Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Touring Homearama and the US National White Water Center

Well, I'm entrenched in another work week (good times), but I thought I'd share some of the activities I did with my in-laws while they were here on Sunday.  We started off with a batch of french toast, made by yours truly.  It's all about the bread people- use good bread :)

Next up we decided to go to Charlotte Homearama.  It's basically a tour of a bunch of model houses, decorated to the nines.  Looking at model homes is something we frequently do with my in-laws when they come visit anyway, so I figured it was a great activity to do with them.  It was also a chance for us to possibly get some decorating ideas, since my house is pretty under decorated.  I am seriously missing that creative gene...

Anyway, off we went to tour the homes.

Here were some of the highlights.  Did I mention I have all of one room, an accent wall, and a half bath in my house painted, and we've lived in it for 5 years.  See?  I need all the help I can get with decorating ideas...

Love this wall paper...

Beautiful kitchen.

Great bathroom.

I love that stone wall and the chandelier in this dining room.

I love this shelving in the pantry.  So much nicer than my wire shelving.

Awesome backsplash.

We need this patio and fire pit...

I dig these curtains, we just have blinds in our bedroom.

I loved the outside of this house, but the inside was a little weird, kind of a strange rustic look that didn't really work for me. 

I left the tour pretty inspired, but I'd need tons of cash and a lot of people helping me to make the changes we want to make to our house!

After the tour, we decided to get a late lunch at the US National Whitewater Center.  It's dog friendly so we figured we could take the dogs (my in-laws had theirs with them too) and walk them around there after getting a bite to eat.

I had a cream ale.

And a black bean burger with sweet potato fries.

After lunch we walked the pups around the white water center while watching the kayakers and white water rafters battle the river.

I think my in-laws were kind of fascinated with the whole place.  It's definitely unique with its river, ziplines, and rock climbing walls.  Greg and I really like the facility and were saying we need to come there more.

That about sums up my Sunday. 

Oh, unless you count the slice of pumpkin pie I had later that night.

Mmmm, ending it on a high note!


Jennifer said...

Ooooh I've been wanting to go to that! The decorating looks amazing! And I haven't been to the WWC for a while now. What perfect weather to sit out on the patio and watch the rapids! Hope you are doing well. We need to get together soon for dinner or something!

Kirsten said...

I totally agree that the bread makes the french toast. My husband introducted me to Challah which is slightly sweet and fluffy. It makes awesome french toast! I glad you had a great weekend in the beautiful weather!

Keelie Sheridan said...

Wow- your Sunday sounds pretty perfect! I have yet to have my first slice of pumpkin pie for the season.... CRAVING! :)

Alaina said...

Too funny, I'm in Charlotte right now and I went to the Whitewater Center and had that exact same lunch! It was good. :-)

YUMMommy said...

With the economy coming out of recession still, you'd be amazed at how inexpensive it can be to remodel and redecorate now. Plus, you can save tons on fixtures and by visiting the Habitat ReStores. They don't just sell used products.


Kelly @foodiefresh said...

If you're ever in need of bouncing decorating ideas off of anyone, you know I'm up for it. :) Glad you had a good time with your in-laws!

Liz @ runbakerace said...

The house tour looks awesome. I am a decorating retard and our house has lots and lots of bare walls. I need to try and find a house tour in my area for some inspiration. Totally agree with you though, need lots of cash for all of it. We need to win the lotto :)

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