Ryan and I are planning to make the six hour drive to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for her funeral on Friday. I know being around those who loved Mimi most will be both emotional and cathartic.
Sunday was obviously a very hard day, as I got the news about my grandmother’s passing right around 7:30 a.m. I spent most of the morning crying, talking with Ryan and my in-laws and just processing my grandmother’s death.
Once I felt strong and my tears subsided, I would be okay for awhile. We went to brunch but it was almost a little too hard to sit through such a normal meal when my heart was bursting and the lump in my throat could not be ignored. When we made it home, I couldn’t fight the wave of sadness and loss that came over me and started sobbing again as I talked to my family. Speaking with family helped a lot since we were all processing the same emotions.
I’m so grateful I was surrounded by such wonderful people here in Charlotte on Sunday. Ryan and his family have been nothing but loving and kind. My in-laws and Ryan took care of dinner Sunday night and made a delicious spread of comfort food. They were all so thoughtful and very open to talk about Mimi whenever I needed to let everything out.
Prior to Sunday, Ryan and I filled our weekend with quality time with my in-laws and boating on the lake. On Friday, we took the boat up to a local restaurant and ate outside along the water as Sadie lapped up water from a bowl that our waiter was kind enough to bring to our table.
Saturday began with brunch in Davidson. The last time my mother-in-law visited us, she fell in love with the small town and we knew we had to return. We ate at Toast before wandering along Main Street and browsing around the local shops.
We wrapped up our morning with a visit to the Davidson Farmer’s Market where we picked up a few goodies before heading home.
The rest of our day was spent on Lake Norman!
(I love Sadie’s sheepish little grin in that picture!)
It was gorgeous outside. There was a slight breeze and we floated around for hours until gray clouds started to roll in and told us it was time to go.
During our time on the boat, Sadie’s complete and utter disregard for my growing baby bump continued…
It’s hard not to laugh every time she tries to put her butt on my belly or sit in my lap. She completely lacks any sort of “baby intuition.”
While we were playing around in the water, Ryan and I thought it would be fun to snap a floating belly picture, but as it turns out my belly isn’t nearly as buoyant as we would have thought!
I think this was the picture Ryan’s mom snapped when Ryan got the bright idea to swim underneath me and lift up my belly…
Once the rain clouds told us it was time to go, we made our way back to the house and dug into a late lunch of chopped salads. I followed the recipe my aunt used to make the chopped salads she served during my baby shower and they were a hit!
I was able to do a lot of the prep work ahead of time which made everything come together in a flash. (Let me know if you guys are interested in the recipe and I’ll be sure to share it!)
After showers and lunch, we made our way back to Davidson for a movie. We decided to see Inside Out and despite my high hopes for the movie, I didn’t really enjoy it all that much. I thought it was going to be hilarious and while there were definitely some laugh-out-loud moments, I found myself a little bored with the movie about 30 minutes in. At least a movie is always a great rainy afternoon activity, right?
By the time the movie was over, the rain was completely gone and before we drove home, we decided to stop into Alino Pizzeria, a local hot spot that’s gaining a lot of traction thanks to word-of-mouth. Ryan heard about it from a coworker who told him the pizzeria imports their flour and other ingredients from Italy.
Inside the pizzeria it’s very bright and everyone grabs a seat at long, communal picnic tables. It’s family-style dining and we loved the large salad and sausage, mozzarella and basil pizza we ordered to share.
The four of us also split three large cannoli and they were fantastic!
We didn’t make it home until right around 9 p.m. and spent the rest of the evening relaxing on the couch before heading up to bed.
And that was our weekend in a nutshell. I hope all the fathers out there had a great Father’s Day on Sunday! And thank you all again for your sweet words and condolences yesterday. They mean a lot to me and my family.