Mazen and I drove south for 2 days for a visit to Charlotte, NC so I may go to the Celine Dion live performance with my sister! He was out of college so it made sense for us to go collectively so he may play along with his cousins. We left Birch at residence with our sitter and his father as a result of he hates automobile journeys. And let me let you know the five-hour journey was looooong with me driving the entire means. I used to be so stiff after I obtained out of the automobile I may barely stroll!

We arrived on Monday night and after a fast go to with Larbs and Matt, we went to sleep.

The Charlotte Discovery Place Museum

On Tuesday morning Emerson had preschool, so Uncle Matt dropped us off on the Discovery Place Museum the place we spent just a few hours exploring.

Discovery place museum charlotte nc

All Kinds of Science Exhibits

We cherished the rainforest, the aquarium, the “bed of nails” and the IMAX! Our IMAX present was about rescue canine, and it was so transferring! We would positively advocate the museum when you’re touring with youngsters on a visit to Charlotte.

Lunch at Optimist Hall

Larbs, Matt, and Avery picked us up and we headed to Optimist Hall for lunch. It was an excellent cool meals corridor with a ton of various meals choices and customary seating – nice for a gaggle!

I had half a pizza and a kale salad!

Play Time + Quiet Time

After lunch the cousins performed for a bit till Emerson’s nap, after which all of us had some quiet time. It was good to recharge a bit earlier than happening a stroll and preparing for the live performance.

Dinner at The Crunkleton

We headed to dinner at The Crunkleton which makes a speciality of wood-fired cooking and superb cocktails. A variety of the Charlotte eating places have turned over since my final journey to Charlotte (and after I lived there). This spot was one in all my favourite salad locations referred to as Crisp!

We met just a few weblog pals there and had a good time chatting it up! 😉 We shared mushrooms, brussels, mussels, salad, fries, and wings. Totally scrumptious meals!!!

Celine Dion

This live performance was a long-time within the making. Really 25 years within the making from after we used to placed on Celine concert events in the lounge, however rewind again to this summer time when Matt (my sister’s husband) requested me if I might wish to be her plus one if he shocked her with tickets for her birthday. I stated completely and we began to make plains. But plans got here to a halt when he noticed she already had one thing within the calendar for this week. He determined to present her a card with a selection: see Oprah communicate the week earlier than or transfer her plans to go to Celine. On her birthday, I obtained a textual content throughout dinner that learn: “I CHOOSE CELINE!” Needless to say I used to be thrilled.

We had nice seats that have been on the facet of the stage however second row. When Celine came to visit to our facet, we have been 10 toes away from her! She performed all of our favourite songs. The entire enviornment was singing alongside!  Celine additionally seems to be superb! Her voice appeared like we have been again in 1997 strolling out of the film Titanic. It was an incredible present!

Breakfast

We had eggs and toast and fruit for breakfast earlier than Mazen and I hit the highway.

A Visit to Davidson College

We took the western route residence so we may swing by Davidson College! I gave Mazen the short model of a tour round campus, and we walked to the Union for lunch!

The Best Quesadillas

I couldn’t discover the little notepads we used to put our lunch order till I noticed you now order digitally on a pc. “Remember the days when we used golf pencils to order wraps and quesadillas?!” Mazen was thrilled that I raved in regards to the late-night quesadillas, in order that’s what we obtained! We shared one, and I had a facet of veggies. I instructed the lady checking us out that I used to be class of 2005 and got here again to the union only for a quesadilla. She stated that’s what everybody comes again for!! Too humorous. Mazen match proper in with the school youngsters in his hoodie. He requested some good questions on what faculty is like. It’s by no means too early to start out occupied with it! (Right now he needs to go to UVA!)

We bumped into Steph Curry

We wrapped up our go to on the retailer the place Mazen obtained a pullover and we purchased Birch a toddler ball cap. Look who we bumped into! Then we hit the highway for the lengthy trek residence.

We missed our little Birchie!

Thomas despatched me a pic of them taking part in on the park

And we had a comfortable time catching up.

It was a fast journey to Charlotte and again, however we packed rather a lot in! I don’t miss the visitors one bit, however it looks like it’s gotten rather a lot cooler since I left.

Have you been to Charlotte? What’s your favourite half?

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