can imagine how gorgeous it is when they are fire-engine red!
Thursday was a tough day for us all but it was nice to be together (minus my sister Renea who unfortunately got stuck working this weekend). We tried to just stay busy and keep it positive. I know my dad was on all of our minds that day...and every day for that matter.
We had lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, Georgio's Village Cafe then went to the casino for a little bit, where my sister Mel, Mom, and I all ended up losing but Brad won $10 (can you tell we're high rollers) ? That night we kept things relaxed and got take-out and played Scattergories at my sister's house.
Friday we had a huge brunch at Turning Stone, which was delicious and very filling. This is actually a weekly dance-brunch that my mom goes to. The crowd is definitely a bit older, but my Sister Mel, Niece Victoria, and Mom had a good time dancing...this photo cracks me up!
After we went to the (MOST) Science museum in Syracuse which was really fun. I went as a kid but this was my first time returning as an adult. They had a lot of different exhibits but our favorite was the Dinosaurs...
They had a noon wedding at Our Lady of Lourdes Church and a reception that evening at Greystone Castle. Unfortunately, I completely forgot to charge my camera and was only able to take a couple photos at the ceremony, but I did take plenty at the reception
The bride was gorgeous...
They also did a family dance to You Make Me Smile in honor of their daughter who had her second open-heart surgery a year prior... tears!
I love the photo of Ang kissing her daughter, so precious!
Angela danced with her Dad and Steve with his Mom....
It was a beautiful wedding, and we had such a good time at the reception! An extra-special thanks to my wonderful Sister Mel who was our driver for the evening : )
Trips like these always go by way too fast but it goes without saying that we had a wonderful trip! There's no place like home : )