Brian and I are making more of an effort this year to meet up, especially when it is half way for each of us. I really want the boys to know what an amazing, generous person he is and for him to serve as a male role model for them.
He is about to leave on vacation with his girlfriend to San Franciso and then will be gone to several weekend-long music festivals. We opted to meet up yesterday in Charlotte at Discovery Place for the afternoon to visit.
The last time I went to Discovery Place was in 1983 with my 3rd grade girl scout troop. All I remember was walking through some giant eyeball. Needless to say the Discovery Place of 2013 is a different place. Maybe I've gotten spoiled with having Durham Science and Life and Marbles Kids museum so close. It wasn't that Discovery Place wasn't an engaging museum, but in comparison I expected more for my buck.
Add to it a $16.00 parking garage fee and I felt a little ripped off. But, what was my intended purpose? To watch a lame film about lions and lay on a bed of nails (of note, I did both.) Nope, I wanted to hang out with Brian and chat and let the boys have fun. Which they did.
Ben especially loved a chair that levitated using air pressure. Ian loved beating Ben at a tug of war using a pulley system with Brian's help. We had dinner at Cracker Barrel when my corn muffin lovin' children and my corn muffin' lovin' brother played multiple games of checkers.
Brian and I made plans to make our next visit the NC Zoo as well as check out an Aviation Museum I've just heard about recently. With Brian's new schedule, he has a bit more flexibility with the upcoming holidays. We are tinkering with a mountain trip meet up after Christmas with our family and Brian, his girlfriend and her children who are close in age to our kids.
I really love that Brian and I have a different type of relationship than we did just a few years ago. It make my heart happy to see him in a relationship with someone he cares about deeply. It makes my heart happy to see him with Ben and Ian and know this side of my brother.