The weekend started off on a low note.
Stomach bug? Something I ate? I’m not sure, but midday Friday a case of the queasies hit me. After being out of commission for Friday and most of Saturday, we were ready to cram as much fun into Sunday as possible.
Nothing says ‘start to a fun day’ quite like our favorite breakfast place in Charlotte, Zada Janes. It’s in Plaza Midwood, our old neighborhood. It’s a funky little place with amazingly fresh food with a focus on organic and local.
It was a beautiful fall (officially!) morning, so we opted for outdoors.
Hailey and I split the Belvedere Omelet (spinach, goat cheese, mushrooms, roasted garlic and tomato topped with fresh basil…. I guess they forgot my fresh basil). Sweet potato hash browns on the side, along with Millet/flax toast.
After we fueled up, we were off to play!
We took the family to the US National White Water Center. This place is awesome.
It’s basically a huge play area for outdoor enthusiasts. White water rafting, kayaking, zip lining, mountain biking, paddle boarding, rock climbing… it has it all. It had been a while since we visited, so we took some time to explore.
We checked out the rock climbing wall and took loops around the walking path and through the woods.
We watched the kayakers and took our turn on the ropes course.
I did what I could with a sleeping baby on my chest. (BTW, I just got the Ergo and LOVE IT. Why did I not buy it right when Hailey was born?!)
David took on more of the challenges.
I really wanted to zip line, but we’re saving those activities for a visit with just the two of us.
We ended spending hours there exploring and goofing around.
Hailey is still too little to enjoy a lot of what the center has to offer, but we’ll definitely be back in a couple years to let her climb the wall and raft! Until then, she’ll just explore with dad.
We came home in time for dinner… in our new Britax Boulevard car seat.
Hailey had zucchini rice cakes.
I chopped up random veggies from the garden (okra, green pepper, tomato and zucchini). After sautéing them, I mixed them in with wild and brown rice and an egg. I pan fried them in olive oil, and served with diced avocado. They were a hit!
David and I opted for a new recipe. Boyfriend-approved Spicy Black Bean Burgers.
The taste? Spot on delicious! Packed full of flavor and just the right amount of spice. *note, I cut the amount of salt in half and it was perfect for us.
The texture? A little too soft. Next time I’ll make them thinner so I can make them crisper, BUT, there will be a next time. They were tasty!
Whew- that’s a lot of weekend packed into one day!
Did you do anything fun this weekend?