For our Christmas present this year, Dad and Lora took our family to North Carolina in February. It was a fun getaway. There was a large group of us that went. Dad, Lora, Ben, Jill, Levi, Deb, Mark, Addelyn, and I. We went to visit Lora's brother Will and his wife Cheryl. We got to see their two daughters also while we were there (they are in college). We stayed in their beautiful home outside of Charlotte and were able to relax and spend some time in the area, enjoying the nice weather. Below are just a few highlights from our trip (before my camera died mid-trip):
Okay, I must explain. We bowled one night and my first three frames were zeros. Crazy huh? Try having the smallest hands ever! I kept dropping my ball behind me until the manager came over and brought me a "special sized" kid's ball. Little did I know, he also put up bumpers. Don't worry- I didn't need the bumpers- the kid's ball with smaller finger holes was all I needed. My score ended up in the 90s I think which is pretty amazing considering how I started. I was the joke of the night though!
We spent a day in downtown Charlotte, which was beautiful. I'd love to go back and spend more time. We went to the Discovery Place, which was lots of fun for Addelyn. They had a ton of toddler friendly activities, even one huge room specifically for toddlers. Above she was building towers (or should I say, knocking them down?)
The water table was Addelyn's highlight. She could have spent all day in here. She kept leaving other activities to go back to the water table. Addelyn saw her first 3D movie, which we ended up leaving early because all she wanted to do is go back to the water table!
Playing with Levi and "Aunt Jwilwa" in the toddler room
The Billy Graham Silo- found on the Longview Golf Course. An amazing course that Mark got to golf on twice. Will, Lora's brother, is a great golfer so he jumped at the chance to take the crew golfing.
Dad and his girls, I love this pic!
I love my husband!
Cheryl is an amazing cook. She made amazing meals for us the whole time we were there. I learned some tips from her too. She even got Mark to eat some unique salads and shrimp and grits. Impressive.
Addelyn loved hanging out with family all week and also loved their dog, Gracie. Go figure my camera died before getting a picture of them together or even pics of everyone else on the trip. All in all, it was a great week. Lots of good food, good laughs, but most of all, good time spent with family!