Saturday, February 23, 2019

Winter Break

Hi everyone! Hope everyone is having a good Saturday. We are hanging out at home, doing nothing and resting from a busy week. Schools in our area had the entire week off, which means Joe had no school as well. We decided to take a day trip to Niagara Falls, New York (duh),  see what the falls look like frozen and do some shopping. We go to Niagara Falls and Canada about 3 times a year. We love it there. I joke with people and tell them we have dual citizenship. It's a nice little get away and not to far from home. My Mom came along with us for this trip. We had a good time but it was busy trying to pack everything into two days. 

We started off visiting Niagara Falls Canada. Mason loves the Hershey's Chocolate World store. He was determined to buy the biggest chocolate bar at the Hershey store. But it was $69.99, that was a BIG NO WAY! He did settle for the one in the pic which was still a whopping $19.99. He has yet to open it and eat any. He also has this crazy fascination with visiting all the little collective stores on Clifton Hill. He loves spending his money on all the expensive crap toys that make no sense. It brings him joy so of course we hit every open one. Most stores are closed until spring, but a handful were open. 

We then headed to the Outlet Collection at Niagara stores. It is so so nice!! But since the prices are in Canadian, it's hard to figure out what the price is in American. We didn't stay long. And not to mention is was 19 degree and not fun with a 6 year old. Also, if you pay in American money, you get back Canadian, which stinks when you head back to the states with a huge amount of Canadian money. TIP: We use our bank card or Discover card, because the bank will convert it in American on your bill. We ended up going to a couple of stores and leaving. But if you visit Niagara Falls, Ontario, it is definitely a must see. 

We headed back to our hotel on the American side, ate dinner at Hard Rock Cafe and then Mason and Joe went swimming in the hotel pool for a bit before bed. 

The next day we went to the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA for some shopping. I LOVE this outlet because all the stores are totally inside and the tax in Niagara County is 4%!!! WHAT!!! They have every store you can image. So I did some shopping for the little man for summer and I of course bought a new Kate Spade wallet! 

We had a great couple of days but I was glad to be home! 

One of the "random" collective stores on Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada

Guiness Book of World Records on Clifton Hill

Hershey's Chocolate World Niagara Falls 

Niagara Falls Ontario Canada 

Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls, New York 

Mason and I took a couple of days to recoup and spent some time at home. Joe spent some days on the farm, cutting wood and doing the million different chores for the upkeep of it. We headed to the farm on Thursday to do some walking, riding the four wheeler and to cut my father in law's hair. We like to take a day during this break and look around the farm, explore the creek and take in all the sites during the winter. It was so cold this week in February. Usually we have a day in the 50's but not this year. So we took a short trip by the creek. Then Joe decided to teach Mason to drive the four wheeler, definitely still assisted!! He thought he was a big kid! 

All in all, we had a great week. Next week, Joe starts coaching track for the season so we won't see much of him. But with the beginning of the spring sports season comes a break in the weather and winter almost being over. We are OVER WINTER!!!! 

Hope you all had a great week as well!!! 

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