We finally got home from vacation the other day. We spent most of our vacation in North Carolina visiting my parents:
Aren’t they cute?
We had a relaxing time while there and got to do some fun things such as the Christmas Lights at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. This 3.5 mile drive through Christmas light display took over an hour to drive. It was even better than last year’s show. We were so surprised to see how much they changed it from last year.
This was one of our favorite displays. The cannon shot gifts (in lights) over the roadway as you drove under the archway. The SS Santa with Santa as captain and Rudolph guiding the way.
Our hotel food was really good! Got some great ideas for future dinners too. (Sorry for the yellow coloring – bad hotel room lighting.)
Pierogis with garlic, spinach, Parmesan cheese, caramelized onions, and bacon. Delicious!
My son had a creamy Cajun Jambalaya Pasta that was both creamy and spicy. Can’t wait to give this one a try. He was asking me to taste it so we could recreate it.
The Fish and Chips sandwich was actually quite tasty. They put cheese on everything. I think I have found a city after my own heart. I would never think to put cheese on a fish sandwich.
They called this the “Real Pittsburgher.” It was ham with a sweet barbecue sauce topped with shredded cheddar. It was super delicious and another great idea for a simple meal! I love finding new things to try to make at home.
Then on our way home we drove to Pittsburgh, PA through two snowstorms in the mountains so my daughter could dance in a Feis on New Year’s Eve. We made it there safely. My daughter danced well. She is consistently placing in her reel again which was a problem for a while. So, she was pleased.
I love the Black and White (or in this case the Black and Red) Feis because you don’t need to bring dresses and or wigs unless you want to. The dancers can wear appropriate clothing in black and red. No dress bags and heavy dresses to carry!
But, there is something about vacations that I always need a vacation to recover from. No matter how relaxing the vacation was getting home and re-entering the real world seems to be so draining. I made sure before we left to get most of the things done that would make things that would make coming home seem easier. A clean kitchen and living room. All the beds had been stripped and remade. It was nice to only have to deal with the mountain of luggage and stuff from the car.
Can’t wait to go away again but for now it is nice to be home!