Rainy Saturdays at the mall aren’t my scene. The crowded parking lots, the sea of people- it just doesn’t sound like fun. Yet somehow, it’s just where we ended up on Saturday. It was pouring outside and I just wanted to get out of the house, so we loaded up and headed to South Park Mall in Charlotte.
The girls dressed themselves to reflect their excitement for Halloween. It’s all we talk about really, which is why Kaitlyn basically set up shop in Pottery Barn Kids when she saw the Halloween tablescape.
It was super cute, but then again, so is everything in that store!
The weather outside highlighted a hole in my fall/winter wardrobe and after trying on several pairs I finally snagged a pair of purple Hunter rainboots that I’ve been pining over.
I walked into Nordstrom completely set on buying the taller pair, but after multiple tries and opinions from friendly strangers, it was unanimous that short boots looked much better on my 5’1″ frame.
Of course now that I have them there is nothing but sunshine in the forecast! Hard to be mad about that though.
We bounced around the mall for a bit more, including spending a solid 20 minutes in Brookstone. I tell ya, they are just getting crazier with their massage chairs. The one above is a “zero-gravity” version and flips you completely on your back!
I also got to try on the jacket I’ve been eyeing for sometime.
I love that it is warm but folds tightly enough to fit into your pocket.
Dear Santa… wink.
As we were walking through Belk, representatives for Southern Proper were handing out beer. I didn’t even know you could do that??
Ok, point for the mall.
We didn’t hang for much longer and decided to hit up Taco Mac to watch football and extend our Saturday funday.
We hadn’t taken the girls out to eat in a long while, and while I hate to jinx it, they did pretty great. They colored and ate, then took off to the game room (right near our table) while David and I ate our wings and did the best we could to cheer Georgia Tech to a victory (whomp whomp).
Sunday morning we were back at a restaurant– notice a theme when I don’t get to the grocery store?
After eating at Sun Up Cafe in Langtree, we did a little family grocery shopping and finally I have food back in my house!
Most of the afternoon was spent cleaning out the garage, doing food prep (I’m hooked on mason jar salads) and playing outside. I froze my elderberry syrup into servings (1 tsp for each girl + 1 Tbsp for me) to defrost when we need it.
Fall is certainly here!
We had salmon Rockefellar with garlicky green beans and roasted fingerling potatoes for dinner
and I packed Hailey’s lunch at the same time in our PlanetBox Rover.
Despite being pretty tired at that point, I had to stay up for the debate. What a crazy country we are living in right now.
Now I’m gearing up for a full and wonderful week. I hope you are doing the same!
Malls- love or hate?
What’s your favorite way to fill up a rainy weekend?