Unplanned Family Fun

You know that time you get off of work on Friday and expect to have a low key weekend with your husband, but then you talk to your parents on Friday night and they ask what the plan is for the weekend, and you’re like, what, you don’t live here, why do you care, and they’re all like, helloooo, we’re visiting this weekend.  Right.  THAT HAPPENED this weekend.  Bwahahahahaha.  I thought my parents were visiting next weekend, but they were here on Saturday before noon.  Boom – weekend fun, coming right up.

We met my dads brother, his wife, Kat and their son, Jackson for lunch on Saturday.  They live in North Raleigh and it was really good to see them since we actually haven’t seen them since we moved here in March.  Oops.  We talked and laughed and caught up and it was great times.

After lunch, my parents wanted to see the area that we want to buy a home in eventually, so we drove down there and checked out some neighborhoods and model homes.  Also, I stumbled upon my dream kitchen:

I know, right?

After hours and hours of tooling around town in the 90 degree heat, we were starving and ready for dinner.  My dad has been talking about the Angus Barn ever since we moved here, so we headed over there for some good eats.  We’ve heard about the restaurant for a long time and the food didn’t disappoint.  However, I will say overall, I wasn’t that impressed.

We didn’t have a reservation, so we ended up in the more casual lounge (same food, just more of a bar feeling) at a high top cocktail table.   It took a while to get service, they only had two menus and the service was just kinda meh.  We all had the filet and it was really, really good, but honestly, I don’t think I would go back.  It got incredibly crowded, loud and really, I think it’s overpriced (thanks for footing the bill, mom & dad!!!) .  In the future, I’d go to Firebirds if we were craving a good steak.  I’m glad we went for the experience, but that was probably our first and last trip.

By the time we got home, we were exhausted, so we laid out on the couch and watched The Dream Team on ESPN.  Have you guys seen that documentary about the 1992 Mens Olympic Basketball team?  SO GOOD!  After that, I jumped into bed reading to read a book that’s currently making me laugh out loud:

This is one of those books that I never want to end.  It’s so, so, so funny.

This morning, we went to Brigs (obv) for breakfast, did a little grocery shopping and then hung out at the house until we were ready for lunch.  We headed to Chapel Hill to try out Southern Rail, and I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere.  It’s a bunch of old train cars with some decks in between and it was awesome.  Chris was disappointed in his lackluster burger, but my BLT on Texas Toast with a Fullsteam Carver was basically the perfect meal.

After lunch, we had to go back to Maple View Farm for some homemade ice cream since it was so close, and again, it didn’t’ disappoint.

While my dad, Chris and I were enjoying our ice cream, my mom was busy making a friend:

God, she makes me laugh.  Who makes friends with the balloon-man clown?  Only my mother.

The rest of our afternoon was spent strolling down Franklin Street, where I’m pretty sure someone is transforming into a Tarheel fan.  :)

Such a fun weekend with the fam – love it when that happens.  :)

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Big Ole Weekend of Fun

I love weekends like this.  Nothing on the agenda, yet it still turns out to be fun.

Saturday morning, Hunter and I went for a long walk along the greenway and stumbled upon a pond.  He cracked me up when he walked right up to the water and jumped in.  I expected him to check it out and slowly step in if he was going to go for it, but no, full on splash, and he loved every second of being in the water.  Pretty entertaining for me, too.  :)

The rest of our Saturday was spent hanging out at the house waiting for maintainence to come by because our A/C kept going out.  Luckily after two tries, they got it fixed and we were back in business.  We caught up on a lot of our dvr and I got all of the laundry done, so I’d consider that a success.

Today, we had a great day.  :)  Our animal planet kicked it off with supreme cuteness and playtime.  Love their preciousness so much, they’re so entertaining.

This afternoon, Chris took me to lunch in Chapel Hill at a local favorite called Suttons Drug Store.  Yep, that’s right.  Lunch at a drug store.  We walked through the actual drug store and into the back where there was a small diner like setup.  Chris and I both ordered their famous burgers, and it did not disappoint.  Nom, nom.

After lunch, we headed to the country for some ice cream at a local farm.

No lie, you guys, this may have been the best ice cream I’ve ever had.  Sorry, Bluebell!!  There was something magical about ice cream straight from the cow, and we’ll definitely be going back sometime this summer.  Also, it’s the first time I’ve ever experienced banana pudding ice cream, and that stuff was delish.

Since we were out in the country, we decided we should run around in the corn fields like lunatics.

Where’s Chris??

Silly.

Lastly, this has nothing to do with our weekend, but have you guys used the new laundry packs in your washing machines?  I love them so much, I can’t even explain.  I think it’s hands down one of the greatest inventions, ever, and I wish I had invented it myself.  There are multiple brands who are making these things now, but we’ve stuck to Purex or Arm & Hammer.  Tide is a lot more expensive, and we’ve been happy when the other brands, especially with their price.  If you haven’t tried these little guys, I think you should.

