I’ve known Leah and Carrie since our elementary school days at Pleasant Hill in Palatine, Illinois and we’ve stayed close through high school, college and multiple moves. (We missed you, Michaela!) Now that we all live in different cities, our visits aren’t nearly as frequent as we’d like but anytime we get together, we pick up right where we left off and I’m reminded again just how much I wish these ladies lived in my neighborhood. There’s a level of comfort you have around friends you’ve known your whole life – friends who know your family and who have seen you at your very best and your very worst – that I find myself craving and missing a bit since Ryan and I have moved to new places post-college. Phone calls and texting help, but there’s nothing like being together in person and I’m so grateful Leah and Carrie were able to take time out of their busy lives to visit us.
After their arrival on Thursday, we popped into the grocery store to pick up supplies for dinner before walking to a nearby park so Leah’s son could play for a little while.
I haven’t seen her sweet boy since he was six months old (and I was 17 weeks pregnant – I visited Leah in Chicago the weekend before I announced my pregnancy on the blog!) and it kind of blew my mind to see how much he has grown since February. It’s crazy to me to think that at this time next year Chase will be a toddler, too!
Ryan met us at the park after work and then our little gang walked back home to grill out and enjoy burgers and wine on the patio. The weather in Charlotte was wonderful during their stay and we spent a lot of time outside!
On Friday, our morning began slow and we sipped coffee and dug into a frittata I made during Chase’s morning nap before finally getting it together enough to load everyone in the car and head out to Patterson Farm for some festive fall fun.
Chase apparently likes to welcome our guests by eating them. He clearly felt right at home in Carrie’s arms! And speaking of Carrie, I have to take a moment to highlight some of her amazing accomplishments. Carrie is a general surgery resident in Michigan and is so incredible. I’m in awe of her work ethic and intelligence and hearing about the work she does on a day-to-day basis blows my mind. She works so hard and I’m one heck of a proud friend. I know how hard it is for her to get time away from the hospital, so having her meet Chase and visit us in Charlotte meant so much to me.
Patterson Farm is located north of Charlotte in Mount Ulla, so it was a bit of a drive for us, but well worth it.
How cute are Leah and her little boy? I just love his orange overalls!
Leah is such a wonderful mom and it’s so neat to see her parent such a fun and lively little guy! She’s so caring and patient with him but is also incredibly candid and honest with me when I have questions about what’s to come in the future for me as a mom. She’s been such a fantastic resource for me as a new mom and I am so grateful for her advice and support.
Leah’s son had fun looking at the animals on the farm and we did, too!
They had goats, sheep, ponies, ducks, pigs and more. I told Ryan we will definitely have to bring Chase back when he’s a bit older and can appreciate the animals and play areas a little more.
Once we made it home, we joined Ryan and Sadie for an evening boat ride before ordering pizza for dinner back at the house.
On Saturday, we had another leisurely start to the day (oh how things change with kiddos!) but we eventually made it out of the house for brunch in Davidson.
We managed to snag a table outside on the patio at Toast which worked perfectly for our little group. Chase was a little more challenging during brunch than he has been when we’ve taken him out to eat in the past, so I was grateful for outdoor seating and the ability to easily get up, swaddle and soothe him without it disrupting people around us.
After brunch, we walked in and out of some of the cute shops on Main Street before driving home in time for Leah’s son’s afternoon nap.
I ended up leaving my camera away for the rest of the weekend, but the remainder of our Saturday night included a trip to a local bakery for cupcakes and cookies and dinner at a local Mexican restaurant that was absolutely delicious!
When I dropped my friends off at the airport on Sunday morning, I was sad to see them go, but hopeful that a reunion trip we’re planning to make to meet my friend Michaela’s baby (she’s due in November!) will happen early next year.
Thanks again to Leah and Carrie for making the trip to Charlotte to meet Chase and spend time with us. I loved every minute we had together and love you both so much!