On Friday evening, I turned to Ryan and said, “I love feeling like there are SO many new things to do this weekend and not enough time to do all of them.” Oh the joys of moving to a fun new city! I have to continually remind myself that we have plenty of time to explore, but the little kid in me wants to do everything now. Patience, patience.
Ryan and I have definitely gravitated toward Lake Norman, a giant and incredibly gorgeous lake just outside of Charlotte, for many of our activities.
(That’s Ryan flipping off a tall wooden post on Lake Norman on Saturday!)
On Friday before dinner, we took Sadie on a walk by the lake and found a secluded area where we were able to do some impromptu swimming. It was amazing but something kind of crappy happened. Ryan lost his wedding ring.
We were obviously quite upset but we’re trying not to get caught up in the loss of something material even though the ring was quite sentimental to both of us. Ryan always takes his ring off before swimming or working out but didn’t this time and without the Florida heat to swell his fingers like he’s used to, it slid off into the abyss of the lake when he was swimming around with Sadie. Finding it was impossible and when we arrived back home, Ryan showed me a nifty $27 replacement ring he ordered on Overstock.com. Ha! I’m hoping to find a similar ring to replace his original band, but for right now, that will work!
Losing Ryan’s wedding ring was the low point of the weekend, but fortunately everything turned around from there. We spent all day on Saturday at the lake with two of my blogging buddies, Brittany and Caitlin, and their sweet families. The husbands all had fun watching the World Cup while Brittany, Caitlin and I parked ourselves in front of the food (isn’t that always how it goes?) until the sun called to us and we spent several hours outside.
Brittany’s husband and Ryan swam in the lake with the dogs (and some stylin’ pink noodles).
Nope, that’s not Sadie. That’s Koda, Brittany and David’s vizsla! It was great to be around another couple who fully understands the craziness and neediness of a vizsla. They encouraged us to bring Sadie with us for the day so she could play with Koda and the two of them ran around for hours and looked like the most adorable little hyperactive twins.
(They’re both six though Sadie looks like Grandmother Time with her white face.)
We were there all day and left around dinnertime after an evening boat ride. It was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday. Days on the water are the best days in my book!
On Sunday morning, Ryan and I met up with Steve and Lisa, the friendly couple I met at the coffee shop last week and checked out a new church. We really liked the feel of it but since the main pastor was out of town, we want to be sure to listen to him preach (and figure out where we’ll actually be living!) before settling on a “home church” in Charlotte. I have a few more churches I’d like to try out and am hopeful we’ll have no trouble finding one that is the right fit. It took us months of “church shopping” in Ocala to find Meadowbrook which we absolutely loved.
After church, Ryan and I changed and leashed Sadie up for some outdoor adventure!
Crowders Mountain State Park
We drove a little less than an hour to Crowders Mountain State Park where we hiked up to the top of the mountain and soaked in gorgeous views of the city of Charlotte in the distance.
We started at the park entrance and unknowingly went the opposite direction on the Crowders Trail loop that most hikers seem to go and ended up tackling some serious stairs to get to the top of the mountain.
What I thought was going to be a nice, leisurely hike turned into a workout! All the stairs gave me and Ryan a flashback to the challenging Koko Head Crater hike we completed in Oahu. (If you ever go to Oahu, you have to do that hike. It’s tough, but the view from the top is unreal.)
The hike was also quite humbling since we did it with Sadie who laughs in the face of elevation changes. The Florida kids in us aren’t used to inclines!
The whole hike was 5.6 miles and took us right around two hours. The first half of the hike wasn’t too strenuous, but those stairs were killer!
It was an active and fun weekend for the Fagan family!
Question of the Morning
- Tell me about some of the highlights from your weekend! Any beach/pool/lake days out there? Hiking fun?