Sorry but nothing really exciting happened in September. A month filled with daily life: school for the girls from Monday to Friday and swim and soccer practice in the evening, games on the weekends. Markus is working and I’m rotating between being a school bus, going to the grocery store, tennis lessons, house cleaning, running, laundry mountains, English lessons, taxi rides (from the swimming pool to the soccer field and back again or from the soccer field to the swimming pool…), homework supporter, chef, ironing, appointments coordinator, baking bread, and and and. Literally being a mom is one of the most diversified jobs: it needs loads of skills, tremendous patience and a good sense of humor 😉.
At beginning of September we spent a lovely day on lake Norman. We rented a pontoon boot together with friends and spent the day on the boat and in the lake. A good fueled cooler and a tube made the day perfect. By the way: if you are born before January 1, 1988 you don’t need a boating license to operate a powered watercraft of 10 hp or more.
Leonie and I run a 5K together trough the historic South End neighborhood, located immediately south of Uptown Charlotte. A vibrant region where retro mixes with contemporary, historical bumps up against trendy and art goes alongside commerce. Too bad tough that it isn’t possible to take pictures while running… but don’t be sad I went up again for some pictures. And by the way Leonie got first place in her age group! She’s still not the runner but after this achievement she started to taste blood.
The week after I run a 10K together with my Charlotteans running buddies and right afterwards a 5K together with Joelle. She really like to run and it’s always a pleasure to participate in a race with her. This race went through the Elizabeth neighborhood with its nice single family homes with covered front porches and trendy new townhomes. Unfortunately a lot of them been converted into offices, shops and restaurants. Here you can find some of the best Charlotte eateries. I got really hungry when I passed The Fig Tree, Cajun Queen and Sunflower Bakery. At least two cold beers and a slice of pizza were waiting at the finish line. And by the way Joelle got second place in her age group!
And not to forget Silvia’s special birthday celebration. Instead of a party we went hiking together. The destination was DuPont State Forest close to Hendersonville NC. We hit the three-mile roundtrip as a group of around 30 people and passed the three biggest waterfalls of the park. After exploring High Falls we headed further to Triple Falls (portion shown in the movie The Hunger Games and yes my beloved Shelby has a part in it too), there we stayed a bit longer and enjoyed a nice picnic with champagne and birthday cake. The third waterfall has a nice pond that invites to swim, only the hardcore ones, the water was pretty cold. The kids enjoyed splashing around and sliding under the waterfall. It was a beautiful day in North Carolinas backcountry almost like a day at the Rhine Falls (rheinfall.ch).
Meanwhile fall arrived in Charlotte: the leafs are changing their colors, it’s chilly in the mornings and the evenings, Joelle is playing soccer with beautiful sunsets in the background and we used the first time our fire pit and grilled some marshmallows. And all the pumpkin stuff arrived in the shops: Pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin bread, pumpkin M&Ms, Oreos with pumpkin stuffing, pumpkin spice Cheerios, pumpkin IPA, pumpkin pies, pumpkin oatmeal ice-cream chips coffee-cream pudding hummus sausage pretzels yogurt caramels chocolate… I’m ready for the leaves to fall but pumpkin belongs into a soup and nowhere else! Happy pumpkin time!