Happy Monday, friends! I’m back at you a little off schedule, but just in time to wish you a happy end of July! We had such a wonderful and packed weekend over here that I really wanted to stop in and share some of the fun with you all. I’m also linking up with Meghan and Biana for their Weekending Link Up so be sure to stop by and check out some other great bloggers and how they spent their weekends.
I don’t know about you, but there is something really fun to me about a weekend that feels productive and fun, but still refreshing. That was mostly our weekend this past weekend and I am feeling so on top of the moon because of it.
We started our weekend by heading to a petting zoo/farm, Winterpast Farm. I had been wanting to take Little somewhere like this for a while since we are currently obsessed with Old MacDonald and all things animal related, but the thought of being out on a farm during the summer in NC was really not appealing so I decided to wait until the fall.
But, the weather ended up being so perfect this weekend. Lows in the low 70’s and highs in the low 80’s. If I didn’t know NC weather better, I would think that we were soon to be heading out of the dog days of summer.
We ended up getting to the farm around 10:15 and stayed until just after noon, although I’m certain that Little would have stayed way past if we let him. He loved to see all the animals roaming around.
The chickens, roosters, and turkeys are free roaming. The sheep, goats, donkeys, pigs, and emus are fenced in, but you can still head inside the fence to feed them if you wish. Of course Little wished and I was glad to see him enjoying himself so much.
That said, he wasn’t so into petting the animals himself. He preferred to watch Mama and Daddy pet and feed the animals.
The owner, Farmer Mary, was more than accommodating and showed us all around and answered our questions since it was our first time visiting.
Afterwards, we came home to clean up, have lunch, and get a nap for Little before my sister headed over so that hubs and I could go on a date.
We ended up heading downtown for dinner at Raleigh Times and then on to the Performing Arts Center to see NC Theatre’s production of a Beauty and the Beast. It’s one of my favorite Disney movies, and no, I still haven’t seen the live action movie. Hubs surprised me with this a while back for our anniversary and I’ve been looking forward to it for the last month.
I was not disappointed at all. The food and service at Raleigh Times was quick and excellent. Really casual and budget friendly atmosphere, which was just what we wanted. I ordered the grilled chicken sandwich on ciabatta bread that had bacon and avocado and it was DELICIOUS. The portions were enough to fill you up, but not enough to send you straight into a food coma and their house made chips were perfect.
From there, we headed over to the show. I cannot say enough good things about the performance. It was longer than I expected, but I chalk that up to not going to see shows ever and just not knowing what to expect.
Of course, we couldn’t get any photos of the actual performance, but man. It was stunning. The cast was all excellent. The show itself was really engaging. The set was really well done and scene changes were all executed smoothly. I loved every single thing about it. It was truly such a memorable event. The local newspaper covered it here and has some photos from the performance.
It really makes me want to pay more attention to the theatre’s schedule and get out to more plays.
On Sunday, we headed to church and spent the day with family straightening things up around the house, getting some work done outside, because the weather was PERFECT, and getting ready for this week.
Such a wonderful weekend. What were you up to this weekend?
P.S. What are your big plans for August? I feel like July just came and went in a breath so it’s hard for me to believe that it’s August tomorrow.