CHARLOTTE, NC

Last week, my husband and I took a road trip to Charlotte, NC. You read that right. My husband and I. We were gone for 6 days without any children. No kids, who dis? We have only ever been away from our kids for about 2 days. The last time we left them, we came home a day early because we were being weirdos and feeling stressed about being away from them. That was 4 years ago.

Needless to say, it was time for us to go away and have some alone time. We picked Charlotte, because there is a seminary there that my husband has been taking online classes with and we wanted to check it out in person and have an opportunity to explore the city. It did not disappoint!

We left the house as soon as I got home from work on Monday morning. The drive took about 10 hours and we made it to Charlotte around 7PM. We airbnb’d a great little apartment on the southeast side of town.

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On Tuesday, we drove over to the seminary to sit in on a convocation that was being held in honor of the new school year. We were thrilled to find out that one of my husbands favorite Reformed theologians, Kevin DeYoung, was the main speaker for the convocation. I gave one of Kevin’s books a shoutout in a recent blog post. We enjoyed a free lunch and made an appointment for the following day to tour the campus and meet some of the other professors. The rest of the day was spent roaming around Charlotte and checking out the different neighborhoods.

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On Wednesday, we headed back to the seminary and found out that one of the staff members had an entire day of activities planned for us. The introvert in me started to panic a little bit about spending the day with so many new people but I flipped the “pastor’s wife” switch on and managed to make it through without coming off as a total spaz. Thankfully, the people were very nice and down to earth which made mingling a bit easier. We met professors, toured the campus, were treated to lunch again (more free lunch?! I’m starting to like this place!), and sat in on a class with Professor DeYoung. We finished up around 3:30 and headed back to the apartment. After a long day of meeting people, I was feeling drained so we just hung out at the apartment for the rest of the evening.

Thursday was the day of lounging. I literally spent the entire day doing nothing. It was beautiful. Magical. Like a dream. I felt guilty at first because I am not used to sitting around doing nothing all day. At home, there is always someone who needs me or some task that needs to be done so to have a whole day to sit in bed and do nothing was like a little gift. I now know what I will be asking for every year for Mother’s Day! No jewelry or flowers, a day of nothing please! We contemplated going to Carowinds to ride the roller coasters but remembered that we are getting old and the last time we went on the kids rollercoaster at Dollywood we were both nauseous the rest of the day. We are old.

We did manage to change out of our pajamas long enough to go eat dinner. We went to Midwood Smokehouse and ate the most delicious BBQ!

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Don’t mind me, just scarfing down food every chance that I get. 

Friday started with a workout (in an lame attempt to balance out all of the food I had been eating) and then a trip to the trendy side of Charlotte called NoDa (aka North Davidson). We walked around, checked out the various shops and tried to pretend like we were cool enough to be there. Side note, we are not.

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My husband tried to convince me to get a tattoo while we were there to commemorate our time in Charlotte. He thought it would be awesome. Boys are dumb.

We ate lunch at Cabo Fish Taco, which came highly recommended from every single person that we met. I had a bomb salmon taco and mahi mahi taco that was one of the best things that I have even eaten.

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Once we were stuffed with tacos, we made our way to Amelie’s French Bakery and stuffed ourselves further with dessert. We are clearly very disciplined people. Does everyone else use vacation as an excuse to eat everything in site? My pants may be tight but my stomach is happy.

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Saturday was game day! My husband is a HUGE Tennessee Vols fan and they just happened to be playing against West Virginia here in Charlotte. The game started at 3 PM but we got to the stadium early to hang out with all of the fans and get into the game day spirit.

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In case you can’t tell by looking at my husband’s shirt, It was hot as heck outside! #sweatbra

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Unfortunately, we lost the game so that was kind of a bummer but we enjoyed the day and hanging out with fellow VOLS fans.

Sunday was spent driving home and being greeted by the happiest little babies. It was so amazing and refreshing to be away for 6 days but it is always great to get back home. I did forgot how loud my kids are but was quickly reminded!

Overall, our trip was awesome. Charlotte is a cool city with a great vibe. If you are looking for a cool city to check out, it would definitely be an awesome place to consider!

– Stephanie

 

 

 

 

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