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Sara Kendall has traveled halfway across the globe with her kids and lived to tell about it. Stay tuned to hear about family destinations around Charlotte and beyond.

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Lost & Found @ LNYC

06/03/13 00:39

Oh, Mojo. Where have you gone?

The past few weeks of grinding work and family obligations left me feeling indeed ground down. Ground up. Burnt out.

Which led to a daydream about my formerly fun self. Not the more recent “Mom Fun” self. I’m talking WAY back. Pre-kids. Pre-marriage. Pre-mortgage. THAT fun girl.

Grasping at a straw of something that THAT girl used to love, I did a quick search on “Sailing at Lake Norman.” And, wouldn’t you know, the Lake Norman Yacht Club was hosting their annual “Discover Sailing” weekend just a few days later. Kind of like a “save yourself” sign from above, don’t you think?

Before I knew it, I was dialing the number to ask about the set up. My husband was working all weekend, so, once again, I was explaining that I would have an 8 year old, 7 year old and 3 year old in tow. The awesome contact (who awesomely actually answered his phone) and I decided that it would be in everyone’s best interest to bring a sitter along so that we could decide on the fly who was coming on the boat and who would stay and play on the beach.

And so, I did it. I texted my best girl and asked if she’d like to spend a day up at the lake with us. And, what luck, she was free. (Not in the literal sense, of course, but still).

Which led us to an outing that we’ll not soon forget.

After about an hour drive, we arrived at the neat and tidy Lake Norman Yacht Club. As I went to sign in, the pleasant Commodore introduced himself. I introduced my crew and he noted, “Oh, you’re that one.” (In a perfectly nice way. It wasn’t like “OH….You’re THAT one…”). “Yes,” I replied, barely able to stop myself from laughing. “That’s how I’m known – THAT one.”

The kids, sitter and I hung out for a bit and listened in on the morning preliminaries. It wasn’t long before we sussed out that the beach was the way to go for the younger two kids, but my oldest son could listen to a bit more about right of way safety information to earn a spot on a sailboat for the day.

And then, finally. At last, the wind in our faces, we set sail for the coolest afternoon I’ve had in a while. How wonderful to close my eyes, leave THAT Mom behind, and feel like THAT girl for just a moment in time.

To learn more about the Lake Norman Yacht Club, visit http://www.lakenormanyachtclub.com/.

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