Back to the real world and catching up? (Why can’t every weekend be a four-day weekend? Waaaahhh….)
Our long weekend was fabulous! We arrived home from Georgia late Saturday evening and decided to go out for pizza and beer at one of our favorite local pizza places, Pizza Peel.
Pizza Peel offers over 30 draft beers and they’re always changing the selection. I love trying new beers when we go!
We split a Greek salad to start.
And then I had what I think is the best pizza in Charlotte – the One Veggie (pictured on left…manly meat-based pizza on the right). A heavenly combination of red sauce, mozzarella, roasted garlic, mushrooms, goat cheese, artichokes and pesto and then I always add sundried tomatoes. Perfection in a pizza!!!
I was up bright and early on Sunday morning to practice ashtanga before I taught hot yoga. I don’t know what it is about those early Sunday practices but they leave me feeling so inspired to teach afterwards. It was a beautiful class!
I made red, white and blue pancakes for brunch when I got home.
Blueberry pancakes made with half white/half wheat flour (Brandon was none the wiser!) and topped with almond butter, Greek yogurt, raspberries and a drizzle of syrup.
We met up with some of Brandon’s friends to spend the evening at the U.S. National Whitewater Center for music and fireworks.
They have such a great setup for concerts. You can enjoy live music while watching people come down the river in rafts, kayaks and canoes.
I couldn’t even believe how crowded it was! The Whitewater Center offered three days of FREE music and fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend.
We had dinner at the Whitewater Center restaurant. It’s a casual place but they have tons of vegan and gluten free options, which I think is really cool. I had the black bean burger salad + quite a few of Brandon’s sweet potato waffle fries!
A great evening! I’m so happy that we have the Whitewater Center right here in Charlotte and that they offer so many cool events!
And finally…the actual day of July Fourth! I started my day with a super sweaty but awesome 90 minute yoga practice. The highlight of the practice was playing with mayurasana (peacock pose) which is pretty much impossible but it’s always fun to try challenging new things and I love arm balances.
After refueling with kombucha and leftover pizza, we met Brandon’s brother and his wife for an afternoon at the pool.
The pool was rocking this afternoon! Everyone was out and having a great time.
My nieces especially enjoyed a frozen yogurt treat.
And I especially enjoyed a Firefly + lemonade cocktail treat! 😉
I can’t believe that I have to get back to the grind tomorrow. I’m working all day and teaching two classes so it’s right back to it. At least it’s a short week! I hope you guys all had a happy Fourth of July!