Weekend festivities

I loved this weekend. Friday morning, my mom picked me up from school to go home! Before we even got there, we took a little detour and went on a baby shopping trip. The Loft had some wonderful deals, and I was able to get my hands on a pair of shorts and two springy tops. 

For those of you that know me, this is a big deal. Usually by the time I think about shopping for spring clothes, its summer. By then the only shorts I can find are either size extra extra extra small, or size extra extra extra large. Also, whether this is healthy or not, I'm a firm believer that shopping can be therapeutic. That shopping is therapeutic. It can make a bad breakup a little less bad, or make a stressful week a little less stressful. Either way, I was already having a lovely weekend before I even reached home. 
I walked in my front door, said hello to my kitty, and gave my family a big hug. I talked to my dad for a little bit and found out that he was going on a business trip until saturday night. I was planning on leaving to go back to school Saturday afternoon, so I was really bummed that I wasn't going to be able to see him! Long story short, it was decided that I was going on dad's trip with him, and then I would return and stay an extra day at home. So after being home for literally two hours, I was on the road again, and going on a spontaneous "road trip" with my dad to Charlotte, North Carolina. With four brothers, alone time with a parent is rare. So I was just a little excited. :)

By the time we got to Charlotte it was after dark, but still so beautiful. I was so bummed that I left my camera at home, but I ended up making do with my phone. After unloading all of my dad's work equipment out of the "man van" in 9 degree weather, we had to park it in a sketchy parking lot a couple blocks away from the hotel. No worries though, it gave us a little time to walk around the city. :)

We got back to the room, and after arguing about how television remotes are the dirtiest thing in hotel rooms (which they totally are..) we went to bed. It was kind of early actually, but running on three hours of sleep, I definitely wasn't complaining. I woke up to breakfast being brought to the room at 6am, but had no problem falling back asleep after dad left at 7.

I woke up the second time around 11 with a beautiful view of the city, and then spent the rest of the afternoon on a hot date with a king size bed, Gilmore Girls, the Hunger Games, and the mega issue of InStyle magazine. It was marvelous.

We returned home that evening after spending several hours on the road in good company. My dad and I are alike in the way that we could sit in silence together and have the best time ever. The world is so noisy all the time, and I've noticed that most people aren't really comfortable with silence. I think dad agrees with me, and the fact that we can be in each other's company and enjoy the quiet without feeling obligated to talk is kind of cool. I did however introduce him to The Civil Wars, and he introduced me to the best -and in my opinion, the worst- of the 80's. We stopped and ate crappy food at crappy gas stations, and tried our best to not get blown away in the tornado-like winds. 

We then warmed our toesies by cuddling near the fire next to Christian and my momma at home. The longer I'm at college, the more I realize how precious this time with family can be! The next morning, I came downstairs, rubbed the sleep out of my eyes, and was greeted with yummy breakfast. I had to document this moment with a picture, seeing as though the act of eating breakfast is unfortunately rare for me.. 

My mom and I needed something to do, so we looked on Pinterest and found a recipe for this yummy peanut butter yogurt dip! I'm not much of a cook, but it actually turned out really well hehe. 

Way too soon, I was already packed up and heading back to Fredericksburg with mom and Christian. We dropped my stuff in my room, and then spent the rest of our time together at dinner. Overall, this weekend was totally needed. I miss my family already, but it feels good to back. 

I'll leave you with this for your Monday:

"Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts. "
~Margaret Lee Runbeck