We had such a fun weekend ... fun times out and about AND low-key time at the house. A great balance.
Ian and I have talked recently about the importance of good family time together and what sort of memories we want Camille to have. Two Fridays ago we picked her up from daycare and went on a walk around the lake at Freedom Park. This past Friday, I brought her home and we all spent some time together on a blanket in the backyard enjoying the weather. I know at five months old, she is not going to remember these exact moments, but she can still tell when she is having fun with both parents right there with her.
After she went to bed Friday, Ian and I had Chinese takeout and watched American Horror Story ... so spooky this season and we love it.
Saturday, we went out to the barbeque competition in uptown Charlotte where we got to hang out with Christina and Caroline for a bit. The main part of the barbeque festival was super crowded and we had our big stroller, so we navigated instead over to the Epicenter where Ian and I had a great lunch at IOS Greek Kitchen (yum!) while Camille took a little stroller snooze.
On the way home we picked up dinner ingredients and then just hung out at home the rest of the day. We really enjoy our nights on the patio and our video monitor has a great reach so we can watch and hear the baby! Ian grilled burgers for us and we had some oven fries. I had a pumpkin beer and just messed around on my iPad while Ian watched football.
Sunday we met some friends for an outdoor lunch at Village Tavern in Southpark. The husbands grew up together and now we both have little girls.
Later that evening, we had a babysitter come over which was a little nerve-wracking for me ... the first time anyone other than a family member has stayed with Camille! I bought Ian tickets to Scarowinds for part of his birthday present ... I hadn't been to Carowinds in well over twenty years, and we've been talking for years about how badly we wanted to go when they were all Halloweened out. He LOVES Halloween and was so jazzed. Two of our friends went with us and we ended up buying the fast-passes so we just walked right up to the rides and hopped on.
Let me just say this ... I have always been absolutely terrified of roller coasters, but last night was huuuuuge for this girl. I promised my roller-coaster-loving husband that I'd try at least one. I think we rode six or seven! I conquered that fear, and it felt good!
Dare I say I even enjoyed them?!
Even old dogs can learn new tricks, I guess.