With a Side of Fun

We had Thanksgiving back home in Binghamton for the first time in many years, and – in addition to having a delicious family meal on Thursday – we packed a lot of fun into the weekend.

On Thursday night, we dragged our full bellies and turkey comas over to the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena to watch the Binghamton Senators play the Adirondack Phantoms.

B-Sens vs. Phantoms

I haven’t been there for a hockey game in years, but to be honest, it hasn’t changed a whole lot, though it was smaller than I remember – kind of the sports venue equivalent of going back to elementary school and thinking the cafeteria looks tiny.

The not-so-jumbotron

The beers, however were enormous. And very cheap.

Biiiig beers

As was our habit when we were kids, we drove down the hill, parked at the end of the bridge, and walked over. Or Brian, Jen, Eileen, and Chris walked. I raced my nephews across. (I tell ya, I’ll do anything to be the fun auntie, but OMG, running across a bridge full of turkey and a quart of Labatt’s was possibly the most difficult thing I’ve done to date.)

Friday was “keep the kids entertained” day, which involved a trip to the Story Garden at the Discovery Center, where we put baby James into a teacup and took pictures, among other things.

Cup o' James

We also went over to the Roberson Center, to see the annual model train exhibit. It’s much bigger than I remember, and was set up in a demonstration gallery, so the train masters were working on the setup while we were there. D & G got to pick out people/objects to be included in the streetscape, which one of the volunteers then glued into place for them. I think they found it pretty cool – though I’m pretty sure they wanted to get their hands on the glue and go to town.

Placing a bench in front of the bank

On Saturday, we joined some friends for a jaunt up to Syracuse to see the Orangemen play football. Or try to… It did not go well for them, but we all had fun nevertheless.

Let's Go Orange!

Needless to say, I could use a weekend to recover from my weekend, but alas, ’twas not to be.

4 thoughts on “With a Side of Fun

  1. Common loon November 28, 2011 / 11:22 pm

    I’m sorry Sarah, but never in my life have I seen you and running used in the same sentence. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen you run at all? Your typical reply to any running comment has been, “is my life in imminent danger?” THAT is the picture that should have been posted!

    • Sarah November 29, 2011 / 3:57 pm

      Fortunately, the running was not photographed, but it was witnessed, so Brian, Jen, Eileen, and Chris can all vouch that it did, in fact, happen.

      In fact, on the way over, as I was keeping pace w/ G, he turned to me and said, “Wow, Auntie Sarah… You’re fast!” As soon as I stopped laughing, I replied, “You are the only person who has ever told me that!”

  2. Mom November 29, 2011 / 8:54 am

    Hey, you forgot to add The Muppet Movie and that you “paid for your supper” by setting up my new model iPhone and upgrading/syncing my other tech devices! :). :). And a lot of playing outdoors for some of us on a very mild weekend of Upstate New York weather for November! A LOT OF FUN, for sure!!

    • Sarah November 29, 2011 / 3:58 pm

      I didn’t have any pictures for the Muppets or the tech support extravaganza, so I left them out… but I probably shouldn’t have.

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