Friday, May 30, 2014

NC TRIP: MORE EATING IN CHARLOTTE WITH FAMILY

(This is my second NC Trip post - to see the first one, click here!)

I tried to come up with a better title, but the reality is that we did a ton of eating this trip.  Seriously - so much good food.  There were pancakes waiting for us when we wandered downstairs the first morning of our stay.  Here's a little tip for you - go to the Eastern time zone at the beginning of the summer.  Your kiddos will sleep later by default, and then when you bring them home, they just keep doing it.  It's amazing.  You're welcome.

We made our way into Charlotte and had our first Trader Joe's experience.  After hearing everyone rave about it for the last several forevers, it was nice to see it with my own eyes.  I now understand Trader Joe's envy and will join all of the lobbying groups to have one come here.  So many fun treats to be had.  We made short work of Sea Salt Brownie bites that I will not soon forget.

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We had lunch at a tasty pizza place in midtown.  I was a little put-off when the guy told me there was no kid's menu and that they had no tap water.  This was eventually assuaged by the fact that the pizza was good, they did have things for children - including a kid's club, and the bottles of water for our table came at no charge.   I do believe restaurants that market themselves as "Saving the Earth, One Pizza at a Time," should take the time to train their employees to be a little more informative and helpful.  That would help to save experiences, one person at a time.

Bella ate this hole into her pizza and then said it looked a little like a heart.  Well-spotted, dear one.  She then got to take a ride on Uncle Jessee's shoulders.  Cute Bella for the win.


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For dinner that night, we headed to Jessee's parents home in a small town not far from them.  Their house is straight out of a Southern Living magazine from the outside - so beautiful.

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(I have a thing for giant, aged trees.)

Even more beautiful than the house were the people waiting inside with our dinner.  Everyone doted on us and our children and treated us a welcomed guests and family.  My children all made themselves quite at home, which is easy when every adult is trying to cater to your every fancy.  Thank you, Lila, Steve, Judy and Marsha for making us feel at home in your home.  What a treat it was!

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After our delicious dinner and playtime, ice cream time had arrived.  You better believe the girls had not one, but two ice cream cones each.

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This is the series of pictures during ice cream time when everyone in my family wanted to close their eyes.  Except Violet and I, because sometimes we like to be different.

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I even got to get in on the riding toys action with a spin on this super fun bike!

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On Monday, actual Memorial Day, we enjoyed a trip to Freedom Park, which seemed appropriate given the day we were celebrating.  We took a picnic lunch and spread out in the shade.  The weather was so nice, meaning the shade felt glorious and not a bit chilly, and the breeze was a nice touch.  Everyone was mostly happy while picnicking.

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We fed the ducks at a nearby pond and were fortunate enough to spot a Mommy and her ducklings.  So very cute.

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We tried for a cousin pic of all of our ducklings.  This is the best I could get, with no one looking their absolute best.  But, they are all mostly looking, and of course, they are all really cute.  We love cousin Shane!

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