We arrived in Charlotte on a Tuesday night and on Wednesday, had a pretty packed day. First we took the kids to Discovery Place, which is a really cute children’s museum. They had a lot of fun and there was tons of stuff for them to do. We kind of rushed them through it at the end because it was past lunch time and we were all starving!
Playing in the Vet’s office:
The fireman’s pole:
Checking on a patient in the ambulance:
Working as a bank teller:
Riding a cow at the farm:
Working in the diner:
In a boat hatch in the underwater area:
Making some music (or noise, depending on how you look at it)
Driving a race car:
The water area:
The next day, we spent an entire day at Wet and Wild, which was a blast. The kids had an amazing time playing on the slides and in the children’s areas. Emelyn even found a small slide that she could go on and went over and over again. We all had so much fun and were exhausted at the end of the day. I have a couple of phone photos I’ll try to post later but didn’t bring my camera.
This turned out to be our last day in Charlotte. We had planned to stay at least 3-4 more days and had lots of things planned but as soon as we got back to Charlotte from the water park, Wade called to tell me his dad had passed away. We immediately packed home and Kelly drove all through the night to get us home to Wade. We got home at 6am and I was so happy to see him. I felt terrible that I wasn’t there with him at the time. The next week passed by in a whirlwind of activity. Going through his things at the camp and at the shop, getting everything ready for the memorial, visiting the funeral home – all of the things that go along with these horrible times. After he passed, a good portion of our weekends were spent at the camp, cleaning it up and making it comfortable for us all so we could spend a lot more time there. Its very bittersweet – it feels good to spend time in a place that Mr. Wade loved so much, but you can also feel his presence there. Some of his personal items haven’t been touched – the shirts and vests hanging on the kitchen chairs, the bucket he used to keep his fishing gear in is still sitting on a chair, his glasses, books, shoes – its all where he left it. We all love and miss him so much. Hayden talks about him on a daily basis and has tons of memories of him that he mentions throughout the day. Emelyn mentions him occasionally but I don’t think she really understands. She knows he’s gone but it hasn’t affected her like it has for Hayden.