military balls + brunch in canada

Happy Monday, friends! Is that a thing? Are we ever truly happy it’s Monday? I took a personal health day today, so I’m pretty happy. The boys and I are all slightly under the weather, and I’ve been fighting this nasty cold for two days now, so I decided to use a sick day. Yay for adulting! We had a busy (and fun) weekend, and I think that’s what caught up to me, but I wouldn’t trade it in for anything.

On Friday evening, Ryan and I had our final Army ball here at Fort Drum with the 3-10 GSAB. It was by far the best one we’ve been to, as well, because there was no endlessly long receiving line, the speeches were short, and they had live music with the Dueling Ivories. Does it get better than that? Nope! We stayed 90% keto, but we had a bit of wine – all things in moderation, right? I rented my dress from Rent the Runway again, and I have to say it’s my favorite rental yet! I’d originally picked something slick and tight, but with my giant brace, I chose to go with more of a ball gown, and I’m so glad I did! And, as always, Ryan looked positively dashing 😉

dress – rent the runway (monique lhullier navy j’adore gown – available here)

On Saturday, we were both nursing little hangovers (what can I say? we had fun…), but we decided to head to Kingston, ON with our friends, Phil and Loralee, for brunch. We’ve been hearing about a place called Chez Piggy for a while, and we decided it was time to try it out. So, after shoveling the entire driveway because, yes, the snowblower broke, we headed up to Canada.

Chez Piggy was worth every penny. It’s a bit on the pricier side even with the exchange rate, but it’s French and bohemian influence made it the perfect little brunch spot. Brunch is actually served on Sundays, so we technically did lunch, but it was delightful nonetheless. And, I can’t thank the waitstaff enough for being so sweet and patient with the boys. I was afraid it would be too fancy for them, but they had boosters, plastic cups, and plenty of decor details to entertain the boys. It was fantastic.

And, of course, no trip to Kingston is complete without a stop at the boys’ favorite toy store, The Rocking Horse. Each time we go, the boys are just mesmerized by the Thomas the Train setup, and they’d gladly stay all day if I’d let them. This time, we managed to extricate them after getting them each a little train part so that they can start building their collection. It’s well worth it!

This was probably our last trip to Kingston before our move, so we did our best to soak it up while we could. I’ll miss it, to be honest, but we’ll  be closer to Vancouver when we’re out in Washington, so I can’t complain!

I’m linking up today with B Loved Boston for Weekending.