I think all of Charlotte is lovin’ the unseasonably warm weather and taking full advantage of the sunshine.
Our weekend kicked off with a backyard cookout on Friday night since we wanted to keep things low key and close to home after a busy, travel-filled week. We set off to explore Charlotte first thing on Saturday morning!
After a quick cereal breakfast to take the edge off our hunger, we headed into the city for a visit to Discovery Place.
We typically take Chase to Discovery Place Kids in Huntersville but the original Discovery Place is definitely more interesting for older children and adults which meant my parents, Ryan and I had a little too much fun with a handful of the interactive exhibits.
Chase was in heaven and we spent a solid hour at Discovery Place before walking a few blocks to 7th Street Public Market for breakfast (2.0!) and lattes.
The market was hoppin’ and we loved the vibrant energy around us as we ate our crepes and sipped on hot drinks from Not Just Coffee. We made it back home around lunchtime and Chase was ready for a nap.
His naps last week were almost non-existent (two days in a row of 30-minutes or less when we were in Raleigh) and he finally made up for it on Saturday. Chase slept for a solid three hours which was incredible and gave us some time to relax, read outside and take Sadie on a long walk while my mom offered to take over baby monitor duty.
We ate a lunch of cookout leftovers from Friday evening’s barbeque before Chase was back up and ready for action! We decided to head north to Hope Park which is one of our absolute favorite parks in the area. (For the locals, it is located right next to the YMCA in Mooresville.)
Chase wanted to show his grandma and grandpa everything at the park and went down the slides a bunch of times before giggling up a storm as they pushed him in the swings.
Our park playtime came to a close when our stomachs told us it was time for dinner. Since we were already in Mooresville, the decision to swing by Alino Pizzeria for a couple of pizzas was a no-brainer.
Alino’s is, without a doubt, our favorite pizza in the area so we were anxious to take my parents there so they could give it a try. It got rave reviews from everyone and the four of us had no problem polishing off two pizzas.
Before we were ready to call it a night and head back home, we made one final stop at Whit’s in Davidson for frozen custard.
I ordered a small vanilla custard with strawberries which totally hit the spot! I’m usually more of a chocolate person than a fruit person when it comes to dessert but there’s something about strawberries ‘n’ cream that’s hard to resist.
We made it home a little before 7 p.m. which gave us just enough time to chase Chase around the house (his favorite game of the moment) before it was time for his bath. Bedtime followed soon after for our energetic toddler and then my parents, Ryan and I spent the rest of the night hanging out on the couch, sipping cocktails and coming up with our own narrations for the BBC series Planet Earth which was way too amusing to us at the time. (Side note: I’m not sure how I’ve never seen Planet Earth until now but it’s incredible and the footage is absolutely stunning.)
Eventually we made it up to bed and I began reading In Farleigh Field when I saw it was free to download on my Kindle. (It will be released March 1 to the public.) Historical fiction is my favorite genre and when I read the positive reviews for this “action packed” novel set during World War II, I knew I wanted to give it a try.
Sunday morning began the sweaty way with a 7:30 a.m. Orangetheory class! Ryan and my dad had plans to work out together so I took advantage of my mom’s offer to enjoy a grandma-grandson breakfast date with Chase and worked up a sweat on the treadmill and rowing machines.
The workout was a tough one. I spent the first half of the workout on the treadmill and wasn’t really in the mood to tackle a bunch of intervals for 30 minutes. Thankfully once I was done on the treadmill I was a happy camper again and enjoyed the second half of the workout much more! I rotated through a series of strength training exercises paired with short bursts on the rowing machine and left feeling that post-workout high I adore. OTF workouts always kick my butt!
After all of our workouts were done and we ate a quick breakfast, we headed to Sunflour Bakery for Morning Glory muffins and chai lattes. (Best news: I was able to get the recipe for Sunflour’s Morning Glory muffins to share with you guys!!!! Oh my gosh they are so delicious and you MUST make them the second I post the recipe! I am hoping to photograph the recipe to share on the blog within the next week or two.)
After finishing our food and lattes, we headed to Freedom Park to walk around and enjoy the sunshine for an hour.
A little after noon, we made our way back home for Chase’s nap.
While Chase slept and my dad read and kept an eye on the baby monitor, Ryan took Sadie on a walk and my mom and I picked up some food at the grocery store before we spent some time baking sweet treats in the kitchen.
The rest of our Sunday was spent around the house, playing in the backyard, enjoying Happy Hour and ordering Thai takeout.
My parents left first thing this morning to head back to Florida and we are missing them already! I’m so, so glad we were able to enjoy such a nice weekend together and hope we see them again VERY soon!