Great weekend.  I have a feeling it’s going to be a great week.  :)

Raleigh Redux

We had such a great and fun and awesome weekend in North Carolina.  It kind of made it difficult to come home!

On Friday, we headed down to Raleigh bright and early to hang out with my family before heading to the Capitals/Hurricanes game later that night.  We met my cousin, Regan for lunch at a Raleigh tradition, Char-Grill.  Shortly after, my aunt and uncle stopped by and we decided to take Chris out to Duke University since he had never been to the area.  As a sports fan, Chris really just wanted to check out the historic campus, so off to Durham we went.

Obviously if you know me, you know I hate all things Duke.  However, I’m not a liar, so I can’t say the campus is hideous and the people are stupid because it’s simply not true.  The campus is beautiful and just walking around the campus, we knew we were surrounded by people who would really make a difference in the world.

We headed over to Cameron Indoor Stadium and on our way, saw tents already up in Krzyzewskiville!  We talked to a handful of students who told us that they were camping out for the Duke/Carolina game on March 3rd.  Seriously, these kids have to camp for three months to get tickets in the first 1-2 rows of the game.  Crazy, but they loved telling us about their experience.  The school has internet setup so they can study while they’re camping, and during the day, only one person has to be present and accounted for so it doesn’t have an impact on their schedules.  Pretty cool to see in person, I’m not going to lie!

Yep, I'm still a Carolina fan!

After our little detour over to Krzyzewskiville, we thought we’d try to get into Cameron Indoor Stadium, and we lucked out and found an unlocked door.  Literally, within seconds of being in the building (it’s tiny, not like an arena at all), we heard basketballs bouncing and I whispered “no way!”  We ran up the stairs and were presented with the team practicing, with Coach K in the middle of it all.  Unreal.  A few moments after we realized they were in the middle of practicing, we also realized it was a closed practice (no signs until we went around the corner), and were kicked out about 30 seconds later.  Who cares – it was radical, and I got a few pictures before we got caught.  Clearly we were sent from Carolina to spy on them!  :)

Sigh.  Chris was elated, I was in shock and we were all kicked out (nicely, by a ball boy I might add – still have no idea where he came from), but it was pretty great as a sports fan in general.  For the rest of the day, Chris greeted everyone (including the staff at our hotel and the staff at RBC center) with “I saw Coach K today!”  Too funny.

Later that night, we met up with our friends Niki and Karl and Jeff and Kristina to go to the Caps game at the RBC Center.  Our seats were great, the Caps sucked (and lost), but it was still great fun.  I’d definitely go back.

Saturday morning, we had breakfast with the friends and then Chris and I headed east to the coast to visit my family including my grandmother, cousin (and her kiddos) and my uncles.  On the way down, we stopped at a gas station and Chris surprised me with $7 in scratch off lottery tickets and we won $55!  So fun!

We arrived in Carteret County around noon and hung out at the house for a little while before running some errands with Nicole (my cousin) and the kids.  We got Logan (he’s 5) his first lego set and then went back to the house and built it in the kitchen.  It was really fun to see him working on his first legos, even if he didn’t want to follow the step by step instructions.  :)  The finished result seemed to be a hit, though.  He carried it around the house bragging about how he built it, and when he dropped it and it exploded into pieces, he immediately wanted to put it back together.  As a lego lover, I’m so proud.  :)

We visited the beach while we were there, too.  It was super cold and the ocean was furious, but beautiful.

After a pit stop at El’s for dinner, we headed back to Raleigh for the night and said bye to the family til April.

On Sunday, we met up with my cousin Regan and her husband so they could take us out to see Carolina to wrap the weekend up.  Jason, Regan’s husband, graduated from Carolina, so that made them the perfect tour guides.  :)  While nothing nearly as exciting as stumbling across practice in action happened, we did get a pretty good tour.

We saw the new baseball stadium which is beautiful and almost reminiscent of a minor league baseball stadium,  drove through campus, walked alllllllllll the way around the Dean Dome (trying to sneak in again), made our way into the swim + dive center adjacent to the Dean Dome and DID find the practice basketball facility.

We couldn't turn the lights on in the practice facility, so this picture came out dark.

We also drove by the football stadium and when I noticed the gate was unlocked, we hopped out of the car to get a closer view.  But then, I wanted to get closer, so we ran down to the field.  I mean, how often do you get an entire football stadium to yourself to run around?!

After our tour of Chapel Hill, we made our way over to this hole in the wall restaurant that Chris had seen on Man versus Food called “Time Out.”  They’re famous for their “chicken cheddar biscuit,” which Chris inhaled in about 2 seconds flat.  I took a small bite and wasn’t a fan.  Rumor has it, you have to be ridiculously drunk to truly enjoy the sandwich in all of it’s glory.  :)

We finally hit the road to head home around 5pm and got home late last night around 10.  Did I mention it was hard to come home?  I love North Carolina so much.  :)

Hope you all had just as great a weekend as we did!