Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Destination: Raleigh

I have been a busy bee. Over Labor Day weekend, John, Sadie and I loaded up for an 8 hour drive to Raleigh, North Carolina to visit some VIP's. Not only did we get to see my sister and brother-in-law, but we also got to hang out with our 3 year old nephew, Ben and meet our 4 month old nephew, Ethan. It was awesome!

There was a LOT of this.......

There was also a little bit of sightseeing. We hit up the Museum of Natural Sciences. This was a hit with the 3 year old, who kept calling it "the zee-um." The baby, not so much. To be fair, he slept most of the time. It's pretty sizable and had lots of exhibits for free. There was a paid special exhibit (that has since left, I think) of animatronic dinosaurs that we passed on deciding Ben might not care for it. Full disclosure: dinosaurs freak me out a little but so I was A-Okay not going through there. This museum is super science-y for all you geeky types. I think my science-loving bro-in-law got the most out of it but there were plenty of interesting parts for those who aren't so scientifically inclined.

We also ate at my new favorite restaurant, The Cowfish. It's a sushi and burger bar. Isn't that super cool!? We all like both sushi and burgers but it would be the perfect place if you were with a group where some weren't so keen on sushi. The menu was large and in charge. John and I shared a turkey burger with apple and brie and a sushi roll with ahi tuna and a crab cake on top. It was delicious. They also sell bento boxes that are a mix of everything. My brother-in-law had one and it was a ton of food. Unfortunately, the only Cowfish locations are in NC. I NEED to bring this to Ohio.

Before that, we went to the Raleigh Flea Market at the State Fairgrounds. As far as flea markets go, this one was tops! It had a great mix of vintage finds, furniture and your general weirdo flea market booths (socks, anyone?) We got a super sweet watermelon for $2.50. You can't beat that! The ladies could have spent a lot more time there but the gentlemen were ready to move on after about an hour. It was hot and there was little shade to be had outside. The area around the market was pretty crowded due to the NC State home game so if you care to venture there, check the schedule. Parking was at a premium, although we found a non-paid spot.

Last stop worth mentioning is a big cooking/food/gourmet store called Southern Season in Chapel Hill. This place was nuts! If you are a foodie, you will spend hours here. Even if you're not a foodie, I challenge you not to find something to buy or eat here. The candy counter was good to us, as was the wine and beer section (shocking, no?) They had aisle after aisle of mixes, jams and spreads, sauces, cookware, a deli, bakery, and a restaurant if you so desired.

The rest of the weekend was spent hanging out with family at home. Sister time was a must and I got plenty of it. Playing with the boys was great, though tiring at times. Two kids is a lot more work than just one kid, Captain Obvious. I only got one run in and it was a humid 3 miles that I wasn't proud of, but, I did it and that's what matters.

All too soon, we were back in the car headed home.

In case you were wondering, Sadie did pretty great on this trip. She and Ben played really well together and there was only one dicey incident with my sister's dog, Pumpkin (easily half Sadie's size) but no harm was done.

It was a quick visit but provided good quality time because we traveled on Friday and Tuesday and had three full days with the fam instead of keeping ourselves occupied while they worked, which is what usually happens.

Can't wait to see everyone again at Christmas!

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